Our Training Philosophy
Charleston’s School For Dogs training philosophy revolves around strengthening the bond between the dog and owner. This is achieved through patience, reinforcement, communication, and consistency.
Our Training Methodology
- Training curriculum is based on the theory of animal learning through operant and classical conditioning.
- Training methods should be adjusted to meet each dog’s individual temperament.
- Training takes place at all times. Every interaction with your dog is the same thing as training. Training is not limited to teach a dog to sit when you have a treat; rather it is an overall relationship that is developed with the dog. If you only train your dog in periodic ten minute sessions, then you will have a dog that only responds to you periodically.
- Training should be fun for the dog! People that yell often and hit you with newspapers are not fun!
- If you are not seeing results from training, it is a red flag that something is not being done correctly.
- We must take into account the nature of the dog while we share our lives with these animals. Dogs are not "bad dogs" because they bite, chase animals, chew things, guard objects, or bark. Dogs show these behaviors because they are behaving like dogs do! It is through training that you teach your dog that certain behaviors are inappropriate at certain times.
- You should be a benevolent leader to your dog.
- Dogs will continue displaying a behavior that is working out for their best interest. Due to this, we teach you how to reward behaviors that you like, which in turn your dog will like and repeat. At the same time you will learn to ignore or redirect problem behaviors so that your dog will stop displaying them.
- Dogs communicate in canine body language. We communicate in human body and verbal language. This produces a language gap between the species. Dogs seem to focus more on what your body is saying than what your mouth is saying. The key to closing this language gap is to learn how to communicate in body language and show the dog that our verbal language has meaning as well.
- CSFD believes teaching obedience with food and toys speeds up learning and makes it more enjoyable for the dog. CSFD also trains through instinctive drives in a dog such as food, prey, and pack drive. When done correctly there is no need to have food to have your dog respond to you.
- A Dog is a Dog. Human culture, morals, and emotions differ greatly from that of a dog.
- Training a dog should never stop because the dog is always learning from the environment. This allows any dog at any age of any breed to be trained.
Our Training Services
You'll find that our training programs and services are built on the principles of our philosophy and our methodology. Learn more about our Training Services that we offer and then register for one of our classes online.