• Companion K-9 Dog Services – Dog Training | McKinney Dog Services

    Companion K-9’s Dog Training Philosophy

    All our dog training services use operant conditioning techniques to help shape the behaviors we want of our pets. Operant Conditioning teaches the dogs to work to achieve a reward by performing a behavior without any negative results. The basis of operant conditioning is primarily on positive reinforcement. There are no forms of physical punishment or correction.

    The positive reinforcement helps build consistency in any behavior that produces it. Your dog will offer more desirable behaviors to earn a reward. The reward or primary reinforcer can be something the dog desires, like food, play, favorite toy (ball) or physical praise. A secondary reinforcer, also called conditioned reinforcers, is something the dog is taught to like. We’ll be using a clicker or verbal cue “yes”. The clicker marks that your dog has performed the desired behavior and a reward will follow.

    We also use targeting techniques which helps the dog focus on performing a particular task. The uses are almost endless for targeting. We use targeting in our conformation, obedience and agility/fun classes. The main targets we use are a target stick and a plastic target. The target stick works great on behaviors requiring movement and transferring target to other objects such as the palm of your hand. The plastic target is useful in teaching contact points in agility or touching a particular object such as a door to close it.

    These methods of dog training give you a dog that strives to achieve and works through mistakes because there are no negative consequences for him to fear. The only negative your dog experiences is not receiving a reward when he doesn’t perform a desired behavior. This builds better reliability and trust with the owner and their canine companions.

    We offer a variety of services to encompass these training methods from group dog classes, to private lessons and board and train programs customized to meet the owner and dog’s needs. We use these same methods to help with various problem behaviors such as jumping, digging, nipping, various types of aggression, food protection and timid or shy dogs.

    Training Services

    Group Classes

    Our group classes are held in McKinney providing training for families and their pets. We help owners with puppies to older dogs, all breeds working on basic to advance training needs.
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    Dog Board & Train Program

    Our Board and Train programs are tailored to meet the needs of the client and their pet. We can address basic to advance training, brushing up on what your pet already knows or customize the program to focus on certain behavior issues you are experiencing with your dog.
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    Private Dog Training Lessons

    This is your opportunity to have my full attention to work with you and your pet during a lesson. You can come to me with your pet or I can come to you.
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    Recommended Reading

    I have provided a list of books and videos to assist owners and their dogs. You can gain more knowledge about different training options, canine structures, breeding, rescue dogs and holistic approaches to dogs.
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