Programs

Obedience

Until we truly understand how to communicate what it is we want from our dogs, we can’t be competent leaders.

Yes, it’s convenient to ask our pups to sit or stay when we need them to. But ultimately, we train for the wellness and welfare of our dogs. To do so, we must be able to communicate with our dogs what we expect, and the boundaries we have set for them.

By establishing a line of communication and a mutual trust that is understood by both dog and human alike, we are able to maneuver through any situation with our companion. A bond develops between dog and dog owner through proper training, a bond that can’t be broken.

Basic obedience training will give you the comfort of knowing that whether on or off-leash your pup will respond to your commands the first time they’re asked, regardless of the distractions that may be around. We can’t have full confidence in our dogs until we can trust them off-leash. Just as it’s important that your Canine Companion learns the five basic commands Sit, Stay, Down, Heel, and Come, it’s just as important that you learn:

Puppy Communication

It’s important that we lay a solid foundation for our pups. Starting at 8 weeks old puppies begin to “learn,” and in many cases, misinterpret our expectations.

By beginning training in this critical stage, we’re able to mold our dogs’ behavior, as opposed to modifying them.

Puppies have a small window of development that we like to call the “imprinting stage.” This is the time where most knowledge is consumed. Imprinting takes place between the ages of 8 weeks and 6 months.

This is the best time to shape your dogs’ temperament and disposition, made possible through effective communication.

Whether that behavior is for:

  • Working Dog
  • Service Dog
  • Companion
  • Herding
  • Guard
  • Search and Rescue
  • Military

The first 6 months is where all the preparation occurs. Through Leash Articulation you can:

  • Properly socialize your puppy with the world
  • Communicate the proper site for potty training
  • Instill Proper Leash Etiquette
  • Establish Boundaries
  • Address Nipping/Biting
  • Address all puppy behaviors

Behavioral Intervention

Before you can correct any specific behaviors your puppy must first be taught EVERYTHING through the leash.

In most cases, the undesirable behaviors our dogs exhibit are due to miscommunication. Before we can correct any specific behavior we must first establish a common line of communication. Once we are able to communicate our expectations effectively we can begin to address behavioral issues such as:

  • Aggression (Human/Canine) (True/Fearful)
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Excessive Barking
  • No Manners
  • Begging for Food
  • Jumping
  • Biting/Growling
  • Bolting? Won’t come?

Our canines do not rationalize the way that humans do. So we must be certain that we don’t confuse them, create, or exacerbate any behaviors by mishandling. There is no such thing as a dog that cannot be trained, just a lack of effective communication.

Give Your Dog A Job!

YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT DOGS ARE PACK ANIMALS

They live and move in groups or packs, and every person in your household is considered a pack member. With that being said, just as all human members of the pack have a role and responsibilities, so can our dogs! Retrieval, search and rescue, protection or security, emotional support or service work are all jobs that our dogs are more than capable of handling, and surely, more than willing!

Retrieval Training

Retrieval work can be as simple as playing fetch with your companion to retrieving items that were mishandled, carrying, and delivering those items.

Retrieving is the foundation for more complex tasks such as opening doors, carrying bags, picking up dropped items, delivering messages and more.

By teaching your dog to retrieve, you open up a whole new realm of task work possibilities.

Agility/Sport/Utility Training

Agility, sport, and utility training is great for exercise and a great way to strengthen the bond and between you and your companion. Agility courses are designed to fulfill the hunting and chasing desires of your dog.

Even though agility consists of obstacles such as a tunnel, teeter-totter, tire jump, weave poles, pause table, and standard jumps. It can also be used around the home for everyday situations such as crawling under a table, retrieving the remote, recovering mishandled keys. Teamwork is key when it comes to agility/sport/utility training.

Scent Work

Once your puppy has a solid foundation for retrieval we can begin scent work.

Even though you may not be looking for your canine companion to detect drugs or medical conditions, scent work may still be beneficial for your household or family activity.

Teach your dog to use his nose to find hidden objects, keys, wallet, keep an eye on the children!

Service Work

Service dogs are for those who need their companion to assist them with a disability.

These disabilities may consist of visual impairment, hearing impairment, seizure disorder, mobility and stability impairment, and diabetes.

Service dogs perform tasks such as guiding, retrieval, aid mobility, alert, and transport.

Protection Training

To bring the best out of your dog, even though you may want them to protect your home, it is important that they are still properly socialized.

Though it is your job as the leader to determine what is a threat and what is not a threat, it is also your job as the leader to know when to allow your canine companion to take lead.

Our dogs are just waiting for us to give the signal!

Security Training

Are you looking to secure your home or business?

These dogs are trained to keep unwanted personnel off of the premises without leaving the boundaries of the property.

Board & Train Program

We never train in a kennel environment!

An opportunity to have your dog trained by one of our Through The Leash Canine Specialists! It does not get any better than this! When boarding your companion with Through The Leash your dog will be out and active during the day working through real-world distractions (parks, stores, shopping centers, malls, and anywhere else we can find natural distractions). There will also be monitored daily socialization with other pups as well.
Your pup becomes a member of your assigned Canine Specialists’ home for 10-14 days. In which time, they will receive 24-hour individual attention, allowing us to lay a solid foundation for you and your canine companion.

Completion of Board & Train

At the completion of your companions board & train program, YOUR training will begin. Again, we stress the importance of teaching you (the leader) to effectively communicate with your pups. You have to play an active role in the process to guarantee success!

Are You Eligible?

Yes, you are eligible for the Board & Train Program with Through The Leash Dog Behavior & Training! We cover all states in the U.S. No matter where you are in the U.S. if you are interested in our Board & Train Program contact us to inquire about your next step to a well-behaved canine.

During Your Pup’s Stay

  • During your 10-14 day period you are able to schedule visits to see your dog as often as you would like.
  • Every moment is a training moment.
  • Your dog will be placed into numerous socialization and enrichment groups.
  • You will be updated daily on your dogs’ progress.

Search & Rescue

Through The Leash Workshops

We offer Through the Leash enrichment programs at your organization. Our workshops are designed to teach your staff and volunteers how to handle the dogs in your facility on a daily basis.

We will conduct an individual assessment of each of your shelter dogs, teach your crew the proper way to move dogs throughout the facility, how to provide enrichment within the kennel, grouping or color-coding dogs based on temperament, and most importantly how to implement a universal line of communication understood by your staff, and dogs, alike.

The size of your staff and the number of dogs in your facility will determine the number of days we spend on-site!

Through The Leash Adviserships

We offer Through the Leash Adviserships to shelter personnel and volunteers. The focus is, and will always be, working with shelter animals.

By increasing the understanding of canine behavior, the effects of sheltering, and how to communicate with our counterparts we can enhance the quality of life for those dogs in care, and save lives!!

Our adviserships focus on the implementation of daily playgroups, and teaching boundaries and manners through a structured kennel program, and maybe most importantly, leash etiquette.

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