Orlando dog training experts offer advice
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Sit and stay awhile as we speak to three highly rated Orlando-area dog trainers about training your fur family.
How long after getting a dog should you start training?
P. J. Lacette: The fastest learning time a dog has is as a puppy, so start training then if you can. Start immediately after getting an older dog, that way you can set the tone for the relationship. Don’t allow a bad behavior just for the sake of being kind.
Darryl Payne: If it’s a puppy, the earlier the better. An older dog should settle into the new environment for two weeks because at first the dog will be on its best behavior. After that is when the bad behaviors will start showing up.
Hal Bannasch: I prefer starting puppies around 10 weeks. Start training immediately with an older dog because you want to set the boundaries right away. You don’t want to allow a dog to dig holes for a few weeks then have the rules change.
Who we spoke to
Best Paw Forward
P. J. Lacette, owner
Pawfection Dog Training
Darryl Payne, owner
Hal Bannasch, owner
How long should an owner expect a dog to be in training?
Lacette: It depends on the owner’s management of it and time dedicated to it. For a puppy with no housetraining and no learned behaviors, it will probably be about six weeks.
Payne: Training for smaller things such as to stop jumping, we can fix in two hours. Separation anxiety, in severe cases, can take up to six months. I’d say 99 percent of problems can be fixed in two hours.
Bannasch: My training program is usually three months but covers many things. Small things like housebreaking can be done in one or two weeks.
What is the starting price for your basic training program?
Lacette: Our basic class deals with common obedience tricks and behavior problems such as chewing, and that’s a six-week series for $165.
Payne: One two-hour session is $199, but the evening rate is $275.
Bannasch: One lesson is $125. For the three-month program, the average is usually around $525 but varies based on the needs of the owners and dog.
What is one way to make a dog understand the behavior is wrong?
Lacette: Train the dog to do something else. If he runs up to you and jumps, instead of yelling “no,” train him to run up to you and sit.
Payne: It’s not the language, it’s the way you say it. They recognize the tone and associate it with the activity. Dogs learn by association and repetition.
Bannasch: You need to connect a negative action to the language so the dog can understand the language.