OhMyDog!

Obedience training for family dogs in The Hague

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For whom is our Obedience for the Family Dog class?

We have designed our obedience training class for people who want a polite, well-adjusted dog who is welcome everywhere. Typical students are graduates from our puppy class, recently adopted shelter dogs, or family dogs with a couple of annoying habit. We adapt the level of each exercise to each individual participants.

The class is suitable for all dogs over five months of age provided they are temperamentally suited for group training: with no excessive barking, aggression or fearfulness. We can help dogs with these problems more effectively through private classes (pick “behaviour advice or private training” under “enlisting for course” in the registration form.).

We test the "leave" it with our temptation board full of the stinkiest treats

We test the “leave” it with our temptation board full of the stinkiest treats.

Objectives of the Obedience for the Family Dog class

At OhMyDog!, all obedience classes focus on building and maintaining a great bond with your dog.

We will help you guide your dog into becoming a pleasant companion, even at times of distraction or excitement, without using any intimidation or force.

We sprinkle each lesson with real-life and fun elements, to keep it interesting for you and your dog.

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Guzman learning to be a loose leash walking gent

Taster for the Obedience for the Family Dog class

  • The dog learns to stay put, sitting or lying down, even surrounded by temptation and distractions
  • Tips for excitable dogs
  • How to keep play relaxed and under control
  • How to refocus your dog when distracted
  • How to walk in a relaxed way, without pulling on the leash
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Harry practising self-control when playing tug with his owner

Curriculum

  • Clicker word: you will build precision training skills, boosting your effectiveness in teaching the dog new things even long after you have left us
  • Reliable sit: Yes, even with food or another dog.
  • Terrace training: stay settled under a restaurant table
  • Default check-in: enjoy a dog who loves checking up on you regularly, even if he’s busy
  • ‘Watch me’: at the whisper of a word, the dog will be magnetized by your eyes and you’ll have his/her full attention
  • Rock solid leave it: yes, even from a distance, without shouting, and if it’s delicious
  • Default leave it: He is less tempted by things he finds on walks.
  • Loose leash walking
  • Emergency recall: a sound that will have your dog jumping through fire (and ignore other dogs or food) to come back to you (except for dogs with a strong prey drive)

Naturally, you will only get the maximum out of the course if you attend every lesson, and practice, practice, practice between lessons. Carnegie Hall and all that.

Manners issue or behaviour problem?

Our group obedience lessons are designed for owners who want to improve their dog’s obedience training skills like give them an impeccable recall or a reliable leave it. If you have concerns about your dog’s behaviour (e.g. barking, reactivity, fearfulness, prey drive) and are not sure group lessons are suitable, send us a mail. We will advise you on the best training option for your dog – be it through group training, private training or behaviour therapy. We have qualified private trainers/behaviour therapists on staff who can help. This is our process to help steer you in the direct direction.

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