Welcome to Canine Culture!
The goal of Canine Culture Learning Center is to provide you with the skills you need to develop the ideal relationship with your dog.
He may not be the perfect "obedient" dog. He has a mind of his own. But if you learn what makes him tick, and what motivates him to be disobedient or uncooperative at times, you are bound to improve his behavior and enhance your relationship.
Some of what I want to see you develop with your dog include the ability to: 1) focus and pay attention; 2) break down and solve problems; 3) train for meaning and pleasure; 4) Think Dog.
Providing personal and professional service, in private and group dog training classes in Upstate Central New York. Cayuga, Onondaga, Madison & Oneida Counties.
Would you like to learn how to have better behavior, cooperation, and communication with your dog?
Would you like to learn who he/she really is, and who he needs YOU to be to help him overcome behavior problems and other common issues such as fearfulness and aggression?
Would you like to learn how to fulfill his nature to help correct hyperactivity and destructiveness?
Would you like to earn respect and cooperation, and develop the ULTIMATE relationship, without domination and fear?
Or... is he just perfect, and you just want to learn how to have even MORE fun with your dog?!
If the answer to ANY of the previous questions is YES, come to CANINE CULTURE!
If you are interested in learning more about different activities and sports you can participate in with your dog, please check out...
They have a very thorough and user friendly list of fun dog activities, and links to find out more about them.
I service the communities in and around Syracuse and Utica and in between. Some of those include, but are not limited to... Lafayette, Dewitt, Fayetteville, Pompey, Manlius, Cazenovia, Canastota, Chittenango, Oneida, Rome, Baldwinsville, Sherrill, Vernon, New Hartford, Bridgeport, Sylvan Beach, Cleveland and Liverpool.
CALL 315-280-0107 or if you are interested in classes, clinics or seminars.
Classes or clinics can be held in YOUR area if sufficient interest and location is available.
Dogs of all ages and breeds (mixes too!) are welcome in all classes!
Using easy to understand motivational methods, anyone can master these skills in just a few short minutes a day.
The time you spend living with your dog, and incorporating the skills you learn into your life, is much more important than isolated training sessions.
No matter what your success has been in the past I am confident that you will gain a much better understanding of the canine mind. With this knowledge it will be easier for you to improve most behavioral problems such as shyness, reactivity, phobias, and even aggression.
Canine Culture provides the type of learning style that is only available through one-on-one or in a small group setting.
You can attend a variety of classes geared towards the specific topics that you are interested in.
Anyone can improve their pet communication skills. Whether you are an experienced dog owner or it's your first puppy, the sky is the limit to what you can do with your dog. If you are interested in sports, competition, a nice leisurely stroll in the park or what ever you might be dreaming of...
Group and private classes are currently available in several locations.
Private in-home classes are also available both durring the day and in the evening.
Obedience (behavior and competition) classes are available. The classes running now are basic and intermediate home behavior. These classes are available to all ages of dogs and owners. Behavior classes are where we teach you how to teach your dog basic obedience skills like name recognition, sit, down, come, loose leash walking and leave it.
There are a couple of other important things we include in our basic classes that I think are very important, that I don't believe are sufficiently covered in other training classes you may attend. At least not the way I do it.
Those things are relationship building exercises that cover 2 important topics... trust and respect.
I believe in order to have the proper relationship, partnership if you will, you must have trust and respect. Love is not enough to allow someone, human or animal, to follow, heed, honor, appreciate, admire or even pay attention to you. You need assurance, consistency, faith... or trust, for lack of a better term.
How can you define love without trust and respect? Perhaps love without trust and respect isn't as unconditional as you might want to think.
These are some words that I think are often misunderstood. At least in the way I intend them.
"Respect" is a word that often has the mistaken impression of something that is earned by force or negative means. However, a common definition would be... admiration given by others. Some common synonyms that I think better describe what I intend an owner to be able to earn from their dog would be... appreciation, consideration, courtesy, deference, esteem, regard, favor, reverence... pick your favorite descriptive word for how you want your dog to view you.
How do you show respect to someone or something? It is how you give to pressure. There are many different kinds of pressure. Social, physical, spacial, emotional are all kinds of pressure were respond to. How we respond to them depends on our amount of trust, respect, or comfort level we have to the situation.
Trust is relevant to the problem or situation. You may want to believe that your dog trusts you, but does he put his faith in you when he is nervous or afraid? Does he rely on you to make him feel safe? Or does he rely on himself by practicing fear aggression or avoidance in order to protect himself?
Any type of avoidance behavior your dog exhibits is him/her showing he has reservations or lack of trust in the situation. Issues with simple restraint, nail trimming, the vet, new places, new people, even new situations in your own home... these are symptoms. They are things that should be recognized and improved.
These behaviors are very changeable in all dogs. You can even completly fix these issues, in shy and fearful dogs if you learn how to be what they need of you. Earn their trust and teach them to depend on you. If you can do this in their day to day life, they will learn to trust and depend on you in even very stressful situations. No matter what their past experience!
It is very empowering to have a dog with past issues give you this level of trust and respect. Learn how to have it all.