Puppy & Beginner-Sunday, June 18 at 2:30 pm.
Intermediate-Sunday, June 11 at 1 pm
Training methods are different and you should always talk to your trainers about their philosophy. Keystone K9 trainers are staunch advocates of positive reinforcement training techniques. As opposed to aversive(a.k.a. positive punishment) techniques(e.g.choke, prong, or shock collars, etc.), positive reinforcement training tends to hold stronger, last longer, and leads to a stronger bond between the dog and the handler. Dogs trained through positive reinforcement are able to maintain their spirit and perform for their handlers not because of fear of consequences but because it makes them happy to make you happy.
Our classes will not only train your dog how to perform fixed behaviors, but will also educate you in positive reinforcement training methods. You will learn how to teach your dog beneficial behaviors and how to prevent the display of annoying behaviors. You will not only learn how to train what is taught in class, but will leave with a valuable toolbox you can use for future training endeavors.
Available classes include:
This is the introductory training for dogs that are starting class when they are younger than 5 months of age. The first 5 months are the most important and critical to a puppy’s social development and well being. By seven weeks, the brain has already developed sufficiently to learn new behaviors and receive the full benefit of training. Puppy courses include instruction in socialization, house training, leaving a puppy alone, problem solving, and overall household manners. We work with you to teach your puppy to pay attention, come when called, sit, lay down, stay in place, give/drop things from their mouth, leave things(found “treasures”, cats, etc.)alone, and walk nicely on a leash. You will also learn how to discourage biting, nipping, and jumping on people.
This is the introductory training for dogs that are starting class when they are older than 5 months of age. Even if your dog is no longer a young, impressionable puppy, she is not at all too old to learn new things. Just as a 40 year old person can start college, a 6 month, 2 year, or 10 year old dog can start training. As with an older person, there may also be the need to, “unlearn” some undesirable habits that have formed over time or that may have come from a prior owner. Designed for adolescent and adult dogs, our basic education class will help learn new behaviors, address undesirable behaviors, and strengthen the bond(or form a new bond) between you and your dog. As with the puppy class, we also work with you to teach your dog to pay attention, come when called, sit, lay down, stay in place, give/drop things from their mouth, leave things alone, and walk nicely on a leash.
The Intermediate class is for students that have completed the Puppy or Beginner Class. The introductory classes give you an understanding of how your dog thinks and learns. We teach you positive reinforcement training methods and give your dog a love for being trained and a set of structured behaviors and skills. The Intermediate class builds on that by developing solid performance and introduces some more advanced behaviors. You will learn how to get your dog to respond and perform despite distractions. As an example, the introduction class will teach your dog to stay in place. The Intermediate class will help you teach your dog to stay when you are a distance from your dog or when a ball bounces by. We will also teach your dog to wait at doorways (instead of bolting through) and to heal by your side.
This class develops your dog’s skills beyond the ones that they have built in previous classes. It adds multiple distractions and prepares your dog for the Canine Good Citizen test.
-Canine Good Citizen(CGC)
The Canine Good Citizen Prep class is for students that have completed basic 2 Class or have an equivalent level of other training. The American Kennel Club(AKC) Canine Good Citizen(CGC)certification is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. Owners and dogs that pass the 10 part CGC exam can obtain an official certificate from the AKC. CGC certifications are sometimes accepted to waive breed specific restrictions(in housing developments, insurance policies, etc.), may allow dogs access to nursing homes, and are often used as a prerequisite to therapy dog certifications. The CGC Prep class takes advantage of your dog’s past training and focuses on the skills required to pass the CGC exam. Students participating in the class will be given the opportunity to take the CGC test for no additional charge.
Note: If you pass the CGC exam, you may choose to purchase related merchandise, including the CGC certificate, collar tags, or patches directly from the AKC. Although any dog can receive CGC certifications, AKC registered dogs receive a CGC designation.
In 1998, Rob Bachrach adopted a beagle/shepherd/lab mix named Keira from the Harrisburg Humane Society. Keira was listed as being given up because she was “un-trainable”. Although Rob did not know how to train dogs, he was enamored by Keira’s eyes and loving disposition. So, immediately after adoption, he enrolled them both in local training classes. They had so much fun working together that they kept enrolling in more classes, sometimes taking 3 different classes in any given week. They were spending so much time in training, that the instructor offered to train Rob as a training instructor, with Keira as his demo-dog.
Rob was trained in dog behavior, ethology (how they learn), nutrition, training techniques, and how to run a class and was certified as a training instructor in August 2000. He then spent the next 15 years helping dog owners train over 700 dogs to be great pets. Training not only improves a dogs behavior, but makes them safer, lowers the stress levels of both the owner and the dog, and strengthens the bond between the owner and the dog. Rob’s goal is to make sure that lack of training is never a reason for a dog ending up in a shelter, getting hit by a car, or injuring a person.