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Sequoyah is now offering training for all dogs!
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at Sequoyah Shepherds we believe that the purchase of a dog is one of the
longest commitments that you will ever make. It is a decision that
will usually affect the next 10-12 years of your life. In our
opinion, it is a bigger commitment than the purchase of a house.
If you change jobs, people often have to change houses to be closer to
their job. If you have kids 4-5 years down the road, you often
changes houses. But, what about the dog? Now that you have
added a child to your household, has your dog been properly socialized
and trained to accept the newest family member? Now that you have
moved from the "country", into a subdivision, has the dog been taught
not to "nuisance bark"? These are all things that must
be considered when purchasing a dog.
AT WHAT AGE SHOULD TRAINING
TRAINING of your puppy - the stuff you teach them at home - should
start the DAY you bring your puppy home! This does not mean training
needs to be intensive right away. Training at this stage should be done
in many little lessons, in short spans of time (5-10 minutes per
session). Then it goes on from there! Don't pick hard
"tricks" to start training. Learn to pay attention to your puppy.
Reward him for little things that he does right. If you see him
sitting and looking at you, say "good sit" and praise or offer food
him. Pretty soon you will see him repeating things he gets
rewarded for. If you have a puppy that likes to "talk", ask him
"what do you think?" or simply say "speak" and reward his natural
When you first start training, you are actually teaching him to
learn....He has to discover 1) that you want something from him and 2)
that he gets rewarded when he figures it out. He first has to learn
the basics. After he masters this concept, he will soon be
trying to guess what you want from him instead of looking at you like
you have lost your mind.
Puppies and dogs learn from the instant they are born. At first
their world is small and their learning comes from their mother, other
littermates, and the whelping box (their environment). By the time they
are weaned and are sent on their way to new homes, they have learned a vast
amount - from their mom, their littermates, and from any
environmental influences they had. Hopefully, they have had a good foundation set for future
learning. This is one of the biggest reasons to purchase a pup from a
knowledgeable and reputable breeder.
Here at Sequoyah
Shepherds we are active members of Service Dogs of America
TYPES OF DOG TRAINING
- Animal Assisted Therapy
- Assistance Dog
- Guide Dog -- Dogs for the blind
- Assisted Therapy Dogs -- visits hospitals, nursing homes,
- Hearing Ear -- Dogs for the Deaf
- Functional Obedience -- Most dog owners simply want their
dogs to be well-mannered, and to respond nicely to their basic
commands. For example, to have a dog that heels nicely when out for
a walk, comes when called (which can save the dogs life), does a
nice down-stay when waiting in the animal hospital reception room,
does a stand-stay when being groomed, a sit-stay in the elevator,
- Competition Obedience -- performance obedience for titles and
|Flyball -- This exciting dog sport is lots of fun to watch,
and even more fun to participate in. Dogs require speed,
coordination and teamwork. Their enthusiasm is absolutely
|Musical Freestyle -- this wonderful sport reminds me of two
people waltzing together, only in this case one of the two
participants is a dog! Requires precision training, coordination,
and teamwork. It is truly a beautiful sport to watch.|
-- protection training that allows you to be able to count on
your dog for defense in any given situation.|
|Schutzhund -- This popular competitive sport includes three
phases: obedience training, tracking, and protection. Dogs with high
prey and fight drives (including many German Shepherds, Belgian
Malinois, Rotties, Dobies, APBTs, and American Bulldogs) are often
used in this exciting sport.|
|Search and Rescue -- What could be more rewarding than saving
people's lives? Search and rescue teams are devoted to doing this on
a regular basis, locating and rescuing lost and injured people.
These courageous teams are some of the today's true heroes.
|Lost and Found|
|Water rescue dogs|
Food for Thought:
Make sure that when you are deciding what direction you are going to
be going with your dog and your training, you pick a direction that
your dog is capable to going. Not every dog has the ability to
handle the skills you may try to give him.