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Training that’s Enjoyable, Humane & Positive

Let us start your puppy off right! Puppy training helps with immediate puppy issues, foundation training skills, socialization and housetraining. Together, we can help set your puppy up to be a confident adult dog and family pet. Puppy training is meant for young puppies as early as 8 weeks old.

About Puppy Training

Our training sessions are designed for puppy parents seeking one-to-one training in the comfort of their own home. Sessions can also occur at other locations such as the park, shopping center, your office, a pet store etc. Training sessions are designed specifically to meet the unique needs of you and your puppy. All sessions provide hands-on learning and practice. Training is provided using humane and positive reinforcement-based methods. We will NEVER use intimidation, force, fear or other harmful tactics on your beloved family pet.

We Can Help With:

  • Foundation Training Skills (Focus, sit, down, come)
  • Socialization (Intro to new people, dogs, sounds, & new places)
  • Puppy Problems (nipping, chewing, destruction etc.)
  • Positive interactions between your puppy and your kids
  • Confidence Building for Shy, Fearful or Anxious Dogs
  • Impulse Control
  • Potty Training
  • Crate Training
  • Leash Walking Skills
  • Go to place
  • Leave it / Drop it
  • Being polite with guests and out in public
  • Assistance in purchasing the right supplies, toys, bones etc.
  • and much more!
Anthony De Marinis feeds a lab puppy a treat next to a ping-pong table.

What is Positive Reinforcement Training?

Positive reinforcement means reinforcing your dog for doing the right behavior. When a behavior is reinforced, it is likely to be repeated. Reinforcement can be in the form of treats, praise, toys etc. Through practice and consistency, the goal is to get your dog to respond to cues with little to no food.

Benefits of Positive Reinforcement Training:

  • Friendly & Humane
  • Enjoyable for your puppy
  • Sets clear rules & boundaries
  • Fosters a relationship between you & your puppy
  • Hands-on approach
  • Does Not Use: physical force, intimidation, fear tactics, electric shock collars, chokers & prong collars
A puppy lays on the grass next to a tennis ball during a training session

Need help before you get your puppy?

Be prepared! Hire us to answer your questions and concerns before you bring your puppy home. Click to learn more about pre-dog consultations!

Why is puppy training important?

Puppy training is important because:

  • It teaches puppies and their owners about obedience skills, life skills & social skills
  • It helps create a relationship between the puppy and owner
  • Sets rules & boundaries for the puppy and owner
  • Creates a polite family pet
  • Helps prevent problem behaviors
  • Teaches owners about their puppy and how to work with and manage their puppy in specific situations

Helpful Puppy Information:

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Training Videos

Possession Prevention

 

Hand Targeting

 

Goofing Off With The Puppy

 

Sit Maintain

 

Intro to Leave It

 

Polite Manners When Feeding

 

For more videos check out my video page on this website, or go to my YouTube channel.

 

CBATI Certified BAT Instructor
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The Gold Coast Dog Inc. is insured and bonded through the Business Insurers of The Carolina’s, PetCare Affiliates Insurance program.