Training the C.H.A.M.P., Inc. Way

Training the C.H.A.M.P., Inc. Way
Mary Ruth, Director of Training

As we started our new organization, the importance of our dogs being happy and willing workers was one of the first things we addressed.

We decided we would not teach using physical corrections. It didn't seem reasonable to use a lot of force to train a dog, then place the dog with someone who could not apply force. Our commitment was to teach in a manner that would build a strong enough foundation that our clients could not only maintain, but also add to their dog's skills. We feel this will make a more successful and personalized team.

We also like the concept of our client partners being more active in the development of the team. This requires a dog that is confident and happy and a style of training the client partner can reinforce.

We wanted a style of training that was enjoyable for the trainers, fun for the dogs and empowering for our clients. This is not to say corrections are never used, but our focus is on teaching in a positive manner.

By breaking down each exercise into small increments, we build on the dog's successes rather than failures. Let's face it, we all like to do the things that make us feel successful. So it is with our dogs. They learn to make good associations with working because it is a positive experience for them.

By doing this, the work itself becomes reinforcing. The wagging tails tell of the joy they find in a job well done. This is what we feel is the C.H.A.M.P.ion difference.