Intermountain K9 Academy offers dog training in Salt Lake and surrounding areas from Max Chardack, a Master Dog Trainer. We offer a number of different courses ranging from group obedience classes, private one-on-one sessions, to board and train to work on any issues from basic obedience to aggressive and reactive behaviors. We can travel to meet you where it's convenient. Our specialty offerings include protection, agility, treadmill training, narcotics detection, and search and rescue.
We love working with all dogs, and look forward to working with you and your pet.
We have a marker based training philosophy that uses both positive and negative motivation to teach new behaviors. We use three principles to establish and maintain behaviors: timing, motivation, and consistency. These principles are the basis for clear communication between you and your dog, whether a Police K9 or a pet.
The first principle is directly related to how dogs' brains process cause and effect. A dog must have a consequence or reward within 1.3 seconds of acting out for the dog to associate that behavior with either consequence or reward. In order to effectively manage timing, we use words called markers. We use the words "good" and "no" to mark at the exact moment your dog acts out the right or wrong behavior respectively.
We can influence our dogs' decision-making process by rewarding their good behavior with either a small treat or a pet. When they take a good action, immediately mark the behavior by saying "good" and following up with the reward. Similarly, if your dog acts out with the wrong behavior you immediately mark the behavior by saying "no" and then correcting your dog properly using a training collar. The strength and style of correction depend greatly on the dog.
Clear communication between owners and dogs is crucial and means promptly reacting the same way every time to any significant behavior, such as coming when called or getting in the trash. You must consistently mark and then either reward or correct your dog every time it has a significant behavior. Our dogs' behavior is a direct reflection of how we interact with them, which is why we implement the three training principles.