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New Obedience Class at Play Wash Stay

New Obedience Class at Play Wash Stay

Natural Obedience Level One: Working with Your Dog's Drive March 4th thru April 1st, 2023 In this course, you will learn what truly motivates your dog and how to train obedience behaviors using their natural drive. You will use food, toys, and praise to shape the following commands: Sit, Down, Stay, Place, and Recall. This class is for dogs 6 months and older. We will meet once per week for 5 weeks, and each class runs for 60 minutes. This program is designed to give you the tools needed in order to build clear communication, trust, and the ability to...


Local Classes: Chattanooga

Leah Lykos

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Local Classes: Chattanooga

Natural Obedience Starts January 7th   Natural Obedience Level One: Working with Your Dog's Drive Jan 7th thru Feb 4th, 2023 In this course, we help you learn what truly motivates your dog and how to train obedience behaviors using their natural drive. We use food, toys, and praise to shape the following commands: Sit, Down, Stay, Place, and Recall. This class is for dogs 6 months and older. We will meet once per week for 5 weeks, and each class runs for 45 minutes. This program is designed to give you and your dog the foundations for clear communication,...


Is My Dog Fear Compliant?

Is My Dog Fear Compliant?

In my last blog post, Dominance Debunked, I explained how physical force and emotional intimidation can make a dog fearful and even aggressive. The thing is, with a lot of these methods, including alpha-style "pack leadership" and even e-collar training, you can produce a dog who appears obedient and calm. But the underlying state of many of these dogs is actually a freeze-response. These dogs are fear-compliant. They obey out of a sense of self-preservation because their nervous systems are overwhelmed with fight/flight/freeze signals. This is why a dog may "snap" out of nowhere, because they are moving from the...


Dominance Debunked: Stop Pinning Your Dog

Dominance Debunked: Stop Pinning Your Dog

It may go without saying, but dominance in dog training has been debunked. The science just doesn't support it. Whenever you use pain or fear to train or intimidate your dog, the results will be bad. Your dog may end up showing you some obedience behaviors, but deep down they will be hiding a boatload of insecurities which can later manifest into problem behaviors.  These problem behaviors may include, but are not limited to: submissive peeing, shyness, generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, hyperactivity, hyper-friendliness, appeasement behaviors, and then there's just flat-out aggression. Using dominance techniques with your dog doesn't show them...


We Have Moved!

Leah Lykos

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We Have Moved!

We recently (and rather unexpectedly) moved out of Arizona and wanted to let you know that we are now located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  To our Arizona clients: We will miss seeing you and being in beautiful Flagstaff! You can keep in touch in any of the following ways: Subscribe on YouTubeFollow on InstagramJoin the Mighty Network and get continued supportIf you need further help with your dog, I can always do a virtual lesson by way of a phone or video consultation. Let me know if you have any questions, my new number is: 423-468-0840. Woof!Leah