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Carol DePaul, CEO/Head Trainer
To help the foster parents, and the adoptive owners with dogs that have been abandoned, given up or rescued off the streets is very rewarding. I am proud of the people that take in these dogs and give them the opportunity, a second chance they deserve. They need to have leadership in order for them to be a great dog! Rules, boundaries, limitations and then love. The way to do this is through training not just the dog, but teaching the human how to handle a dog that has behaviors the right way. This is where I come in!
I teach the human and train the dog, or rehabilitate the dog that may have behaviors that no one understands how to correct.
These rescues work very hard to bring in the dog's in desperate need for a home, medical issues and any other thing they may need.
We at DePaul K9 Academy are very proud to be associated with these rescues!
Behavior problems just do not appear! There is a reason why we see behaviors with dogs that are not favorable. It comes from lack of socialization, structure, rules, boundaries and limitations in the relationship between human and dog. Dogs need a strong leader! This gives the dog security and confidence.
We focus on helping people create a bond and a balanced relationship through applied techniques, obedience, leadership, socialization and behavior modification with their dogs.
Dog owners are at different levels of having a dog so we start with a 60 minute hands on evaluation and consultation. This helps determine what you would like to accomplish throughout the training. When we have completed the consultation, we then move forward to the type of program needed that best suits you and your dog. After all, it is important that YOU understand how to train your dog.
From the very moment we bring a dog into our lives, we need to adjust OUR behaviors, as well as be a good leader for our dogs. Our energy around our dogs speaks volume to either encourage bad behaviors or good ones.
To be successful with your dog and create the bond, he must learn to trust you as his leader, therefore through applied training with the trainer and your being consistent with training you have developed a great bond between you and your dog. But remember it is up to you to keep up the training so your dog will understand its position and what is expected.
Be open, receptive, patient and willing to learn and you will have the dog you always hoped to have, a well balanced member of your pack!
My name is Carol DePaul, CEO/Head Trainer of DePaul K9 Academy. I have more than 15 years training dogs, as well as horses for pleasure riding and therapy for disabled children and adults. Over the many years of owning dogs, volunteering at shelters and working with rescues, I felt it would be beneficial to become a professional dog trainer to help people that wanted to adopt/ rescue or just purchase a dog or puppy.
After volunteering at the shelters, I witnessed so many dogs that were returned to the shelters or surrendered for behaviors such as; jumping on people, was not potty trained, uncontrollable barking, pulling the owner down the street, and many other reasons. This really broke my heart. I knew with proper training for both human and dog we could correct and rehabilitate most of these behaviors and keep them from being returned to shelter and risk of euthanasia.
The great thing is with training, it then will allow the people that selected the dogs they fell in love with to have the understanding to be able to keep their dogs, and have a nice balanced pack!
I studied psychology of a dogs mind , how to understand body language of a dog. This is critical when working with dogs. Energy plays a huge factor when relating with the dogs, after all, this is how they communicate in the wild. Once you learn how to communicate with a dog with calm assertive energy you will see great results!
Setting rules, boundaries and limitations teaches your dog that you are the pack leader or pack parent. People ask me, "Should I not be affectionate to my dog?" Of course you should be! Love them a lot but remember FIRST, you must be their leader in order for them to follow and trust you. What I am saying is, rules and boundaries first, then yes love your dogs!!!!
The place command is an essential command that will teach your dog to settle down in any situation. It gives your dog a job to do instead of the job they choose for themselves.
The "place" command is simply training your dog to go to a specific place, such as a dog bed, mat, raised platform or a place board. When your dog chooses their own job, it usually displays in undesirable behaviors, such as: Barking at a knock on a door or the doorbell.
In this photo Cobie is in an area with many distractions such as squirrels, ducks, people with other dogs walking by in the park. You see he is interested, but holding his "place" command. He has been taught to hold position, until he hears his release word.
It is important to always work with a dog on a leash, especially in an area where there could be potential danger. This way you have control of the situation at ALL times.
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