>> About Our Training Philosophies <<

We work with people who have invisible disabilities. An invisible disability can be a hearing loss, mobility issues, seizures, diabetes, PTSD, anxiety disorder, and autism spectrum, just to name a few.

We do NOT train dogs for those that are visually impaired (Guide Dogs). Instead, we will refer you to an appropriate and qualified trainer or organization.

We are oriented as an owner-trainer program. This means you, the owner, will be professionally instructed on how to train your own dog, at your own speed, under both the direct and indirect supervision of DID's certified trainers.

We utilize a balanced training approach. This means that by following through with the trainer's direction and technique, they will have your team, the handler and dog, use proven methods that are based on a balanced training technique.

> What Is Balanced Training? <

Balanced training is accomplished by using both positive and negative punishment.

> What is positive re-enforcement?

Some examples of this are walks, rubs, allowed to play with toys, attention, petting, scratches, access to favorite resting places, and by using both treats and praise to entice the (SDiT) to fulfill the desired action.

Positive re-enforcement is also used to create familiarity with startling objects like shopping carts, automatic entrance doors, etc.

The timing of when you present the treats or praise is critical. When given to stop a un-desired behavior, it only teaches the dog that if it mis-behaves it will get a treat.

To that end, we promote the use of a clicker.
(Click then treat, to re-enforce, just repeat. Think you're done - do it again)

For those times that holding the leash, the clicker, and "a treat at the ready" is to difficult, we recommend the use of a new design to free up your "third" hand. Learn more about this innovative clicker by "clicking" here.

Your trainer will advise or assist you with the proper methods of positive re-enforcement.

> What is negative punishment?
Some examples of this are water spray, raising your voice, various collar corrections, shaker can, or motion sensor alarm.

With any dog, there will be times when negative punishment techniques are absolutely crucial when high risk situations occur in public.

For example, there will be times that you will quickly command by saying "NO!" to you SDiT. One of these times could be when a SDiT spots something across the street, and acting from instinct, charges after it!

In this situation, the leash (why a leash is not only recommended but required by law) prevents harm, but the leash slips from your hand. Now what? This is when negative punishment is used.

Your command of "NO!" or "STOP!" could save your dog's life, and potentially the lives of others (due to a traffic accident).

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