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positive rewards

dog training

promoting the art & Science of positive Reinforcement training
Karen Ogden, CPDT-KA

 

 

 

Since 2005, offering experienced, knowledgeable reinforcement based dog training on Martha's Vineyard for companion and competition dogs.

Recommended island wide by veterinarians, especially for issues involving fear or reactivity.


Positive reinforcement training is not just for 'nice dogs' - it is a proven, scientifically based process which engages both the learner and the trainer in a meaningful conversation while prompting respect and building a strong working relationship.

Do you need help?
* with a puppy Piranha who's determined to eat your ankles?
* a shy dog who growls when people try to pet?
* want more enjoyable walks on leash with your dog?
* wish your dog would not dive towards every piece of rubbish?

Let me help you achieve your training goals!
Call or email today for more information.



 

 

 

 

Phone

(508) 693-3708
email: prdogtraining01@gmail.com

 

Location

457a State Road
(Woodland Center)
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

hours by appointment

Upcoming class schedule
Pre-registration is required ;  some classes have limited spaces available and can fill rapidly . If you are interested in registering for a class or want to know more about a class, email:  prdogtraining01@gmail.com

year round classes
Competition Obedience  6 pm      Meets Thursdays      $ 30. individual session or FlexCard
                                            This class is open to those interested in reinforcement based trainers interested in competition
                                            obedience . 
Sniffer Dog           1:30 pm            Meets Saturdays .    $180.00/5 weeks Intro. Sniffers :   On Odor- $25.00/session
                                             Scent work is a great way to have fun with your dog ! If you have ever been fascinated watching
                                             a detection dog at work, and wondered how to you teach a dog to look for a specific odor, this is
                                             the place to learn.  Locations TBA
                                             This class is open for teams interested in getting started in scent work as well as those who are
                                             on odor and looking for additional practice.

                                                         

September classes
1Puppy HeadStart   6-7 pm    Class runs from 9/1- 10/13 ( no class 9/8)       $ 205.00
                                           Welcome to the world of the puppy! This is a first learning class for puppies 8 - 16 weeks of age.
                                           week 1 : Education class for puppy owners ( no dogs): learn how dogs learn so you can achieve a
                                           a better behaved puppy by avoiding common errors . This class will run 90 minutes, all other
                                          other classes in this series will last an hour.
                                          weeks 2-6:  Working with your puppy - learn how to teach your puppy to calm down ( by himself),
                                          handle frustration without puppy temper tantrums, beginning obedience as well as a better
                                          understanding of what is socialization and why you must make this a priority for your puppy, now.


12 Reactive Rovers & Cautious Canines    10 -11: am   Class runs from 9/12 - 10/3 (no class 9/26 ) 
                                            $100.00/ working team    $ 50.00/ auditors (no dog)
                                            This class is open to those with or without dogs who want to learn more about how to change their
                                            dogs behavior through the science of reinforcement based training.
                                            Week 1 : Understanding reactivity in dogs -There are no bad dogs; just dogs who need more space :
                                            the science of fear and making distance happen

                                            We'll be looking at the world as your dog perceives it in terms of distance, triggers and how to set
                                            your dog up for a successful learning event without creating a reactive response. This is not a
                                            working week for those teams with dogs - dogs will be working weeks 2 & 3.
                                            Week 2/3. We'll be practicing techniques for successful management and training of your dog.
                                            Due to space limitations, dogs will be worked individually to minimize stress and maximize learning.

12 Introduction to Clicker Training!  11:30am -12:30pm      Class runs from 9/12 - 10/3 no class 9/26 ) 
                                            4 working spots$100.00/ working team    $ 50.00/ auditors (no animal)
                                             Want to learn how to train your dog, cat, chicken, rabbit, fish or.....? This is an interactive class for
                                            anyone interested in learning not only training skills but how to work with these skills correctly to
                                            achieve amazing results. 

14 Puppy HeadStart   6-7 pm    Class runs from 9/14 - 10/26 ( no class 10/12)       $ 205.00
                                           Welcome to the world of the puppy! This is a first learning class for puppies 8 - 16 weeks of age.
                                           week 1 : Education class for puppy owners ( no dogs): learn how dogs learn so you can achieve a
                                           a better behaved puppy by avoiding common errors . This class will run 90 minutes, all other
                                          other classes in this series will last an hour.
                                          weeks 2-6:  Working with your puppy - learn how to teach your puppy to calm down ( by himself),
                                          handle frustration without puppy temper tantrums, beginning obedience as well as a better
                                          understanding of what is socialization and why you must make this a priority for your puppy, now.

16 Obedience Basics  6-7 pm   Class will run from 9/16 - 10/21     $210.00
                                         Learn how to have a better behaved dog in 6 weeks through the magic of reinforcement training.
                                         For all dogs 5 months and older.
                                         week 1 : Education class for the human end of the leash (no dogs): learn how dogs learn so you can
                                         become a more effective teacher for your dog. We'll be working with a demo dog to help guide you
                                         through the week 1 homework games so you'll have the skills to become a more effective teacher!
                                         weeks 2-6: Working with your dog - each week's class builds off the previous week's games and
                                         skills.  You'll be amazed the changes in your dog's attitude towards working with you as well as
                                         learning a lot about dog behavior.
                                                   
                                         

October classes
17 Puppy Socialization Seminar     10 - 12 noon$40.00  
                                            This is a non working class.
                                            Whether you are a breeder, a first time puppy owner or have raised puppies in the past , this is a
                                            must attend class. 
                                            Socialization is a time sensitive, critical developmental stage in dogs and how the experiences are
                                            presented, explored and interacted with will shape the destiny of the adult dog. 
                                                                              
20 Puppy HeadStart   6-7 pm    Class runs from 10/20 - 11/24 ( no class 10/12)       $ 205.00
                                           Welcome to the world of the puppy! This is a first learning class for puppies 8 - 16 weeks of age.
                                           week 1 : Education class for puppy owners ( no dogs): learn how dogs learn so you can achieve a
                                           a better behaved puppy by avoiding common errors . This class will run 90 minutes, all other
                                          other classes in this series will last an hour.
                                          weeks 2-6:  Working with your puppy - learn how to teach your puppy to calm down ( by himself),
                                          handle frustration without puppy temper tantrums, beginning obedience as well as a better
                                          understanding of what is socialization and why you must make this a priority for your puppy, now.

28 Obedience Basics  6-7 pm   Class will run from 10/28 - 12/9 ( no class 11/25 )     $210.00
                                         Learn how to have a better behaved dog in 6 weeks through the magic of reinforcement training.
                                         For all dogs 5 months and older.
                                         week 1 : Education class for the human end of the leash (no dogs): learn how dogs learn so you can
                                         become a more effective teacher for your dog. We'll be working with a demo dog to help guide you
                                         through the week 1 homework games so you'll have the skills to become a more effective teacher!
                                         weeks 2-6: Working with your dog - each week's class builds off the previous week's games and
                                         skills.  You'll be amazed the changes in your dog's attitude towards working with you as well as
                                         learning a lot about dog behavior.

 

 

 


 

Attending a class? Check below for important class information.

All my classes are taught using positive reinforcement training; if you are unfamiliar with this type of training or simply curious as to its effectiveness  feel free to stop by and audit a class in session.  Auditors are always welcome, but must leave their dogs within their vehicles or at home to prevent disruption to a class in session.
 

Required Vaccinations for classes
* kennel cough within the past 6 months
* current on all vaccinations including rabies
* bring a copy of your dog's vaccination record with you to your first class (required for attendance)
 

Sociability
* your dog needs to be comfortable working near other dogs and people without barking, lunging or growling
* if your dog has difficulty calming down in a group class setting, we will set up individual training for you and your dog for the balance of your class session.

Equipment for classes
* flat collar  or harness
* flat 4-6 foot leash +  20-25ft long line ( Puppy HeadStart & Obedience Basics)
* clean up bags for your dog
 

Payment for classes & Refunds
* payment is due in full at time of first class. Personal checks or cash is accepted.
* Once  class has begun, a refund is not available. If you are not familiar with the principles of positive reinforcement training , stop in to watch a class in session.
If you do not agree with the concept of using food or toys as a training tool, you will want to find another trainer.

Family Members
*are welcome to come and help train! Children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian

Cell phone use during class
Unless it is a family or medical emergency, please turn off your cell phone during class or place on vibrate.  Texting during class is not permitted. Your politeness  will be appreciated!

email: 
prdogtraining01@gmail.com

phone:
508 693 3708
 

mail: 
Positive Rewards dog training
PO Box 1618, West Tisbury, MA 02575

 

 

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Let me introduce you to the amazing world of reinforcement based training.

I have been working with dogs since 1992 when I first began training my own dog for looking for missing persons. Jacob, a Golden Retriever, opened my eyes and my mind to the world as a dog understands it , through scent .  Jake and later Orion, another Golden were instrumental in helping me develop and grow as a trainer .

In 2005, I decided to tap into the experience and knowledge I had gained through learning how to train independent thinking working dogs and I started my dog training business, Positive Rewards. I became a certified trainer in 2007 and have maintained my certification  since that time.

I strongly believe in the power of positive training. I enjoy helping others learn how to not only communicate their training desires effectively, but more importantly, teach owners how to listen to what their dogs are “telling’ them about the training conversation. I want the dog or any other animal I am training to be an interactive, willing participant in the training conversation .

It is training without a fear of failing.

Let me help you create a better behaved dog  -  even old dogs can learn new tricks!

Thanks for stopping by to say hello -

Karen Ogden, CPDT-KA
AKC CGC Evaluator
professional level member Association for Professional Dog Trainers
member National Association for Canine Scent Work (NACSW)
trial photographer NACSW