Over theRainbow Dogs specializes in pet-dog training to help you have a wonderful, well mannered family pet that is the treasure at the end of the rainbow.
All training methods used are humane and based on the positive reinforcement and negative punishment quadrants of B.F. Skinner’s operant conditioning. Your dog will be rewarded for performing correctly. If your dog performs incorrectly, the reward will be withheld. Dogs are never physically or verbally punished during training.
Over the Rainbow Dogs recommends using a clicker to train your dog. A recent study reveals that dogs learn initial behaviors about 40% faster if a clicker is used. The clicker is a communication tool used to mark the behavior you want from your dog and to let your dog know that he will be rewarded. You will learn how to pair the clicker sound with a reward, in most cases a food reward, and then use it to facilitate teaching your dog new behaviors.
Over the Rainbow Dogs wants you and your dog to have fun during the training process. Training is structured as a win-win situation so that your dog does the behaviors you want in order to get what he wants. Everyone wins! Everyone is happy!
Over the Rainbow Dogs currently holds classes at the Westview Woof Academy (Westview Animal Clinic) in Muncie, Indiana.
The Lollipup Kids class is held in an open format which means that you do not have to wait to start training your puppy. If you have to miss a week, you can make it up later as long as your puppy does not get too old or large for puppy class. You and your puppy never have to miss a class that you paid for. The first Lollipup class is free in order to let you decide if you and your dog want to train with Over the Rainbow Dogs. (A traditional style class may be available at times.)
Over the Rainbow Dogs also offers the American Kennel Club S.T.A.R. Puppy program so your puppy can earn a pre-Canine Good Citizen award. You and your dog must attend 6 weeks of classes to receive this award.
Other classes offered vary in length and have a definite start and end date.
Behaviors taught in the Lollipup Kids Puppy Training class include:
Munchkins Class (4 weeks) ONLY FOR DOGS THAT HAVE COMPLETED LOLLIPUPS CLASS.
Munchkins (dogs 5 months to 12 months) will continue, build on, and refine the Lollipup Kids class behaviors while adding the following behaviors:
Yellow Brick Road Class (4 weeks) ONLY FOR DOGS THAT HAVE COMPLETED THE LOLLIPUPS OR MUNCHKINS CLASS.
Yellow Brick Road 1 (dogs 8 months and older) is a beginning level class for older dogs and includes the following behaviors:
Emerald City 1 & 2 Class (Canine Good Citizen and AKC Community Dog) (4 weeks) ONLY FOR DOGS THAT HAVE COMPLETED ANOTHER CLASS WITH OVER THE RAINBOW DOGS.
Over the Rainbow Dogs offers classes to prepare your dog for the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and the AKC Community Canine (CGCA) tests. The CGC and CGCA demonstrate that your dog responds to your requests, is well mannered, and is a safe, well socialized dog around people and other dogs. The AKC Community Canine (CGCA) is a good step towards preparing your dog to pass the Therapy Dogs International test.
Therapy Dog Information (Over the Rainbow Dogs no longer offers testing for Therapy Dogs International. To locate an evaluator visit the website of Therapy Dogs International at: http://www.tdi-dog.org/HowToJoinEvaluators.aspx.)
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