Dog Training FAQs

At BlackPaw Dog Training we strive to produce extraordinary results and to develop happy and confident dogs. We achieve this by using a method called “balanced training,” which combines the best parts of both traditional and contemporary training styles.

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We have developed our own exclusive method of using the vibrating electronic collar gently and effectively. With a subtle vibrating sensation much like the technology you are familiar with in your phone or smart watch, we use the e-collar to break the dog’s fixation on distractions and help them to better pay attention to their handler.

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Simply put, we focus our training on boarding school because it provides better results than anything possible with group classes or private lessons. It allows us to give back a better-trained dog than you ever imagined, and our approach focuses on two training principles. The first is Quality. While he or she is with us, every interaction with your dog is conducted with the full attention of a professional trainer. Our second training principle is Quantity. We train your dog all throughout the day, allowing us to have many, many chances to teach your dog the right thing to do in any situation. Training requires patience and repetition, and most people are too busy to take the time required to truly train their dog.

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Our boarding school programs are much like summer camps for dogs. Their day begins bright and early with a pack run on the farm. During their time off leash, besides playing and socializing, the dogs are learning to come when called (even with our farm distractions of horses, goats, barn cats, and bunnies). Next, they begin several focused training sessions with our trainers, where they are taught heel, sit, down, come, stay, leave it, and the place command, which helps your dog relax in a specific spot. Then, we take our training sessions on the road to ensure they will listen in busy public places. We go for walks at area parks, through hardware stores, shopping centers, and the like. The day wraps up with another session of large field socialization on the farm. The pups are busy all day, before being put to bed in their own individual, climate-controlled kennel.

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The Dream Dog Program is designed for happy, well-adjusted pups in need of self-control and training. If your complaints include your dog jumping on people, play biting, tearing up items in the house, pulling on the leash and not coming when called, then this is the program for you.

The Total Behavior Reboot is designed for those dogs needing deeper intervention. If your dog is suffering from fear, anxiety, reactivity, or aggression, this course is designed to help rehabilitate them. Our three-week program gives us more time to dive deep into helping your dog through their issues. Your dog will learn the same skills as the Dream Dog Program, but we also focus heavily on providing support and solutions to your dog’s behavioral issues.

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Large field socialization is a training technique designed to socialize dogs in a way that makes sense to them. Unlike doggie daycares or dog parks that often have too many dogs in too small of a space, which can increase fear and anxiety, large field socialization uses several acres and a small group of balanced dogs to resocialize other pups in a safer way. This technique is highly effective at rehabilitating fearful, reactive, or aggressive dogs.

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We have found that in order to create lasting change, dogs must be immersed in a balanced pack for at least two weeks. One-and-done visits are not enough to truly change how the dog feels about other dogs.

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Dog owners from Boulder and Denver tend to live a more active lifestyle. Our training method builds the discipline required for all of your adventures. We train dogs in an environment full of distractions while providing constant, consistent reinforcement. Using a combination of patience and persistence, BlackPaw Dog Training instills positive off-leash behaviors and obedience.

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