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A personal message from April- owner of Scotch Pines: Thank you for your interest in Scotch Pines. We routinely update our website, keeping all information up to date. Scotch Pines has grown over the years to the point that we no longer have the luxury of answering every question via personal phone calls. Our website has been set up to answer every question we can think of! If there is a question you have that is not covered on our website, please email us and let us know and we will add it to our website! 
 Thank you so much for your understanding!

 "From kindergarten through college in 9 weeks!"


At Scotch Pines, we believe that true obedience must extend beyond the 6 foot leash. Gates get left open, leashes slip- even in your own backyard. REAL LIFE is off leash obedience.

 Our goal is to instill off-leash reliability regardless of where your adventures with your dog may take you! 


The training program we offer is our group training class which is set up as an owner/trainer program: we teach you as the owner to train your own dog in a group setting.

The distraction of the other dogs, as well as socialization ensures you have an obedient dog in any situation life will offer!



Our group classes teach the dog to obey- regardless of what is going on around them, regardless of how many other dogs, people and other distraction are there. 

The entire focus of our group classes is to teach our dogs to be obedient in real life, not just at home when only a few distractions are near.
 
Corrections are a necessary part of training, utilized only for willful disobedience. Dogs are first taught all commands with one hundred repetitions of giving the command while gently placing the dog in the position before ever expecting the dog to obey on their own.
To register for an upcoming class  please visit our "register for class!" page. 


 Each class meets one evening per week for 9 weeks, cost is $400. Dogs must be at least 6 months old at the starting date of class.  
 
 

        
   Imagine this: you stroll through a meadow while your dog romps in the sunshine. A rabbit bolts and your dog starts after it. You give a one-word command and he wheels around, bounding cheerfully back to sit expectantly at your feet.
   Another command from you and your dog heels sedately at your left side. You stop. He sits attentively. You tell him to lie down and stay and you walk off to investigate something. You give the release command and he frolics off to continue your companionable outing together. No leash. No shock collar. No food bribes. No panic. You have full confidence that your dog is under control.
   At Scotch Pines Dog Training we believe that true obedience must extend beyond the six foot leash. Because gates get left open and leashes slip. Because real life, even in your backyard, is off leash. Our goal is to instill off-leash reliability whether your dog is walking with you along a mountain trail or a city street, whether there are other dogs or children about, or even whether a cat zips by.
   Our group classes provide the training your dog needs to earn such confidence and freedom.
 
 
 Dog training is fun, rewarding and exciting! It can also be a lot of hard work and frustration. You have hired us to guide you through the steps of training your dog. Our goal is well trained dogs and happy owners!


Our training is a foundational method, we begin at the most basic and gradually add on more obedience, more commands, more complex training until the dogs reach off leash obedience and hand signal command reliability!
 
The class summary by week is as follows:

Week 1: Getting your dog's attention focused on you (the side effect of this is *drumroll please* no more pulling on the leash!) Correcting jumping up. Addressing barking

Week2: Beginning the command and position for heel (left side walking on loose leash). Introducing the automatic sit and the command down. Addressing chewing/destructive behaviors
 
Week 3: Perfecting the heeling, expecting automatic sit when owner stops. Heeling is now with leash tossed loosely over the shoulder, no hands on leash. Continuing down placement. Introducing command stay! Addressing counter surfing and dumpster diving
 
Week 4: Dogs are now proficient in sit stay up to 18 feet distance with distractions! Down command is now expected without placement. Heeling is almost flawless at this week. The best command of all starts this night: COME!!

Week 5: Introduction to coming when called with distractions (guinea pigs/bunnies/etc). Long distance sit stays and down stays of 2 and 5 minutes. Dogs are almost ready to begin off leash week!

Week 6: First night of off leash! The dogs now meet "The Goat" and walk the first time off leash around the goat with a safety line (just in case..) and 5 solid weeks of training to keep them right in place. Off leash "come" is first covered this night.

Week 7: Off leash heeling, staying and coming when called is practiced and reviewed. Down from a distance begins this week. Dogs are now coming and going into the heel position without guidance!

Week 8: The safety line starts getting shortened this week. Dogs are now on hand signals completely for heel, stay, down and are learning the hand signal only command for come.

Week 9: Dogs are never going to be robots and that isn't what we want but by graduation our dogs are now trained!!
 
Dogs learn by repetition, consistency, praise, patience and correction. In class we will teach the balance of these components and the value of each. Please come to class with a strong understanding of patience, kindness and perseverance!

Training collars are used in class. Electrical shock collars ("e-collars/sensation collars") are NOT allowed in our classes. Abuse of any animal is not tolerated and you will be asked to leave immediately with no refund given.
 
We do not teach treat training for the same reason we don't recommend paying your child to be obedient. Treats are great for parlor tricks (roll over, play dead, etc) so please leave your treats at home for non essential tricks. 
 
Commands your dog will learn both on and off leash:  
  • Heel- to walk calmly at your left side, pacing himself to your speed, enjoying the scenery, but paying attention to you.
  • Automatic sit- to sit automatically at heel when you stop walking.
  • Sit- to sit instantly on one command.
  • Down- to lie down instantly on one command.
  • Stay-to stay in a sitting, lying or standing position.
  • Come- to come instantly on one command.
  • Front- to sit facing you after coming.
  • Finish- to circle around into the heel position.
  • Stand for exam- to stand motionless while being examined (your vet will love you!)

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To gain reliabilty, your dog will face the following distractions in class: Edit Text

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  • Other dogs and their handlers
  • Plates of raw hamburger
  • Billy goats
  • Rabbits
  • Bouncing balls
  • Female dogs in heat
  • Cans of canned cat food Edit Text

 

Behaviour problems are also addressed: Edit Text

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  • Biting
  • Chewing
  • Jumping up
  • Fighting
  • Separation anxiety
  • Digging
  • Barking
  • Counter surfing
  • Many more...

 

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