“Reliability off lead should always be the most significant criterion when evaluating and comparing training methods.” (Bill Koehler 1990).
A Perfect Activity During A Time of Social Distancing
If you are looking for an activity which allows you to exercise social distancing, walking your dog is the perfect solution. Dog walks can help to destress us during anxious times. Taking our dogs out for a nice long walk will not only give us a relaxing break from the news, but will also provide our furry friends with some much-needed exercise!
However, a word of caution is in order:
Dogs are always people magnets. Let’s face it, who can resist petting a wiggly, friendly puppy or a lovely older dog with kind eyes?
If you ARE working in an area where people are present, BE PREPARED TO REMIND PEOPLE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING. When someone asks if they can pet your dog, consider politely saying “SORRY, NOT RIGHT NOW”. Most people should fully understand and respect all social distancing guidelines set forth by government agencies.
Remember, even if the person is asymptomatic, they can still carry the virus. The last thing any of us wants is someone petting our dog and leaving their germs behind. Please consider your dog as you would a “surface”. Be vigilant about not allowing ANYONE to pet him (or her) without washing their hands both before and afterward.
Please stay safe and healthy out there,
Jennifer and Cindy
Please visit our memorial page to read about some of our beloved dogs and fellow dog lovers...
Interested in helping your dog become a viable member of the community?
Consider doing therapy work!
There are many different types of work your dog can do to help others. Some dogs visit libraries so that children may read to them. Others visit hospitals, convalescent hospitals, veteran homes, and the list goes on. The first step toward doing therapy work is to own a well-mannered dog. Although there are presently no visitations being held, we WILL get through the Coronavirus crisis --- so why not consider starting your training now? Your dog will be that much closer to being able to bring joy to others!
In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we at Time 4 Obedience are doing everything we can to comply with both state and federal guidelines.
Because social distancing has been recommended to best to decrease the spread of the virus, we will be postponing all "in-person" events (such as group and private lessons) until restrictions have been lifted. During this time, we are offering remote training courses as well as puppy private lessons via video conferencing. Please see our registration page for more information. Upcoming courses may be subject to postponement.
We are available by phone or e-mail in the event that you need help with a specific issue you are having with your dog.
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We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust to all state and federal guidelines as well as the recommendations from the WHO and CDC.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time, and we wish you good health.
Jennifer and Cindy
The time and effort you spend teaching, encouraging and rewarding good behavior will earn you a lifelong companion you can trust to be the best friend you and your family will ever have…
Earning a Canine Good Citizen Certification is a great way to start your career in therapy work.
A few of the components necessary to pass a CGC test include "reaction to another dog", "accepting a friendly stranger", and "reaction to a distraction". Congratulations to Team Chandler (the Standard Poodle) with his handler Marsha for passing their test with flying colors!
In the words of trainer Dany Canino, "You can take a trained dog anywhere and it will be relaxed and comfortable..." Read about how our training has helped students create lifelong partnerships with their canine companions...
Our novice training course will teach your dog to stay when told, come when called, and walk politely on or off leash in just 10 weeks! .
Tips and Advice
Thinking about becoming a dog owner?
We encourage you to read and contemplate this poem.
Dogs are living, breathing, thinking animals. They are not ornaments that can be stowed away in a closet somewhere. They are social animals and must be a part of your family. Dogs are our most loving and honest companions. If you cannot commit yourself to providing 100% of your loyalty to a being who gives back nothing less…. please, place him with someone who will. Tony Ancheta – Koehler Dog Training
TRAINING & SOCIALIZATION
When you see a dog that is comfortable and relaxed in a setting outside of its own home, you can bet the dog had the right start in life. It’s no accident that a dog can be calm and content in different surroundings. The dog you are observing has most likely had positive experiences with humans of all shape, age, size and color. It has most likely had positive, non-threatening experiences with other canines. Chances are it was exposed gradually to new sounds, smells, movements, objects and surroundings of all kinds. In other words, it has been properly socialized. You can bet that dog has also had some good training.
It takes time, patience, work and dedication to make a nice dog. Just as we would never expect our children to raise themselves, we cannot expect that from our dogs. We urge you to invest the time in training and proper socialization for your canine friend.
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We offer group classes, private lessons, advanced classes, puppy lessons, in-home training, CGC’s and “Tune-ups”. Our training classes are held in Simi Valley.