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Are Frustrated With the Slow Training Process? – Dog Trainers – Salt Lake City


Four Legged Scholars – Dog Trainers – Salt Lake City

Do you feel stressed because training seems to take so long? This is a common thought and stress. We want to help you make the training process as fast and fun as possible.

Many dog trainers (Salt Lake City) will not tell you about the factors that affect your success rate in training your dog. We wanted to share this with you because we want you to reach your goals and have fun reaching them.

Your Rate of Success Depends on the Following:

1.) How often you train your dog with the homework you need to complete for the commands you want to train. If you practice a few times a week, your progress will probably be much slower than someone that trains multiple times everyday.

At Four Legged Scholars LLC, Dog Trainers, Salt Lake City we will give you specific and clear assignments.

2.) How fast your dog learns. Some dogs learn quickly and other dogs learn a bit slower. This generally has nothing to do with a dog’s intelligence. It usually has to do with how stress the dog becomes.

The more stress or anxiety your dog has, the longer it will generally take him to learn. If his stress is minor, he progress may happen faster.

3.) How long your training sessions last. If you are given homework involving systematic desensitization it is best to have sessions last at least 20 minutes in length. Shorter sessions may result in slower progress.

4.) Are you doing well with management? If you are constantly subjecting your dog to the stressful triggers and your dog is reacting (barking, lunging, whining, etc.) then this old behavior will win.

You can train an alternate good behavior but if your dog is practicing the old behavior often than your progress will be slow or may never happen.

5.) Do you end sessions on a positive note? If you keep ending sessions when your dog is reacting and is stressed, it will be harder for your dog to learn. This one is very important. In reward-based dog training, it is well known among dog trainers. Salt Lake City dog owners will want ingrain this one in their in minds especially if they are dealing with a aggressive or fearful dog.

6.) If you need to work around other dogs and people, you need to enroll dogs and people that can help be a decoy in the training. If the decoy dogs are barky and obnoxious, they are not good candidates.

If the people cannot follow directions then they are not good candidates. Finding good candidates / decoys are crucial to your success.

7.) Are you able to work at the pace of your dog rather than pushing your goals onto your dog? It does no good to pressure your dog.

You need to work at your dog’s pace. Make sure your dog has fully integrated the step you are on and that your dog is feeling relaxed before moving to a harder / more stressful level.

Make sure you enjoy the journey rather than being attached to the destination.

8.) Ask questions with dog trainers. Salt Lake City has many dog trainers that can help you. Please stick with a trainer that offers reward based only dog training. If you don’t understand how to do the training or things don’t make sense ask me. Not asking questions results in assumptions, which will damper your progress.

9.) If you are determined to create progress, you will create faster progress. If you are constantly a victim of your dog’s reactivity, then your progress will be slower.

10.) Having a positive mind set that constantly sees the goals that you are wanting to create, will result in faster progress.

11.) Tracking your progress creates success. Science has proven that you will get results faster if you write down and track your progress. At Four Legged Scholars LLC, Dog Trainers, Salt Lake City we love using Trello to track training progress.

12.) Science has also proven that dogs will learn faster and better through positive reinforcement rather than through punishment (shock collars, prong collars, spray bottles, yelling at your dog, etc.).

13.) You will have faster progress if you can shift quickly to a solution when a problem arises. If you stop practicing for days because things don’t go as planned then you damper progress.

You need to re-evaluation what you can do differently to keep moving forward in a positive direction

14.) After you are done working with your trainer, you still keep doing your homework and keep training your dog with the tools you learned.

We have had dogs that have shown significant changes in behavior in just 1-3 months. Some dogs and owners take 6 months to 2 years before a huge significant change will occur. You must be determined and keep moving forward to get progress.

Happy Training!

Johanna Teresi and Alyssa Giles, Four Legged Scholars LLC, Dog Trainers, Salt Lake City

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Britnie Sorensen
Britnie Sorensen
18:11 06 Apr 24
This is our second round of training with Johanna! Our Bullmastiff Abbi is different from our previous dogs, and we knew Johanna would be able to help us. We reached out and were in excellent hands! Johanna was able to redirect our training efforts, majority of sessions were held virtually and supported with videos of us training Abbi. We will keep using Johanna no matter where life takes us. Her love and compassion for our puppy, and us, come through in every interaction. We are in a much better place and understanding of Abbi after working with Johanna!
Roberta Bonnell
Roberta Bonnell
01:37 24 Mar 24
My Australian Shepard had moderate separation anxiety and Johanna was able to help me get him to a point where I can see him being able to be home alone before the end of the year! Very grateful for all of her training expertise.
Karen Mara
Karen Mara
21:19 21 Jan 24
I recently met with Johanna for help with my rambunctious teenager, Roger. We worked on coming when called, leash walking, and staying calm around other dogs when on leash. After two sessions, Roger made huge improvements, and he continues to improve as we practice on our own. Johanna really understands dogs and is very good at communicating with people. She knows how to make dog training fun. I've worked with other trainers, and Johanna is by far the best.
Wendy Nighswonger
Wendy Nighswonger
18:47 08 Jul 23
I have known Johanna for 13 years. She has helped me with several dogs, but she recently helped me train my new black lab puppy, Raven. I have moved to another state so all of my training with Raven was done online via Zoom. I believe that the one-on-one training I received through Zoom was more personalized and thorough, especially with the way Johanna placed every ounce of training and recommendation on a board through an app that I can refer back when I need. Johanna is very intuitive and knew when stress was on overload for me, therefore tailoring my training for that day around making Raven feel good while simultaneously taking my stress load down. Johanna has years of experience and while her knowledge is a gold mine, it is her gentle patience and love for her clients that make this training so perfect. I would hire her again and again. She is a true canine whisperer. Thank you Four Legged Scholars and thank you Johanna!Wendy N. ~ Oregon
Christina Richards
Christina Richards
18:13 10 Feb 23
Johanna at Four Legged Scholars is great. She tailored my program to fit my needs and was easy to work with. My puppy responded very well to what she taught us together over Zoom. She's patient and understanding. We're still utilizing the things we learned and he's a well-behaved puppy. Thank you!
Karyl Bennion
Karyl Bennion
19:49 05 Feb 23
I adopted Frida as a companion that I could travel, walk and hike with. She loves to hike and walk but pulled on the leash and jumped at distractions. I learned how to be calm and talk in a non threatening way to her. She responds to this much better than yelling at her. The click and treat method that I learned works so well in getting her attention as well as the "target" training. Frida has improved greatly with these methods. I will continue the knowledge I have learned with her. I did the live on-line training and it was very successful. I am so happy we signed up.
Rachel Giddings
Rachel Giddings
02:57 12 Dec 22
My dog was abused in his previous home and has always been afraid of strangers. I wanted to train him and help him to be more confident, but I didn't know how to do that if he was afraid of his trainer.Doing online training with Joanna was perfect for both of us! Joanna helped me learn how to read my dog and understand his triggers. We then worked together on BAT training, which taught him self-soothing behaviors and showed him how to confidently and safely handle difficult situations. I never thought I would have fun doing homework with my dog, but he and I benefited from it tremendously. Working with Joanna via Zoom was perfect for my dog and me.
Shawn McMillen
Shawn McMillen
02:09 24 Oct 22
My 2 year old doodle was struggling with people walking by the house, barking incessantly, tugging on walks, improving recall when off leash and , for me, how to be a better more engaging human for my buddy. The personalized, online sessions exceeded all my expectations. The review of video homework sessions was awesome. We saw improvement in each of the priority areas and I developed real, tangible, lasting skills/tools to be a better pet person. Thanks Johanna!
Courtney Daniels
Courtney Daniels
19:59 12 Sep 22
12 years ago I got a puppy and quickly realized I was in over my head. I wanted to have a good, well trained dog, but I was overwhelmed by methods and my puppies behavior.I joined the four legged scholars puppy training with my little 4 month old puppy Bowie, and saw immediate understanding with the clicker work. It gave us this incredibly ability to communicate and she excelled.We went on to take several courses that established general obedience, helped me turn a STRONG leash puller into a loose leash master (I took that course twice because it was a huge issue for us and I NEEDED help and reassurance from Johanna that I could do it) as well as skill class, that helped solidify a beautiful relationship between us. Learning clicker shaping allowed me to confidently teach complex and unique commands on my own as well, like waving hello and closing kitchen cabinets.My Bowie has climbed to the top of mountains for me staying right by my side never pulling on her leash. I've targeted her off trails to protect her from startling a mama moose and her baby. She's loved on my kids without jumping on them and knocking them over. She's allowed the neighbor girl who has always had a fear of dogs to walk her without pulling at whatever pace she was comfortable with. She shows off with all her fun little tricks Johanna gave me the tools to train my dog into an amazing companion.I feel so lucky to have found your training program and to have the relationship I do with my Bowie girl. These courses have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of families and their pups, thank you for that gift.
Megan Pond-Maxwell
Megan Pond-Maxwell
16:02 18 May 22
I am so grateful to have found Johanna. She was with us every step of the way as we tackled separation anxiety training and reactivity training with Daisy, my Mini Australian Shepherd. As a first time dog owner, I felt at a loss about how to manage my very vocal, scared, stressed, yet loveable dog. She had all of the typical puppy behavior, such as jumping, nipping/biting, leash pulling, as well as barking. On top of that, she was also not able to be alone without feeling terrified, as well as vocally and behaviorally reactive to other dogs, adults, and kids. I felt completely overwhelmed and Johanna created programs that felt manageable and doable. Each training session, I felt understood and empowered working with Johanna. Over the course of our programs, I felt that we accomplished the steps of the training process, strengthened the dog-human relationship, and increased my own awareness of my dog's emotional cues so that I could better work with her. My dog can now be on her own feeling relaxed and playful, her problematic puppy behaviors have significantly improved, she can walk on her leash loosely, listen to commands, and she can better tolerate other adults, dogs, and children as compared to where we first started. Our online experience was very positive. I look forward to continually implementing the tools and skills we have learned along the way to move forward in a positive direction that strengthens our human-animal bond and reduces distressing behaviors and emotional stress and overwhelm. Thank you Four Legged Scholars! I highly, highly recommend working with Johanna.
Emily Harward
Emily Harward
03:36 24 Apr 22
Our rescue dog is sweet and playful with us, but her behavior around other dogs and people could be unpredictable. She would act aggressively around adults (lunging and barking), and would sometimes be aggressive toward other dogs. We chose to do online training with Johanna. I was skeptical that online training would work, but it ended up being very effective. Johanna taught me the skills I needed to train my dog, and provided resources that I could use throughout the week as I worked on the assigned tasks. I was also able to send her videos of me working with my dog, so she could provide feedback and help me improve. Johanna personalized the program and made changes as needed to ensure that I could meet my goals. Since working with Four Legged Scholars, neighbors have commented on how much better behaved my dog is, and I don't have to worry about her lunging and barking at people or other dogs when we are out for a walk anymore. We still have a lot of work to do with our dog, and I feel like doing the personalized online sessions with Johanna has given me the knowledge, and resources to continue training my dog.
Angel Lanoy
Angel Lanoy
15:22 16 Jun 21
We have a large family, including three big dogs. So when our biggest dog Obi, the Rottweiler, started showing aggression we panicked. The vet suggested we put him down after an experience in the office. He then said we could also try training and gave us Johanna's business card. Just a phone call with her made us feel like there was hope. We signed up to do the online sessions with FourLeggedScholars. The process from the first contact to the last was well oiled and very helpful. Obi gets to stay with our family now and we feel like meting with her has given us the guidance and knowledge we need to keep our family, friends and him safe. I was a tad worried about doing the training online, but it really worked out great and we were able to fit such a big task into our busy schedules. I feel like she set us up for success from the very beginning. Thank you.
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