“We expect a lot out of our dogs and don’t put ourselves in their place,” she said.
If a person is too serious about training, she said, he needs to step back and relax. The dog will learn better.
“It’s about enjoying your dog and being able to communicate with each other. If it’s not fun for you, it’s not fun for the dog.”
Chamberlain uses her medical background as a vet tech, as well. For example, if a dog suddenly becomes aggressive, he could have an infected ear or tooth. If a cat stops using its litter box, it could have a urinary tract infection.
Overall, Chamberlain loves her job, adding, “I’m really excited to offer training and behavior modification in the area.”
All classes meet at Pet Supplies Plus at the Village Mall.
— The Wednesday classes begin May 15:
The five-week elementary class is open to puppies older than 20 weeks; it meets from 5:45-6:45 p.m.
The four-week puppy kindergarten class is for ages 8-20 weeks; it meets 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. This class stresses socialization.
— The Sunday classes begin May 19.
The elementary class meets at 11:30 a.m., and focuses on basic skills and clicker training.
The advanced class meets at 2:30 p.m. This is for dogs that want to earn bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degrees in this program created by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
For private lessons, consultation fee is $75; fees vary after that.
The idea of positive reinforcement is a sound one — just like children, dogs learn best with praise. Danville-area pets are lucky to find someone who speaks their language.
For more information, visit the website http://www.pals-paws.com or find Pals & Paws Academy on Facebook. You also may e-mail Amanda Chamberlain at PalsPawsAcademy@gmail.com or call (219) 863-3334.
The website also contains a list of resources for those who want to learn more about training.
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