- Training in Kettnerova 2048/28 (Prague 5, Metro Luka) – 600 CZK Package of 6 lessons for 3000 CZK (500 CZK per lesson). Weekdays 16:00-19:00 and Saturdays carry an extra fee of 200 CZK per lesson. Sundays by previous arrangement only.
- At your home or other parts of Prague – 1000 CZK. Package of 5 lessons for 4500 CZK (900 CZK per lesson). Remote Prague suburbs might be charged up to 200 CZK more to account for travel time. Standardly weekdays 8:30-16:00 only available, evening lessons at client's place 1.400 CZK. In case of behavioral problems 1,5 hour long first lesson is highly recommended (1.300 CZK)
- Training outside in Karlínské náměstí (Prague 8) – 800 CZK per lesson. At your home in Karlín 900 CZK. Weekdays 8:30-16:00 only available in Karlínské náměstí
- Cancellation policy: 100% of the price if you cancel within 24 hours / 50% of the price if you cancel 24-48 hours before your scheduled lesson.
- Lessons last 55 minutes.
You can find tons of information about positive methods on the internet. Some useful and trying to explain the methods and principles, some rather arising from myths and superstitions.
What are positive methods really? Simply put, such training methods that are based on what really motivates your dog and that we reward the wanted behavior associated with it (btw. These methods are applicable for training of any other animal, including orca, dolphin, hen or cat).
There is common misunderstanding about positive methods that we just praise the dog and that there are no punishments. In fact as a punishment we do not give the dog want it wants (treats, toy, game, other dogs, sniffing, running etc.), until it does what we want. But on return we structure the training in such way that it is always easier to succeed for the dog than fail I dare say that this is the critical point which determines whether the positive methods serve as a great tool to reach the wanted behavior or whether we will become the person that just frustrates their dog. Just imagine that you ask some basic trick from your pet – to fall down and play dead. If you expect that you point your fingers on the dog and say “bang bang” and the dog will obediently fall over and as long as it does not, it will not gain the reward, you are then on the best way to make your dog hate the training. But if you divide the trick into 5-10 small steps and each one will be clear, then there is nothing to hinder your dog from succeeding and gaining the reward in each step. And as a bonus the dog will wave its tail and want to train more.
The best thing is that you can use these methods for teaching the animal anything that comes to your mind (and that it is physically doable). If you want your dog to stop jumping on other people, to follow you leg while walking, to send it to its place or to start doing agility or obedience, the principles are the same. Although it does not have to seem so in some cases at first sight (what motivates the dog to jump on other people, to bark or growl to other dogs etc.).
But isn’t it better to use punishments? Or combine punishments with rewards? Very seductive idea indeed, why not to use the best from both sides. But imagine yourself in the first class of elementary school, learning the basics of counting and the teacher standing next to you, ready to praise you (verbally or with some candies) for the correct results and also ready to rebuke you for every single mistake. And imagine you make some mistake and each time you get hit by the ruler over your fingers. Will you be able to think clearly after a while or you will be sitting all stressed and trying to get out of the situation and avoid thus the teacher / punishment? And isn’t the mistake rather on the side of the teacher that he/she advanced too fast, set too high criteria or has not explained you actually anything at all? And now imagine different situation – the teacher explains you everything very well, starts with the easy calculations and praises your effort and correct results. Then when you do not understand something, he will explain it to you again or better. Or would you still miss the hit of the ruler? Although we often do not realize it, the learning process of animals is not very different from humans (of course what is quantum physics for us, can be fetching on command for your dog). If the animal is punished, it tries to avoid the punishment or the punishing person. And its stress increases which hinders further effective learning and thinking. But if you reward the animal for doing something correct, the animal will try to repeat it (but the reward must be also reward from the point of view of animal. If you stroke the dog for good performance but the dog does not like stroking, is it still reward?).
- Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas - Short book focused on the different signals dogs put out when meeting other dogs, experience stress and fear, or interact with you. The author is a pioneer when it comes to the identification and interpretation of these signals. A great book to help you figure out what your dog is trying to tell you.
- Culture Clash by Jean Donalds - A good read to help you understand the "cultural" differences between you and your dog, and how you can breach the gap and help your dog overcome behavioral issues.
- Clicker Training: The Four Secrets of Becoming a Supertrainer by Morten Egtvedt and Cecilie Koeste - Book dealing with positive methods and the use of a clicker as an effective tool for dog training
- Don’t Shoot Your Dog by Karen Pryor – The go-to book for anything related to positive training.
- Shaping Success (the education of an unlikely champion) by Susan Garrett - Introduction to the world of agility as well as information to help solve everyday problems. Major focus on the brilliance of recall as a training method.
Where we train
Wherever in Prague and its surrounding (your home, parks, forests, etc.)
Kettnerova 2048/28 (Prague 5), 1 minute from metro Luka (yellow line B) - training in indoor private premises or in the park
Karlín, Prague 8 - training in the park (Karlínské náměstí)
Despite the deep-seated opinion, the private dog training place is not necessary but it still offers several benefits:
- Controlled environment – training cannot be disrupted by external influences (running dogs, cars etc.)
- Accessibility of training tools (noseworks tools, obedience targets and dumbbells etc.)
- No dependence on weather (when raining or cold)
On the other hand there are a few benefits of public places:
- Better corresponding to the real life situation (disturbances as other dogs, bikes, runners etc.)
- We can watch the dog behavior in its usual environment and better address and solve the issues connected to it
- Harness or collar (ideally both)
- Favorite treats (many, cut into small pieces if necessary)
- Toys (ideally for tugging)
- Water or food bowl
- Optional but recommended: Blanket or mat
- Good energy and an open mind!
Please make sure you bring the following items with you to every training session. They’ll enrich the lesson and keep your dog safe and comfortable.