Andrea Minasian has been training dogs professionally for over 20 years. She has trained her dogs Agility and Rally and several of them have earned their titles at the Excellent level. She has also trained her dogs to compete in Obedience, Tracking and Flyball. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), a member and trainer for the Mt. Nittany Dog Training Club and a certified American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.
Training Methods – Auntie G's uses positive, reward based training methods that are based on the principles of shaping and operant conditioning. Simply put, dogs are rewarded for making the correct choices when we are teaching them new behaviors. Incorrect choices are not rewarded, so the dog discontinues trying them.
We use clicker training as well as verbal markers to tell the dog when he is correct. Once a behavior is learned it is put together with a hand signal and/or a verbal command.
Training Programs - We offer Beginner Puppy, Basic Obedience and Advanced Obedience classes. The lessons are private and are taught in your home. They are tailored to your needs and lesson plans, exercises and management strategies are customized to your exact situation. Lessons are most often scheduled weekly until the dog and handler team has completed the syllabus.
We also offer Behavior Consultations for problems that are not part of the normal lesson plans. These are scheduled on as "as needed" basis and are for dogs who are having more difficult problems.
Rudy at the Obedience Trial
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