Dog Obedience Training in CT
We offer all-breed canine Obedience Boot Camp Training.
Training and specializing in manners, obedience, socialization and all around good dog behavior from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and all of New England. Quinebaug Kennel’s 50-acre Canine Campus provides a fantastic venue for the daily care, exercise and rigorous training programs for dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds and temperament levels. From our fenced in agility and obstacle arena to our patience chain area, our vast exercise and play yards to our spacious kennel areas, the entire Campus is set up to keep dogs happy, exercised, safe and structured.
How Can We Help You?
It is important, to be honest, clear and fair with your intentions, expectations and commitment to your dog. While our goal is to train EVERY dog to be obedient, respectful, willing, and polite, we must always take into consideration each individual dog. The dogs that excel in our Basic Program include the following:
- Pups that came from a quality breeder born from a healthy, well cared for Dam.
- Pups that have experienced a stable whelping period, have been nurtured, socialized and imprinted for 8 weeks.
- Pups that have been socialized to people, places and new situations.
- Pups that spend the first year of their lives in a stable home environment with plenty of exercise, social interaction, and love with quality diet and health/vet care
- Breeds of pups that were CAREFULLY chosen by the owners to make sure that the temperament, exercise needs, and training practices matched the owner’s capabilities, expectations and commitment.
The above-explained scenarios make our job easy! Pups that come from a stable upbringing and owners that have done their early work well have prepared that pup for training. The dog is ready to learn, and the owners are eager to work with us. Unfortunately, MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, the above ideal situation is very different from what we see.
The following more clearly describes what we DO often see:
- Pups that came from a shelter, pet store or back yard breeder and have experienced unstable upbringings.
- Pups that were purchased on physical looks without regard to the actual NEEDS of that specific breed.
- Pups that may have come from good breeders, but due to lack of time, commitment, or structure have quickly gotten out of control, have not been socialized or had any manners training as a youngster.
- Pups that have not experienced leash work, confinement time and rules for control.
- Dogs between 2 and 4 years old that have still not received foundation training.
The above-explained situations mean that the dogs will most likely take more time, effort and repetition to train. Honestly, our biggest challenge is re-training the owner not only to change their ways but to step up and be a better leader. Additionally, training is only as successful as the needs of that dog in terms of re-enforcing rules and providing adequate exercise for the specific breed and its energy levels.
We are advocates of all dogs, breeds, ages, and backgrounds to include rescue dogs, shelter dogs, abused and neglected dogs. We accept most dogs into our training programs.
Here are the extremely challenging cases that we also often see:
- Rescue dogs of unknown origin.
- Dogs that we born from an already stressed, unstable Dam and those early imprinted stressors greatly affected the security, stability, and health of the newborn pup
- Dogs that have been abused, neglected or mistreated.
- Dogs that are older than 3 years of age that have had no previous foundation training to include manners, crate or patience work and have become set in their ways with bad habits and behaviors.
- Dogs that have learned to greatly run away (FLIGHT) from any stressors/adversaries.
- Dogs that have learned to ignore, lock up or FREEZE to any stressors and emotionally ‘check out’.
- Dogs that have learned to resist, scream, FIGHT or bite stressors/adversaries.
These dogs can be harmful to themselves, other animals, strangers or even your own family members. In some instances, these dogs need extensive behavioral rehabilitation IN ADDITION to the foundation obedience training. This training can take upwards of 6 weeks and more.
Early Puppy Development (10 weeks to 6 months)
Our Early Puppy Development Program is geared for young pups ages 10 weeks to 6 months. This is a 2 week program where your puppy stays with us at our facility to learn proper socialization skills with a stable pack of dogs. Owners tend to get wrapped up in their pup’s cuteness and end up treating their new puppy more like a human instead of a dog. During the 2 week program puppies will learn how to be patient, crate trained, learn manners (no jumping, biting, barking, etc), proper social skills and beginning obedience and leash training. After the two weeks, we encourage ALL family members to attend the take home lesson so we can show you what your pup has learned and teach you how to best enforce these new important rules. READ OUR PUPPY CAMP PAGE
Adolescent Training (6 months to 18 months)
We offer 2 programs: The 2 week On Leash Program or the 4 week E-Collar Off Leash Program
Two Week Leash Program:
We work on patience, manners, and light leash cues to teach the dogs to politely walk on a loose lead, sit, lie down, go to kennel or go to place all with leash cues. We also work extensively with socialization skills, waiting at the door, and patience with feeding. All commands are taught, enforced and the dogs remain on leash throughout this program. This is NOT for dogs with aggression!
Four Week Remote Electronic Collar Off Leash Program:
This program includes all of the above teachings learned first on leash to teach point of contact cues which then are overlayed to light cues with the remote training collar stimulation. This enables us to cue the dog remotely to follow our go, come, sit, down, stay commands while having the capability to enforce the commands off leash. This program is great for active owners and their dogs who like to go hiking, biking, running with their dogs off leash. Additionally, this program helps to correct behavior problems both inside and outside your home.
*These two above programs are for pups 6 to 18 months who just need basic training and do not have major behavioral problems!
Boot Camp for Adult Dogs:
If your dog has already reached adulthood without formal training, social skills with people and other animals, or has gotten away with problematic behaviors for 2 or more years, then this 4 to 6 week program can help. We diligently teach all of the basic training from the above programs, but more often than not, your dog has be conditioned to improper behaviors, so it simply takes longer, requires more repetition and persistence them to become re-programmed to GOOD behavior.
Aggression/Fear Based/Dog Aggressive Rehabilitation:
This program is specifically designed for each individual dog and their problems. There is no real set time for predicting the length of stay for this type of dog. The success of the training depends on how extensive their behavior problems are as well as the owner’s desired goals. Rather than use more pressure, we take the time it takes to become the dog’s trusted leader and help them to overcome the root of their aggression and fears in order to build up their confidence. This program often takes 6 weeks or longer. If the owner is not 100% on board and committed to helping, then this program will not be successful!
Regardless of the extent of the issues, we always start our training with teaching the basic on leash commands. These dogs have often come from very unstable backgrounds to include neglect, abuse, lacked early care, nurturing and human interaction. These dogs have missed out on important learning curves and critical development periods. While we often make progress with these dogs, it is important to understand and accept that these dogs will take a tremendous effort and commitment with both the trainers as well as the owners. Not all dogs can be suitable as family pets if they have come from such unstable backgrounds. This training program is on a week by week basis with the understanding that they may never achieve a safe level of behavior to be trusted around humans or other pets.
The Patience Chain showing dogs in training, patiently each waiting their turn to be worked. They get to spend the entire day engaged with all of the trainers in a structured pack. The dogs that lie down and relax are the ones who are in the frame of mind to work and learn.