The Humane Hierarchy: Choosing a Training Method

 

Janet subscribes to the Humane Hierarchy, which outlines a sequential order of preference for training approaches.

After ruling out physical and environmental causes of undesirable behavior,

positive reinforcement and classical conditioning are always the first choices.

 

 

From the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (Janet's credentialing body):

"The Humane Hierarchy serves to guide certificants of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) in their decision-making process during dog training and behavior modification. Additionally, it will assist the public in understanding the standard of care to be applied by dog training and behavior professionals when determining the order of implementation for applying training practices and methodologies."

 

 

According to The Humane Hierarchy, training methods are responsibly applied in the following order:

 

1. Evaluate health, nutritional, and physical factors that could be affecting behavior.

 

2. Change antecedents, i.e. manage the environment to prevent undesirable behavior from occurring.

 

3. Use positive reinforcement and classical conditioning (no order of preference; often used together). Positive Reinforcement (e.g. rewards) means that reinforcement is delivered for the desirable alternative behavior, and that such reinforcement is of higher value to the dog than the reinforcement the dog has received in the past for the unwanted behavior. Classical Conditioning means that training changes the dog’s association with an aversive stimulus (something the dog perceives as bad/scary) while presenting the aversive stimulus at a sub-threshold (low level/not scary) intensity.
 

4. Live with or manage the behavior; use negative punishment (remove something from the dog's experience that he wants, like your attention); negative reinforcement (remove something aversive from the dog's experience); extinction (cause behavior to die out by not reinforcing it); or consult with another professional. These methods are not not listed in order of preference.
 

5. Use positive punishment (i.e. add something aversive to the dog's experience; something that he doesn't like) as a last resort or for safety reasons. Examples include use of aversive techniques (e.g. leash corrections, spray bottles, loud noises) and/or equipment (e.g. aversive collars) to reduce undesirable behavior. Picture a small woman being dragged by a big, lunging dog that isn't interested in treats when he sees a squirrel. This situation must be addressed quickly for safety's sake.

 

​Please note: Janet will not use electronic/shock collars under any circumstance.

 

For More Information: http://www.ccpdt.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Application-of-the-Humane-Hierarchy-Position-Statement.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


How Does It Work?


Training services are completely customized to help you and your dog have a 

long-lasting and rewarding relationship.


Training methods are upbeat, reward-based, and follow The Humane Hierarchy (see below).


Janet will work with you to develop a training plan and schedule that works best for you, and will coach you

 to practice and reinforce the training lessons.


 Services always begin with an initial consultation, either in person or over the phone. For Day Training and Puppy Preschool, there will be a subsequent "meet and greet" play date with Janet's dogs (to ensure compatibility).


Since Day Training and Puppy Preschool
services are completely customized, pricing will be quoted after the initial consultation.


Availability of services is limited. 


Please call 301-471-0138 for more information



Day Training:  Drop your dog off at Janet's home for individualized, goal-specific manners training


An unhousebroken dog is a huge source of frustration for dog owners everywhere! It's baffling, it's unsanitary, and it's embarrassing! Help is here! Janet will coach you every step of the way.

It takes a lot of time to train, safely socialize and housebreak a young puppy, but it's so important that these things happen early on. Let Janet help by leaving your pup with her during the day. 


If you have specific training goals (like basic obedience or loose leash walking) why not let Janet do the bulk of the training? She will partner with you to reinforce the skills she's taught your dog.

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Do you ever wish you could drop your dog off and let an experienced, credentialed trainer work with your dog? You can! Certified Professional Dog Trainer Janet Flanagan, MS, CPDT-KA, offers this service at her home in Frederick, MD. 
Training methods are reward-based, and positive reinforcement is always the first and best choice. 


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 (301) 471-0138