Testimonials

Randy,
I wanted to thank you for the information and patience shown during the Salamanca, NY seminar, Oct. 2008.
I don’t believe the 2nd and 3rd day of the seminar would have been as effective without the “grounding” of the 1st day. Being a narcotics dog handler and not a trainer I was not as cognizant of the theory and method as I should have been behind a trained dog. I recommend all handlers to attend a seminar and further training in being “obedient to odor.” Randy and Gena are not selling a gimmic product or peddling snake oil. Randy’s years of experience and thought provoking teaching is truly a gift that I feel very few have.
As we have entered a more litigious age, handlers and trainers need to be aware of what and how they are laying the ground work for their dogs. I will always remember two comments made to me. “Why are you doing that?” “What are you doing?” It was said in a very thought provoking way especially after the 1st day seminar. I have to be aware of why and what I am doing. Everything needs to be thought out in a step-by-step basis to avoid unraveling what the dog is learning. Thank you for breaking down the steps in easy to understand terms. Learning to be quiet and letting the dog figure it out makes so much sense after seeing it. Your humble introduction to opening our minds and your true love of canines came across very clearly. I am very much looking forward to hearing and seeing you both in Western NY again.

Sincerest Regards,

Deputy Brian Thompson
Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K-9
Batavia, NY

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Obedience Training

004The Alpha Canine Training Center offers two in-house board and train programs - Three Week and Four Week - custom designed for the family dog. Your dog boards with us for for the duration of both programs, and receives training in all of the basic obedience commands - heel, sit, down, stay, come, and place. Your pet is also taught to respond to hand signals, and to work under distractions. During our four week program only, your dog is taken into pet friendly locations, to transfer the obedience training into the "real world" environment. You are able to visit your dog to see the training progress at the beginning of the final week in both of our programs.

The Alpha Canine Training Center has earned and possesses one of the finest reputations in obedience training in the industry of dog training. We bring our skill as dog trainers to all types of training, including our in-house training programs for pet and family dogs.

 


 

"The most important area in pet training is 'Obedience'. With several methods of obedience training available, I believe the Alpha Canine training system is proven, and causes virtually no stress, and is completely humane. Dogs learn very simply from positive and negative events that happen to them on a daily basis. Some things learned are good and some things learned are not so good, but one thing is certain; negative reinforcement causes stress on your dog much the same way it does humans. Behavior learned from positive reinforcement is learned without stress, and without diminishing the bond between the owner and their dog, or between dog and trainer while at the training center.

At Alpha Canine, we utilize the same techniques that marine mammal trainers use, and we now experience far better results while causing the dog no stress. By utilizing positive reinforcement we are able to teach the dog the desired behavior utilizing "Skinners Rule of Operant Conditioning". Simply put, your dog learns because he is reward driven to learn and has fun doing so. Corrections are used only in the proofing phase, and only with the proper and correct touch. We actually are able to communicate with the dog, as the dog becomes accustomed to experimenting with behaviors in order to get his or her reinforcement (reward). It's a matter of shaping the behavior to the cue or command BY THE SKILLED TIMING OF A PROFESSIONAL TRAINER.

Timing is the most important factor in utilizing this method. We can communicate with the dog only, if the dog is very clear as to what it does to cause the reinforcement; but this comes only with precise timing, and will work no other way. This is why having a professional trainer train your dog is so important. A professional trainer skilled in this method minimizes confusion, maximizes productivity, positions the dog where the chance of error is highly unlikely, and correctly uses the principals of "Variable Schedules of Reinforcement".

There are other methods being utilized in dog training today, mostly because less than 10% of the trainers are skilled in our method. There is the "Snatch and Jerk", using the pinch collars and harsh collars, that is still being used by over 90% of the trainers today. Before I learned a better way I also utilized those methods. Positive Reinforcement sometimes takes a day or two longer, but the dog greatly benefits from the absent stress and hardship caused by the harsh methods. Let's face it, the most important factor in deciding where to have your dog trained...is your dog. At Alpha Canine, you have my promise that your dog will be treated as a family member and not just another dog.

I am up-front with everyone that calls in reference to our competition. Some of our competitors charge half the price of our training, and some of them keep the dog half the amount of time. I encourage everyone interested in having your dog trained to check out our competition. Talk to their references, and talk to several veterinarians in the area, and then make a decision that you are comfortable with. Please feel free to visit "Our Reference List" as well. Thank you, and we look forward to working with you and your pet.

Randy Hare (Owner and Trainer)

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We would be happy to discuss your needs and to provide you with more information on our training program.