At On Cue Training and Behavior, we teach you to teach your dog. We design a training or behavior plan with your family's goals in mind using positive, family-friendly methods.
Dogs learn just like we do, and our approach uses scientific methods based on that simple fact. We want to set up you and your dog for success and teach you ways to prepare your dog for lifelong learning. We use a reward-based method called clicker training where desired behaviors are marked with a clicker sound and then rewarded with a small food treat. The clicker is used as a temporary learning tool only—it’s not forever!
Once a behavior is learned, let’s say to settle on a rug, a verbal cue is attached to that behavior—“go to bed.” We can then simply ask the dog to “go to bed” and the cue is matched to the dog laying down on a rug or mat. When the cue is first assigned, we click and then reward for compliance with a treat or reinforcer. Eventually we move to a variable ratio rate of reinforcement, which means that we use food occasionally, or a pat or verbal praise, to tell the dog thanks for complying with the request to “go to bed.”
Does this method work for all dogs? Yes, all dogs, all animals—and people, too! We use clicker training because, as the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP) curriculum states, it:
- accelerates learning
- strengthens the human-animal bond
- produces long-term recall of behaviors
- produces creativity and initiative
- forgives your mistakes
- generates enthusiastic learners
On Cue’s philosophy includes valuing a close relationship with the veterinary community. We require that clients have an up-to-date vaccination record and reserve the right to request a consultation with a client's veterinarian before training or behavior modification. We also reserve the right to refer clients to their veterinarians if behavior is believed to be related to, but not limited to, aggression, compulsive or anxiety disorders, or other illnesses, in order to obtain a proper diagnosis.