POSITIVE POWER: Dog Training for Fun and Effective Learning
Jenny West Schneider, CPDT-KA, PMCT, ANWI
CAMP CANINE USA, LLC
For many, dog training has long meant physically punishing your dog for behavior you don’t like -- such as jerking on a choke or prong collar when he steps from your side or, heaven forbid, shocking him when he barks. Do you really want to do that to your dog? There is a better, far more enjoyable, effective and humane way to train – the positive way.
Simply put, the principle of positive reinforcement means rewarding your dog for behavior you want rather than physically punishing him for the behavior you don’t want. The more he is rewarded (i.e. reinforced) for, say, going to his crate, the more he will go to his crate willingly and happily. Eventually, he’ll go on his own, reward or not, because he chooses to.
Congratulations on adopting your new best friend from the Humane Society of Forsyth County. We hope your new dog is adjusting well in your home. The first few months of settling in can have some normal ups and downs.
As much as we try to make their time with us comfortable, your dog has been through a stressful time. A shelter dog has lost one home, adjusted to a temporary one, and now is adjusting again to the forever home you are committed to providing him or her. It takes dogs at least a month to feel comfortable and to show their true personality.
To help make the transition easier, we are now happy to offer a free workshop for new adopters. The workshop is hosted by professional trainer Jenny Schneider of Camp Canine USA. Jenny covers the following helpful parenting topics:
Chewing & Digging
Basic Manners (such as Sit, Down, Wait, Leash-walking, etc.)
Workshops are held the first Monday of every month with few exceptions. Please check our event calendar for actual dates. The location is Forsyth Animal Hospital Annex located at 2633 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA 30040. Show me a map.
Each workshop begins at 7pm and lasts approximately 90 minutes. If you adopted a dog from us since January 1, 2011 we invite you to participate. These workshops are for pet parents only, so please leave your new doggy comfortably at home.
Please RSVP to
or 404-642-4419 if you would like to attend.
In the meantime, we recommend these links for good information on helping your new dog feel right at home:
Thank you for adopting your dog from the Humane Society of Forsyth County.
Dog Training 101
As you watch dogs and their owners having a great time together you may often wonder; why is that dog so well behaved and my “fluffy” just will not do as I ask? There must be a secret to it, or maybe his breed just can’t learn to behave well! Yes there is a secret and NO every breed, be it pure or mixed, CAN learn to behave. I am here to share the secret with you! The first part of the secret is this
A dog that responds to your call to come is the goal of most dog owners. The call to come is the most important command you can teach your dog. My name is Cindy; I am a certified professional dog trainer in the Cumming area. It is my pleasure to offer helpful information that will educate you on how to have a well behaved dog.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a dog that came running every time you called? It is possible and here are a few simple steps to get you started.