About ADT and Sam Scotti
Dog obedience training for real life.
Since 2008, Sam has brought his love and passion for relationships to the most practical of places... including the very homes of pet-owners across Southern California. As an expert in dog psychology, Sam shares your concerns for your pet and companion. Providing knowledge, practical insights, and the patience it takes to learn your unique situation, ADT can help you overcome any obstacle and create peace and calm in your home. From anxiety to aggression, and so much more, we are here to help!
We service Upland, Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Ontario, Montclair, Glendora, La Verne, Pomona, San Dimas, Covina and many other cities.
What is relationship-based obedience?
Relationship-based obedience is having the right relationship with your dog so that they recognize and trust your leadership. If your dog sees you as their leader, they will be more responsive to what you say, because of who you are.
Why is leadership so important? Can’t we just be friends?
Dogs are pack animals. The pack is crucial to a dog’s physical and psychological well being. In a dog pack, there is a leader that we call, “Alpha”. The leader brings order and a sense of security to the entire pack. Many unwanted behaviors such as separation anxiety, overexcitement, excessive barking and some forms of aggression are often the result of a dog not having clear leadership. If your dog doesn’t respect you, they will not listen to you.
How do I become the leader?
It’s important that we communicate with our dogs in a way that they understand. We need to set boundaries and then hold them accountable to those boundaries. Corrections allow us to create clear boundaries about what isn’t allowed and what shouldn’t be done. A correction needs to be clear, NOT cruel. Every dog is different, so we read your dog and let them tell us the type and level of correction needed. I do utilize a training or prong collar for most of my training (16 weeks and older) because I find it to be one of the best tools for clearly and gently communicating with a dog. Even though some say that they are cruel and dangerous for your dog, I have never had a dog injured physically or emotionally from a prong collar. Don’t let the appearance or the uninformed opinions of others mislead you. Prong collars are actually one of the safest and most gentle ways to effortlessly communicate both during training and after. Because of this, 95% of what I do is instruction, and only 5% is correction.
Do you use treats (positive reinforcement) to train?
I don’t depend on treats for obedience training. Treats tend to excite and fixate the dog's brain and I want to move towards developing the right relationship. I want your dog to listen to you because of who you are, not because of what they are going to get. That being said, I will use food or treats sometimes if I believe it would be helpful in the training process. Every dog is different in how they respond and part of being a trainer is the ability to read your dog and find out what will work best.
Do you offer board and training?
I do not offer board and training at this time. Instead, what I do is work with you and your dog at your home and SHOW YOU what to do. This method of training is able to save you literally thousands of dollars from a board and train program.
There are of course some dogs that need to be trained at a professional facility alongside other dogs to get the balance they need. These are usually serious aggression issues. I am sometimes able to let you know if that is the case even over the phone, but most behavioral issues can be addressed there at your home. I can recommend if you do need to send your dog to a board and train.
Most of the time basic problems can be addressed without sending your dog away and costing you thousands of dollars. I can save you money and help with the most basic problems in just one lesson.
Not sure how to get started finding help for you and your dog? Give me a call. I’d be happy to give you a professional opinion on the options and costs that are available to you.
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