Learn More About How We Train 

We’re here to answer all of your questions about how to train your dog!

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What dogs do you train?

We have experience training with a huge variety of dog breeds and mixes, and we help you train your dog no matter their age! So, whether you just adopted a new rescue that needs help settling in or picked up a new puppy that needs socialization and manners, we’re here for you.

You can learn more about our trainer here, but we’ve worked with aggressive dogs, reactive dogs, fearful dogs, social puppies in need of manners, dogs that just needed a refresher on manners, and more!

We love helping you learn how to train your dog. There’s no better sight than watching a dog learn a new concept, watching a fearful dog’s body language become more comfortable as they learn how to handle new situations, or watching a reactive dog choose to pay attention to their owner rather than a passing pup!

How do you train dogs?

We only train using pain-free and intimidation free methods to train your dog. We want your dog to be excited and happy to train with you. Positive reinforcement and reward based training leads to dogs who are excited to learn new things, who feel safe relying on you to help them out when they need it, and who are good problem solvers!

We DO NOT use choke, prong, or shock collars because your dog shouldn’t work for you because of fear or intimidation and these methods can increase fear and aggression in dogs, leading to new problems, less warning signs before problems occur, and worse problems.

In addition, training methodologies have an effect on dog stress levels! Research has shown that “Dogs trained using aversive stimuli, which involve punishments for incorrect behavior, show evidence of higher stress levels compared to dogs trained with reward-based methods,” which is why it’s important to utilize a dog-friendly method of training to ensure that both you and your dog have a fun time learning lasting new behaviors during training lessons!

What do you mean by reward based training?

Our reward based dog training gives you many methods of rewarding your dog. By marking (using a clicker or a marker word) what we want to see and rewarding your dog, as well as managing the environment so your dog doesn’t practice what we don’t, you’ll start seeing your dog offer more and more good behaviors.

Food rewards (both kibble and treats) are a great, easy way to reward frequent repetitions in dog training, but we also add in other reward options for your dog.

Since we want your dog to listen to your cues and training, anytime, anywhere, we often incorporate things they like to do naturally. This includes sniffing on walks, chasing or tugging with toys, getting pets and praise from you, greeting people, and more!

Your dog is unique and has individual needs and feelings. Beyond that, everyone’s home situation and set up is different. Our goal is to meet you and your dog where you’re at and show you how to train and work with your dog in a way that is conducive to your lifestyle and your dog’s needs.

How do I schedule my dog’s training?

Our goal is to simplify your life, so you can sign up for our dog training online from the comfort of your couch!

Learn more about and enroll in one of our Services here.

We have also grouped our services together for discounts to help you and your dog with specific problems in our Packages. Our dog training packages are constructed to provide you with the best structure to help your dog progress.

Learn more bout and enroll in one of our Packages here.

Is my puppy too young for training?

Puppies are constantly learning and growing! We recommend starting your puppies right from the start to help socialize them as well as to help establish good manners before they rehearse behaviors we don’t want to see.

Do you work with aggressive dogs?

Yes! We work with dogs with aggression problems!

For aggression issues, start by scheduling a virtual Meet & Greet via our online scheduler. That will give our trainer a chance to get to know your dog’s history and get you started on the best program to help.

Do you have a facility?

While we do occasionally host our Fido Fundamentals – Manners class at the Strongsville Recreation Center, we do not currently have a physical facility for our training. All of our consultations are done via in-home lessons or virtually.

What if I still have questions?

If you still have questions, feel free to email us at FortunateFidoReception@gmail.com or send a message through our Contact Us page.

We’re here to help you with all your dog training questions!