Foundation Training


At KKI we believe that the strength and reliability of any constitution or education must start with a solid foundation. At Konfident Kanines we pride ourselves in using a “balanced approach” to our training philosophy. We employ the four fundamentals of canine education as well as applying all three phases of training.

This is not a treat based program but rather a respect and trust based canine education partnership program customized to address your pet’s specific needs.

Our progressive Private Foundation Training course offers you a great deal more than what is commonly referred to as “dog training”. Although our personal and customized teachings are structured and purposeful, great care is taken to ensure that both you and your dog have fun and enjoy the learning process. Our comprehensive hands on lessons pay attention to detail and are taught in a considerate and respectful manner in a variety of real life settings. We very subtly support you as you developing patience and confidence while you are building a reliable working alliance with your dog. Throughout our specialized course you will develop a working knowledge of how dogs learn, the fundamentals of teaching, as well as a greatly improved appreciation of why dogs respond to the world around them, or to what we call “behavior drivers”.

Week 1
Long Line
The first lesson is an introduction to the leash. Attention Training, this exercise is all about your dog. This is where you will begin to instill in the dog the consequences of running away; to resist temptations (distractions such as cars, rabbits, squirrels, balls etc) unless authorized to do so. Most importantly, it will teach him that you are always a reliable, confident and trustworthy leader.

Week 2 Heeling
This exercise will teach you the philosophy of how to teach your dog to walk comfortably on a “loose leash” under any condition.

Week 3 Sit and Automatic Sit
In this exercise we will coach you in teaching your dog when and where to sit when you stop. That is beside you, parallel to you and in proper alignment with your legs.

Week 4 Stay
The stay is one of the most beneficial and will be used to begin to instill confidence, patience and trust in your dog.

Week 5 Down and Down From a Distance
This exercise is often the most difficult of all to master however it is my opinion it is also one of the most important and useful exercises you will ever teach your dog. The down from a distance is not required at this level and is more advanced however due to its usefulness we teach it as part of building a reliable foundation.

Week 6 Recall
To come back when reliably called. Note that this is not the final step in the recall but it is a very good start towards a reliable recall when your dog is out doors and off leash.

Week 7 Stand for Examination
Your vet/groomer will love you for this one. Designed to test a dogs tendencies to be timid or aggressive, this exercise will assist your dog in becoming more and more confident, and once again we will continue to develop his willingness to trust you.

Week 8 Finish
The finish means to go to the heel position from a recall position and/or from any location.



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