Getting sass? Shy pet? No Problem! Sign up for a "Results" class and relax!
You will find the most complete class information and schedule here on my web page. Basics on classes and how to register are listed in the Brighton Community Ed and Howell Recreation Center brochures. While most participants find us through referrals, an occasional ad will be ran in the Marketeer shopper guide. Watch for local advertising featuring a puppy picture of Golden Retriever "Spirit". Looking for reviews? Click on the "News Referrals" link at the top of this page!
New AKC Canine Good Citizens! Congrats to Connor (Anna) & "Piper" and Colleen & "Bella". The girls are ten month old Labrador Retriever sisters and recent Obedience & Manners Level Two graduates. (Breeder Barbara R. "Inselheim Labradors"). They passed at the Obedience Training Club of Greater Lansing test on Thursday, December 29. Read more on the "Trainer's Bark" page, click on 'News Referrals' link above!
From the litter to your best friend... Offering pet owners a unique hands-on, praise reward program for companion dogs - not show ring, lawn or field ornaments. This approach is based on building a relationship to help your pet gain confidence and self esteem with manners - not clickers & treats, toys, electronics or remotes! While enhancements to my program have taken place since the early years, my base has stayed the same - because it works! Praise is the best 'positive' training, as you always have it with you and there is no need to keep your pet 'hungry' (not very positive from a pet's view) so it will (hopefully) perform for a treat!
This Results simple and efficient approach works best when started with a puppy, however Results may be attained with older pets, too when mutual respect, responsible care and fulfilling exercise needs are provided. Proper handling in between structured leash training sessions is just as important as teaching responses to commands. Thus, the first class is for trainers - the pets stay home!
If you are new, be sure to read the Program & Class Information page. The use of food for sits, downs, comes and stays is simply not done! Please note when reading my handouts, praise reward! Even after following a very nice orientation with demonstations it is surprising to me that some trainers come in choosing to train at their pets instead of bonding with them ... using food and/or signals - even when pets are not responsive! Keeping the focus on the trainer is most important, not teaching the pets to watch the hand, pocket, bait bag or mouth hoping for a snack or toy!
Treats are used for leash training puppies in Puppy and Conformation (when offered) classes only. Treats are also used for housetraining (potty outdoors), crate training, bed time and just because! After basics and manners are learned, treats may be used in O&M Two and Three for an occasional exercise. The only class I will use treats on a regular basis is for Conformation showing for championships. If I return to teaching Agility training, treats may be used if individual needs warrant, but not for long!
Dog sport interest? Not surprising, this practical program for companion dogs offers a wonderful base for many dog sports! Trainers desiring to do more with their pets in many venues usually find that attaining titles happens with ease when compared to the pets that have the shock of no treats when in a ring or on a course. Take a look at the "Awards" page, link is above!
If you may enjoy a 'date night' with your dog, get off of the couch and get ready for some fun exercise! Join us for recreational training or titling. Especially nice to do with like-minded, drama free people! After base training, the Obedience & Manners Level 3 & 4 - Pawformance Dog Sports! year round classes take training to another level! Terrific for dogs that need a job!
Currently offered is a meld of:
Beginner Novice (BN) Show Obedience
Companion Dog (CD) Show Obedience
Agility Jumpers With Weaves is returning in 2017! Various jumps, weave poles and the tire (hoop) jump will be introduced in Obedience & Manners Level Four - Pawformance Dog Sports! With enough interest, a separate class will be offered as done in the past.
Tracking will return spring 2017 with interest, too!
Training director, Mary T. Ratelle has been called a dog whisperer for decades because she knows dogs. Note that she does not follow the current media trends of 'dog whisperer' labels that may be a hyped business lure or fabricated drama. It is her opinion that true dog whisperers do not need to rely on dysfunctional methods or harsh handling, nor do they need to yell or shout! She can bring the best out of any dog. One of many compliments received is below. To view more, visit the 'News Referrals' page, a link is at the top of this page.
We really enjoyed watching "Annie" (Chelsea's Gala Parade CD, CGC) at the Lansing Dog Show. At the show it really became clear to us what a special relationship you have with your animals. There were many people there that had very well trained dogs yet didn't really seem to understand their animals. As the Monks of New Skete said in their book "How to be Your Dog's Best Friend", "While the dog performed well one wonders what the total dog-human relationship was like." Unfortunately, the judges don't score on this and I'm sure breeders that form "true bonds" are rare. You have a very special skill and you are lucky to have a job you truly love. ... Your friends, Barbara & Ole - "Skyla" - Chelsea' s Skyrocket - Golden Retriever
The Livingston County Press - Argus Hometown Newspaper featured training director, Mary T. in their April 13, 2005 'Neighbor' story titled 'Dog Whisperer' Tames Wild-at-Heart Canines.
Regarding handling pets, due to the restrictions I am under from an auto accident in the fall 2013, I cannot physically handle the very strong and larger dogs. Thanks for your understanding if I am handling your dog and find that I have to return the leash to you.
Caution: Fraud alert! The Results Dog Training name, handouts and advertising material and even a previous address (!) has been used by others doing in home consultations, personal training and other group classes. Note Mary T. Ratelle does all instruction, staff is not employed.
If my name is used by another, do not write a check! Do get pertinent information, copy driver license if possible and get license plate information. If possible, take a picture! Please advise if you receive material with our name. Thank you!
Warning - Pet edibles from China!! This is very old news, but many well known stores have chosen to still sell treats on their shelves coming from China. There have been documented cases of thousands of pets that have died or became seriously ill from digesting food with toxins found in them in our country alone. Be sure to check labels and discard anything with "China" on it!! I find it sad what greed can do to people in the trade that we assume care about our pets... Too much info to share here on this subject - Google and learn.
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Agility field at our previous location. Pawformance Dog Sports! (PDS) agility started with the USDAA in 1992, even before AKC!
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