The Training Paws in-home dog training service is catching on in Maryland. “We offer a convenient, in home dog training service for dog owners who don’t have the time to take their dogs to obedience classes,” says Janet Oquendo, owner of the Severn, MD-based service. “We work with dogs and their owners in teaching obedience training techniques, dog manners, as well as resolving problem behaviors.”
The idea came to Janet after speaking with dog owners whose dogs had simple behavior problems; unable to resolve the problems themselves, many believe their only alternative is to surrender their dog the shelter. “Due to busy work and family schedules, attending dog obedience training classes is usually the biggest challenge for many owners. The great thing about our in-home dog training service is we can accommodate families and their schedules, in the comfort of their own home, while working on modifying their dog’s behavior.”
Janet with Claudia, one of her rescue dogs
“The biggest disservice anyone can do to their dog is to not take them to an experienced dog trainer for obedience learning,” says Oquendo. “The average dog owner, even though they love their dog and have the best of intentions, is not qualified to understand dog behavior, and is not equipped to provide the necessary training to achieve the desired results.”
“Sadly, the number one reason dogs are surrendered to shelters is due to common behavior problems – the same problems which can be resolved quickly with the help of an experienced dog trainer,” Oquendo said.
Oquendo currently owns four rescue dogs and has trained under some of the area’s leading dog trainers. She is aware of the limited number of positive reinforcement dog trainers available in the area, as well as the subsequent use of services offered by trainers who use highly aversive training methods that often do more harm than good. Oquendo is passionate about working one-on-one with families and their pets in order to help them understand their dog’s behavior, and modifying undesirable behavior through positive reinforcement training techniques. “I work with clients who do not know how to housebreak their dog, or their dog may demonstrate destructive behavior, or they simply cannot get their dog to stop jumping on people, it’s a simple and effective method,” she says. “We ask the dog for a particular behavior, we show the dog the desired behavior, and we reward the dog every time they get it right.” When asked the question “Why positive reinforcement?” her answer is simply “because it works!”
“When I work with a family and their dog on a particular behavior issue, and I know as a result of my help for them and their dog has saved that dog from being given up to the shelter, it proves to me that my in home dog training service invaluable to all who use it.”
For additional information on Training Paws, please call 410.299.1013 or visit the Training Paws web site.