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What is Marker Training? | Science-Based System for Training Your Dog

Posted on March 18, 2022 by Misty Fleming

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Do you have an unruly puppy and are looking for a proven method for training? At All Dogs Dream, we teach the marker system of dog training? If you are curious about what marker training is and if it’s right for you and your dog, this blog will answer your questions.

Marker Training is a Science-Based Approach to Behavior Training 

Marker training is a researched-based way to teach your dog to ‘offer’ desirable behaviors in exchange for a reward. The ‘markers’ in marker training are specific words we use which are associated only with a particular behavior or that indicate the reward for the behavior is coming. For instance, some trainers use the word “Nice” to communicate to the dog that the reward (usually food) is to be given.

What Are the Advantages of Marker Training?

The biggest advantage of marker training is that it is designed to work with the way dogs think. Dogs need clear, consistent ‘markers’ to understand what behavior you want them to demonstrate, and they also require predictable rewards. Food is generally the best training reward. When a dog is young or new to training, the reward is rapidly given in conjunction with the desired behavior. As a dog progresses in its training, the reward is made progressively more difficult to earn. Whereas a puppy may earn their food reward the instant its bottom touches the floor, an older, more experienced dog may have to maintain their position for longer before receiving the treat.

Marker Training Classes from All Dogs Dream

We currently offer two types of group training classes: a puppy training class and a basic training group class for dogs four months or older.

Puppy Classes

Instructor: Anthony Fleming

4 Week Course

Ideal for puppies ages 8 to 16 weeks old

What to expect:

  • Positive Reinforcement Training
  • Reinforcement Timing
  • Crate Training/House Breaking Tips
  • Attention Exercise
  • Leash Walking
  • Sit Command
  • Down Command
  • Come Command (if class is progressing quick enough)

Basic Training Group Course

Trainer: Anthony Fleming

7 Week Course

Ideal for puppies over the age of 4 months and adult dogs of any age

What to expect:

  • Pack Structure and the Marker System on how to properly communicate with your dog to limit confusion.
  • J Lead (loose leash walking)
  • Look Command
  • Wait Command
  • Sit Command
  • Down Command
  • Place Command
  • and Introduction to Recall
  • Any Basic Training Graduates interested can be assessed at the end of the course for their CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Certification by Morgain Dutton for $20.

Special Training from Dutton K9 Training

All Dogs Dream also has the privilege to offer even more advanced training options through our partnership with Dutton K9 Training. There are excellent options for private training, train while they stay, and board and train options available.

Thanks for reading and happy training!

Interested in more events from All Dogs Dream? Check out our recent blog on upcoming events!

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