One of the biggest problems facing suburban and urban canines is the lack of proper socialization. Behaviorists and trainers have been promoting puppy socialization classes for years, and many people take advantage of those classes where they are offered. It is great that people socialize their puppies, but all too often that is the extent of socialization their dog gets. Sure they may have a few dogs at home, or maybe their dog even gets to play with a couple of neighborhood dogs once in a while, but for the most part, the dog lives in relative isolation from other dogs.
Acme Canine is pleased to announce Laura Pakis, CPT and Alice Williamson, CPT recently attended a Pack to Basics workshop in Wickliffe Ohio and are now certified as instructors. Laura Pakis founded Acme Canine, the Lewis Center dog training facility, in 2004. Alice Williamson joined the company 5 years ago.
By completing this workshop Acme Canine can provide a comprehensive approach to canine socialization, specifically gear towards dogs with known socialization issues. These Pack to Basics socialization sessions use the dog’s naturally strong social behavior to reduce stress and fear; build confidence and language skills, allowing for many common behavior problems to slip away. This is an approach like none other!
The importance of socialization remains after the puppy socialization classes have ended. The issue goes deeper than simply learning how to behave around other dogs. Regular socialization gives dogs the opportunity to exist in their most natural state: in the company of other dogs. This is incredibly therapeutic for dogs, lowering their overall stress level as well as lowering stress specifically related to other dogs. In addition it has been proven effective (in conjunction with obedience training) for reducing or eliminating certain types of aggression.
Pack to basics is an advanced socialization process that focuses on the dogs that are typically excluded from doggie day-cares and other socialization venues. Because of this fact, Pack to Basics offers an opportunity to help dogs that otherwise might not be able to ever run with other dogs.
Pack to Basics is unique in many ways, overwhelmingly though the chief advantage is safety. Unlike dog parks, dogs attending Pack to Basics classes are screened for dangerous behavior. Dog’s who are determined to be too dangerous are prepared through training to enter classes.
In addition to this screening process, Pack to Basics classes have instructors who are there to prevent problems before they occur. If the dogs do get into trouble, the instructor is ready to get them out of trouble without making the situation worse. However, unlike most doggie day care, Pack to Basics allows dogs to non-violently work out their differences letting them learn to trust in their own diplomacy.
The result is an exceptionally well-balanced and confident dog, who can remain calm and attentive even when surrounded by strange dogs.