About Barkley

What is positive reinforcement training?

Positive reinforcement training includes using rewards instead of punishments to teach our dogs specific commands.  While many trainers tout their use of positive training techniques, few use 100% positive reinforcement training methods. At Barkley, we will never use any methods that would cause injury or increase fear/anxiety in your dog. We use treats, belly rubs, and praise, and it works!  Learn more about the advantages of positive reinforcement training from the Humane Society. 

Positive Reinforcement Dog Trainers at Barkley University use methods that are always:

Reward-Based: Dogs receive rewards when they do something correctly. Treats and affection are included and used as tools to teach new behaviors. 

Voluntary: Dogs participate willingly in training and are not physically manipulated to perform. 

Positive: Training is fun for all involved. 

Positive reinforcement dog training does not include: hitting, yelling, the use of choke/pinch/bark collars, force, physical manipulation, or anything else that may cause a dog to experience unnecessary   anxiety. 

When should you start training?  Training is most effective if it begins as soon as you introduce a new dog to your home. For puppies, training should start around 2 months old. There is no quick fix for training and training should continue throughout the life of your dog to encourage mental and physical activity and to continue to build the priceless bond between you and your best fur-iend. 

Who is my trainer?

Barkley's owner and certified dog trainer, Michelle, has been training dogs for more than 15 years, beginning with strenuous obedience classes with her wolf-malamute when she was just a child. Since then, she's trained dozens of varying breeds, sizes, behaviors and abilities following the CCPDT curriculum. Michelle, a member of the APDT, is certified in dog first aid and CPR and places pet and people safety above all else. She is a certified evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC) and provides testing for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program, AKC Canine Good Citizen program, AKC Community Canine program and the AKC Urban Good Citizen program. Having begun her training experience in a non-positive reinforcement environment, she can personally attest to the importance and effectiveness of reward-based training and takes every effort to find positive alternatives, especially for tough cases. Michelle lives and works in Oklahoma City and will travel to surrounding areas for homeschooling classes. Additional trainers may fill in for certain classes. 

What do I need to bring to class?

On the first day of class you'll need to bring the following: 

  • Your dog 
  • Your dog's current vaccination records 
    • current puppy shots required
    • when of age, all dogs must receive rabies vaccination
  • A 4 ft nylon or leather leash
  • A nylon or leather collar or harness 
    • harnesses are preferred
    • easy walk harnesses are accepted 
  • Treats your dog loves 
    • preferably small and soft, stinky is good too!
    • A treat pouch or fanny pack is helpful too, but optional
  • Full payment for the course 
    • We accept Apply Pay, Pay Pal, credit cards, cash or checks 
    • Payments may also be made online in advance

What not to bring: 

  • Choke, pinch, prong, chain or martingale collars
  • Chain leashes
  • Retractable leashes

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