At the University of Doglando, we engage and train with every dog who attends our enrichment program. From simple things like walking on different surfaces, learning to swim, patience while waiting at entry ways, being flexible in play styles between dogs of different sizes, tricks and reinforcing obedience; we want to make sure your dogs learn something every single day.
1. Our environment is designed with the dogs in mind. When a dog comes in contact with our enriched environment, the natural, instinctive “Dog” within him or her is evoked.
…All without injury to themselves or others, which often occurs in smaller spaces with a large number of dogs.
2. Beneficial behaviors the dogs offer in response to our enriched environment are encouraged with reinforcers that help strengthen their behaviors, bolster future participation, and enrich their relationship with our coaches, or “Play Professors”, as we call them.
While the exercise of practicing to hop up onto a tire may not seem like a worthwhile activity, there is a lot of opportunity in this action!
Hopping up onto a tire teaches a dog to use their body in ways they otherwise might not.
This exercise teaches the dog…
Once successfully on the tire, we then practice extending the duration by reinforcing the dog while she remains on the tire, even with the distraction of other dogs moving around her.
Creating such opportunities to learn helps build confidence and makes the dogs happy to engage with us. And, they are also extremely valuable when applying them to real world experiences, such as grooming.
Imagine how the experience of standing on a strange surface like a tire can bolster the confidence of a dog standing on a veterinarian’s exam table!
YES, the gate is open, but you will be reinforced for waiting rather than rushing past.
YES, you were playing with another dog when the Play Professor called you, but if you come, you will be reinforced and you can always return to play in a moment.
By consistently offering opportunities to make better choices, followed by outcomes that reinforce those better decisions, we can increase the likelihood of those behaviors happening, and the poor choices will fade away.
In this way, we empower the dogs to make choices, to try new things and to problem-solve.
Every day, we enrich your dogs’ lives. Our Play Professors love to discover what your dog is passionate about, and then to help them achieve their passion.
Our enrichment dogs dream about…
There is so much to do here, and something for every dog! Our Play Professors are always ready to spot new learning opportunities, and engage the dogs in safe and healthy play.
We would love for you to stop by and take a tour of our campus today! If you’re looking to train your puppy or adult dog, or enroll them into our Enrichment Program, we will be happy to schedule a behavioral assessment for your dog, to begin enrollment into the University of Doglando.
Please feel welcome to contact us with any questions or inquiries you may have!