C&C SouthFork Acres is committed to teaching people how to train their dogs using positive reinforcement and reward-based training methods. We want your training experience to be fun and successful. We are dedicated to helping you understand how a dog actually learns and teaching you successful ways to make a better life for you and your dog. Our goal is to help enhance the relationship through connection and communication between our clients and their canine companions.
Our Training Philosophy
We believe that training is a process of exercising good management to keep a dog out of trouble while we work toward teaching good manners. This helps keep unwanted behaviors from being learned. You will learn how to “mark” the behavior you like and then reward it to reinforce your dog’s behavior. It allows us to more easily and gently teach the dogs the behaviors that we do want. It is important to work with a dog’s natural instincts rather than against them. We can direct them toward activities that are natural to them but easy for us to live with using reward-based training methods.
What We Offer
Climate-controlled, fully matted indoor facility
Small group classes
Positive and supportive approach
Professional, certified dog trainers
Proven science-based methods
We also make training fun, so lessons are easy to learn and practice
Private one-on-one sessions available upon request
What We Mean by “Positive Reinforcement”
A law of learning for all species is that behaviors that are rewarded increase in frequency. Using positive reinforcement means that we focus our attention on desired behaviors.
Remember how happy you were if your parents gave you money for every A on your report card? That made you want to do it again, right? That’s positive reinforcement!
Dogs don’t care about money. They care about food, play, attention and access, or a combination of any of those. Positive reinforcement training uses food, play, etc., to reward your dog for doing something you want them to do. Because the reward makes your dog more likely to repeat the behavior, positive reinforcement is one of your most powerful tools for shaping or changing their behavior.