Hilton Butler's K-9 Bootcamp
Hilton Butler’s K-9 Bootcamp offers a variety of dog training programs to suit the needs of dogs and their owners. Each of these programs were developed based on Hilton’s years of experience and using proven communication techniques to enhance the relationship of dogs and owners.
This is a program designed for dogs ages 8 weeks to 6 months. This training option concentrates on general puppy issues such as crate training; housebreaking; jumping up; nipping; chewing; barking; and socialization with children, adults, and other dogs. Basic commands are introduced utilizing positive reinforcement. Learn More
Basic Obedience Training
This is our on-leash obedience training program designed for dogs 6 months of age or older. Your dog will learn to respect boundaries such as furniture and personal space, and also learn the basic commands as well as develop good socialization habits with children, adults and other dogs. Learn More
This program reinforces the Basic Commands by extending time, distance, and working through distractions in an off-leash capacity. This program also increases the tolerance for your dog and works on areas such as out-of-sight stay, long-distance stay, and working through extreme distractions. Learn More
Many dogs suffer from anxiety, fear, and dominance which can lead to aggressive behaviors. Behavior modification programs are designed to work through severe behavioral problems and are specifically designed for each client’s needs. Learn More
Through The Butler Family Foundation, we pursue research, development and implementation of service dogs in fields that canines have and have not been previously utilized. We are studying the use of canines as service dogs in relation to diseases, disorders, and disabilities that have and have not had previous consideration for service dogs. Learn More
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DIY Training at Home
How do I fix unwanted behavior?
Dog training is not rocket science, it’s a little more like mathematics. Knowing the right formula makes all the difference. Most people have no problem correcting their dogs for poor behavior.
BAD BEHAVIOR + CORRECTION = CONFUSION
Stopping at the correction leads to confusion and frustration. Add in these two factors and you will see a world of difference.
BAD BEHAVIOR + CORRECTION + REDIRECTION & PRAISE = NEW BEHAVIOR
Never end a situation with your dog negatively, always show them another option and what you want them to do instead. If you are not sure what you want them to do “SIT” is rarely a bad option.
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How do I stop my puppy from chasing my young children?
Dogs of any age are predators by design, made to chase and bite. In dog world anything moving away is normally prey and as such invokes a dog’s prey/chase drive. Little kids tend to make this worse because of the squeal and shrieks that accompany being chased. The easiest way to fix this behavior is to have your child turn and step in the dog’s direction. This changes the dog’s perception from prey to threat and the dog should instinctively move away. If the child can pair this action with a low growl tone you should see an immediate response.
How do I stop my puppy from peeing as soon as they come inside?
There is a lot going on in a young puppy’s new environment. The best way to fix this common issue is to separate potty and play time. Giving the dog a chance to relieve itself should not take 30 minutes. Take the puppy out to go potty. Give 3 to 5 minutes to go if the pup wonders and does not go, place it back in the crate and repeat this process in 15 minutes. If your dog plays and relieves itself in the same yard area, we want to separate these times by not allowing play before handling the necessities.
How can I stop my dog from stealing things then running away from me?
These types of behaviors are normally caused by wanting a reaction and not a desire for the item itself. This is one behavior we can mold into a positive. I teach the use of a “Chase Toy”. Pick one of your dog’s toys and engage him in a quick game of chase. Every time they present the “Chase Toy” chase them, even if you are currently engaged in another activity just a few quick steps in their direction will send them running and keep your items safe where they belong.
How can I stop my dog from jumping on people when they visit?
Jumping up is a very common behavior and not that difficult to correct with the right information. IGNORING a behavior will NEVER make it stop. The first step is to correct the behavior. Your dog jumps up, many people correct in different ways (Squeezing their paws, kneeing in the chest, pushing them down, and so on) but a correction should be input through the scruff area with your hand or a properly fitted correction collar. Second we want to redirect into a “SIT” position. You or your guest praise this new position. I bring my face close to the dogs face when praising this position to give the dog an opportunity to identify us by scent. This is the reason most dogs are jumping to begin with.
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How do I stop my puppy from nipping at me?
Nipping normally occurs at your hands or feet. Once your pooch puts your fingers in their mouth place your thumb on the floor/bottom (under the tongue) your index finger goes under the chin on the outside of their mouth. Pinch your fingers together applying greater pressure until the dog begins to pull away. Release and place your hands right back in their face. If they nip again they did not see your response as a correction. Repeat but increase the pressure. Once the dog licks or turns away from you representing your hands, PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE!
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How do I stop my puppy from barking/whining in the crate?
With a handful of treats place the puppy in the crate, close the door, and sit directly in front of the crate. Do absolutely nothing! Barking and whining should begin rather quickly, just observe. Wait until there is a break in the noise and the dog calms for just a moment. Open the door quickly, praise, and treat this behavior. Immediately place the dog back into the crate and repeat. Each trial should bring a quicker response from the pup. NEVER open the crate while the dog is barking, whining, or otherwise vocalizing.
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How do I stop my dogs from going crazy when someone rings the doorbell?
Many dogs respond to a knock or ring of the doorbell. Alerting is a natural behavior. Unless you have taught them the response you want they will give you the response they choose. Not correcting this will lead to stronger and stronger response. The time to work on this is not when the pizza guy shows up. Plan a time with a family member or friend. Have them ring the bell, you correct the unwanted behavior, then show the dog what it is you expect from them (Sit in a designate spot, going to their kennel, or bark but stop when asked.)
How can I stop my dog from digging up my plants/flowers?
Dogs learn from watching each other or mimicry. Humans don’t think about this when we enjoy yard work or gardening and spending time with our faithful companions. If this is a new behavior you have probably in the recent past done some digging yourself in front of your dog. This is a tough fix, controlling the time your dog is alone in the yard is the best course of action. If this is not an option the use of an Electronic Collar (E-Collar) may be the way to go. Correcting behaviors that occur when you are not in the vicinity of your dog are always challenging. Contact a professional trainer for more information on E-Collar training.
How do I stop my dog from begging for food?
Food or treats should always be offered from the dog’s food bowl or presented by hand. Anything else should be discouraged. Any behavior we allow once will be repeated. Presenting dog’s food on a plate or allowing them to pick up dropped food off the floor can lead to bigger issues. Give your dog a place to be while you are eating such as a dog bed or their crate. You can set a boundary line such as a doorway to an adjacent room. Personally I find feeding them at the same time does the trick.
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