Training Philosophy

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm” - Winston Churchill

Steps to Success

  1. Consider visiting prior to delivery ( not required )
  2. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate!!!! When you have questions, concerns, or just need help we need to know if we don’t we can’t help. Zoom, Call, Text, and Email we are available. Likewise though we don’t count wins we want to hear about them and celebrate!
  3. Delivery, we want to deliver you D.A.D. so we have a full sight picture of your life, home, and any other aspect of your life that is relevant. This helps us to have a better understanding when we communicate on the phone.
  4. Maintenance Training while we try to make minor fixes with support sometimes we just need to touch the dog. We also encourage you to use this option if you’re going out of the country for vacation and just simply because you asked us to.
  5. Coming Soon we will have seminars for clients with signed contracts.

We utilize fundamental games such as keep away and fetch to build integral relationships with our dogs. These games develop into two main pillars: focus and engagement that will maximize the opportunity of success. Methodically over time these games turn into obedience commands and develop a reward system that will be the reason why your Service Dog performs so willingly to alert you to high and low blood sugars.

We do believe any behavior that is desirable is taught and any behavior that is unwanted can also be taught or even caught. Malcolm X once said “that which you do not hate, you will eventually tolerate”. Nothing could describe dog training more clearly. We must not tolerate unwanted behaviors in Service Dogs or any dog for that matter.

Ultimately though we are balanced trainers who lure and shape quality bred dogs into desiring to do desired behavior and then systematically apply as little pressure as possible to teach the dogs not only do they want perform said behavior but that they also must perform at a level above your expectation and to the CedarOak Kennels standards.

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan

Failure is inevitable and if you haven’t yet you need to ask what happens in the face of failure? We believe, I believe as The Founder of this company, that it would be disingenuous of us to not discuss failure and how we will take ownership of failure when it arises. Failure as you know is a part of life even the Greats like Michael Jordan, Secretariat, Muhammad Ali, John Kennedy and many others encountered failure. In the face of failure you can not dwell but we should acknowledge the failure, in fact, we as Professionals do not count most wins, however, we do count losses just as Jordan did because he HATED to lose and we HATE to lose!

TEAM, we are a TEAM! From the kennel hand who cleans the kennel daily to our Dogs final days we must all operate as a team. We communicate the same way, walk the same way, feed the same, you guessed it everything is The CedarOak Way. While it may feel intimidating at first the hard part is already over at time of delivery because training is done and transition will go smoothly if we communicate any concerns clearly and effectively.

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