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What is a Trained Dog? It is critical that you understand that, to be exact, there is no such thing as a “trained dog.” There are dogs that have been highly educated to perform certain skills and tasks. During your Handler Instruction or T.E.A.C.H. class you will learn how to train your dog using operant conditioning which includes: positive reinforcement negative reinforcement positive punishment & Negative punishment Using this balanced approach to training allows us to show you how to create desired behaviors and to reduce or eliminate unwanted behaviors. As the owner of a Service Dog it will be your responsibility to follow through with the training that you learn from the instructors at Committed Canine. So, you must ask yourself whether you are willing and able to rehearse skills and reinforce behaviors with your dog every day for the duratoin of its service to you (up to 10 years.) If that sounds overwhelming, then a Service Dog is probably not right for you. However, if you are up for the challenge, you may find it very rewarding to have such an incredible relationship with your dog.