What does One Smart Pooch, LLC teach?

One Smart Pooch teaches or assistance in canine psychology, canine body language and canine communication, the fundamentals of dog training.

Canines learn by association and communicate via body language meaning everyone is always training, it is a matter of if you know it or not. Dogs are always learning, despite wether we think we are training them or not.


Reinforcement Psychology

In behavioral psychology, reinforcement is a consequence applied that will strengthen an organism's future behavior whenever that behavior is preceded by a specific antecedent stimulus. This strengthening effect may be measured as a higher frequency of behavior, longer duration, greater magnitude, or shorter latency.

Reinforcement is a term used in operant conditioning to refer to anything that increases the likelihood that a response will occur. By reinforcingthe desired behavior with praise, the pooch will be more likely to perform the same actions again in the future.


What is reinforcement in psychology?

Reinforcement. The term reinforce means to strengthen, and is used in psychology to refer to anything stimulus which strengthens or increases the probability of a specific response. For example, if you want your dog to sit on command, you may give him a treat every time he sits for you.


What does positive reinforcement training do to the canine brain?

  • Stimulates the pleasure center of the brain and causes the body to release oxytocin.
  • Decreases the stress chemical, cortisol.
  • Makes your dog want to repeat positive behaviors.
  • Dogs feel more confident at home and in public.
  • Dog associates you with good feelings.
  • It is FUN!


Mental Health “Stages of Development”

The key to a mentally stable canine begins with knowing how the brain develops....

Critical periods in puppy development


Neonatal Period (0-12 Days):

The puppy responds only to warmth, touch, and smell. He cannot regulate body functions such as temperature and elimination.
•Breeders should keep their puppies with mother at all times outside of feeds and restroom breaks. If breeders want to assist mother, heated dog beds can be found by clicking here

This is the perfect time to wash your hands and let the puppies get use to human touch with light rubs and gentle handling. Keep in mind they can NOT see and may cry, growling, etc. each puppy has its own personality. Ignore the crying, growling, etc. “Desensitization” the puppies to human touch and smell.

**Desensitization is the process of exposing the animal to a stimulus beginning at a very low intensity, Threshold Training.**

Please do NOT hit, pop, slap or give physical corrections!

Transition Period (13 - 20 Days):

Eyes and ears are open, but sight and hearing are limited. Tail wagging begins and the puppy begins to control body functions.
•Now is a great time for breeders to change out the texture of their bedding. Example: if you was using shaving change it for a old t-shit. This will help set your litter up to succeed. Breeders that change their puppies bedding texture help set their puppies up to be comfortable with going from carpet to hardwood flooring or even sidewalk to grass.

Awareness Period (21 - 28 Days):

Sight and hearing functions well. The puppy is learning that he is a dog and has a great deal of need for a stable environment!

•Breeders can now gently bath their puppies or start introducing them to the feel of water on the body. Breeders can begin potty training with a pad or litter box at this time as well.

Canine Socialization Period (21 - 49 Days): 

Interacting with his mother and littermates, the pup learns various canine behaviors! He is now aware of the differences between canine and human societies.
•Socialization is NOT good if it’s inappropriate play, rough handling, play fighting, etc. 

**Calm Structured Socialization Period**

Human Socialization Period (7 to 12 Weeks):

The best time for going to a new home. He now has the ability to learn respect, simple behavioral responses: sit, stay, come. The permanent man/dog bonding begins, and he is able to accept gentle discipline, establish confidence and fully communicate with you his needs.  

Fear Impact Period (8 - 11 Weeks):

Try to avoid frightening the puppy during this time, since traumatic experiences can have an effect during this period. As you can see, this period overlaps that of the previous definition and children or animal should not be allowed to hurt or scare the puppy -- either maliciously or inadvertently.

It is very important now to introduce other humans, but must be closely supervised to minimize adverse conditioning. Learning at this age can be permanent.

This is the stage where you wonder if your dog is going to be a woosy butt all their whole life. Also properly introducing your puppy to other dogs at this time will help them become more socialized. Proper socialization is KEY!

Seniority Classification Period (13 - 16 Weeks):

This critical period is also known as the "Age of Cutting" - cutting teeth and cutting apron strings. At this age, the puppy begins testing dominance and leadership. Biting behavior is absolutely discouraged from thirteen weeks on. Praise for the correct behavior. Your response is the most effective tool! Meaningful praise is highly important to shape positive attitude!

Flight Instinct Period (4 to 8 Months):

During this period puppies test their wings- they will turn a deaf ear when called. This period lasts from a few days to several weeks, depending on the dog. It is critical to praise the positive and minimize the negative behavior during this time! However, you must learn how to achieve the correct response. This period corresponds to teething periods, and behavioral problems become compounded by physiological development chewing. Teach your dog to self soothe.

Second Fear impact period (6 - 14 Months):

Also called, "The fear of situations period", usually corresponds to growths spurts. This critical age may depend on the size of the dog. Small dogs tend to experience these periods earlier than large dogs. Great care must be taken not to reinforce negative behavior! Force can frighten the dog, and soothing tones serve to encourage his fear. His fear should be handled with patience and kindness, and training during this period puts the dog in a position of success, while allowing him to work things out while building self-confidence. 

Maturity (1 - 3 years) :

Many breeds especially giant breeds continue to grow and physically change well beyond three years of age. The average dog develops to full physical maturity between 1-1 1/2 years and three years of age for full mental development. This period is often marked by an increase in aggression and by a renewed testing for leadership. During this time, while testing for leadership, the dog should be handled firmly. Regulars training throughout this testing period, praise him for the proper response.

Every interaction is teaching or training something!

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Threshold Training & Desensitizing

What Is a Threshold in Dog Training?

The definition of “threshold” is the point where a stimulus is at a strong enough intensity to cause a reaction. A threshold is analyzed in all kinds of animals (including humans) who may be showing fear, anxiety, aggression, or other strong emotional reactions towards a certain object, animal, or place. Psycholgists who treat phobias know that in order to treat it correctly, the patient needs to be UNDER threshold.
This same concept is applied in dog training. 

It is important to know a dog’s threshold for a certain stimulus for effective training!

What is Under & Over Threshold?

What is Under Threshold? ”GREEN ZONE”
When a person or dog is UNDER threshold, then they are not experiencing ANY fear. If they are experiencing even the slightest fear, then the desensitization is being performed incorrectly. You want the patient (human or dog) to be “totally okay” during each step of the rehabilitation. It may be difficult, but there is always a way to keep a dog under threshold.

What is Over Threshold? “RED ZONE”

When a dog is over threshold, it can start to show signs of stress (heavy panting, yawning, etc) all the way to showing reactivity (barking, lunging, etc). At this point, the goal of desensitization cannot be performed correctly. Flooding (making an animal face it’s phobia at it’s extreme) is considered to be in this category. Flooding is not efficient and is not the way to go to try to help your dog overcome a phobia. It is traumatic for an animal/human and does not give the results that desensitization does.

Avoid being in this “RED ZONE” for long periods of time; it is a sign of an unstable mind!

What is dog training and how do we achieve it?

Dog training is the application of behavior analysis which uses the environmental events of antecedents and consequences to modify the behavior of a dog, either for it to assist in specific activities or undertake particular tasks, or for it to participate effectively in contemporary domestic life.

Positive Reinforcement

One Smart Pooch trainers do not use fear or domination to force any dog into submission. One Smart Pooch trainers focuses on building a healthy relationship with your pooch based on respect and proper communication.

Canine Psychology

Many bad behaviors like digging, chewing, aggression and more are simply symptoms of something, a trigger, going on with your pooch. With issues like aggressive behaviors or anxiety, a psychology based approach is crucial to solving the issue without making the behavioral problem worse. When you understand how your four legged friend mind works and what motivates them, you have the power to change or fix unwanted behaviors. 

Canine Body Language

Canines are always communicating something! Behaviors, good or bad, are your four legged friends way of communication. Canines communicate with over 30 body language signals. Knowing these signals gives us the clues we need to know what canines are thinking or what they are feeling and it’s the best tool you have in preventing a dog bite.

Becoming a Dog Trainer

What Kind of Trainer are You?

*Positive-Only Trainer*

Positive-Only Trainers use positive methods only. They use food rewards and do NOT use any corrections in their training plans.  

"Punishment or Discipline is Unnecessary!"  


*Balanced Trainer* 

Balanced trainers use positive methods when they introduce new behaviors. They use "No" and removing the opportunity for reward to shape and proof a behavior. Mild physical corrections, such as leash and collar corrections, are considered after ALL Positive-Only methods have been applied, and/or if their training plan is in jeopardy.  
"Rewards are earned!"  

"Punishment *taking the toy out of sight* is Discipline!"  


*Compulsion Trainer* “NEVER Recommended"

With a Compulsion Trainer a canine's primary motivation for compliance is to avoid correction.  

"Do it because I tell you too!”

Duties of a Canine Pack Leader

  • Establish the Rules 
  • Enforce the Rules 
  • Maintain Social Order 

Things that Show a Canine Who's the Pack Leader or Head Of Household

*Leaders Eat First*
"Do you eat or start your meals before your pooch?"
This will help prevent beginning, counter surfing, etc. if your pooch has to wait with good behavior for their share.


*Leaders Go Through Doorways First*
"Does your pooch walk/run through the door before you?" 

A pooch that goes through the door first at home WILL run right into a pet store doorway, friends doorway, etc. and may even pull.


*Leaders Stay Calm*
"Does your pooch see you stressed out?" 

If you stress your pooch WILL stress.


*Leaders Stay in Control*
"Does your pooch see you as the boss?" 

When play gets too rough, who says when is enough?

If you do NOT determine this, your dogs WILL!


*Leaders Set the Pace*
"Is your pooch pushy or does he/she beg for their attention, food, toys, etc.?"
This will help recent resourceful guarding.


*Leaders Give Direction*
"Does your pooch know his/her roll within the pack?"
“Does your pooch determine where you walk, when you walk, where they potty, etc.?”

This will help prevent pulling, marking on walks, etc. and within a pack if you do not maintain roll within the pack your dogs may maintain it amongst themselves. 


*Leaders Do NOT Let Their Personal Space be Invaded*
"Does your pooch give you your personal space?"

This will help prevent resourceful guarding over handler, child, spouse, etc.


*Leaders Say When to Play*
"Do you bring your pooch his/her toys or does your pooch bring you his/her toys?"
This will help prevent off hour or late night play.


*Leaders Say When Not to Play*
"Does your pooch drive you crazy with his/her squeaky toy?"
This will prevent off hour or late night play.


*Leaders Do NOT Beg for Attention*
"Does your pooch ignore you?" 

If you ask your pooch ignores you at home they WILL most likely ignore you outside of your home.


*Leaders Do NOT Give FREE Treats or Toys*
"Does your pooch earn his/her toys or treats?"
Obey an obedience cue and/or move toward something he/she is fearful of. (This is training on the go!)


*Leaders Claim the Higher Grounds (Couches, Chairs, Beds, Counter Tops, Est.)*
”Allow up, ONLY when invited“

This will help prevent resourceful guarding.


*Leaders Never Change Direction For or Follow the Other Pack Members*
"Are you walking your pooch or is he/she walking you?"
This will help prevent pulling, stepping in front of you, lunging, etc.


*Leaders Never Step Over Their Pack Members*
"Does your pooch give you the right away?"
This will prevent tripping over your pooch because he/she didn’t give you the right way to the bathroom at 3am or a pooch who will lay in the doorway and refuse to move. 


*Leaders Assign Resting Areas for ALL Pack Members*
"Does your pooch have his/her own resting place?"

This will prevent guarding, show order and give structure.

These above skills are set to help you and your pooch up to succeed. If your pooch already resourceful guards or has uncontrollable behaviors, this is considered a rehabilitation case and you need assistance applying these skills safely a 1 on 1 Live Private Video Chat might be for you.


Canine Rehabilitation

What is a rehabilitation case?

  • Aggressive Behavior of Any Kind
  • Excessive Fear
  • Excessive Excitement, urinates when touched with excitement
  • Anxiety of Any Kind 
  • Blindness 
  • Hearing-loss 

Donations, Where Do They Go?

96% of canines surrendered to shelters have NOT received any obedience training.

Approximately 42.8% of dogs surrendered were not neutered. 33% have not seen a veterinarian. 

• All dogs are neutered or spayed, up to date on all their vaccinations, chipped and vet released for adoptions.

• Fostered canines are in the hands of a certified dog trainer under 24/7 supervision and consistent training. In most cases, Canine Rehabilitations. Dog Boot Camp Cost,  also known as board and train or kennel and train programs, doggy boot day camp can cost $45–$75 per day or your dog will stay at the dog-training facility for a few weeks for prices from $500–$1,250 per week. While dog boot camp costs more, your dog will get customized training based on disobedience issues, which could take longer to fix in group classes. One Smart Pooch, LLC Foster & Train Programs save future adopters $500–$1,250 per week for a few weeks of dog training. 

One Smart Pooch, LLC goal is to NEVER see our foster returned to the rescue or in the shelter.

• Fosters goto their new homes with any and all of their train equipment at NO extra COST, except kennel because our next foster will need it.

• Fosters goto their new homes with a bag of their current dog food.

• New adopters will get a FREE lesson with One Smart Pooch, LLC at pick up, after El Paso County Canine Rescue approves your adoption.


The average cost of dog training is $30 to $80 per class with most spending about $50 per hour. Dog obedience training schools cost $200 to $600 per week while boot camp kennel training runs $500 to $1,250 per week. Prices average $120 per hour to train a service dog for support, therapy, or protection purposes.

  • Since 2013, One Smart Pooch, LLC have been saving handles tons of money in dog training services; Service Dogs have been donated, services in training donated and life time contracts at little to no cost to the handlers.

“One Smart Pooch, LLC could NOT do these things without the help from you, the community.”

Together We Are As One, Together We CAN Make A Difference‼️

Characteristics of Pets Being Relinquished

  • Most dogs (96%) had not received any obedience training.
  • The majority of the surrendered dogs (47.7%) were between 5 months and 3 years of age.
  • The majority of dogs (37.1%) had been owned from 7 months to 1 year.
  • Approximately 42.8% of dogs surrendered were not neutered. 33% of dogs had not been to a veterinarian.
  • Animals acquired from friends were relinquished in higher numbers (31.4% of dogs; 33.2% of cats) than from any other source. **Animals do NOT make good Gifts.**
  • Close to equal numbers of male and female dogs surrendered.

Most canines are abandoned due to behavior....

One Smart Pooch, LLC is here to break that cycle!

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