Training and Services
Can’t even remember what it feels like to walk beside your dog instead of being dragged behind? Becoming convinced that your puppy’s kibble must be made of rocket fuel, because there is no other explanation for the ungodly amount of chaos he can stir up in two seconds flat? Or maybe Bella has growled at one guest too many and you realize that something has to change.
Take a deep breath. It can get easier. Let’s talk about it.
Who We Are
Force Free Fido is a positive reinforcement dog training program located in Concord, NC. We use dog-friendly, reward-based training methods to work through the whole gamut of canine behavior problems, from developing the potential of superstar puppies, to taming Cujo-wannabes, to just getting Buddy to stop bowling over grandma.
Tough breeds? Our favorite. Tried everything? Try us.
What We Do
You may have heard the adage, “Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.”
Force Free Fido is a “teach a man to fish” kind of program.
In addition to teaching dogs basic manners and obedience, the teaching games we play in our classes are designed to give you the tools to solve your own training problems in the future (*). You won’t just go through the motions of installing obedience — you’ll actually learn how the training process works so you can customize it to your heart’s content to teach the skills that matter to you.
You can have as much or as little structure as you need. Our Foundation curriculum is designed to teach you the real-world training skills you need to tackle the toughest obedience challenges. If you need help with a few behaviors but don’t want to commit to a multi-week course, we also offer “just enough” customized pay-as-you-go sessions. And we are currently developing curriculum for a full schedule of Elective courses on more specialized training topics to complement our Foundations program — stay tuned!
(*) – The skills we teach are also useful for the training of toddlers, teenagers and spouses. One of the many benefits of reward-based training is that it works on just about anything with a pulse, unlike many methods that rely on being able to over-power or “correct” the learner.