Enrich the daily lives of companion animals through active and structured play, exercise, and socialization.
The LECA program is a daily enrichment program based on social-cognitive learning theory and positive reinforcement. It was scientifically developed and validated by leading animal behaviorists, dog trainers, and veterinarians to help family pets be capable, healthy, and happy family members.
Social Cognitive Theory, SCT, is based on the idea that animals learn by observing others. This approach is proven to be 3X more effective than traditional techniques.
Structured Engagement, Enrichment, Training, and Play
DESIGNED FOR LEARNING
3+ Sessions / Week.
4 Hour Sessions.
Designed for dogs that benefit and thrive from working with with expert handlers.
Dogs socialize and play with other dogs under constant, expert supervision to get energy out, build up confidence and have fun.
Each dog is an individual and we customize the curriculum for every family.
NEVER STOP LEARNING
We also work on advanced skills like Agility, Nose Work, and Enrichment.
Dogs work individually or in small groups with our professional trainers on Impulse Control, Confidence, Basic Obedience, and Leash Manners.
The LECA Curriculum
Our basic obedience training introduces and reinforces concepts, like sit, stay, come, down, and drop. We establish a foundation for communication and trust and establish basic rules of appropriate behavior.
We introduce the dogs to various competitive athletic trials and games. This curriculum is designed to help high-energy dogs channel their energy through rally, agility, parkour, and nose work.
We generalize behaviors learned in Basic Obedience to empower the dog to deal with greater distances, durations, and a variety of environments.
Many dogs struggle with impulse control, reactivity, lack of confidence, and high levels of anxiety or stress. We work with dogs to better deal with their environment.
We introduce complex environments and develop additional skills like bring it, around, go there, and focused heel.
A typical session...
Each session lasts 4 hours and is a combination of social play, obedience training, enrichment, engagement, and sports training. We also take dogs on several walks throughout the session. Most training is done one-on-one.
Here is a sample schedule:
8:00AM - 8:20AM: Pack Walk
8:20AM - 8:45AM: Social Play
8:45AM - 9:00AM: Basic Obedience Training
9:00AM - 9:20AM: Social Play
9:20AM - 9:45AM: Leash Manners
9:45AM - 10:00AM: Walk
10:00AM - 10:40AM: Social Play
10:40AM - 11:00AM: Enrichment
11:00AM - 11:30AM: Sports Training
11:30AM - 11:45AM: Walk / Engagement / Obedience Training
11:45AM - 12:00PM: Wrap Up
Interested in a Group Class
We offer group classes for owners interested in learning and practicing training and handling their dog. These 6 week classes are available for puppies and adult dogs.
We also offer Barkour / Agility classes for adult dogs that are ready to take on a sport.
School is open Monday - Friday and offer 3 sessions per day:
Session 1: 8:00AM - 12:00PM
Session 2: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Session 3: 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Your Dog Will Be...
* You can mix it up or keep the schedule consistent every time.
CUSTOMIZED LESSON PLANS
Every dog is an individual. We create custom lesson plans for each dog based on specific enrichment goals and progress with the curriculum.
Having a plan isn't enough. We use rigorous, standardized quantitative metrics to track the dog's progress. Assessments are done by trainers, assistants, and at home.
Our Approach: Positive & Fun!
We don't train dogs to pass a test or a trial. They never fail and we do not punish.
We follow the guidelines provided by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (link-1 and link-2) guidelines for engaging with dogs.
The use of Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) requires a strong and positive relationship between human and dog. Any aggressive responses or punishments significantly impede our objectives and mission.