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Rolling Meadows Academy

of Dog Training

148 Bingham Industrial Drive

Denton, NC 27239



Barbara Simpson

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Doggie College

The "Harvard" of Dog Training!

A Modern Day Finishing School For Dogs

No Dog Left Behind!!!


Welcome to Rolling Meadows Academy, North Carolina's First and Leading Specialists for In-Kennel Obedience and Etiquette Training!  Established in 1995, we have had over 15 years to establish ourselves as leaders in the education of pet dogs and their families! 


We invite you to look around and see the wide variety of dog training services available to both present and future dog owners.  Our mission is to present universally accepted, modern, dog training services in the highest professional manner available today, "Guaranteed"


Our nationally certified trainers/instructors specialize in the most up to date, positive reinforcement dog training methods for all sizes, ages and breeds of dogs, including pure bred and mixed breed.


Our goal is to create a life-time of dog/owner relationships by teaching you how to properly communicate with your dog using voice commands and hand signals.  We have trained over 8,000 dogs in our In-School dog training program for satisfied clients in over 42 US states including Alaska and Puerto Rico.





Are people reluctant to come inside your home because it looks like they'll get slobbered, pounced, or peed on by your dog? Do your dogs love to greet a visitor with all the joy of meeting a new playmate? Does your dog defy gravity to get a good lick at a visitor's face? Even if you don't mind this behavior, the odds are very good that your visitors do. Submissive urination can be controlled, and you can teach your dogs not to ambush your visitors with a little (okay, a LOT) of patience.


Regardless of the amount of training your dog has had, a dog without Manners isnít any fun to live with.  All dogs need Manners. Manners are different from Basic Obedience, and are rarely covered in Group Obedience ClassesÖ In our In-School Obedience Courses we educate dogs in proper etiquette and manners to become a joy to live with and socially accepted as a Canine Good Citizen.



Manners are polite, socially accepted, appropriate behaviors.


For example, we teach Manners to children. We teach them to not talk with their mouths full; how to properly answer a telephone call and take a message; we teach little boys to put down the toilet lid (!) and little girls to not stick their tongues out at little boys (!). We teach all of these things, in addition to teaching them how to read, write and do arithmetic.


In a similar way, we teach dogs a degree of self-sufficiency so that they can manage themselves in social situations or when left alone. Manners should be taught in addition to the command-oriented behaviors like Coming when called, Sitting, lying Down, and Heeling.


Iím not very impressed with a dog and handler that can obtain a high-level obedience title. I AM IMPRESSED with a highly trained companion dog, thatís welcome everywhere because it also has good Manners in addition to basic obedience skills. In other words, just because a dog has completed an obedience course, or has a few titles, doesnít mean itís any fun to live with on a day to day basis!


Likewise, with a dog, itís much more challenging to have an obedient and well-mannered companion, than to get the dog to perform in the controlled environment of the obedience ring. In the real world, there are many things that challenge your dog that wonít be there in the obedience competition ring.


The goal in teaching a dog Manners is for you to have a dog that is going to be welcomed, not a nuisance, and trustworthy wherever you go, even if the dog is left with someone else.  In other words we don't just train obedience commands, we train manners (Doggie Etiquette).


Manners are not usually command-oriented behaviors although we do teach commands to remind him of his bad behavior. Behaviors are things that you expect the dog to learn and practice without you having to supervise them when they are adults. Manners should be a way of life for your dog.


In our specially designed 3 week basic obedience and etiquette course we concentrate on teaching manners to dogs in addition to obedience, so that they are welcome and accepted into social situations. All dogs enrolled in our 3 Week Basic Obedience and Etiquette program are taught the following Doggie Etiquette (Manners):


Acceptance Of Guests: All dogs need to be taught a proper greeting routine at the front door. The dog doesnít get to jump up on the guest, sniff them in inappropriate places, continue to bark or growl, or mouth their hands. Once the guest is invited in the home, the dog should not be allowed to bother the guests, but instead be taught to go and lay down at a designated Place. It is your job to supervise your dog and make sure your dog isnít a bother to your guests. Itís not only the polite thing to do, but you arenít putting your guest in the position to have to correct your dog for you. If you donít correct your dog, then they will (and donít be surprised if they resort to methods that you wouldnít approve of).


Respect For Boundaries: I believe that a dog should be taught that it canít run out the front door, go into the garage, open or get into cabinets and closets, or get on some or all of the furniture; and it canít leave the car w/o permission. This is an issue of safety as well as Manners. Itís no fun chasing after a dog thatís run away, and itís no fun having to hold or block a dog at the front door every time it is opened. Some dogs also become too big for their britches when allowed on furniture, and then feel that they have the right to use aggression to "discipline" the family and guests.


Respect For Family including pets: Adult dogs shouldnít be allowed to jump on, mouth, mount, discipline, or body block family members. In addition, dogs shouldnít be allowed to beat up the cat or another household dog (but they should be allowed to create and maintain a reasonable pack order). Adult dogs shouldnít also be allowed to do any other "bratty" behaviors. Leaving a dog in the back yard all day doesn't teach these lessons. Instead, they are learned by living with the people, and getting the 100,000 little corrections that dogs need to get as they grow up to become adults. Dogs need a family to become part of the family. These are things that YOU have to do with your dog ó you canít just send your dog off somewhere to be fixed, like a broken VCR. I can show you, but it will still be up to you to teach them because living with a dog is about establishing a RELATIONSHIP.


Respect For My Things: No destructive chewing, no stealing of objects, no urine marking in the house. Sometimes a dog is being destructive because the dog is suffering from Separation Anxiety. Thatís not an issue of respect, and shouldnít be treated that way. On the other hand, normal puppies should be expected to tear up your place until you teach them what is and isnít acceptable to chew on. I donít believe that you can trust a dog to be alone in your car or home until the dog is around 1 year old, AND youíve actively worked on teaching the dog acceptable chewing habits. If you arenít sure whether your dog is chewing because of a lack of Manners, or because your dog is suffering from Separation Anxiety, you SHOULD NOT apply a remedy until youíve talked to me about it and gotten a diagnosis.


Able To Play On Their Own: I donít like going over to peopleís houses when their kids canít play on their own. I feel that children should be taught to live a balanced life: able to both interact with people AND be able to entertain themselves: a coloring book, Disney video, eating a snack, playing with a toy, etc. When a child cannot allow other people to visit, then the adults need to teach the child, and encourage them, to learn to play by themselves. We want them to learn to be self-sufficient adults. Likewise, I believe a dog should be taught to chew on a chew toy or play with a play toy, if it has nothing else to do, instead of constantly pestering the owners and guests for attention.


No Inappropriate Aggression: No "stink eye" (staring and posturing against friendly people or animals), no growling, and no biting. There are several reasons why a dog should be allowed to be aggressive: legitimate self protection, establishment and maintenance of a pack order with the other dogs in the house, protection of territory, protection of the family from attack, legitimate police or sport or protection work, and legal hunting purposes. All other forms of aggression are unacceptable Manners and need to be suppressed.


Manners In Public: Your dog should be welcome everywhere that dogs are allowed. All dogs should be expected to be able to Heel, Sit, Down and Come in public, plus have proper public Manners.


Respect For the Pack Order: Dogs need to become a member of your human "pack." That means they view the world as them being accountable to the family, not on a "hunt", and not the leader. You canít properly manage a dog, especially one of the more dominant breeds, without being your dogís leader. For example, dogs shouldnít take YOU for a walk, which is tantamount to them ignoring your leadership, but you should be taking THEM for a walk. It makes all the difference in the world when you need them to obey in a distracting environment. You need to be a loving "parent" of, and leader to, your dog. Dogs should be allowed to set up a pack order with the other animals in the household. When we interfere with the formation of a pack order among the animals in the household, we can cause our dogs to fight with one another.


Dogs donít come pre-programmed with good Manners from the "factory." Manners have to be taught. Teaching a dog Manners isnít any fun. It requires a lot of hard work and constant supervision. I tell customers that when you are reading dog books, trying to find the perfect breed for your family, they are always describing an ADULT dog that was well bred, socialized, trained and one with good Manners. They never describe how ill behaved the puppy will be, or how much work it will be to make that puppy into an easygoing adult dog!


If this running pup image bothers you, then you might want to purchase a pre-trained adult pet dog.  You will also have to be careful to allow your dog to just be a dog and have some free fun time without you getting irritated. Some breeds, and some individual dogs, are especially difficult to teach good Manners. It takes daily work to get the dog to be what you want the dog to be. Some dogs take us longer to finish training then others.  I find that especially true with Golden Retrievers. People fall in love with these dogs, not realizing that the great dogs they see were both bred and made that way. Golden pups are extremely sociable and active, can be really difficult to live with, and they need lots of supervision, appropriate leadership, and training in order to turn out to be manageable adults.


One of the biggest mistakes I see people make with their dogs is to avoid dealing with Manners at all; they instead just put the dog in a crate or kennel or back yard. A dog isnít going to learn good Manners on its own. All you are doing, by putting the dog away, is just postponing the inevitable work that needs to be put in to make the dog a good citizen and family member. Using the crate as a way of punishing a dog WONíT WORK, so stop being lazy, bring your dog inside, let the dog make mistakes, and work with your dog.






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