Thursday, October 9, 2014

Advanced 10/8/14

WOW I knew this was going to be a fast paced class but that was awesome!!  Please Please Please let me know if I need to slow down or repeat things.  You both did great jobs keeping up.
We covered Look, Leave it, Heel and automatic sit.

Heel -please click the link and read the information regarding heeling.
practice reducing your rates of reinforcement slowly. if your dog loses contact/attention with you please offer more rewards/reinforcers.

Look- be sure to start with luring your dog to look at your face. Once they're looking at you consistently, hide the food behind your back or hold your hands away from your face and say look. Wait for them to look into your eyes, mark the behavior and reward.
Once your dog looks into your eyes consistently, begin delaying the marker to prolong eye contact.

Leave it - begin with the excercise of showing them an item they're not allowed to have, mark when they look away or stop trying to get the item. Reward.
Start saying "leave it" as you present the item they're not allowed to have.  Mark and reward any pause in their trying to get the item.
Drop the item on the ground and bodyblock them until they look at you as if to say "Hey, what's up with that?", mark and reward as you move your dog away from the item on the floor.
WALKING leave it! - walk past the item on the ground, command leave it, immediately offer treats as you walk away from the item. MARK THE INSTANT THEY STOP TRYING TO GET THE ITEM ON THE FLOOR!  Also, be sure you don't STOP walking away until you're far from the item in question.  If the item is a car you need to be on leash for safety AND have the best cheese or yummy treat to entice them to look away from it.

Automatic Sit - As you're heeling with food in your dogs face, take a few steps to slow down then bring your treat directly up towards your armpit as you say "sit".
If you want your dog to sit without being told every time you stop moving, practice as mentioned then don't say sit.  Cue your dog with treats but don't say sit. Wait for them to sit and mark the right behavior.  practice that for a while then start reducing the lure.

Friday, June 20, 2014

basic 6/18

WOW great work this week!  Remember, caaaalllllmmmmm down. It seems that both Kingsley and Charlie  have a bit of unfocused energy when they get into new environments.  Make sure before you get out of your car to take a breath and get yourself in the class mindset.

Don't forget to review this walking document.

Also, this is a good video of a loose leash walking game to play with your dog (instead of click, say yes).

With all the things we learned I'm sure your head is spinning. So don't worry if you don't get it all perfect.

Ok, here's what we went over

The 3 D's of dog training are Distance, Duration and Distraction. Do not try to throw all 3 at your dog just yet.  If your dog can't focus, look at your environment and ask which of those 3 has gone beyond your dogs capability and reduce it.

Loose leash walking went beautifully! Remember to stay connected with your dog through your 3 points of contact at 100% reinforcement in the beginning then slowly reduce one at a time. What is reinforcement? That's the food, verbal praise etc. So make sure in the beginning of your excercise you're giving your dog nonstop food and praise. THEN start reducing the food but keep chatting up your dog.

Walk then sit.  Make sure you slow down before asking your dog to sit. If you just screech to a halt they'll end up in front of you. Make sure you show your dog the food/lure and bring it to the inside of your armpit to lure them into a sit.

Down. For now we're using the food lure AND saying DOWN once.  remember....once. :)

The big thing to keep in mind with stay is using your release word.  "OK" or "FREE" and toss the treat away from your dog or encourage them to come towards you, anything so they have to move away from their "stay" location.
If your dog breaks position, just say "oops" or "nope" cheerfully and put them back into a sit. THEN make sure you release them sooner (That may have been too much time for them to start).


From walking, slow down, say your dogs name followed by COME and walk backwards. Mark/yes them when they pivot at first. When you've done that a few times change your marker to when they get TO you.

You can also practice Ping-Ponging your dog between you and another person. Both people with have yummy treats. You will call your dog, "Charlie, COME" and say yes as soon as he turns his head. Once he gets to you, the other person will do the same.  Ping ponging between the both of you.
IF YOU CALL YOUR DOG WITH A COME COMMAND please be sure you can make it happen.
So, let's say you call your dog and they look but don't come. Don't get mad, get GLAD! Grab yummy treats (they should already be in your hand) and walk towards your dog happily. When you get to them, show them the treat, say come and run away slightly luring them to come with you.
Don't forget to play with their collar when they get to you.

ok, keep up the good work and happy training!!

mashup 6/18

ok, sorry for the delay and I hope I can remember all of what we did.

Heeling with sit and down.

platform work,You can practice luring your dog into a flattened cardboard box if you don't have anything for them to step onto.
here's a link I first watched about heeling using the step up box. This is not the local Fayetteville canine connection. This guy is out of NY i think.Very nice, clear use of his body.
watch this, Also watch the way he moves his body and how he delivers treats.
then this


I'm always watching youtube videos. Here are a few I keep my eye on. If I don't have a link you can just youtube search it.
Ian Dunbar
Karen Pryor
Michael Ellis

These are just a few.
Remember to start looking for tricks you want to teach your dog. We'll do crawl, roll over, sit pretty/beg, hula hoop jumping, walking between your legs......

ok. happy training.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Basic Obedience 6/11/14

Name Game, Sit, Let's go.  More details later.

MASHUP 6/11/14

Please read WALK WITH ME 

Ok, here's what we did today in the advanced mashup.  Start with teaching the "heel" position.
THEN, once we're in heel position we were walking around the room asking for sit and down.  I recommend starting off with your dog between you and a wall and starting asking for the sit before the down.  Once you're comfortable with that you can begin asking for the down from a standing position.
We began teaching the crawl trick by having them start in a down and rewarding them for following the treat without getting off the ground.

Separating the verbal and physical cue for the DOWN.
I'll be honest, there's a great video by another trainer that I'll email to you directly.

Another student from my basic class will be joining us next week, let's give Sparky and Minerva a warm welcome. They've completed my puppy class and have shown amazing committment to their relationship. I think they'll be a nice addition to our class.

SO, with that said, here's a recap of our curriculum.

week 1. Practice Basic skills, emphasise focuse, using one cue, and heeling. Down and sit while walking/heeling.

week 2. stay behaviors for sit and down. 30 second sit stay and 60 second down stay. Heeling, Leave it and WAIT!

Week 3 and 4. CGC skills

Weeks 5 and 6 tricks

Thursday, May 15, 2014

puppy week may 12th

 This weeks lesson covers Stay and Leave-it.

more notes to follow

Leave it!

1.  Start with a low value treat in one hand. Bring it to your dogs nose but do not let them have it.  When they stop trying to get the treat, say YES or Click and them give them a higher value treat.
Repeat this several times.

2. Then, show the low value treat and say "Leave it!". Wait for the pup to stop trying to get the treat then mark and reward with the high value treat.

Once your pup has the hang of the leave it game, you can progress to more difficult objects like your kids toys or a shoe etc. 
You can also practice dropping a treat or object behind you and commanding "leave it" followed by body blocking your pup from getting the item. As soon as your pup stops trying to get the item or sits down, mark the behavior and reward with a treat.

Note: Leave it should be used on ANYthing your dog is never ever allowed to have. Once you give a leave it command you should remove the item from your dog or your dog from the item.  We have not done more advanced skills that would allow your dog the ability to leave an object for long periods of time.