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. 


Teaching a stay

Remember you must utilize a release cue.

Stay behavior works with Distance  and Duration.


Put your dog in a sit directly in front of you.
Show your dog a flat "cop" hand with no treat.
Wait approximately 2 seconds then release your dog to move away from the sit location with a treat when you release them with your verbal release cue "OK".
If your dog breaks from the sit position, make sure you're not inadvertently luring them away from that position but immediately put them back in a sit and then release them "OK" after about a second.

Slowly build up the amount of time your dog will stay sitting directly in front of you. When you can have your dog sit for approximately 15 seconds then you should begin moving away from your dog a step at a time. 

Each time you increase the distance away from your dog you should reduce the amount of time you ask them to stay.
 The goal is a 30 second sit/stay.

The Down stay should be taught in the same way as the sit stay. Lure your dog to a down, slowly stand up and stand in front of your dog for a few seconds then release them "OK".
Once you can easily down your dog and stand up without them breaking position you can begin adding distance to your stay behavior.
The goal is a 1 minute down stay.

Saturday, May 3, 2014


so here's my video of teaching the touch command.  I'm new at video blogging so please excuse the poor quality of the video.
I'm going to use a different camera next time and hopefully that'll fix it. Maybe I'll upload directly to youtube next time?