Establishing a good hold with your dumbbell is an important foundation exercise for Competition Obedience. This method enables the dog to understand the hold by shaping the "Chin Rest". The "hold" now allows your dog to make the right choice and understand the...
Bridging the Gap Class
This is a wonderful way to teach a dog that is overly friendly, sensitive, shy or cautious of strangers. It gives them something to do while a judge in doing the Stand for Exam in Novice and Utility. It makes the action of the approach predictable and reliable....
"Statics" created by Kamal Fernadez refers to teaching a dog Heel position with attention in a stand. A sustained hand touch is used to keep the dogs head up in position. This will become a powerful aid to the dog as you teach heelwork....
Adjusting a crooked front before it happens can be very useful. This technique requires no props. Just you and your dog. It will help your dog to learn how to adjust his body before coming into a sit front. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzSvj0zgk40
Teaching your dog to get on a perch. Perches are used for rear end awareness and teaching heel positon.
Having the right type of rewards will help you get the most out of your training. On this video, I talk about food rewards and the different levels and types to use. https://youtu.be/A7kgqelBqc8
Learning to "Shape" a behavior with a clicker is a great way to expand your training toolbox. By allowing your dog to offer behaviors and make correct choices creates confidence and commitment to their training. This video will help give you the foundation techniques...
This is the beginning game that we will use for teaching our dogs to get a firm hold on an object. This will be transferred to the dumbbell in the future. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8kFYalGhy4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KT03Pg8D7M
Teaching your dog to “Take a break” or “Go to Bed” is a very useful exercise with all dogs. Whether your dog is a family pet or competition obedience or agility dog this gives your dog a clear alternative behaviour to work or unwanted movement around the house. This video will show the foundation steps on how to start. Watch for future video’s that will cover more advanced steps.
There are many ways to teach Sit! I feel we should not limit our puppies futures by teaching a basic behavior incorrectly. The right way is the best way to ensure that you will not have to re-teach a behavior if you decide you would like to get involved in Canine Performance Sports such as Obedience and Rally. In this video, I emphasize some key points that will help you teach your dog to Sit the proper way.
Now that your dog is walking on a loose leash how can you add physical cues? These cues will help the dog understand where you are going and how they should follow you. Foot cues are a way to standardize the help we give our dogs when heeling in competition obedience or just out for a walk. Being consistent and mindful of what you do with your body will help your dog be better on the leash and off the leash.
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