Here is another idea for a homemade puzzle toy. I used some old egg cartons to create a slow feeder. You can use kibble or and kind of hard treat. Mixing the food up makes the puzzle more interesting and intriguing for your dog. Be sure to always exercise caution...
"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....
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
Having a solid stay is essential to having a well trained dog. On this video, I discuss the foundation of "Stay". It is important to take your time and be patient with your dog or puppy. The "Stay" is saying freeze. I would only use this cue if I wanted the dog to...
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...
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.
Introducing a crate to a puppy or young dog is a great tool that we will use for housetraining. In this video, I will lay the foundation for my housebreaking program. First, we introduce the crate and get the dog comfortable next we start to teach them an appropriate place to relieve themselves.
How do you teach your dog to walk on a loose leash? It takes practice and patience. Consistency is key! Don’t expect an overnight miracle because you will need to build it step by step. The biggest mistake dog owners make is going too far of a distance with a young dog and expecting brilliance. The sooner you start the better but go slow. This is an age-appropriate behavior and expecting a youngster to be great on a loose leash just sets yourself and your dog up for failure.
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