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Easy Training Tips

Magic Rules #1, #2, #3

DOG TRAINING IS FUN!

At least it’s supposed to be…..Follow these simple FREE TRAINING TIPS to increase your effectiveness.

“Never, Ever, Call your dog to you to either punish or reprimand.”

Your dog MUST come when called, no matter what. If you call your dog to punish or reprimand, your dog will very quickly learn it is not a good thing to come when you call.  This is a major safety issue as there may be a threatening situation that you need your dog to come NOW!

“Always finish your training on a good note. No matter how small”.

If you are battling with your dog and he just isn’t ‘getting it’ go back to something that he has learnt well and is good at, Praise and finish your training session. Dogs have a latent learning ability, this means they can learn in their sleep, and chances are when you come back for another ‘go’ he will have improved.

“Keep your Training sessions brief. 10 – 15 minutes. 5-6 days per week”.

As a general rule, this is enough. Have the 7th day off and just have fun with your dog. Our Head Trainer trained her Obedience Grand Champion on this regime. Try it, it works!

BOREDOM BUSTERS – DON’T TRY THESE UNLESS YOU WANT TO HAVE FUN!!
Teach your dog to ‘sleep’
With dog in a down position. Throw food between his paws. As he gets the idea, he will start to put his nose down. Pay (treat) as his nose touches the ground. Progress to asking for his chin to touch the ground. Attach ‘sleep’ command only when your dog is confident with the action.

Teach your dog to ‘shake’
With a treat in hand, hold close to dogs nose, gently move to the side – dog will ‘unbalance’ & lift a foot.
Pay your dog as soon as his foot raises. Progress slowly to dogs foot being placed or touching your hand.

Teach your dog to ‘wave’
Teach exactly the same as above.
As the dog gets proficient ask for 2 moves of the foot.

SENSITIVE PAWS
If you walk your dog on concrete or pavers, be sensitive to your dog. Take a moment, bend down & touch the pavement. If it is too hot for your hand – it is too hot for your dogs feet! Try walking at a cooler time in the day.

STORM PHOBIAS
With the storm raging outside and a Storm Phobic dog beside me. It reminds me of how easily and quickly a Storm Phobia can occur. Most of you know Kruger, robust and confident in ‘every’ situation – wrong! When a storm is raging he is a paranoid unconfident dog. It occurred smack bang in the middle of the Secondary Fear Period

(6-14 months); we had a storm, no more violent than previous ones, however this one differed in the fact that Kruger was ‘of age’ & when the wind caught an outside plastic chair – the chair appeared to chase him – he blamed the storm! Instantly a ‘Storm Phobic’ dog was borne!

What to do?

Do not pat your dog while he is exhibiting fear – storm or otherwise – you will only reinforce the fact that it is good to be fearful, & make the fear worse. Keep your dog safe; when a storm is forecast, ensure your dog is secure, if you are putting him in a shed, make sure the noise of the storm is not magnified! If you go outside, attach a lead or your long line (even if your recalls are getting really good). Allow your dog to be close – Kruger gains comfort from being ‘around’, we allow him to sit next to us and press his body into our legs, we do not allow him to rest his head in our laps. We ignore him! He is neither good nor bad! This approach has enabled Kruger to overcome 80% of his fear. However he is not allowed to wander alone outside, all doors are securely shut. I would recommend if you have a Storm Phobic dog, follow the same guidelines.