May 18, 2015

What training treats do I use?
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When it comes to training your dog, the general rule is- Train in a low distraction environment with high value treats. High value treats need to be something that your dog doesn’t often get and it needs to be fresh and meaty. Training with your every day kibble will lead to an unmotivated dog. Imagine...

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May 18, 2015

Teach your dog to stay
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Ask your dog to sit Place the treats in your left hand With your right hand free of treats, give the ‘Stay’ signal (flat palm like a stop signal). Step back 1 pace and then straight back to your dog. This should take 2 seconds maximum. Mark and reward. Release your dog. If your dog...

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May 18, 2015

Teach your dog to sit
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With your dog in front of you in a stand position, get his attention by holding a treat in front of his nose. Don’t let your dog steal it! Once you have his attention slowly move the treat back over your dogs head. Your dog should tilt his head to follow the treat. (Don’t ask...

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May 18, 2015

Mat Training
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Mat training is great for when you want your puppy to settle down inside. This exercise requires that your puppy can sit, drop and stay. Firstly, lure your puppy onto the mat using a treat and the words ‘On Your Mat’ in a bright happy tone. Mark and reward Next, lure your puppy onto the...

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May 18, 2015

Attention
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Unless your dog is paying attention to you, it cannot learn new skills. Attention is one of the most important exercises to teach. Your dogs name is the cue to pay attention. At any time you should be able to say your dogs name and have them turn immediately to see what you are after....

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May 18, 2015

Marker Word
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We use the marker word to help us communicate to our dogs that they have done what we have asked of them. The marker word I choose to use is ‘YES’. We don’t use the words ‘Good Boy’ or ‘Good Girl’ as we use it all the time. The new marker word becomes specific to...

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May 18, 2015

Teach your dog to drop
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Get your dogs attention *Ask your dog to sit. *Hold a treat in front of your dogs nose and move it slowly straight down to the ground *From there, slowly move it out away from the dogs paws. You should have just completed and L shaped lure. (No cues are used at this stage). *The...

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May 18, 2015

Training Tips
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Use high value treats. This needs to be something that your dog truly values. The higher the value, the less likely your dog is going to be distracted. Train in 10 minute blocks and make it exciting! Don’t teach your dog anything as a puppy that you won’t like when they are grown up. Always...

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