Daily Dog Training programs are our most popular training programs. There are two parts of all dog training programs, the dog needs regular practice so the new lessons become habit and the owner and family need to know what to do so that the training transfers. Your dog gets training daily and we include a private lesson with the family each week your dog is in one of the Day Dog Training programs.
Work on only one part of a skill at a time Many of the skills we want our dogs to learn are complex. For instance, if you want to train a solid sit-stay, you’ll need to work on teaching your dog that she should stay in a sitting position until you release her (duration), she should stay while you move away from her (distance), and she should stay while distracting things are going on around her (distraction). You’ll probably both get frustrated if you try to teach her all of these things at the same time. Instead, start with just one part of the skill and, when your dog has mastered that, add another part. For example, you can work on duration first. When your dog can sit-stay for a few minutes in a quiet place with no distractions while you stand right next to her, start training her to stay while you move away from her. While you focus on that new part of the skill, go back to asking your dog to stay for just a few seconds again. When your dog can stay while you move around the room, slowly build up the duration of the stay again. Then you can add the next part-training in a more distracting environment. Again, when you make the skill harder by adding distraction, make the other parts-duration and distance-easier for a little while. If you work on all the parts of a complex skill separately before putting them together, you’ll set your dog up to succeed.
5. Train with high-value treats. You will be amazed at how much harder your dog will work for a tiny piece of chicken breast, cheese, or liver, compared to even premium store-bought treats. Those may work in distraction-free settings, but when the job gets more difficult, you need to bring out the good stuff. Training treats should be soft, so you don’t have to wait for Rover to chew before continuing the lesson.
A fair word of warning. It isn’t easy to train your own Service (Assistance) Dog. If you never have trained a dog before, please look into a program trained dog, or the services of a dog trainer to help you. If, however, you’ve trained dogs before, AND know of a good dog trainer to help you, train your own dog and have fun doing it!
I tell my clients that the best time to train is when their dog is about to hit the “puppy spaz” hour—that time of day when he races around the house or yard for no apparent reason. I find that it is usually around the same time every day. This is the perfect time to do some training.
Dee is available for private consultations for behavioral issues or just normal puppy or adolescent skill work – at your home or Dee’s home in East Andover or other training facilities around the area. For instance, on Thursdays at SAVES 63 Evans Drive Lebanon NH, The Outing Club, 10 Cougar Court, New London NH and at No Monkey Business Dog Training 141 Old Turnpike Rod Concord NH. Please contact Dee or click here for more details about dog training with Dee.
A dog learns from interactions it has with its environment. This can be through classical conditioning, where it forms an association between two stimuli; non-associative learning, where its behavior is modified through habituation or sensitisation; and operant conditioning, where it forms an association between an antecedent and its consequence.
Are policies and procedures in place to keep you and your dog safe? If a dog in your class is aggressive toward other dogs or people, or if an owner cannot manage an overexuberant big dog, instructors should be ready and willing to take steps to keep other class members from being injured or frightened.
3. Dogs are not born understanding English. The new puppy you brought home two days ago has no idea what the word “no” means. Instead of expecting him to drop whatever it is he’s doing, show him what you want him to do instead.
Dogs have excellent hearing — far better than ours. A fun twist on this command is to see how quietly you can whisper and have your dog respond. People will think you are the “dog whisperer” when you can get him to perform commands with hardly a whisper.
Dog Training Tips: Why “Sit” Can Wait: Socialization VS. Training Revisited Gab Jimenez, B.A. Socialization is a recurring theme in many of our blogs. We have discussed socialization for adult dogs, how to condition your puppy for handling, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s position statement, and a medical professional’s view on puppy socialization.…
The 1980 television series Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way made Barbara Woodhouse a household name in the UK, and the first international celebrity dog trainer. Known for her “no bad dogs” philosophy, Woodhouse was highly critical of “bad owners”, particularly those she saw as “overly sentimental”. She described the “psychoanalyzing of dogs” as “a lot of rubbish”. Her no-nonsense style made her a pop-culture icon, with her emphatic “sit” and catch cry of “walkies” becoming part of the popular vernacular.
When you think of dog training or obedience, the first two commands that probably pop into your head are the Sit and the Down commands. These commands are essential to making a well-behaved dog out of Buddy. Practice a 30-minute Down and a 10-minute Sit, on alternate days, for four weeks. See the following sections for details.
At Highland Canine Training, LLC we specialize in rehabilitating problem behaviors in dogs. We have rehabilitated hundreds of dogs and our programs are sought out by dog owners and rescue organizations throughout the country. Our behavior modification programs identify and resolve the root cause of the dogs behavior problem as opposed to some methods of simply or otherwise treating the symptoms. We work with dogs of all breeds and ages to solve some of the most challenging problems. We work with fear aggression, phobias, dominance aggression, possessive aggression (resource guarding), inter-male aggression, territorial aggression, barking, biting, fighting and neurotic behaviors. One of the key aspects of our behavior modification programs is that we teach you how to maintain the behaviors for the life of the dog. Our behavior modification programs are affordable and are guaranteed with free follow-up training for as long as you own the dog. Learn more about our Dog Behavior Modification Programs.