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San Jose Puppy Training A Labrador To Fetch A Ball

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In the above video I am teaching this Labrador Retriever puppy several things at once.

1. Come when called

2. Get on the placeboard and sit

3. When you give me the ball, you get the ball

Come when called, or as we in the San Jose dog training world call it “recall”. This is the most important dog training command on the planet. The lesson is not structured based on a “because I told you so” environment, rather because I am fun and I have fun toys that you want. In earlier dog training videos you can see that I pay the dog with food every time it gets on this box. This box is a positive visual stimulator. This dog loves the box so it comes over, with the ball and gets on top of the box. Notice that every single time the dog returns I position myself so the box is directly in the middle of me and the dog. This process will be repeated 30 times per day, every day for 12-18 months to equal 8-10,000 repetitions. The dog learns that returning to the handler and sitting in front of him gets the dog another chance to chase and fetch the ball.  Get On The Place Board The place board will help you and your dog keep all the steps in the right order. The purpose of this drill is to get the dog to return to you, get on the box, sit in front of you and look at you. When you toss the ball for your dog just toss it a few feet. You don’t need to huck it 40 feet. This is a dog training drill so you need as many repetitions as you can. When your dog gets on the box and sits nice and tight and drops the ball use your verbal marker and toss the ball again.  No matter which direction the dog returns make sure you position yourself so that the box is in between you and the dog or it will miss the box. When you give me the ball, you get the ball Train this drill with 2 training balls. By using 2 you avoid any conflict. When the dog returns to you with the first one you show the dog that you have a second one in your hand. The dog will naturally want the one that you have because it looks way more exciting. Be patient and wait for the dog to drop the first one, when it does use your verbal marker and throw the second one. When the dog runs after the second ball quickly grab the first one and start over again.   – See more at:

San Jose Dog Training An Irish Wolfhound

In the video above you can see Canine Tutors dog training in San Jose is working with a client that has an Irish Wolfhound. It’s a big dog and she was tired of getting pulled around on the leash. She also had issues with the dog not coming when called when off-leash.

In these situations I like to get away from the house. If we work in the backyard or even the front yard I refer to that as fake dog training. You need something that is going to work where ever you may be. San Jose dog training requires a dog that you can take any place so that is why we will go to the park, the trails or even the beach. A dog that will come when called is great, but even better is a dog that won’t leave your side unless you give it the Okay.

Every moment of your dog’s life it is making a decision. “What is better, this or that”? I like to show my dog and my dog training clients that staying with me is better. I do this through the use of food. Good food, like meat, not biscuits. Fast continuous food. The dog is continually making the “what’s better” decision second by second. You have to make staying by your side a happy habit.

As time goes by we give the dog more freedom. We expand our span of control or as I like to put it, our circle of success. We let the dog explore more and have more fun because we know our dog will come when called every time the first time we call.

Canine Tutors does it’s dog training in San Jose and offers you a free demo with your dog so you can see first hand the benefits of a well trained dog.


San Jose Dog Training Teaches “Attention”

As a San Jose dog trainer I hear a lot of people tell me they want their dog to “pay attention”. Your dog is not unlike us in that it needs a reason to pay attention. Most of us just talk to our dogs in the same fashion we talk to each other. That would be great if dogs spoke human and saw the world in much the same way we do, but they don’t. Think for a moment how hard advertisers and marketers work for our attention and we speak the same language.

Now look at it from the dogs perspective. We are usually several feet away from our dog and it’s nose is just mere inches away from all the thousands of things that are grabbing it’s attention on the ground. By elevating your dog off the ground you do several things at once. You raise your dog’s center of gravity so that it doesn’t want to fall off the raised box. In order to not fall off, it lowers it’s center and assumes the sit position and looks at us. By raising your dog off the ground it can no longer physically get it’s nose to the ground, where 90% of the distractions come from. That is exactly what we want. As soon as your dog gets on the box, sits down and looks at us we are going to pay it with food. The food is money.

If you are looking to do San Jose dog training please ask your trainer to provide examples of their work. With all of these forces at work your dog can now make the decision you want without you having to put undue pressure on the dog, thus keeping the dog in a happy mood and being positively motivated to do the things you want.

Keep in mind I will put pressure on a dog and I will correct a dog but this is not the article for that discussion. If you are looking for San Jose dog training feel free to give us a call so we can show you in person what we are talking about. – See more at:

San Jose Dog Training A Labrador To Down

San Jose Dog Training A Labrador To Down

In this San Jose dog training video we are teaching this Labrador retriever the “Down”. This is what I call phase three. In this phase we are no longer holding the leash in our hand and we are starting to add distance to our work.

In the first phase of the down we used hand pressure with the leash  to get the dog to lay down. Once the dog was down we released the pressure and a reward was given. Soon after that we started placing the leash under our foot instead of using our hand. So basically we used our foot like a hand. At this phase we can stand straight up when we give the down command. No bending over, no tapping the ground, no pointing. No body english at all. This San Jose dog trainer will show you how to train your dog like a pro!

Once the dog starts to drop down with voice only from a distance at about 80% accuracy we can start to incorporate the remote collar. When this happens we use a layering effect so we don’t confuse the dog. If the dog ever gets confused we go back to kindergarten for the time being then quickly get back to where we left off. If we try to force or push the dog through any step we get confusion-stress-avoidance.

The technique is similar to Bart Bellon’s “NePoPo” system. Negative, Positive, Positive. When the dog knows the command very well we give the command, apply a reasonable amount of pressure, whatever the dog can handle without too much stress. Every dog is different. That is the first negative. When the dog complies we release the pressure. That is the first positive. Then the food is given. That is the second positive.

Once the dog understands this language we can apply it from over a mile away electronically. For the sake of clarity I won’t go into how we use a remote collar in this article. If you are interested in San Jose dog training or dog training in San Jose give us a call we would love to show you our stuff!


Training A Small Dog To Come When Called

Training A Small Dog To Come When Called

Dog training and small dog training techniques have come a long way in the last 20 years. When I first started out as a San Jose dog trainer it was a pretty good gig but I was always troubled about the fact that not all my clients dogs would come when called. I would even see my fellow trainers with police dogs that would occasionally blow off the handler.

Well thanks to people like Ivan Balabanov, Bart Bellon, Michael Ellis and Petra Ford just to name a few they have shown us that modern dog training techniques combined with responsible use of electronic training devices such as remote dog training collars, electronic ball poppers and proper marker training can have a profound positive effect on even the smallest dog no matter what breed.

In the dog training video above you can see I am working with my client and her Yorkshire Terrier. Today’s lesson is all about the recall, or coming when called. My client has told me that she has frequently had to run after her dog as it made it way to busy intersections, over the top of hills to run out of site and just recently bolted out of the car to run through a home depot parking lot. I promise you this, if she does not take the time to adopt “dog training” into her life, not just the paid sessions her dog’s days are numbered.

Look for yourself and see how easy it is to accomplish a once difficult task. Look at where we are. We are training a dog in San Jose by a lake with ducks and geese as distractions. This is day 2 of recall work. This dog is doing fantastic! Who at 70 years of age wants to run after their dog? Nobody, that’s who. This dog is happy, obedient and free. That’s why I train dogs. – See more at:

San Jose Dog Training The Perfect Heel



San Jose Dog Training Steps To The Perfect Heel

1. I  San Jose dog trainer steps, keep the dogs head up the entire time.

2. I only take one step at a time, leading with the same leg every time.

3. I sit the dog after every time after just one step.

Why do I do this? Because teaching a dog to “Heel” the right way is a step-by-step process. As a San Jose dog trainer I believe it is better for your dog to be taught the benefits of staying next to your leg rather than the detrements of leaving your leg. Rewards are better than punishments.

1. If your dog’s head is up that means it’s nose is up. If it’s nose is up then it’s not sniffing the ground. Sniffing leads to looking, leads to pulling. Head up! We motivate the dog to keep it’s head up with the use of food, verbal praise and hand gestures. To keep the head up you must have a piece of TASTY food in your hand such as meat, cheese or salami. You can forget about those crappy dog biscuits. Dogs eat meat people. Your hand must be loaded with a piece of food. Your palm must be right on your dogs nose. If your palm is two inches away it might as well be 10 feet away. Palm to nose.

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2. If, at the beginning you take more than one step at a time your dog may get confused, bored and stressed. Lead with the same leg every time. Dogs watch more than they listen. This will be your non-verbal cue. San Jose dog training teaching the “Heel” is the same for a puppy as it is for an adult dog.

3. If you take a thousand steps what are the chances of the dog making a mistake? Pretty good. If you take just one step at a time what are the chances of your dog making a mistake? Pretty slim. One step at a time. That is how we teach  San Jose dog training or anyplace else. Simple. One step at a time. Maybe tomorrow two steps and so on. Keep the head up! Repeat this for 20 or so steps then give you dog a break.

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