I see a lot of dogs on a daily basis, big ones and small ones. What sticks out in my mind are the small unruly dogs with behavior problems. Now I know that because of the breed type a lot of smaller dogs are going to bark a bit more. Ok, we all pick and choose what we can tolerate. Hey they make great watch dogs. But… no small dog owner should tolerate other behavior that could put the dog’s life in jeopardy when a bit of basic dog training will greatly enhance the general welfare of the dog.
First on my list, Recall. I don’t care what kind of dog I may have. I will never tolerate a dog that runs off. It’s really great when your dog comes when you call, but what’s even better is a dog that stays by your side until you release that dog. Then when you give it some fun freedom it comes back when you call the first time, every time. When you have this, you automatically have a dog that goes more places and has more fun.
Second on my list for dogs big or small is loose leash walking. If it is uncomfortable to take your dog for a walk because it pulls you every where, then that is a dog that will spend too much time inside the house. I want my dog to get out and burn off some steam. Most dogs don’t get nearly enough exercise and that is one of the root causes of behavior problems. That walk you take your dog once a day is like me doing A push up. Most dogs are built to do arduous tasks; tasks that we can not or will not do for ourselves. In fact most dogs are dangerously over weight.
Third on my list. Lay down. If your dog knows to lay down and stay down it can’t do anything wrong. I’m not talking about lay down because you tapped or pointed to the ground with a treat in your hand, I mean you said “down” once and it dropped down and now will not get up until you say. This is all just very basic dog obedience. When you have a dog that will lay down and not get up you have a dream dog, no matter what dog it is.
Lots of us have big dogs. Some of us have big dogs that won’t jump in the car. I have seen people lift up their 80 lb dogs and put them in the car. That might be tricky if you have a sore back or are elderly.
There are two main reasons why most dogs won’t jump into a car. 1. They perceive there isn’t enough room for landing. They think they will run into something that you might have in your car. So clear out the area completely. If you have seats that fold down then lower them so your dog has plenty of space. Dogs don’t see depth the same way we do so their perception is a bit different.
2. Their timing isn’t down. Keep in mind that when we teach dogs to jump over jumps competitively we start with the jump 2′ above the ground. As the dog gains confidence and gets it’s footwork down we can slowly raise the jump height. Same as a human. If your dog is fat and out of shape that will be a factor if you see reluctance. If that is the case drop that weight or it will cost you 1,000’s of dollars. The average American dog owner spends $500.00 too much every year on dog food. Keeps those thin.
In the video above you can see me really leading the dog to the car. I’m not taking ‘no’ for an answer. I use a lot of enthusiasm with both my body and verbally.
Another thing I did that I didn’t video was to put a step stool down then she just stepped on that then stepped right into the car. That actually worked out better. I felt she might be a little uncomfortable jumping into the car, The step stool was better. As always, remember to have fun training your dog!
Here is why teaching your dog to do tricks is a great idea and why you should do it.
Let’s face it, although necessary just teaching you dog to site or other various basic commands can be a bit boring after a while, for both you and your dog. So I would suggest either move on to more advanced concepts of dog obedience and/or have some fun with dog trick training. The thing I love about training tricks is that it is all positive and I get to give my dog lots of treats so it’s very low stress for all.
When starting out pick something super easy for both you and the dog. My first trick was spin, then shake. My first big trick was roll over. It’s cool because they are all like little puzzles you have to try to figure out. So sometimes you will see your dog responding well and moving forward then other times you dog will look at you like “what”? So then you know you need to try a different route.
Youtube is a great resource for getting tips on teaching your dog how to do dog tricks. They have youtubers who make their living on teaching you how to teach your dog tricks. Best of all it’s free.
As a San Jose dog training professional I can tell you this, when you train for tricks it will make you a better dog trainer because you will learn maybe the most important skill of all, learning how to read your dog. You will come to see very quickly signs of stress, enthusiasm, confusion and the like and this will be super beneficial in other more pragmatic areas of dog training. Also if you get a second dog down the road you will be faster at training the new one.
In the above dog training video you can see we are working a pitbull puppy on some basic dog obedience skills. What we are doing that is a bit different is we are doing the puppy training repetitions very quickly. We use fast repetitive drills.
By using our placeboards or touch pads we can train a young dog from a distance and still keep a great deal of engagement. By doing this we can branch out into all kinds of cool training behaviors. We can start a sit in motion, sit from a distance and recall just to name a few.
People often ask me how many repetitions does it take before my dog will be reliable. The general rule is 10,000. That amounts to 30 repetitions per behavior per day, everyday for 10 months. You also have to work in your three D’s :Distance, Duration and Distraction. Each of those dog training concepts are managed separately. As time goes by we will add more place boards and space them out more and more, then as the dog matures we can add more distractions and so on.
Dog training is no different than plumbing. If you are going to do a job you will need the right tool for the job. With this young dog we are teaching basic obedience so we use the boxes. I could have just had the dog sit on the ground but then they just start sniffing around and mentally check out and you are left raising your voice or putting unfair pressure on the puppy.
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In the dog training video above you can see my San Jose dog training client has their yorkie on the front lawn. About once or twice a week the neighbors across the street get visited by some deer. The yorkie loses his mind and wants to run across the street and go get his clock cleaned by the deer, young bucks actually. So if the on-coming car doesn’t ruin the dog’s day I’m pretty sure a set of antlers will. My clients are in their 70’s and will not be chasing after the dog–very fast anyway.
Here is where the dog training came into place. We had been practicing the “recall” for 2 weeks. That is where the dog comes when you call it. Now let’s be fair here. A yorkie isn’t a labrador or a golden retriever. They aren’t known for being dog obedience champions, however I have always said, and I still maintain that ANY dog can learn basic dog obedience. So this is where we got to see if our dog training was in vain. I just happened to have my phone out when the deer paid us a visit.
Once the owner saw that the dog had seen the deer he told his dog to come back. The dog did just that. In fact the dog ran back into the house. You can see the other dog training videos of us practicing this very same thing on this website. The recall, or having your dog come when called is THE most important dog training command there is. Every dog needs to have this down cold. As we say here at Canine Tutors Dog Training, “Talk Is Cheap” get your FREE demo with your dog today!
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In the short dog training video above you can see we are using what many may believe to be an “old fashioned” method of dog training. Where we use “pressure” to get the dog to comply.
Here’s why this is a good idea and how you can do it too!
When starting use slow gentle pressure. Give the command once in a neutral tone. We never rough talk the dog. Position the collar high up on the dog’s neck. We want to control the head, not the shoulders. When you start to deliver the downward pressure keep a watchful eye out for when your dog starts to go with the pressure. The instant this happens release and give the food and lots of praise. Food first though. Have the food in your hand ready to go. If you have to go and dig for it out of your pocket your too slow. Hide your food hand behind your back so you’re not playing with your dog’s emotions.
Each time you do this ask for a little more success. At first your dog may just drop a shoulder just a bit. Release the pressure and reward. The next time you may see it put a paw forward as if to start to lay down. Release the pressure and deliver the food. So on and so on.