San Francisco Dog Training

San Francisco is a diverse city full of culture in Northern California. With an astounding 18,451 people per square mile, San Francisco is easily the most densely settled city in California and the second most densely settled city in the United States. With a population of 864,816, it is the 13th most populous city in the U.S.

Among this vibrant population, there are an estimated 120,000 dogs in San Francisco according to Animal Care and Control. Man’s best friend outnumbers children by about 8 to 12,000. With that many dogs, it’s important that they are well behaved. There are many dog parks throughout San Francisco and you want your dog to be able to play safely. Knowing simple commands can keep your dog safe while still allowing them to enjoy the freedom of running and playing with or without a leash. Leash training is important in public places where dogs are required to be on one. You aren’t going to want to take your dog out if they do not know how to act properly on or off a leash.

Dog Obedience Made Easy

A lot of times dog training is more about training yourself on how to communicate with your dog. This can be frustrating if you are unsure of where to begin. That’s where Canine Tutors comes in. Ashley is a trained and experienced dog trainer serving San Francisco and the surrounding areas with expert dog and puppy training services.

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San Francisco Dog Training With A Small Dog

The same dog training tools are used whether you have a large, medium or small breed. Teaching your dog to walk on a leash is important and you want to get it right the first time. In this video you can see a good example of a small dog learning to walk in heel position. It is essential that your dog can walk on a leash and obey your nonverbal commands. Otherwise, taking your dog in public can prove to be very challenging. Dog training is fun and rewarding if you have the right tools and the eagerness to learn. Below is a list of steps that go along with the next video to help you lead train your dog. For more information, or to schedule a private lesson, contact Ashley today!

Teaching your dog to heel

As you watch the video above you can see three very important steps.

1. I 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. It is better for your dog to be taught the benefits of staying next to your leg rather than the detriments of leaving your leg. Rewards are better than punishments.

1. If your dog’s head is up that means its nose is up. If its nose is up then it’s not sniffing the ground. Sniffing leads to looking around and getting distracted and often leads to pulling on the lead. We motivate the dog to keep its head up with the use of food, verbal praise, and hand gestures. Make sure if you are using food, that it is something desirable to your dog. This will be relative to each dog. Your palm must be right on your dog’s nose. If your palm is two inches away it might as well be 10 feet away. Having your palm to the dog’s nose works best.

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. Teaching the “Heel” command 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 the best approach to any form of dog training. Simple. Maybe tomorrow two steps and so on. Keep the head up! Repeat this for 20 or so steps then give your dog a break.

San Francisco Dog Training A Labrador To Down

In this dog training video, we are teaching this Labrador retriever the “down” command. 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 command, 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. You shouldn’t use body language at all.

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.

How To Potty Train Your Dog Or Puppy

House training or potty training your new dog or puppy is the easiest thing in the world if you follow these simple to understand steps.

When you have a brand new dog or puppy there are two main components that go into good dog/man relationship or dogmanship, if you will. Number one is formal dog training. Dog training takes time, repetition and patience. The second component and the most overlooked aspect of keeping a dog is dog management. Dog management includes tools such as dog crates, baby gates & exercise pens. When you implement these dog management tools you will have a better relationship with your dog immediately. You can often find these tools at most of your big box pet supply stores or you can get them second hand from websites such as craigslist. I would avoid the use of potty pads under any circumstances.

The biggest tools that are required for successful potty training your dog or puppy is going to be time, patience and consistency.

Dogs or puppies usually go to the bathroom after they eat, during exercise, physical stimulation, excitement or after they wake up.

In the beginning, it is best to take your dog outside every 15 min to relieve itself. When you take the dog outside make sure you go with the dog. DON’T JUST LET THE DOG OUT WITHOUT SUPERVISION. When your dog goes potty give it a tasty treat. As it squats down shove that piece of cheese right in its tiny mouth.

My Dog Won’t Go Potty In The Rain

Yes, it will. Stop it already. For all your dog knows it rains every day. What about parts of the world where it rains for weeks? Do you think the dog waits for days and days? If you have a potty training student and it is raining make sure YOU are ready to stand with your dog in the rain. If you don’t go with your dog what do you think it will do? It will go out and not go potty in an attempt for you to bring the dog back in. Then guess what? Your dog will go potty, on your carpet. If this happens never scold your dog. Never rub your dog’s nose in anything. You messed up, not the dog. Go out with your dog, encourage your dog to do its business. Put the dog on a leash if you have to and take it to its potty spot. Get your warm jacket, your rubber shoes, gloves, and hat and patience. If she still won’t go, no problem, bring her back in and immediately put her in her crate, not in a scolding way, in a patient way. After a few minutes try again. This time walk her around this may help. Remember to bring your food rewards. If she still refuses to go, put her back in her crate again. THE WORLD STOPS UNTIL YOUR DOG GOES POTTY OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN.

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Eventually, your dog will go potty. I promise. It is likely that she will go potty a little bit just to get the whole thing over with. Watch for this. Don’t be fooled by this people. Remember we won’t be happy till she goes pee and poop. If she only goes a little bit put her back into her crate. This is not punishment, rather management. Keep at it and eventually, your dog will do all her business in the rain, on a plane, even in the south of Spain! You get the idea.

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