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!