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Obedience

Who’s Walking Who?

Greg Winters, Owner, Personal Dog Training Inc.
6/21/2021

Do you find yourself avoiding taking your dog out for a walk because you are unable to stop their constant pulling?

Do you hold the leash in a death grip as you brace yourself for the ensuing tug of war through your neighborhood?

Do you worry that your dog may knock you over or break free during your walk?
 

Learning how to achieve a relaxed, controlled walking experience with your dog will not only alleviate ...

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Tricks Are Fun and Easy! - The Step-up

Cheryl Miller
6/21/2021

We started teaching our dog to ’Spin’ and now it’s time to introduce the ‘Step-up!’

What is Step-up? This trick is the first part of teaching a dog to place its front feet on a low solid item and remain there until released. As training progresses the dog will eventually be able to sit on top of a low object and balance perfectly! Dogs’ love this one so much that when a ‘practice object ...

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Reliable Recalls: The Come Command

By Mary Mazzeri
6/21/2021

Dog training (reliable dog training) is my passion. It's a long story, going back to 1966.

I've been a professional dog trainer since 1970. I have always worked hard to make my dogs trustworthy off lead, but it takes time and consistency. I am rather old fashioned in my dog training techniques. My dogs have a lot more 'freedom' because we trust each other. They all know that there are consequences for their ...

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Teaching Come

By Tawni McBee, IACP-CDT/CDTI, AKC - CGC evaluator
6/21/2021

I am not the trainer for everyone; no one trainer is. Some will pooh-pooh my ideas, some will love them, some will get angry about them. I get results and I've never harmed a dog.

To teach come: I use a variety of methods depending on the dog. I do not ever call a dog out of a stay command for at least the first year following training. To that end, I frequently use ...

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Teaching the Drop-it (“Out”) Command

CanineDimensions.com
6/21/2021

Your dog must be taught to instantly drop whatever he is holding in his mouth.

This is a safety issue since your dog may pick up a dangerous or poisonous object. It is a pack leadership issue since your dog should obey every command without hesitation. It is a behavioral issue when used in conjunction with classical counter-conditioning, as it can help prevent and correct resource guarding.

Use the following methods to teach this command ...

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Touch Targeting

Phil Guida
6/21/2021

Teaching a dog to touch his nose to your hand on command is a simple, highly effective training protocol that has many practical uses:

  • It can teach a touch sensitive or hand shy dog to welcome physical contact instead of avoiding it.
  • It can help a reactive dog to direct his attention to the handler, thereby interrupting fixation.
  • It can establish a bond between an anti-social dog to a human handler because it is a ...
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Controlled Walking

Vivian Bregman
6/21/2021

One of the most important things for your dog to learn is to walk on a leash without pulling.

This makes walking the dog much more enjoyable for both you and the dog. If the dog is pulling, walking is unpleasant and he gets walked far less often -- this makes him pull all the more because he needs the exercise even more. It’s a vicious cycle.

Never wrap the leash around your hand: you ...

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Seizing the Opportunity

Martin Deeley | IACP
6/21/2021

How we behave with a dog influences behavior not only now but often for the rest of her life.

Playing with a dog is fun and when learning is fun, a dog will learn quickly. Therefore look for opportunities to show your dog what are good habits and behavior in a fun way and prepare your dog for the expectation of living in today's society.

The moment you meet your pup you begin teaching ...

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Why Train with Toys?

By Linda Martuch, Pres. Genuine Dog Gear with Brenna Fender
6/21/2021

Training with toys has become popular in most dog training circles lately. If you’ve used food successfully in your training program, you might wonder why you should move outside your comfort zone and start using a new type of reinforcement. Why should you train with toys?

Toys provide many advantages that treats do not. By using toys, trainers can turn practice sessions into fun and games. Linking work and play can create stronger drive ...

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How do You Spell Love? W-A-L-K

By Candiss DelCastillo
6/21/2021

If bonding with your dog is important to you, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s delve into not only into the process of the structured walk, but the reason why it is the most important interaction you will ever have with your beloved canine.

Dogs are pack animals. The pack never separates in the wild. A wolf pack (the dog’s cousins) will migrate up to 150 miles a day for food ...

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Vocabulary

Denise Collins
5/23/2021

Dogs are capable of learning words and phrases. Consistency is the key to teaching anything new, whether it be a word, obedience command, or trick. Below are some commonly used words for different situations. Use any word you prefer, just make sure that everyone in the household uses the same vocabulary.

The easiest way for a dog to learn a word or phrase is to attach it to the action. For instance, say SIT when ...

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