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Reward Zone

If your dog consistently expect to receive a treat at your left side in heel position he will gravitate to being there. Practice delivering treats to your dog in this spot.  Start  with a closed left hand full of treats. … Continue reading

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Loose Leash Walking – Corrections for pulling

The goal is to NOT let your dog have the reward of moving forward or sniffing as a result of pulling.  There are a few ways to accomplish that. When your dog pulls… immediately stop walking.  This is really hard … Continue reading

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Loose Leash Skills – Backwards, Forwards and Turns

This great video from All Dogs’ Gym will remind you of a walking skills game to practice with your dogs to get them moving with you.  Use your marker word or click for the dog moving with you.  This is … Continue reading

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Loose Leash Walking – No Pulling Tips

Tips for Training a Dog NOT to Pull Use a tether at home.  If the tether is firmly attached to something solid the dog will learn that when he pulls nothing moves and he doesn’t get anywhere.  Its best st … Continue reading

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Hand Touches (Targeting)

Hand Touch (Targeting) The hand touch is a form of “targeting” — meaning your dog touches his nose or feet to something.  This is super useful for heeling, calling your dog, tricks, getting your dog into position, relieving anxious behavior, … Continue reading

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Barking Tips

Establish a Barking Interrupter The interrupter is a special sound that gives your dog something to do instead of barking. Start this like you do so many other drills — by building value for the sound that you will use … Continue reading

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Novice Obedience – Beginning Manners

Below are resources to help you practice skills that you and your dog are learning in my Novice Obedience/Beginning Manners class.  Private session clients can benefit from these, too. Get off to a good start!  Spend adequate time on Charging … Continue reading

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Call Your Dog to Come (Successfully) – Be The Cookie

If you want to call your dog to come to you, it helps if your dog is motivated and eager to do it.  That’s what I mean by “being the cookie.”  Turn yourself into a reward.  Here are some things … Continue reading

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Capturing – Catch Your Dog Being Good

Capturing means  “catch your dog being good.” More specifically, it means click/yes and reward her immediately for doing a behavior that you like.  Behaviors that are reinforced are behaviors that continue! This is why when you are in training mode, … Continue reading

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Sit, Down, and Stand

Teaching Sit with Luring Teaching sit is easy if you get the mechanics right. 1 – Say sit and put a treat to the dogs nose 2. then move your baited treat hand up so the dogs nose moves up. For … Continue reading

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