The Ruff Life Advanced Training
Ways to grasp your dogs mind- IMPORTANT RECAP
First thing is first... Think of your dog like a teenager. Do they get to come and go as they please? Do you spoil them? Do they live without consequence and without learning the rewards and lessons of hard work? Teach them, Remind them, Be accountable for showing them how doing a good job can feel good!!!
Think of your dogs food like an allowance. Make them work for every morsel. Whether it is handfuls of food, or one at a time. Mix it up.
DON'T BE PREDICTABLE.
Ditch The Food Bowl
Some Fun Ideas
Scatter your dogs food in the grass. Get them to use their nose to find their food.
Put your dog in a command (sit, down or place) and go hide kibble around the house. Release your dog and let them go find it. (Start easy) (you may have to wait until after your 2nd class for this one)
Drop food out of your hand. Get your dog to use their amazing reflexes and learn to catch them as they fall. (Don't throw them up in the air)
Use handfuls of your dogs food for 'Watch me' or other tricks & commands.
Put your dog in a command and surround them with their food. Be Careful not to let them get any until they are released.
Throw one or two kibbles away from you, and then call your dog by name. When they get to you, give them a handful of food. YOU=BIG REWARD (We also suggest to have a party when they get to you)
Teach them a new trick with their food.
For everything they need want and love: (Make them do a command or trick)
Letting them on the furniture
Taking them on a walk
Letting them outside
Taking them on a car ride
Teach your dog to be comfortable being separated from you- while you are home. Best time is when you are cooking and eating dinner. Put them in a crate, or practice a place command.
Some demands dogs do (and dominant behaviours)
Barking and Whining at you for attention
Jumping on you
Pawing at you
Sitting on you
Standing over you
Change can be uncomfortable, doing something new can feel awkward and weird.
Allow yourself to try new things- without excuses. "Failing" and not doing things "perfect" the first time is part of the learning process.
Expect Progress, NOT
DOG FOR AT
LEAST AN HOUR
A DAY- WHILE YOU ARE HOME.
If your dog gets the same reward for doing something that they did perfectly and something they did with 5 corrections- they will not strive for perfection.
AFTER THE INITIAL
(Which you are past at this point)
Only reward for the behaviours you want. Be Diligent!!!
Dog's are incredibly smart. Most of us to not even touch the limits of how smart our dogs really are. If you keep making excuses why they don't do something, then they never will. You need to believe in your dog and in yourself.
from both of you.
When you tell your dog to sit, make sure that they do so.