Week Three

THIS WEEKS FOCUS

REFOCUSING ON BASIC COMMANDS & EXPANDING/ADVANCING ON THEM. 

(With distance, duration and different positions)

TEACHING TOUCH (WITH A PAW) TO DIFFERENT OBSTICALS

YOUR HOMEWORK:

❖ PRACTICE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE LEARNED ❖

 

SEND IN YOUR 2 VIDEOS TO OUR SECRET FACEBOOK PAGE:

(Videos are due by Thursday at 6pm every week)

#1- OF YOUR LONG DISTANCE COMMANDS 

#2-OF YOUR DOG BEING SENT TO, AND TOUCHING (WITH A PAW) OBSTACLES

THIS WEEKS FOCUS

COME COMMAND OUT OF COMMANDS AND DISTRACTIONS

Teaching your dog to wait for your commands and cues is VERY important. Especially when you are at a great distance away from your dog. Even more important is to do your commands (Down, Sit & Come) when there ARE distractions.... because that is ACTUALLY when you are going to need them. The world is not a calm place, so only doing these commands in a controlled environment (Like your home) will not help you bomb proof your commands. 
(Remember, dogs LOVE to run!! So don't practice the come command unless your other commands are doing well first. You want to think of the 'Come Command' as a bit of a fun burst of speed for them.)

COMMANDS IN MOTION- YOUR DOG MOVING FORWARD TOWARD YOU

Its going to be easiest to do this when you release your dog out of a command and they are walking/running towards you. Make sure you use REALLY big body language as you step into your dog. If they do not drop into their commands- use a stern "Ah Ah". When they eventually do get to you- if they have done it right- you NEED to throw a party  and feed HIGH VALUE TREATS or throw a toy. (These commands are hard, so you should pay big for them. )

 

COMMANDS IN MOTION- YOUR DOG MOVING IN THE

SAME DIRECTION AS YOU

In my opinion, it is easiest to do a "Down" when you are doing commands while you are moving in the same direction together. Make sure to mix up how many commands you do in a row, and if possible end on one where your dog does it without a correction!! This is a really hard command, so it is going to take some practice. Try your hardest to also stay facing the same way the whole time. (Try not to turn into your dog) 

When they have done it right- you NEED to throw a party  and feed HIGH VALUE TREATS or throw a toy. (These commands are hard, so you should pay big for them. )

 

DOWN COMMANDS WITH HIGH DISTRACTIONS

You want to mix it up and challenge yourself and your dog. Remember not to be the boss that we hate (yes! I said that H word) to work for. Keep them in their commands and show them they are doing a good job by PRAISING THEM. Use your dogs favourite toy, throw snow, if a dog is running around and not close- use it to your advantage. MIX IT UP! CHALLENGE BOTH OF YOU! and DON'T give up until you both get it. 
 

TRICK- FINISH ON A HEEL

As you learned and practiced last class- there are two fun ways to get your dog to finish on a heel. WELL... technically there is more, but you learned the two basic ones. Even though they are "Basic" they are a lot of fun!! Try to keep your energy up for a party when your dog "finishes" hahaha (get it!) lol. 

There are several ways to teach Finish on a Heel, as you will see/learn in the video for this weeks homework.  

YOUR HOMEWORK:

❖ PRACTICE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE LEARNED ❖

 

SEND IN YOUR 2 VIDEOS TO OUR SECRET FACEBOOK PAGE:

(Videos are due by Friday at 6pm every week)

#1- Command(s) in motion. Which ever way you want-either coming towards your or when you are walking with your dog. 

#2- One of the finish positions for "Heel"

OPTIONAL- Something you have learned during the course that you LOVE ❤️💜

Dogs with Dog Food Jar
Image by Leohoho

Dog's learn very quickly that a knock on the door means excitement & an intruder/guest. 

We need to desensitize them to the trigger- the bell, or the knock. Use this game to desensitize your dog and to teach them to be calm. (If you do not have one of these door bells- you can work with them near your entry way, or just work on the knock first!)

 

DESENSITIZING

YOUR DOG TO

THE DOOR

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