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. )
 

COME COMMANDS WHILE RUNNING WITH DOGS

Unless you NEED to, don't call your dog when they first run off with another dog. Running with another dog is like how we would feel if we won the lottery. FREEDOM & FUN!!!! You want to wait for a "pause" between the two dogs or when their body is facing your way. You NEED to be exciting!!! WHY would they want to leave the thing they  love the most (running and being chased) IF you are yelling sternly.
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- CRAWL

Crawl is one of my all time favourite tricks. However, it is going to be soooo important that you don't let your dog "Crawl" out of their regular commands. Put your dog in a 'Down' Command and get down at their level. You can put your hand just above your dogs shoulder blades so they don't pop up. But it is just there as a hint, don't push them. Start by using your release word and luring them with the treat a couple inches away. Once they are good at this, its time to pick a word for your trick. Then you will get your dog into a "Down", say your trick word crisp and clearly ("Crawl") and then your release word directly after. Eventually you will fade out the release word. 

NOSE TARGET

Getting your dog to touch with their nose, is yet another gateway trick to soooo many other tricks. As you saw in the video, you can start to put a sticky note in your hand for the nose target. When your dog is comfortable with it, then you can place the sticky note on a wall, or on the cupboard door. This is the best way to teach dogs to close the cupboards or doors. Not to mention it is super cute too!!! TRY DIFFERENT OBJECTS not JUST a sticky note and your hand. Try the eraser at the end of a pencil, a Tupperware lid, recycling... use your imagination.

(PS. Also put your object for nose targeting at different angles)

TO WATCH THE FINAL PRODUCT OF COPPER CLOSING A CUPBOARD DOOR, WATCH THIS VIDEO: https://photos.app.goo.gl/hQTVQmFaSL4HmBSq8

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

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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