BEFORE YOUR FIRST CLASS
You have made your first step in the right direction.... CONGRATS!
Think of the next couple weeks as a test. Try your best to incorporate the training into your lives, stimulate your dogs mind, send in your homework and create an amazing bond with your dog. At the end of the 4 weeks, if you think its not the 'change' you want... then go back to basics. But we are going to ask you to commit to this training program.... its more about you than your dog.
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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
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.
PUT THE TOYS AWAY
Your home should be a place of CALM.
We allow our dogs to have chew toys. But no squeaky toys, tugs, stuffies in the house. Leave those exciting toys for training!!!
We don't allow two dogs to play in the house or throw toys in the house.
Rough housing is for outside.
Don't let your dog bombard guests and push their way to the door. Be accountable for their actions... keep them back at least 5-10ft from the door and on a leash if need be. This is a great time to practice your "Down
Commands" with distractions or "Place Commands". EXPECT your dog not jump on, bark at, lunge at people.
If they are not ready to be near the door then keep them in a separate room, or crate until everything settles.
Your perfection level is where your training will be.
Let a leash drag around the house to have more control until your dog earns getting off leash. They do NOT need to greet guests right away.
The only way your dog will learn the behaviour of NOT jumping up on people is if (1) you take control (2) you teach them it is unacceptable (3) you keep setting it up until you get the desire behaviour that you want.
Teaching a dog NOT to jump up actually happens pretty quickly! If you want your dog to still randomly "Hug" "Greet" you in that fashion then put a word to it, so it is like a trick. It ONLY is allowed when you say the special word.
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.
This is SOOOO very important for both those sensitive/scared dogs.. and also for dogs that seem stable.
Learn how fast we can make a situation negative, without even knowing we are doing it.
While also learning how to help your pooch be the best dog they can be.
THIS WEEKS FOCUS
✭START CHANGING HOW YOU DO THINGS AROUND THE HOUSE
(Make your dog work for their food, Don't give into demands, & Expect more)
✭ PRACTICE YOUR BASIC COMMANDS (SIT & DOWN)
✭ TEACH YOUR DOG TO TOUCH OBSTACLES/OBJECTS WITH ONE PAW-
❖ PRACTICE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE LEARNED ❖
SEND IN YOUR FIRST VIDEO TO OUR SECRET FACEBOOK PAGE:
(Videos are due by Thursday at 6pm every week)
#1- OF YOUR DOG BEING SENT TO, AND TOUCHING
(WITH A PAW) OBSTACLES/OBJECT.
Yes! You read that right! Homework BEFORE your first class.
The link to your next page will appear at the bottom of this page after your first class!!!
I am so excited to watch your progress, and watch your relationship grow.