Today’s tip focuses on recognizing what your dog actually knows. Often times, we are convinced the dog knows something when it does not, or in a particular situation, it does not. Be sure you teach and your dog understands what it is you are trying to convey. Does your dog know the verbal command or does it understand only the body language?
Todd shows many possible behaviors Maggie will offer to avoid doing what is asked. The reward that Maggie wants is Todd’s attention/touch. He illustrates how important it is to only reward the exact behavior that he wants and to not accept a less “clean” response from the dog.
Watch as Sarah goes through the various steps of T.R.I.P. to start a young puppy in the teaching of the Kennel command. Sarah finishes the teaching by illustrating the finished and polished response with her personal Gundog Indie.
Todd demonstrates an easy way to develop the heeling behavior without pulling forward or back on a leash. Watch as Sasquatch chooses to give the desired behavior of generalized heeling. It will be an easy transition to formal heeling at a later time.
This weeks training tip illustrates how to build confidence for a puppy on a training table. By building the puppy’s confidence, you also build trust and ultimately a positive relationship. The Relationship Development is a long and gradual process on the table but it will pay you back many times over down the road when going through more advanced training.