Oct 13, 2015
Coming When Called – it’s one of the most basic skills that all dog owner’s value. When our dog has a reliable recall, we can use a cue, like “come” or a whistle, and our dog will stop what they are doing and come to us. When our dog doesn’t have a reliable recall, when we use our cue and they don’t come to us, it can be a very frustrating and dangerous experience. What’s the secret to...
Sep 8, 2015
After working on training a solid down in the August play groups, settle is a nice behavior to follow up with. The goal of teaching “settle” is to cue a sequence of behaviors – you say “settle” and your dog goes to their bed, lays down, and relaxes. A relaxed dog, one who isn’t actively soliciting attention or play, is the final goal. When teaching settle, we typically rely on capturing as our...
Aug 6, 2015
At Doggy Business this month, we’re going to be working on the basic skill of teaching the dogs to lay down on cue. For some of the play group dogs this is a new skill, and for them we’ll teach this just as we would in our Basic Manners or Puppy Kindergarten classes. We start with the dog in a sit or stand position. With a treat in our hand, we lure the dog’s head down to the ground until they put...
Jul 2, 2015
Many dogs and puppies really like to chew on and unpack puzzle toys, and providing them with a “legal” outlet for such activities – like Kongs, treat balls, and enrichment toys and games – can be a great way to satisfy that need. Sure, having objects that are okay to chew on can save you from having to buy replacement shoes and furniture, but it can also help to reinforce calm and settled...
Jun 4, 2015
We’ve worked on hand and object targeting in our Doggy Business LLC play groups a few times over the years, and thought this would be a fun skill to revisit. It’s an easy one to teach and once your dog has a solid hand target, you can use it to help them learn more complex skills, such as coming when called, loose leash walking, and tricks.
To teach the basic hand targeting behavior:
1- Start in a...