Apr 30, 2014
Dog trainer and veterinarian Ian Dunbar has always been a big proponent of teaching all dogs an emergency sit, and it’s an invaluable skill for owners and dogs. Essentially, it’s asking your dog to sit no matter where they are, where you are, or what’s going on around them, and it’s trickier for most dogs than it sounds!
For many dogs, the cue “sit,” means to come and sit directly in front of...
Apr 6, 2014
The April Behavior of the Month is a Recall game that we call the Rolling Recall. It’s a fun way to start a play group, to burn off some energy and also get all the dogs ready to pay attention to the play group staff while they’re having fun with their furry friends. To play the game we call all the dogs to come to each staff member and we ask them to come to us three times in a row.
1.For the first...
Mar 3, 2014
Stand is a useful behavior that we teach in our Puppy Kindergarten and Basic Manners classes. We teach it when we’re working on sit or down as a third position change.
Adding the stand position along with sit and down is a great way to vary your training routine. Dogs are very good at learning routines and changing the order your training routine (sit, down, stand, down, sit, stand, etc) can make sure...
Feb 3, 2014
In 2013 we worked on teaching hand targeting (“touch”) and targeting an object like a target stick or plastic lid in our play groups. This month we’re going to expand on those skills and work on targeting a specific place, in this case the landings by the back doors. The end result will be dogs that will run to the landing and sit when we give them the cue (“Go!”). You can use the same...
Dec 20, 2013
Why train tricks? Tricks can be fun to teach and show off to friends, but they also can develop foundation behaviors for basic manners as well as specific skills needed for canine sports (agility, freestyle, treibball, and more!).
Many dogs enjoy learning tricks for a variety of reasons – they’re learning new skills (often offering behaviors they already do and getting rewarded for them) and working...