Nov 6, 2013
This month we’re continuing to work on “Stay” in the Doggy Business play groups by teaching a fun game called the 4-Corner Stay. This game incorporates two behaviors – asking your dog to stay in a sit or down while distracted (in this case the distraction is the trainer walking away) and asking your dog to come when called. During the play groups we also have the additional distractions of other...
Oct 2, 2013
Last month we discussed how to teach a bungee stay (a sit stay while you moved 1, 2, or even 3 steps back from your dog), and this month we’re working on a more advanced version of stay, the Circle Stay. As with the bungee stay, the Circle Stay is another great tool for teaching your dog to stay in a sit or down while distracted, even when the trainer is out of the dog’s sight. In this case, the...
Sep 3, 2013
Sit and down stays are very useful behaviors for dog training. A stay can help prevent a lot of impulsive behavior. For example, imagine parking your dog in a down stay on a mat while you answer the front door (no jumping on friends and neighbors!) or cook dinner. The Bungee Stay is a great way to help your dog improve his or her stay.
Dogs like to follow us, and when we’re teaching them to stay in a sit...
Aug 6, 2013
This month instead of focusing on one behavior or skill set, we thought it would be fun to talk about some canine sports that can provide a great opportunity to mix up your training routine. Canine sports offer new options for working on basic obedience skills and skill sets specific to the individual sports. There are a wide variety of canine sports out there these days to suit any dog and any handler,...
Jul 1, 2013
Dog Training Is Fun
In February we discussed how to teach your dog to hand target (to touch your hand with their nose), and this month we’re focusing on how to transfer that behavior to objects – like fixed targets, target sticks, or the balls used in the canine sport of Treibball! Object targeting can be a great tool for teaching your dog fancy behaviors (ringing a bell or tuning off a light switch)...