Last week I started working on a new behaviour with Emmett (8 year old Australian Shepherd). We are working with a 6 foot ladder as a prop. I decided I wanted to use shaping to get Emmett to go under the ladder to start. Eventually I would like to make the behaviour a bit more complicated… Read More Shaping Dog Tricks – Under The Ladder
One behaviour that a dog needs to know without fail is “Sit”. Sit is probably the most common behaviour that is taught to dogs by their humans. A good sit is important because it is a basic behaviour that can help a dog learn self control, especially around heavy distractions or things that the dog… Read More Teaching Your Dog A REALLY Good Sit
Part 3 of our series on teaching the retrieve from scratch is here. This video features our Tommy who came to use without any interest in chasing things (fear), and an inability to function when scolded or forced to do something. We found that when we got him four years ago he was petrified of… Read More Teaching retrieve from scratch
Our dogs look and act confident. Food reward training in general, even when done less than perfectly, promotes confidence in a dog. To me a confident dog has ears forward, and a relaxed “smile” or pant. He doesn’t cower or ignore his environment. The dog enjoys training sessions, and learns by associating rewards with different things… Read More A Confident Dog
Very often we hear someone who is attempting to get her/his dog to sit – and not getting very far, using the PHRASE “can you sit?” or “are you going to sit?”. This is frustrating, because the dog eventually sits, but waits for several repeats of the phrase and an increasing volume of the voice,… Read More Can You SIT?