Is your dog's training distraction proof?

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Is your dog’s training distraction proof?
by MontrealDogTrainer on September 30, 2016 in General

Marlo staying on his place despite an other dog’s efforts to get him to run and play. Can your dog focus under distraction?

Teaching a dog to work even when distracted is a huge part of my training programs.
If you aren’t training your dog to focus on you and be reliable under distraction – your dog is not going to be able to listen to you when you need it most.
Fully off leash trained
Here we see a young puppy – Marlo – who is an  11 month old Husky showing how well he functions under distraction – by staying on his place while another dog does her best to get him to come and play with her.  This is Marlo’s 5th lesson and he is doing great. His owner Elie is very pleased as you can see by the grin on his face as looks on his dog with pride.  The gentleman in the ball cap with the female asked if they can approach us and of course we obliged since it was a great test for Marlo.


A well trained dog is a thing of beauty
There is a lady walking her 2 small dogs  by in the background as well who has stopped to admire Marlo and was even taking pictures of him.  Marlo’s owner tells me he regularly has people stop and ask about his dog and comment on how well behaved he is.
Montreal Dog Trainer, Nick Zevgolis is the owner of Family K9 Dog Training. Nick has been training dogs professionally for over 20 years and has helped thousands of owners train their dogs in all sorts of endeavours but especially to be well trained and well loved companions.

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Entraineur Canin Montréal , Nick Zevgolis est le propriétaire de L'école de dressage Family K9. Nick est un entraineur de chiens professionnel depuis plus de 20 ans. Nick a aidé des milliers de propriétaires de former leurs chiens dans toutes sortes d' efforts , mais surtout pour être compagnons bien formés et bien aimé. École de dressage Family K9

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A Dalmatian, A Pitbull and German Shepherd walk into a bar ...

Three different breeds - all with different needs

This is an interesting video - it includes a German Shepherd a Dalmatian and a Pitbull and all 3 dogs have very different temperaments, drives and issues.

Brady is a German Shepherd Dog from Chateauguay, QC who used to pull like mad on leash - was very reactive to other dogs and could get snippy if pushed by them.


Loco is a pit bull from Westmount, QC with both people and dog aggression

He could not focus on a command when another dog or person was around - and his aggression was escalating prior to him coming in for training which was cause for great concern to his owner. His owner was afraid to walk him in public for fear of an aggressive outburst towards people and dogs.

Lekes is a high drive Dalmatian from Gatineau, QC who could not stand still for 5 seconds. He lacked the ability to focus and just wanted to go-go-go.

In fact when his owners drove in from Gatineau, Qc to drop him off - we had to kennel him before chatting about training because he was all over the place and would not stay still - jumping, pulling, whining and crying and carrying on.

Brady the German Shepherd is 5 days into training in this video.

You can see Brady focusing nicely - his heel is coming along, his recall is solid and we are beginning to work on other things in the meantime.
I am pleased with his focus so far which is key to unlocking everything.

Lekes is just under 2 weeks into his training @ this point.

His heel is solid, his recall is great, and you can see his place is outstanding. In fact we have Honey the yellow lab outside running major distraction on Lekes and he rocks place like a champ. Solid.
Remember - he could not stand still without any distraction just under 2 weeks ago.
Big changes for Lekes.

Loco has been in training for a week and a half @ this point

Loco is working with a very boisterous Rott in his background. The Rott is dominant and pushy and has tried to urinate on Loco through the fence a number of times. Loco is also doing great - learning to focus better each day and is easy enough to handle @ this point.
I am not going to sugar coat it - Loco is lazy - you can see he moves slowly through his work - but hey - we can’t all be go getters and as ing as he is obeying and doing his best - that’s good enough for his owner to be able to control him when out for a walk.