In this video the dog’s owner is just learning to handle his newly trained dog
Board and Train or Doggie boot camp
Mike Sent his dog Marcus to me for training. Marcus is a young German Shepherd and Mike enriolled him in the Board and Train program.Many people worry that if their dog is trained by someone else that they will not learn what they need to know in order to maintain the training ro that the dog will nto listen to them.While this can be true - it isnt the case here - and not with the way I do things.
The job of a dog trainer
I see my job here as two halves:1) Train the dog.2)
Educate theo wner so that the human end of the equation understands how to maintain the training the dog has received.
Off leash training
Marcus is trained both on and of leash. This means that Mike can trust his dog to obey him and to be responsive with or without a leash on and that means more freedom for Marcus and more peace of mind for Mike.
A happy and obedient working dog
Notice how Marcus keeps his eyes and focus on Mike the entire time they are working. He is present and happy to work with his person. True dog training builds teamwork and a good relationship.
3 Weeks to a new dog
The program is 3 weeks from start to stop and once complete we go through the transfer process. There is also a follow up lesson to be used whenever Mike would like to review things with me and there is unlimited lifetime support. The system is built for Mike and Marcus to be successful.
Offers many advantages - especially learning to work around high level distractions. As you can see in the video - Sirius is working around many dogs - all of them running and around - some trying to get his attention and he has to stay on point and do his work for me. What a job for any dog - let alone a 5 month old puppy.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Sirius is a rare breed of dog known as a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. A wonderful breed - albeit too intense for most people. If your idea of fun with your dog is coming home from work and just hanging out - look for another breed. If you want a breed of dog who is ready to go at any time and always up for a job - this could be a breed for you.
Angel is a young Shiloh Shepherd who has had one and half weeks of training in this video.
Does your dog know left from right?
I am playing a game with Angel to test her and see if she truly understands that she should only heel on the left.
I start her on the right - and she comes back. I move out of the way to trick her. She comes back.
She clearly gets that she heels on the left hand side.
Can your dog heel off leash?
All of this is being done off leash - out in the street - with neighbours out doing normal daily things, kids playing basketball just down the street and other distractions around. Angels is doing everything off leash after just 1 & 1/2 weeks.
Focus, Focus, Focus - the key to a well trained dog
Aside from our left/right game - Angels focus is outstanding. Watch how she never takes her eyes off of me - we connect from the moment we start to work until it is over. Dog trainign is about communication - and is a 2 way conversation - not a dialogue. Angel tells me all I need to know from her eyes and body language. Read More...
Rescue dog fully off leah trained in less than 3 weeks
Here is Niko less than three weeks after he came in for training. I am so proud of how well he has done - and he is such a fun dog to train!
Off leash obedience with distractions
Niko is doing all of his excercises off leash - and with other dogs around and getting in his space to boot. He can heel, come when called, sit and staya nd go to and stay on his place - with all the other dogs pestering him. No easy feat!
My only regret is I forgot to bring along his training collar to the session and we used one of mine - which is clearly a size too big for Niko - he didnt mind - it just looks goofy to me:-)
How long will my dog need the collar for?
I call Bobby - a Scottish Terrier into the mix at one point. I trained Bobby last year and he is back for boarding so I thought it would be fun to include him as a distraction.
Bob/Bobby/Robert (as we call him depending on the day) was a hellion when he came in and had a good degree fo dog aggression - one of the main issues when his owner contacted me for training last summer. Here he is - having fun with the little dogs outside - no aggression at all - no training collar and doing a perfect recall and place command - just cause he can!
Two obedient dogs off leash
2 for 1. I Can’t comlain. Both dogs keep their focus completely on me - waiting for the next command.
Dog training should be fun and produce results
Thanks to their training Niko and Bobby’s owners as well as the dogs can enjoy their lives with little stress and go whever they like without worry.
Here we see Bailey and Frank at work on their heel excercise. Bailey was a beast when she came in for training - I honestly don’t know how Frank lived with her before she was trained. She has the energy of a hurricane, is aggressive (although you’d never know it in this video) and pulled like CRAZY on leash BUT She is a very trainable dog as you can see here - and she has done well.
Key pointers to a nice and focused heel command
In this video I am teaching Frank some key things on how to properly handle her to get a nice and focused heel.
Walk your dog with a loose leash
Frank needs to learn the finer points of handling the leash & how to be more attractive to Bailey.
The Dog trained the owner
He has a tendancy to keep the leash tight. This is a result of Bailey dragging him around on leash for months before she came to me for training - so Frank being a big, strong guy is used to gripping his leash and holding on for the ride. Bailey knows how to walk well now and Frank has to learn to walk with a nice loose feel to it in order to allow her to stay by his side. It is a funny thing - but even a well trained dog will pull on leash if we apply tension.
Be attractive your dog
Bailey’s energy can be used to our advantage in this case and we want to make it fun for her to heel. She is a fun, playful pup and is always ready for a game - why not incorporate that into our heeling? Heel is all about teamwork - it is the dog and handler walking and working together in unison - make the dog understand you feel this way through your interactions.
Watch how Bailey gets excited when I clap my hands or talk to her - she gets a little too excited and jumps up. That’s ok - I love the bouncy playfullness and over time she’ll learn to smooth things out. She’s young and inexperienced and goes from 0 to 100 in the excitement department like a little kid. But she gets the message that we are happy and having fun and her focus is fantastic - so a little bounciness is more than ok for now and we’ll keep refining things as we progress.
Building relationships through training your dog
The dogs tell it all - their body language tells a whole story Bailey’s body language indicates that she is engaged, having fun and eager to work with us.
When you are training your dog - you aren’t “just teaching her to do something” you are settng the tone for your relationship with her. Think about that for a minute. What do you want your dog to take away from your session and how do you want your dog to feel about your leadership?
Be your dog’s buddy and her boss!
Frank loves his dog. I mean he really loves his dog - I have a video from this training session where his girlfriend tells me all about how Frank spoils Bailey. I cut that part out t save Frank some embarassment:-)
Love your dog, spoil you dog - I do the same wioth mine and will always do so.
The key is to try to find the right balance point between being the dog’s buddy and the dog’s boss. Being Firm, Fair and fun.
Look at how happy Bailey is to heel along side Frank or myself - she is more engaged, more vibrant and clearly loves the work we are doing.