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Don’t let training your dog become a fantasy!

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Oct 112017
 

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So many time’s we get a puppy and have all these high expectations of what the puppy will be like. We want them to be the perfect family pet. They will quietly lay by our side while company is over, greet people with calmness and be the total envy of the neighborhood.

So many time’s I hear from owners that their puppy just started to exhibit undesired behaviors all a sudden. Their puppy was so good, they listened to everything they asked it to do, never jumped, never chewed and now it is becoming a MONSTER!

Most owners live in what I call “the land of oz.” We have a fantasy of what our puppy will grow into and be like. They tend to forget that puppies are a blank slate, it’s your job to mold them into what you want but be carful, you may mold the behaviors you don’t want unknowingly

Training in the land of oz can get you in trouble in the long run if you don’t catch the behaviors in time and fix them. When I mean “catch” the behaviors that doesn’t mean when they are in full blown action. For example: leash reactivity is one of the biggest issues dog’s come to training for. Either they are so excited to see another dog or they are aggressive when they see another dog. Instead of teaching the dog what we want them to do when a dog walks by, we wait until the dog has developed an undesired behavior, such as lunging, then want to fix it.

When you are training your dog you only see a “goal,” the behavior you want at the end. We don’t tend to think about how we are going to communicate to our dog the way we want it to get to its goal behavior. We reprimand it and think it will just STOP the behavior.  Which leads me to the 2 post and chain training.

Throughout my many years of training humans and helping dogs it never occurred to me that all behaviors start somewhere. All behaviors in dog training are 2 post and a chain. For example, JUMPING (undesired) and we want to get to the goal of NO JUMPING. We will tell the dog to “get down,” correct the dog, then reward them for the desired behavior. Thus, creating a behavior chain and communicating to the dog that doing the undesired behavior first leads to the goal behavior last which leads to the rewards.

Now onto the 2 post and chain. Your first post is the all mighty undesired behavior, your links and chain are the layers that need to be communicated to your dog to get to the last post, the desired behavior.  If you take any behavior and apply this concept it will tell you where you are at and where you want to go.

Whenever I think of the Wizard of Oz, I think of fantasy. Living in a dream world of ideas that I want to happen. I truly believe that when someone gets a puppy they train in the land of Oz. They have all these fantasy goals of what their dog will end up like but never really communicate to the dog the proper way of getting there.

After seeing so many times people setting goals that they don’t or can’t achieve with their dogs, I now train the dog in front of me not the dog I was hoping it would be. What I mean by that is that each dog will respond to training differently and in that case, I will need to tweak my training to fit the dog, not tweak the dog to fit my training.

Training in the land of Oz is like dreaming a dream of unrealistic fortune, we never really get where we hoped we would be.

 

 

 

 

Mental exercise vs. Physical exercise

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Dec 092016
 

Mental vs Physical Exercise

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Have you ever taken your dog for a walk just to come home and have them full of energy again?

As a human being we are not designed to need physical exercise to the extent to keep us happy. Dog’s where designed to walk all day every day. Sniff all trees, dig in the dirt, chase and hunt their meals.

Then we take them from the life of roaming and stick them into 4 walls of concrete with nothing but the television to watch. We try to play with them in the back yard, throw the ball or Frisbee, maybe even take them for a walk around town. Most times dogs never get to jut RUN! Stretch their legs till they are so tired fall asleep on their feet.

What about the rainy days, or really cold days and you can’t get your dog outside? They are tearing the house apart, bouncing off the walls literally, barking non stop at every one that passes by the window, then how do you burn that extra energy?

What is mental stimulation?

Mental stimulation is as tiring to a dog as physical. With mental stimulation you are making your dog think about doing behaviors they are asked to do. There is a lot of mental exercise you can do with your dog on a daily basis or reserve the extra hard stuff for those rainy indoor days.

Types of mental stimulation

Here are some tips to work with your dog on mental stimulation:

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Food puzzle feeder

1) Instead of feeding your dog from their dish have the, eat from a puzzle feeder. This makes them figure out how to get their food in return it drains their energy.
2) Another training activity you can do with your dog’s food is instead of feeding them from their dish, take their kibble and hand feed it to them threw a training session.
This helps build a relationship between you and you
dog.
3) Another fun exercise is teaching your dog that they have
4 feet and they can move them all individually.
4) Simple body awareness.

5) last but not least teach your dog how to be calm in all situations. This is hard on a dog to learn to be calm even with bottled up energy.

Those are 5 tip on how to do incorporate mental stimulation into your dog’s every day life or just on those days life gets in the way.

The answeSt. Johns, Michigan dog trainingr to the question ” who has the best well trained dog in the work”. It’s simple a homeless person! Why you may ask because their dogs are with them all day, they walk for Great Amount of time each day, the dog is never on a leash and has free access to use their nose at liberty and mentally stimulated.

Think bout it!
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House Training 101! Solving your puppy house training problem!

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Nov 162016
 

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I remember it like it was yesterday,I finally got to go pick up my new puppy! I had waited 2 months to get her and I was sure I had everything she may need; new bowls, a new leash and collar, food and installed a doggie door to make house training a cinch, or at least I thought.

I brought Tahoe home and we were playing then it happened, she squatted right there in front of me and peed! I stood there not knowing what to do; then every day it was happening. I took her out side and she would come right back in and pee in the house.

How to start your house training:

When you first bring your puppy home you should expect to have a few accidents, it is all new for them.

First what you will need to do is when you are not watching your puppy put him in a room that can be easily cleaned, if an accident does happen. If you want to let your puppy out it is best if he is tied to you, or where you can see her at all times. Making sure your puppy doesn’t self reward ( potty in the house) the easier it is for you to build value in going outside.

When you take your puppy outside take her to the same spot every time, the smell of the previous elimination will help entice your puppy to keeping there.  Make sure to keep your puppy on leash when you take her out, this way you know she is going. Also by having your puppy go to the bathroom on a leash it makes it very normal for them, so that if you travel your puppy will be use to going on a leash.

Next when you take your puppy outside to potty have some good tasting treats with you. Tell your puppy ” to go potty” and when she does reward her. Make sure to reward after she is done going, puppies tend to forget what they are doing if you interrupt them and she may not finish her job.

When you are beginning to teach your puppy to go on command make sure to say your command AS your puppy is going. Once they are consistent you can start saying your command so that your puppy will go when asked. This is super helpful when you are travelling and need to have your puppy potty quickly or even for them to go quickly on a cold winter day.

Caught in the act:

What do you do if you catch your puppy going in the house? If you catch your puppy eliminating in the house you MUST catch them in the act!

Puppies don’t “remember” that they went in the house an hour ago. If you catch them in the act clap your hands to interrupt them, then take them outside to their potty St. Johns, Michigan dog training. spot and give them a reward when they are finished.

You do not want to rub their nose in the pee! That does not teach them to not go in the spot you don’t want them to go, it only teaches them to do it where you can’t see them.

Many times people come home and they say ” he knows” what he did. In reality the puppy does not relate going in the house to something bad, they just know that your body language changes when their is “elimination” around.

To have your puppy be successful at house training remember these simple rules; make sure you are watching your puppy at all times, building lots of value for going outside, and having a house training schedule to go by will make house training easier.

House training schedule:

One of the most important steps in house training is having a house training schedule. Not all puppies will go by a schedule but it makes it a lot easeir on the pups if they can predict what will happen.

Wake up 7 am

Outside immediately

Breakfast at 8:30-9 am

Play session 10:30

Back out side every play session.

A good long walk out side to help your puppy release some energy.

Nap time 12:30-1 pm.

Back outside after nap.

Dinner 4:30-5 pm.

Outside after dinner.

Play session before bed.

Back out side.

Bed time 8:30-9 pm.

It is a good idea to take your puppy outside after they get done eating, drinking, playing or sleeping. Make this a routine and your puppy will start expecting it and go to the door to be let out.

This schedule is not for every puppy, it just gives you a general idea on how to create a schedule that will fit you and your puppy.

Signals:

There are several ways to teach your puppy they need to go outside, I have found the most efficient is teaching them to ring the “potty bells.”

You can teach your puppy to ring the potty bells by teaching the “Touch” command.

To teach the “Touch” command you will want to follow these 7 simple steps:

Step 1: Put a small piece of food in your hand and let the puppy touch your hand.

Step 2: Repeat step 1 until your puppy is confidently touching your hand with the piece of food in it.

Step 3: Take the food out of your hand and hold your hand out and let your puppy touch it. Then place the food reward in the hand that your puppy touched.

Step 4: Work on your puppy touching your hand no matter where you put it and your puppy is confident in touching your hand.

Step 5: Walk your puppy up to the bells and put your hand on the bells and ask for a touch. If the puppy touches reward from the hand they touched and then let out. In time you won’t need to reward with food your puppies reward will be going out side.

Step 6: Repeat 5 until when you put your hand on the bells your puppy touches your hand 85% of the time.

Step 7: Walk your puppy up to the touch and see if your puppy will touch the bells on their own. If they don’t help them a bit and put your hand on the bells reward when they touch your hand. Then take your hand away and wait  for them to touch the bells.

House training can be frustrating at times, but remember if you are consistent in what you want they will learn. Every puppy learns at different speeds be patient and soon you will have a house trained puppy in no time.

 

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Sorry you don’t get a pay check this week? Dog training and rewards

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Nov 032016
 

Dewitt,Michigan dog trainerSorry you don’t get a pay check this week?  Dog’s should always receive a pay check during training.

It was like every other morning, I got up got dressed and got ready for work. I drove into work and sat down at my desk and began my daily routine of answering emails, calling clients and filing paperwork.

The work day was almost over and  I was so ready to go home, it had been a really long day with lots of new things I had learned.

I knew though that all these long hours would pay off when I got my pay check! I could see it now, all the extra zeros on the end of my pay check.

Just as I was getting ready to shut the door behind me I heard “could you come to my office please?” from my boss. So I shut my office door and walked over to his office. He said “have a seat, we need to chat.” I was wondering what he could have to say, he had this worried look on his face.

My boss complimented me on my work and said ” You was one of his hardest working staff members and he appreciated all the extra time you have been putting into work lately.” I kept thinking yea no problem, but all those extra zeros are going be nice.

He then looks at me and says ” The company is changing the way we pay our employees now, being you have been here for so long you won’t be getting a pay check any longer. My boss said I will just be telling  you “how great you are doing” and that’s it.”

I sat their with my jaw hitting the floor, my eyes where are big around as golf balls! I asked my boss ” What do you mean I won’t be getting paid any longer?”

What about all that extra over time I did? He then said you did a great job and sent me on my way!

I went home from work that day and just couldn’t believe what I heard, No paycheck ever again! I guess I’ll be looking for a new job.

How can we use a reward for a reward in our dog training and not a bribe?

Have you ever walked into your job and told your boss ” hay I don’t need to get paid today.” I highly doubt ever. So why do we expect our dogs to work for FREE?

When using food or toys  as a payment there is a right way and a wrong way. A lot of times  people use it the wrong way, not because they mean to but because that is the only way they know how too.

Using food or toys to bribe your dog do come to you or the famous ” I’ll give you a cookie if you come.” We don’t know how to use the reward as it was intended as a reward.

When you enroll your dog in Wilos Wish Dog Training, that is conveniently located not far from Lansing and Grand Rapids, Michigan, our unique training technique show you how to use food for a reward.

The way to use food as a reward is by teaching the dog a behavior then rewarding the dog after they have preformed it correctly. We are not going to keep rewarding for the same behavior once they have it down. We want to keep advancing their progress in training.

Example:

One example is when we teach the “Sit” command. First will use food as a lure to get them into a sit. I like to lure 5-6 reps on the 7th rep I stand there and wait for the dog to offer what I just rewarded them for, which was sitting.

So if  I reward 5-6 times for them putting their butt on the ground, its pretty certain they will do that the 7th time with out my help.

Now once the dog is sitting on their own 10-12 times in a row I now won’t reward for the actually sitting, I start to reward for them sitting on the first or second command. Now you can reward the dog when they sit on the first or second command, this is using the food as it is intended as a reward.

If the dog does not sit on the first or second command but does sit I will give them a “good dog.” It’ still a reward just not as high a value, because they did not do what I asked.

Once the dog is sitting approximately 85% on the first or second time I will up the criteria so they  no longer get the food for the act of sitting or sitting on the first or second command, but on how quick they sit. I want to keep increasing the dog’s difficulty in training so they have to think about what they need to do for that reward.

By upping the criteria and not rewarding for every step you are eliminating having the dog work only when they see you have food or a toy.

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A lot of people always ask me “when can I stop rewarding my dog?” Never!

Your dog always needs a reward of some kind. In the early teaching stages of our training programs we use A LOT of food and toy rewards, why because we want to get a solid foundation.

As we progress to higher levels of training we begin to fade the amount of food out and how often they get the reward. By this time we have created so much value in our selves and the foundation the dog does not care about the food, they know they will get something sometime.

Not rewarding your dog with something of high value such as food or toys is like you not getting a paycheck for your hard work.

Did you go to work today and tell your boss ” I don’t need to be paid today, but I still will be in on time for work?”  Why should your dog?

 

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A picture is worth a thousand words! Getting your dog to listen every where with the right dog training.

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Nov 022016
 

A picture is worth a thousand words! Getting your dog to listen  every where with the right dog training.

When you take your dog to the dog park or even the pet store how many times have you said ” o well he listens at home!”

When we are training our dogs we tend to forget that dog’s don’t transfer commands from one place to another with out being trained and sDog Training in Lansing, Michgan. howed how to transfer.

It sounds weird when you think about it because we humans transfer we transfer just fine. So why wouldn’t my dog?

Many times when we are at home, which is where most people train their dogs, we tend to teach in habit. You maybe thinking what is teaching in habit?

Teaching in habit is something like 99% of all people ask their dog to sit first then ask them to lay down.

They almost all the time every time do this same thing. When the dog pulls on the leash you pull it back and then still continue on the path you were going, hence the dog still gets to go where they wanted to go.

So many times we go some place and then we start teaching out of habit, we ask our dog to down while they were standing, or we ask them to sit while they were in a down position. These two commands are two totally different pictures to your dogs.

Building habit in your dog training

Here are the three new pictures you are painting to your dog

1) You are not at home there are more distractions, maybe you are the pet store and your dog smells the other dog that peed on the wall, or the huge buffet of treats, or maybe even the dog barking the aisle over.

2) You have always asked your dog to sit then lay down, now your new picture is while you are standing up I’d like you to lay down. Your dog may look at you with this confused look their face like WHAT!?

3) You suddenly had your dog in a down and now you ask him to sit, this picture just got weird to your dog.

Now in your mind you are thinking my dog is so stubborn he acts fine at home, he listens does everything I ask him, but every time

Dewitt, Michigan dog training programs.I take him some where he is like a bratty kid, just no manners.

Fixing your dogs “selective hearing” with dog training that transfers.

Here are a few tips to help you help your dog understand that what you are asking needs to be done in every picture.

The first thing you can do is take your dog to two new pictures every week to help them transfer their skills easier.

The next thing is when you are teaching an old skill in a new picture take a few steps back and revisit your beginning layers.

Here is an example of what I am talking about:

Old picture Down from a Sit… New picture Down from a stand.

The first thing you will want to do is lure your dog in a down from a stand, with out the command, remember you are re teaching your down command. Do this a few times until the dog is going in a down

quickly and with out hesitation.

Next you will want to lure them down again with your hand but no treat. Once they down reward them with a treat. Again do this a few times until your dog is going into a down quickly and without hesitation.

Once they are going in a down take your hand with out a treat and go half way down and add your command. Do this a few times until your dog is going in a down quickly and with out hesitation.

The last step to review is saying their ” command” while in the new picture of “standing.” Now this may take a few attempts just be patient and your dog will figure it out. If they act like they are still confused take a step in your training and re build on a step.

We forget that for every new picture we take our dogs to or ask them to preform a behavior that they are not dumb, stupid or stubborn they really do not know what you want.

 

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Don’t sweat the small stuff!

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Oct 192016
 

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One of the number one problems that dogs come into training for is pulling on a leash. They drag their owners all over the place. I mean I know your dog has important trees to sniff and they need to read the daily paper, but really they could walk by your side.

When training walking on a loose we tend to focus so hard on not having the dog pull on the leash we forget the “BIG GOAL!”

We simply want the dog to walk by our side, that’s it. Nothing more just walk by our side.

Now doesn’t that sound a tons easier to train? Just having to reward your dog staying by your side and nothing more.

When I have a dog come in for training the first thing I do is reward them for just generally chilling out by my side. When the dog gets lots of rewards form the same area, say from your side, the next time they will go back to that same area for more. Dog’s always go back to what is most rewarding.

Now I want “being by side” to be the best place on earth for the dog. When a dog comes and sits by my side or stands the sky “rains chicken!” Now to do that I place a treat stations in my house. I fill little containers with different treats through out my house that way no matter where I am at I can reward the dog for being my by side.

Once the has gotten all these treats by my side and I can see they are starting to wan

t to be my side on their own, I will add the leash. Now the leash is only suppose to be a connection between you and your dog, nothing more. So don’t make the dreaded leash anything more than that.

Either get a hands free leash or a leash that is long enough to drape over your neck, this way your hands are free to reward, being by your side. Take the show on the road and go on an adventure,  around the Lansing or the Grand Rapids area,with your two new friends, your leash and your dog!

 

 

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Reward vs Lure vs Bribe

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Sep 062016
 

When picking a trainer to use there is always that number 1 question, ” What type of training do you use?”

You will get a mixed bag of answers but I am going to give you some information on the age old question, ” but I don’t want my dog to just come because I have food.”

When using treat or toy based rewards there are two ways most people or trainers use them as a lure or as a reward.

Here at Wilos Wish Dog Training we use them as a reward. The way we do that is through choice based training. The reward is NOT given to the dog until the task has been completed and completed to the criteria that has been set for the dog.

We build our layers of training for the desired behavior than we use intermittent re reinforcement, which means after the dog starts to learn the behavior they won’t always get a treat the first time, or the second time. They learn to keep doing the behavior because they know that they will get a reward at some time. The reason we train this way is that the dog does not depend on food to perform a behavior.

Now with lure based training it is that, you will lure the dog with most commonly used is a treat. With this style of training the dog starts to depend on that treat to be part of the behavior. It becomes a chained behavior. In order for the dog to come when called you must have the cookie, call the dog then reward.

So that means with this style training you must carry food with you all the time or your dog will not listen to you. How much of a pain is that!

That is why Wilos Wish Dog Training chooses to use choice based training, because we want your dog to listen and work because of the bond you created not the treat your have.

For more information on our training call us at (989) 307-9711  or visit www.northernmichigandogtraining.com

5 quick steps to get your dog to stop jumping NOW!

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Sep 022016
 
Start with the three "C's" of dog training as puppies and you will have zero issues when they grow up!

Start with the three “C’s” of dog training as puppies and you will have zero issues when they grow up!

5 quick steps to get your dog to stop jumping NOW!

I last discussed the 3 steps to training your dog in 3 days and that pertained to the 3 “C’s.” That where Criteria, Consistency and Confidence and applying them to daily life you can train your dog in 3 days.

You can also apply the 3 “C’s” to get your dog to stop jumping up on people.
Here are 5 steps to getting your dog to stop jumping by using the 3 “C’s.”

Step 1: You are going to want your dog to know a basic “sit” command, as that will be your default behavior instead of the dog jumping.

Step 2: With your dog having a good understanding of the “sit” command, you will now re enforce sit for everything, before eating dinner and sitting at the door before going out or coming in. The more you re enforce your dog sitting, the less they will want to jump up, because there is nothing good that happens when they go to jump.

Step 3: Now that your dog is sitting more and getting more re enforcement for sitting rather than jumping it’s time to introduce having people greet him. You will want to have your dog on a leash in a controlled environment, such as your house, have the person approach your dog. You will need to remind your dog that sitting is what you want by giving treats every so often.
If the dog starts to lift their feet off the ground your “guest” will need to stand up turn around and walk away. You don’t say anything, just let the dog settle down and then put them in a sit. Go ahead and do the exercise again, have your “guest” approach your dog and give your dog treats if they remain in a sit. You can have your “guest” pet your dog if they remain in a sit.

Step 4: You are going to want to practice step 3 for a few weeks on leash till your dog 85% of the time walks up to the person and automatically sits. Then you will add having the person knock on the door. This will add excitement to the mix, which is usually when dogs want to jump.  Keep the dog on a leash and let them decided if they will jump or stay on the ground. If they keep all 4 on the floor reward, if not ignore the behavior of jumping, have your “guest” turn around and walk away. Repeat when the dog is back in a sitting position.
If your dog fails this step 3 times in a row they are telling you that they do not have enough confidence to move on to this step, go back to step 3 and work on that for a few more repetition. Then try step 4 again.
In the 3 “C’s” this step would be maintaining consistency in your criteria on what the dog must do in order to get their reward.

Step 5: If your dog is completing steps 1-4 with 85% accuracy or better then you will want to proceed to step 5.
In this step you will be having your dog off leash when your “guest” knocks on your door.  Here you will want to see what your dog’s decision is, to remain with all 4 on the floor or to jump.
Take step 5 and now generalize it to different areas, different amounts of excitement and different environments. The more you have your dog remain with all 4 on the floor in all situations the better your dog will understand that the criteria is now set at no matter what is going on all 4 on the floor.
This step would be considered the test or confidence phase of the 3 “C’s”.

The Rotten Rottie St. Johns Michigan Board and Train dog training

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Sep 012016
 

 

No, Stop that! Yes, that is what Yoder’s mom was always saying to him. In fact by the time Yoder came to Wilos Wish Dog Training he was pretty sure his name was ” No, Stop that!” But that was all about to change when Yoder was in enrolled in our board and train school!

Yoder’s mom was a very busy person and poor Yoder just loved her so much when she got home that he wanted to jump a

Yoder practicing his down stay.

Yoder practicing his down stay.

ll over her, he got so excited to go for walks that he wanted to pull her every where, because well you know his mom couldn’t walk fast enough!

Every time someone walked in the door Yoder was jumping on them and bolting out ALL open doors! These things had to to stop! 

He also thought that being in the house was play time and that he could be running around, barking, chasing the cat was acceptable.

We immediately set boundaries with Yoder that jumping was not an option. From the day he cam to Wilos Wish Dog Training we encouraged him to sit for everything, sit to be let out of the door, sit to be let in, sit for his food and sitting when asking for attention.

By rewarding him for sitting and ignoring his unwanted behavior of jumping, the jumping started to go away. While encouraging him to sit for what he wanted his door bolting also went away, by teaching a solid sit and re enforcing a sit stay at ALL doors, car doors, house doors and crate doors, Yoder was learning that bolting out doors was no longer an option.

While Yoder was a big teddy bear his massive size was an issue when going on walks, when Yoder wanted to go some where he wanted to go there now!

At Wilos Wish Dog Training we teach ALL dogs no matter what their size is , they need to walk by our side on a loose leash. The way we do that is we become a human post, when the dog goes to pull us on the leash we stop moving forward and freeze! We then walk back wards to get the dog’s attention and to get them back into the the correct position.

Once they are back into position we will reward them and then proceed forward. If the dog starts to tighten up their leash then we again stop become a human post and get the dog’ s attention to the position we want them in. Yoder progressed very nicely with learning to walk on the loose leash.

By the time Yoder’s stay at Wilos Wish Dog Training was over he could now walk on a loose leash, he was not jumping, he had learned we don’t bolt in or out any kind of door and that being calm in the house was expected of him.

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How to train your dog in 3 days!

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Aug 262016
 

Did  you know that you can train your dog in 3 days, or even 1 hour?

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Wilos Wish Dog Training teaches your dog to reliable with commands under high distractions. The boys are practicing their “settle” command.

Yes, it is true your dog can be trained in 3 days or less by following these 3 simple steps!

The first step in training your dog in 3 days is setting the CRITERIA.

Criteria is the standard in which you create for a desired behavior you want the dog to follow, in order for them to get their reward. Each time the dog successfully completes a criteria you will then raise the criteria for them to now earn their reward.

For example when teaching loose leash walking the criteria starts with the dog learning to stay by the owners side in a controlled environment, such as the house. Once the dog is 85% successful at all the attempts that are set for them, the criteria will rise. The next step is for them to now stay by your side while walking on a loose leash.

The criteria is the standard to the beginning of a desired behavior.

The second step to training your dog in 3 days is CONSISTENCY.

Now that the criteria is set for your desired behavior, it is now time to follow through and be consistent with the criteria. Consistency is very important in training, this means that they can either jump on you or not jump on you. It is not ok to let them because you are happy to see them, but not jump when you have nice clothes on. They do not know the difference.

For example, with the loose leash walking every time the leash is on the dog you will be consistent in asking for a loose leash by your side. You need to be make sure that you are always in training mode when you are with your dog. When the leash is on that doesn’t mean that sometimes they can pull on the leash and sometimes they need to stay by your side on a loose leash.

Consistency is very important to either fixing an undesired behavior to re enforce a desired behavior, it’s your choice.

The third step in training your dog in 3 days is CONFIDENCE.

Confidence you say is part of training my dog in 3 days? Yes, it is the test of what you have done with your criteria and maintaining consistency in your behavior. You will need to build the dogs confidence in every level of your criteria before you move on to the next and criteria. The way you build their confidence in the behavior is that if they complete the first criteria with 85% success or better move to the next criteria and test.

When you are testing the dog’s confidence in a behavior, such as loose leash walking, you will now add distractions and duration. Put the dog’s leash on and you will walk to the door, maintaining consistency that the dog has a loose leash walking to the door. You will open the door and proceed out again maintaining a loose leash. if the dog does not keep a loose leash you will need to walk back in the house and try again. If you have 3 failed attempts the dog is telling you that they do not have the confidence to complete that part of the criteria.

You will keep adding more distractions and more arousal levels to your training. Always remember that your dog will fail in some steps, just take a step back build their confidence again and then go to your next step.

Those are the three steps in training your dog in 3 days. Incorporate these into your daily life and watch your dog transform in 3 days!

 

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