You would think that dog training is easy, but it's a little more complex than you might imagine.
- What if you're using food and your dog doesn't want it?
- What if your dog is offering a different behaviour than the one you're cueing?
- What if you ask them to do it and they don't do it?
- When is it realistic to expect them to listen?
So many questions.
Let me help!
First, you need a dog who is food-motivated. It's easy to do - just follow the quick/free course below:
Next you need to understand marker-based training whether you use a clicker or a verbal marker like "yes" - follow the quick/free course below:
Then, you need a training plan. That's where I come in! We're going to cover the 5 most important behaviours for a puppy in this module.
How to prepare:
- Prepare a baggie of small, soft, stinky treats (the size of a green pea so we don't over-feed)
- Clear a space where you can work with your dog - even 5ft x 5ft is fine! I like moving the coffee table so that the whole area rug is ours for training.
- Gather a mat/bed where your dog can settle for "recess" with a bone/chew/stuffed Kong
- Have your treat pouch on and your clicker handy (if you're using one)
- Potty your dog before you start
- Limit distractions