2nd Quarter 2010
    
What's Waggin' Howl of Fame Training Articles
 

Steve Appelbaum
Top Dawg / President, ABC, Inc.

Hello and welcome to another edition of Paw Prints! About 6 months ago I asked Fawna here at ABC to add more articles to our newsletter. Of course this was easier said than done. It took us a while to implement the various software and other changes required to make this happen. However I am happy to say that we have finally made the changes and are ready to take Paw Prints to the next level! So, in this edition, instead of the usual 3 or 4 articles, we are proud to offer 15! This was a great case of careful what you wish for. I haven’t done this much editing since I was with Off Lead. I loved reading and learning from these articles and I hope you feel the same.

Before I get started with my descriptions, I just wanted to fill everyone in on what is going on at ABC. After many, many months of searching, we finally settled on the author for our third Continuing Education Program (CEP). Wendy Wilson will be writing it along with some help from ABC staff. Ms. Wilson is a former Managing Editor of Bow Tie Publications (the company that publishes Pet Product News). Since 2004, she has worked as a freelance writer with articles appearing in numerous places including Pet Product News International, Veterinary Practice News, Water Garden News, Ponds magazine, Koi World magazine, Ponds USA, Cat Fancy, Cats USA, Kittens USA, Puppies USA, Dog World, Dog Fancy, Aquarium Fish, FAMA, DogChannel.com, CatChannel.com, Hawaii Magazine, Essential Kauai, The Garden Island Newspaper, Hawaii Premiere Homes and Kauai Woman, among others. Wendy is also the author of two pet care books: Yorkshire Terriers, published by TFH Publications Inc., 2006; and Boston Terriers for Dummies. Needless to say, we are all very excited to have Wendy on board and look forward to seeing a first rate course to match the others already being offered. The program will teach people how to start, run and market a pet sitting and/or dog walking service. We are thrilled about this program and expect to put the finishing touches on it sometime in mid to late October with launch either the end of this year or at the beginning of next.

As some of you may know, our Training Shelter Dogs CEP was approved for CEU’s by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Currently we are working to have the Teaching Private Lessons CEP also approved. We will also update the Training Shelter Dogs CEP this year so as to increase the likelihood of it being re-approved in future years.


This is also the year in which we are conducting a great deal of research as to where and how ABC is to grow next. Should we move towards accreditation and look to offer a Veterinary Technician program? Perhaps we should move toward accreditation and look to offer non-pet business courses in addition to our current pet business ones? Maybe we should shelve accreditation for now and instead look at other non-accredited programs either in and out of the pet business? Or should we look to expand our operations overseas? There are huge markets in the UK, Australia, or maybe non-English speaking countries like Japan, Germany, or France. All of this is being discussed and analyzed as we look at our future. Regardless, the future is bright and I look forward to sharing it with all of you.

Speaking of sharing, I think it is time to share the articles that make up this edition, so here we go.

First up is an article on one of my favorite topics, marketing your brand. In his article, titled “Building Your Brand”, Fernando Camacho discusses the importance of understanding that if you are a working professional dog trainer you are also a business owner, and the brand you must market is yourself. He then goes on to discuss ways in which trainers can accomplish this using some of the most powerful tools on the internet. Many of these tools can be utilized for free. This is an excellent article and I hope to see more of Fernando’s work in future editions of Paw Prints.

How many of you know what the Best Friends Animal Society is? How many of you know what they do? If you answered that this is a shelter or rescue group you are only partially correct. Best Friends operates the largest animal sanctuary in the country. Anyone watching “DogTown” on the National Geographic Channel has seen this sanctuary as that is where it is filmed.  They also are the driving force behind the Community Training Partners Program (CTPP). The CTPP is attempting to create a nationwide group of trainers that work with shelters to help facilitate adoptions and cut down on recidivism. In this regard CTPP is similar to ABC’s Students Saving Lives. This is an interesting and important idea and one that trainers should be aware of. As such, Sam Wike’s article “The Best Friends Animal Society Community Training

  Partners Program Wants Y0U!!” is being printed here.

The next stories remind me of something I saw at a pet expo this spring. Several trainers were walking around with dogs and one was approached by a woman with 3 cocker spaniels. The dogs seemed reasonably well-mannered and sat when she stopped to speak with the trainer. Curious (since I knew this trainer and am interested about these types of interactions), I moved closer to catch the exchange. “Why should I train my dogs?” the woman asked. “They already listen pretty well”. The trainer caught of guard, really didn’t have a proper answer.

Do you? I mean, on one level this is such an obvious question, but sometimes “easy” questions aren’t always that simple to answer. Yes, obedience cues are important for most all dogs to learn in order to be safe in public, but beyond that what are some of the other benefits? In her article titled “Benefits of Training your Dog”, Rhonda Turpin discusses just that. So does “Why Take Puppy Class?” by Judy Archer-Dick. Did you know that for most of the 20th century dogs weren’t admitted to obedience classes until they were at least 6 months old? Do you know why? In this article Judy explains why and then goes on to discuss the importance of puppy classes. She touches on what to look for and what to avoid. Since most trainers will likely teach Puppy Kindergarten, this is a must read.

Did you know that over 95% of ABC students donate 10 hours or more to a shelter prior to graduation? In the last 6 years, we estimate over 60,000 hours have been donated to local shelters all over North America. What’s even more exciting is that many of these ABC students will, upon graduating from our program, work hundreds of hours with shelters as they help dogs find forever homes. This is one of the reasons why ABC developed our Training Shelter Dogs CEP and why the next article and those like it are welcome in our newsletter. In her excellent piece called “Diamonds in the Ruff”, Carol Adams gives us some first rate exercises you can use when working with shelter dogs. I found Carol’s writing easy to follow and outstanding in detail. I hope to see more of her work in future editions of Paw Prints.

Okay, quickly. How would you define positive reinforcement training? What is it? Can you explain it without the behavioral jargon that makes many non-trainers eyes glaze over? While there are many ways to describe this type of training, one of the best descriptions I have read in a while is to be found in “Everyday Training to Avoid Problem Behaviors”. In this article, the author, Helen Del Bove, explains that much of this kind of training revolves around teaching the dog what to do as opposed to what not to do. Simple and something most pet parents will not only understand but also embrace. “Everyday Training to Avoid Problem Behaviors” is a must read for trainer and pet parent alike.


Speaking of positive, I am always looking for ways to explain training games to pet parents as well as good ones to teach to my students. The next two articles do just that. In “Find It!”, Pam Young shows us a great game that most dogs and people will love. Then, Laura Totis teaches us all about SNIFFERDOG Sport. This one looks like a winner and a great way to motivate students to practice with their dogs at home using a very positive game.

Back before I was the President of Animal Behavior College, I trained professionally for over 15 years. That was full-time. Between then and now, some things have changed. Methods are kinder and softer now than they were back in 1980 when I started. However, some things have and probably always will remain the same. One is that most of the time as a professional trainer you are really training the owner (or pet parent, if you like). The second is that good trainers learn how to deftly manage client expectations. In her outstanding article called “Five Things Your Obedience Class Instructor Wants You to Know”, Pat Engel discusses critical items that you should be teaching your students. I am not talking about which cues to teach, but rather what expectations students ought to have and which ones need to be tempered with a kind dose of reality, thus, resulting in happy students, well-mannered dogs and sane instructors.

My use of the word “sane” in the above sentence reminds me of an experience I had several months ago. Aside from all things doggie, I have a passion for antiquarian books. Mostly early 19th and 20th century English and American first editions. In my search for a specific title, a friend and fellow collector suggested I speak with a friend of hers. I did and was invited to this person’s home to look at a book. When I arrived and knocked on the door I was greeted by seven dogs! What’s more, I later learned there were 3 more in her backyard. 10 dogs. All of them seemed well adjusted, happy, reasonably obedient, well-fed and healthy. Yet I wondered how on earth anyone not running a boarding kennel could wind up with such a pack. As we started talking, first about books and then of course to dogs, I learned that this person had

  tried on many occasions to foster dogs. In every case she wound up keeping the dogs. After trying this for several years she realized that she just wasn’t emotionally cut out for the task as she was unable to not become attached and equally unable to let go of them once she did. This woman was totally sane, at least I thought so. Maybe I am not the best person to ask. She loved her dogs and cared for them. It’s just like I said, she couldn’t let them go. The next article by Carol Comer called “Fostering a Dog. Success or Failure”, discusses this very point and how people address what is sometimes called “Foster Failure”.

Switching gears, let’s start on one of my favorite debate topics. Dogs as pack animals. While I have my own opinion about this which I shared in Off Lead Magazine, this topic has generated a lot of buzz over the last few years in the training world. A big question trainers have is how much do you discuss about this with clients? Many clients will not be as interested in the topic as you might be and some will grow numb if you start getting into the various esoteric points in the debate. In “Pack Leadership and No Free Lunch”, Jane Davidson charts a middle ground for trainers to consider and communicate to their clients. In my opinion, this is an interesting article and worth reading.

Another interesting topic is that of breed specific behavior and training.  Allowing for differences in breeds, how much does a trainer need to modify their methods and expectations when working with different breeds? Does one really train a Labrador Retriever much differently than a Basset Hound? A Jack Russell differently than a Newfoundland? Doesn’t Behavior Modification use the same basic principles for all dogs? In “The Importance Of Breed Specifics”,
Jennifer Gunnarson discusses all of this and more.

Next up is a story on the DSA. This sounds like some sort of secret government agency with headquarters in a large non-descript building set back from the electrified fences that surround it. However, it is nothing of the sort. DSA stands for Dog Scouts of America. Want to teach your dog to go kayaking, or to have fun dock diving, competing in agility, sledding or weight pulling? What about lure coursing, tricks, rally and herding? All of this can be learned in the DSA. You can even learn how to teach your dog to play a musical instrument! At least that’s what this article by ABC Mentor Trainer Laurel Scarioni claims. Personally, the idea of my Basset Hound playing the piano cracks me up. What would he play? Oh…ok I already hear the moans and see the eyes roll but of course my Basset would only want to play “Hound Dog”. In all seriousness, not only does the DSA offer numerous activities for you and your dog, but you can even earn badges for skills mastered. This sounds like it would be a great family activity, as well as a potentially good place for trainers to get involved. For more information please read “Scouting Has Gone to the Dogs!”

When you were an ABC student, you learned about our school’s commitment to the shelter dog community and hopefully how you as a trainer could become involved. As noted earlier, most ABC students donate 10 hours at a shelter prior to graduation and no student may graduate with honors unless they fulfill this important task. For most ABC students, 10 hours of shelter work is simply an introduction into the shelter world. The vast majority of ABC graduates continue to work with shelters, some devoting most or all of their time to making the lives of dogs there better and dramatically increasing the likelihood of these dogs finding forever homes. Although ABC graduates have some experience with shelters, some are still a bit confused as to how to really help. In this next article, Nicole Larocco shares “The Top 5 Ways ABC Students Can Help a Shelter Behavior Program”. I will add one more thing here. Anyone reading this well-written and helpful article who wants more information can do a 6th thing. You can take our Training Shelter Dogs CEP. However, even if you don’t, this article will make it easier for ABC graduates to assist shelters.

Finally we end this edition of Paw Prints with a novel idea – how to use your love of TV to teach your dog to down stay. When I first saw this article, I sort of grimaced, wondering what in the world it was going to suggest. However when I saw it was by Charlotte Schwartz, I perked up. Why? Because Ms. Schwarz has been training longer than I have been alive and I am older than most of the people reading this newsletter. In fact, Charlotte Schwartz has been training since 1956. 54 years means she probably forgot more than I know, so, with renewed interest, I read “Did You Say ‘TV’ For My Dog?” What I found were common sense methods for teaching what can be a tricky behavior. Give this a try, and then you and your dog can both be couch potato’s. Or would that be a couch dog biscuit? I am not sure about that but will leave you all to draw your own conclusions. Until next time, I wish all good luck and good training.

 

Steve Appelbaum

  
 
Howl of Fame
Elena Meyer, ABCDT, ABCVA
Military Spouse, Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer and Certified Veterinary Assistant
Elena Meyer, ABCDT, ABCVA
Elena Meyer needed to find a career college that would fit her unique lifestyle as a military spouse.  Elena and her husband, who is currently stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska are often relocated making flexibility a must.

As a child, Elena was not allowed to have pets.  After she got married she got her first dog, Maya, a Jack Russell Terrier to keep her company while her husband was underway.  Elena took Maya to basic obedience classes and feel in love with the whole training process.  She even took it a step further and began to train Maya for agility, a dog sport where the handler and the dog compete as a team through a complex obstacle course.  From that point on, Elena was hooked; she knew she had found her calling and actively began researching career opportunities working with animals. 

In order to find the right school, Elena began to search for a animal career college and was thrilled to finally find Animal Behavior College, Inc. (ABC),. 
   
ABC’s flexible course structure allowed Elena to study from home and complete her hands-on training at a location near her.  This meant that regardless of when or where her family was relocated to, her studies would never be affected. 

Since ABC specializes in animal career courses and offers three exciting programs: Certified Dog Trainer, Certified Veterinary Assistant and Certified Pet Groomer, Elena knew it was the school she had been searching for.  She enrolled in both ABC’s Dog Trainer and Veterinary Assistant courses in August of 2009.

Elena was excited to start her coursework right away. This was a very prudent choice as there are, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturing Association, (APPMA), 77.5 million dogs owned in the United States with 71.4 million families spending almost 45.5 billion dollars in 2009 alone on their pets.  This means that Elena chose a highly marketable and portable career that she can pursue wherever she is stationed.

While going through the Certified Dog Trainer course, Elena says that she benefited the most from learning how to read a dog’s body language as it is a window into what a dog is actually feeling.  This has made her a successful trainer.  In fact, Elena has helped numerous owners work with their unruly dogs and is personally responsible for ensuring many dogs are kept in their homes, rather then being relinquished to a shelter.

While studying to become a Certified Veterinary Assistant, Elena was able to learn about the medical side of pet care.  This was another wise choice as there are an estimated over 21,000 veterinary
 
hospitals to care for those 77.5 million dogs mentioned earlier in the United States alone. These career choices mean that Elena will be trained on relevant portable careers that she can utilize anywhere in the country.

Aside from her studies, Elena was also fostering homeless dogs at her house.  An unfortunate fight between two of the dogs brought Elena to the Animal Emergency and Referral Center of El Paso Texas were she met with Dr. Koplos, one of the owners of the clinic.  After introducing herself and telling him she was a student at ABC, Elena was later hired to work at the clinic.  

Elena is grateful to have found ABC and the veterinary staff she met along the way.  Her personal Program Managers, Angela and Penny, were there to guide her through each step of the two programs.  They granted her due date extensions when she needed them and worked with her through her several relocations.  "I would definitely recommend ABC to someone like me," she says, "the program was flexible and they really understand military families."

Now that she has a career working in the veterinary field, Elena still plans to continue her dog training business, when the weather permits. 

Thanks to the ABC, Elena managed to find a dream career that can move with her, no matter where military life takes her.


  
 
Why Take Puppy Class?
Judy Archer-Dick
Judy Archer-Dick

Years ago puppy owners were told to wait until their pups were six months old before taking them to obedience classes.  It was understood that traditional training methods using collar corrections and punishment were inappropriate for puppies and could result in lasting fear and aggression problems.  Veterinarians were also legitimately concerned that puppies be fully vaccinated before interacting with other dogs and encountering areas frequented by them.

Unfortunately this left most puppy owners struggling through the puppy problems of housetraining and puppy chewing and biting pretty much on their own.  By the time puppies entered classes, they were adolescents -- desirous of their independence rather than pleasing their owners!  Because they had been largely isolated from others of their species during the key social development period, many demonstrated fearful, aggressive or overly-excited behaviors when meeting new dogs in class or in public.

Research on canine behavior found that like adult dogs, puppies were “learning machines” when they were rewarded for doing the right thing.   Apart from being rational (letting an animal know when a behavior is acceptable rather than only when is not), positive reinforcement training builds a bond of trust and companionship that can otherwise be hampered.  This form of training is also less stressful on both the human and dog and a lot more

   
fun, thus making it much more likely that people will practice with their dogs.

If socialized properly when young, puppies were also found to be far less likely to develop many of the behavior problems of their socially naïve peers.  Some veterinarians now agree that the health risks to a less-than-fully vaccinated puppy are less critical than the behavioral risks of social “isolation” and recommend puppy classes after a couple of sets of vaccinations.

Puppy classes need to focus on both socialization and obedience.  Off-leash playtime is essential for puppies to learn how to communicate and enjoy other puppies.  It is a good way for them to learn bite inhibition and the proper way to interact with other dogs.  Classes offer opportunities for puppies to learn proper etiquette when meeting people and to be rewarded for correct behavior.   They learn confidence as they encounter new sights, sounds, and equipment and are reinforced for overcoming wariness.  The attention to the owner, sit, down, stand, coming when called, and loose-leash walking are easily learned when the young puppy still feels dependent on the owner.

A mix of young puppies with older dogs is not an appropriate class environment, however.  Puppies lack the attention span of dogs and cannot be expected to dutifully work on exercises as long as their older peers.  Activities in a puppy class must change quickly!

Because many dogs have not been well-socialized most dog classes do not include off-leash socialization:  even if it is offered, play styles of adult dogs differ from those of puppies.  A puppy’s bad experience with one dog can cause a lifetime of difficulties for him and his owner.

Most puppy classes require the owner to buy very little equipment:  a collar and/or harness, a fabric or leather leash and of course some

   
fun toys and tiny treats to reinforce those newly-acquired behaviors. Treats are used extensively during the acquisition phase of training since most puppies will readily repeat behaviors for them.  With practice, puppies soon understand the cues they have been taught and no longer need all those treats.  Owners can easily transition their pups to real-life reinforcements like going for a walk after sitting quietly while their leash is attached or being greeted by their favorite person only when all four feet are on the floor.  As their relationship strengthens through working together, owners learn what other reinforcements their puppies savor, be it favorite activities, praise, physical contact or things totally unique to them.

So take care of your puppy’s physical and social health:  get your puppy’s vaccinations started and enroll in a well-run puppy class to prevent predictable problems.  It will do wonders for your future together!

Judy Archer-Dick
My Best Friend Dog Training

Judy is the co-owner of, trainer and canine behavior consultant for My Best Friend Dog Training in Fort Wayne, IN.  A former elementary school teacher, she has been teaching dog training classes professionally since 2001. She has successfully completed Purdue University’s Dogs! Principles and Techniques of Behavior Modification, is an endorsed member of the National Association of Dog Behavior Instructors and is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers.  She has been a mentor for ABC since 2007.
Judy and husband Charles live near Spencerville, IN with their geriatric companions:  cats Francine (18 yrs.) and Murrei (17 yrs.), and Australian Shepherds Hank (14 yrs.), Trophy (13 yrs.) and Gooseberry Pie (10 yrs.)

 

 


 




 

The Importance Of Breed Specifics
Jennifer Gunnarson
Jennifer Gunnarson

Nothing frustrates me more than people who adopt a dog not understanding what that breed is all about.  I do have respect though for those that decide pretty quickly that they have adopted this dog, it is now their responsibility, to take care of it.  Although, in my many years in the veterinary field, volunteering for several rescue groups, and training,  I have seen more than my share,  I will never forget those memories of people adopting a large breed dog and later deciding to euthanize it all because it got too large for their family. Plus in many cases, these dogs had behavioral issues as well.  The behavioral challenges I’m talking about were not aggression issues.  For example, it was more along the lines of a Labrador that had jumped all over people or was too hyper. As I tell all of my clients on their first day of class.  “I cannot take away their energy, but I can help you teach them to have some manners to accompany that energy!”

 Something that I stress to every apprentice that comes through my classes is the importance of breed recognition.  0ur retriever friends are typically full of life and want nothing more than to please their human companions.  The most common complaint I hear about certain breeds is that they have way too much energy.  Another complaint that I frequently encounter, is that they are too mouthy.   For another example, our little Aussie or Border Collie friends have gained a bad reputation from people with small children that adopt them and then later become upset and annoyed that their dog is “herding” their child.   Our Terrier friends are notorious for being stubborn.  The list can continue! For this reason, it is extremely important to help people understand what their dog is all about.   I also tell everyone right away that they and the person sitting next to them may be having the exact same problem with their dog and I may suggest two different solutions

   
to correct it.  My responses vary, because separate breeds of dogs think, and learn differently.  Therefore, in order to optimize success, I must approach the situation differently. 

 I have various techniques that I use when training various breeds.  For example, if I have a dog that comes into class with extra energy like our retrievers, I will stress to the owner that it would be great if they could exercise them prior to class.  My reasoning for this, is that after they have been exercised, they are more willing and ready to learn instead of wanting to play with all of their classmates.  Also, with these breeds, I stress to the owners that they were bred to retrieve!  I give them several suggestions of various games that include throwing the ball, frisbee, etc. I will suggest to them to fill up a baby pool full of water and the dog’s toys.  Also, give them lots of chew toys!  I have many owners later tell me that their dogs love this swimming pool activity.  With herding breeds, I educate the owners once again on what their dog was bred to do.  I have names and numbers of various other groups in the area that does agility and herding.  I also stress to them that it is very important for their young children to not run faster and scream louder when the dog is “herding” them.  This will only drive the dog to “herd” them more.  Little Terriers are known for being stubborn.  I encourage the owner to really focus on what the dog does right and to always end their training sessions on the owner’s terms, not the dog.  

 Another thing that I do with my clients is to encourage many of their dog’s talents.  For example, when I have a Border Collie or an Aussie come through my class, I always encourage the owners to go on further with training.  I explain to them that when you have a high drive working dog, it is important to find a constructive activity for your dog to participate in so as to ensure that he does not engage in destructive activities.   Some dogs have no problem being couch potatoes and would prefer not to engage in a lot of physical activity.  Many are not though!  I love to hear that an owner’s goal is to have their dog become a therapy dog, or put them through agility training.  These are excellent examples of how to give a high energy dog a positive focus when it comes to training.

   

 While I do feel that we need to approach each breed a little differently, I also feel that there are some common rules that dog owners must consider.  It’s often considered “cute” to the average person walking down the street if a small, and fuzzy little dog jumps up on them as a greeting.  However, if a large breed dog were to jump on that same person, it would most likely be considered annoying.  I stress to every dog owner that it doesn’t matter if it’s a Chihuahua or a Great Dane, they all need to have the same manners.  Our Great Danes are typically gentle giants and often think that they’re the size of a Chihuahua.  They want nothing more than to be someone’s companion or lap dog!  However, once again, clients understanding their dog plays a big role here.  If this dog, or any dog, was not properly socialized they would have a huge liability on their hands.  An aggressive or fearful 200 lb. dog should not be taken lightly. 
 
 As a behaviorist, I enjoy working with my furry “little” clients and look forward to seeing them each and every week.  I try to make myself available as often as possible by either phone or email to help reduce any frustration for both the owner and the dog.  Most people adopt their dog on an impulse, they love the way the breed looks, or because they’re at an adoption event and that adorable furry face looks up and they end up falling in love with the doe-eyed pup.  Unfortunately, most of these people do not have proper knowledge of different dog breeds.  This is where my role as a behaviorist comes in.  It is my job to see to it that these dogs are taught the proper the manners and to educate their owners, so that these dogs can live their lives with their owners in one home instead of being bounced around from shelter to shelter, or euthanized. 

 Jennifer is a former veterinary anesthesia and oncology nurse.  She’s a full time student hoping to pursue a career as a veterinarian.  She has been a certified trainer for almost 15 years.  She has a special interest in fear biters and aggressive animals.  She enjoys mentoring ABC students into becoming future trainers.  When not spending time with her 2 beautiful (human) children, she and Kirby are working on their first agility trial. 





 

Pack Leadership and No Free Lunch
Jane Davidson
Jane Davidson
It’s tough trying to be a voice of reason in a polarized world.  No, not politics or religion – just dog training.  Karen Pryor (and all positive dog trainers) versus Cesar Millan (and all pack theorists).  There is middle ground, but it can be difficult to make people believe that.

The good news is that often when I visit a client, I find that they have learned a good deal from television and the internet, and they have tried to put those things into practice.  The bad news is that they often don’t really understand what they have learned, and they don’t read their dog well enough to understand what her problem is.  The even worse news is that sometimes they have picked up a little here, a little there, and are confusing their poor dog with different and incompatible training strategies.
I use positive training methods for teaching behaviors.  However, before we can do any teaching, it’s often necessary to fix the relationship between the person and their dog.  Obviously, a family home in the suburbs is a different environment from the one that wild dogs live in.  It’s not appropriate to challenge your dog to a competition for leader of the house – winner take all.  We always give clients some ground rules for training their dogs, and
   
these always start out with “No Free Lunch” and “No Dogs on Furniture.”
It is the humans’ responsibility to look after their dog.  That includes keeping him safe, and providing him with shelter, food and water, and medical care.  It also includes being a leader for him.  All too often, a dog ends up homeless or euthanized because his family did not teach him that the humans are in charge.  Whose fault is it when a dog starts to believe that he owns the bed, and growls or snaps at someone trying to move him?
It seems that having the dog on the bed with them is a key driver for many people.  Many clients tell me that it will be impossible for their dogs to get used to sleeping on the floor instead of the bed.  One couple worried about that for a long time, not sure how to stop their dogs from getting on the bed without seeming cruel.  Eventually one of them said “If we take the steps away, they probably can’t get on to the bed by themselves.”
Another couple had behavior problems with a 15 month old pup who was trying to take over the household.  Each visit, I asked about the bed situation.  Each time, there was an excuse: “She jumps up after we have gone to sleep, and we don’t wake up to tell her to get down.”  I made them assure me that they would make the extra effort.  Then they phoned me.  “She jumped on the bed in the middle of the night, so I told her to get off.  She stayed where she was, so I got out of bed and put her on the floor.  Then she jumped back up, looked straight at me, and peed on the bed!”  After that, they really understood the need to make a stand, and the dog’s behavior improved rapidly.
Now the other

   
side of the coin.  Some people refuse to train their dog with rewards because “she should obey me because she loves and respects me.”  If you are not using any kind of lure or reward, the only option you have left is to punish your dog when she does the wrong thing.  I would not love or respect a teacher who treated me like that!  More than once, someone has told me proudly that they use physical force to subdue their dog.  My response is that when I am dealing with a dog who could easily beat me in a fair fight, I do not teach her that violence is the best way to settle an argument.
I am sure that pack theorists and firm disciplinarians have inspired thousands of people to be powerful and calm benevolent leaders for their dogs.  Sadly, some of those people learning from the television and the internet take everything literally, and do not really understand why they are told to do certain things.
One client told me “I know I should always eat before I feed my dog, but in the morning I don’t usually have a proper breakfast – just juice and a cup of coffee.  Is that all right?”  I overcame the temptation to tell her that she would have to start eating a cooked breakfast, and assured her that her dog would understand. Sometimes the most useful thing we can do for our clients is to show them there is a middle way, and teach them why they need to act in particular ways to help their dog to learn.


Jane graduated from ABC, and started her own training company based in McKinney, Texas.  She has three dogs, all rescues.  The photograph shows Coffee, a dog who is working through severe fear issues.  Coffee has starred in several of the short videos that Jane has sent to her clients in her Training Tip of the Week emails.

Five Things Your Obedience Class Instructor Wants You to Know
Pat Engel
Pat Engel

You've sent in your check and cleared your calendar for the next six Tuesday evenings. The first day of dog class is fast approaching, and you're excited! Maybe you've even indulged in a little fantasy about what life will be like when class is over, picturing yourself out on a walk with your perfectly obedient pet, or spending an enjoyable evening entertaining at home, in the company of your well-mannered canine.
Keep your fantasies- they are good ones, and very attainable. To help you turn those fantasies into reality, I'd like to share with you a few observations I've distilled from 12 years of experience teaching obedience classes.

1. I am your trainer; you are your dog's trainer.
Training is a relationship between trainer and trainee. My primary training relationship in class is with people. My job as instructor is to teach you, the owner, techniques that you will then go home and practice throughout the week. Yes, I may use your dog for a demonstration (and thank you for trusting me enough to allow me to do so) but at best your dog got five repetitions of 'sit', which leaves you a mere 995 or so left to practice. If you are wondering how you will find time for all this training, keep reading.

2. Dogs are learning

   
24/7.
The inspiration for observation number two was the owner who was being dragged into class by her dog. When it was pointed out to her that her dog was pulling on the leash, she replied, exasperated, 'But I'm not even in the room yet!' You didn't sign up for class to have a dog that only listened to you one hour a week, did you? To get the most out of your class experience, you should set aside time to practice your homework between classes. As with all motor skills, we humans learn by repetition (just like our dogs!) And, as quickly as possible, start incorporating your dog's new skills into everyday situations - 'sit' before attaching the leash to go for a walk, 'down' before being released to eat, 'wait' before jumping out of the car. In this way, training integrates seamlessly into daily life, and, as an added bonus, you end up with a well mannered dog! 

3. 'Cues' and 'manners'- two different things.
Speaking of manners, often an owner's primary goal when signing up for class is to have a better behaved dog, one that doesn't bark too much, for instance, or steal food off the counter when no one is watching. Obedience classes, however, generally focus on teaching your dog to respond to verbal cues ('sit' = butt on floor) and may only address manners training if there's time. There can be some crossover between obedience and manners training (if you teach your dog a rock solid 'sit', they can't do that AND jump on visitors) but not all undesirable behaviors will automatically improve as a result of taking an obedience class. Private behavioral training is more appropriate for these situations. If you are unsure whether your particular behavior need will be resolved by

   
attending class, ask your instructor. 


4. Cut yourself some slack, and breathe!
We can all learn a valuable lesson from our dogs, who live very much in the now. When you get to class, take a deep breath. Then let it out slowly, along with all those thoughts about what happened today at work or the 101 things you need to do when you get home. Give yourself and your dog the gift of being fully present and attentive during class and remember that it can be hard to learn new motor skills as an adult. Rest assured, no one comes out of the womb knowing how to do all this stuff- my skill level is the result of much education and many hours of practice. I may be a skilled dog trainer, but I am not clairvoyant, so-

5. If you are unhappy, please tell me!
During class, while you are busy dividing your attention between listening to me and training your dog, I am dividing my attention between teaching class and observing all the people and dogs in the room! Understandably, I may miss something. I want my students to be successful in class, so please, if you need more help with something, ask!

Last, but certainly not least, I want you to have fun. After all, if you enjoy training, then you are surely nurturing your bond with your pet, and isn't that why you adopted a dog in the first place? See you in class!

Pat Engel has worked professionally with dogs and their owners since 1997.  She became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer in 2008 and an ABC Mentor Trainer in March of this year. Pat owns her own business, Co-Pilot Dog Training, which offers group classes and one-on-one behavioral consulting and training for the family dog.
  

Everyday Training to Avoid Problem Behaviors
Helen Del Bove
Helen Del Bove

Too often dog owners fall into the trap of always telling their dog what is wrong and forgetting to tell them what is right. Dogs do not come hard-wired with the behaviors us humans consider “good” – sit, down, stay, come, leave it and loose leash walking.  No, indeed!  More often they prefer jumping, barking, chewing, stealing, pulling and playing “keep away”!  Instead of constantly correcting your dog, which often fails to produce the wanted results, owners can choose to reward and SHAPE the “good” behaviors and, by doing so, eliminate the “bad” behaviors.  But, so many people don’t know what it means to reward a good behavior or they don’t recognize a good behavior when it happens.  Some owners just EXPECT dogs to somehow be good, not realizing that they won’t keep seeing good behaviors if those behaviors go unrewarded.  Basically, any behavior that is not a “bad” behavior, is a REWARDABLE “good” behavior.  Here is a list to help you know what to look for and what to reinforce with rewards and attention.   Each behavior is listed with a new way of looking at that behavior as a way of eliminating or preventing a competitive behavior which is “bad”:

Eye Contact - giving you his attention; the act of not “blowing you off”.  A dog that is looking at you is NOT doing a hundred other “bad” things.
Sitting - the act of not jumping up.
Quietness - the act of not barking constantly.
Going

   
Potty Outside - the act of not peeing and pooping in the house.
Walking on a loose leash - the act of not yanking your arm out of your socket.
Coming to you for any reason - the act of not running away from you or avoiding you.
Lying still - the act of not racing around like a maniac, jumping or barking.
Bringing you anything - the act of not playing “keep away”. Even if it’s your Rolex! Wouldn’t you rather have him bring it to you than sneak out the doggie door and bury it in the back yard?
Giving you anything - trusting you; the act of not resource guarding.
Coming or staying near you - keeping tabs on where you are; the act of not wandering off. Isn’t it better to have a dog that checks in with you rather than you having to check in on him?
If you can do this, you will teach your dog the basics of good behavior without ever saying more than a single praise word or even no words if you use a clicker.

He will choose to Come, Sit, Down-Stay, Heel, Retrieve, Not Jump and Not Bark because you have made those behaviors rewarding for him.  Once your dog is reliably performing these desired behaviors, you can begin to name them so he learns the cue word for each behavior.  This is just TOO SIMPLE and, yet, so many people fail to do it and end up with the “dog from hell.”

How do you reward or reinforce these behaviors?  You can use anything that is pleasing to the dog.  Praise alone doesn’t mean much to a dog unless it is followed by food.  Most dogs respond well to small (very small) tidbits of soft-moist dog treats.  All you have to do is watch for one of these 10 behaviors to occur, then praise (or click if you are clicker training) and pop a treat in his mouth. Affection is also a very powerful reward and motivator, just be careful NOT to give it too freely or it will lose its value.  Some dogs value a play session, or a chance to retrieve a toy, even more than a treat or a scratch behind

   
the ear.  Use what your dog likes.  If you see your dog performing the rewarded behavior more regularly, that means its working.  Remember, when he’s engaged in one of the behaviors on the list, he is NOT committing one of the incompatible “crimes” (opposite behaviors).

Some people think that they would have to be feeding their dog all the time, to do this type of training.  Well, I ask you, would you rather be punishing your dog all the time?  Because if you don’t reward the listed behaviors, THEY WILL GO AWAY and be replaced by self-reinforcing behaviors, like barking, digging, running and chasing things.  A dog will only perform behaviors that are productive for him.  You can’t expect a dog to know what behaviors you consider good. Telling him he is good by rewarding him with a treat, affection or an unexpected play session is a great way for him to form positive associations with those behaviors and, he will want to perform those rewarded behaviors ALL THE TIME!

You don’t have to feed your dog for every good behavior he chooses for his entire lifetime.  Once you have formed good HABITS, they are hard to break, but once bad habits are formed, they are even harder to break.  So, it pays to do it right the first time.  REWARD those simple behaviors that you’ve been taking for granted! Open your eyes and open your treat bag!  What you reward is what you’ll get.

Helen Del Bove is an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer, an ABC Mentor-Trainer, a member of APDT and an approved AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.  Helen has been training dogs privately for over 30 years, beginning as a child with her very first pup. Since graduating from ABC in 2007, she started Smarty Paws Dog Training, has expanded to running group classes and now works full-time as a trainer and mentor.  Helen is living her dream of working with dogs and responsible owners.

 

The Best Friends Animal Society Community Training Partners Program
Sam Wike
Sam Wike

Shelter dogs, rescue dogs and community dogs share one important common trait: they need training. Whether that training is basic obedience or behavior rehabilitation, the plain truth of the matter is that they all will need our help at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, that point usually arrives when they’re on the verge of being abandoned by their owners, surrendered to a local shelter or rescue organization or let out on the streets to fend for themselves. This is a national epidemic that we’re all well aware of and do what we can to help stem the tide but the efforts are piecemeal and just not enough. What do we do? Enter Best Friends Animal Society.

For those who are not aware of the name, Best Friends Animal Society is located in southern Utah where home for 2000 animals is found on 33,000 acres of the high desert. It is the largest no-kill sanctuary in the country and is the flagship of the grass roots movement that has as its goal No More Homeless Pets. Along with the sanctuary, Best Friends takes its mission on the road here in the US and abroad. There are a myriad of programs ranging from TNR to Saving America’s Breed (Pitbulls), educational workshops, help for local rescues and shelters and the list goes on. Best Friends is also home to the NatGeo television show ‘Dogtown’. There are books written
   
about Best Friends, it has an extensive website, thousands of volunteers and members but its main focus is the No More Homeless Pets campaign here in the US and finding innovative ways to make this happen.
 
In the fall of 2008, an idea was broached to find trainers around the country that could help train and rehabilitate dogs in their local shelters, rescues and communities. Best Friends staffer Mike Harmon asked to lead this project and so the Best Friends Community Training Partners Program (CTPP) was born.
 
The CTPP has evolved from taking a dog that has lived at Best friends and having a trainer work with it at their home to now becoming the national resource for dogs (and even cats) that reside in our local shelters, with rescue groups or in homes where their owners need our help so that they can keep their beloved pet. We go into the shelters and rescue organizations to develop enrichment programs, establish training and behavior protocols, train staff and volunteers and educate the public. We have established Pre-Adoption, Post-Adoption and Owner Surrender Prevention programs. We have teamed up with troubled youths, become involved in Super Adoption events, focused on saving Pitbulls and more. What is the best part of these programs? They’re funded by Best Friends so that the cost of the trainer is one less obstacle standing in the way of a dog finding or remaining in his forever home. In other words, you get paid, the dogs and owners get help and we are able to take one step closer to No More Homeless Pets.
 
The most important facet of this program is the trainers. Potential candidates must embrace and practice the Best Friends philosophy of relationship based, positive reinforcement training and rehabilitation. Applications are reviewed by the outstanding staff of Best Friends trainers. The applicants are then tested, references are double and triple checked and the vetting process is

   
arduous, all for a very good reason: the lives of the voiceless masses of dogs that need our help depend on it.
 
Next, potential Training Partners are observed and critiqued by established Training Partners and even Best Friends staff and trainers. After all of this, Mike Harmon will review all of the information and make a decision. If Mike and Best Friends approves, you’re in! We’re already in NJ, NC, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Chicago and Los Angeles but we would like to expand nationwide, and in order to do so, we need YOU!
 
Are you ready to save lives? Are you ready to make a difference? Are you ready to be a part of the solution? Are you ready to be a Community Training Partner? If so, you can contact Mike Harmon at mikeh@bestfriends.org for more information or log on to www.bestfriends.org, click on Best Friends Network, and then click on Groups and type Community Training Partners Program in the Search box.

Sam became associated with ABC in 2009 when they contacted him about becoming a
mentor trainer. “ABC had seen my info on the CCPDT & APDT websites and liked
the fact that he was a CPDT-KA as well as his association with Best Friends.
They were in need of mentor trainers in the central NJ area and I was very
humbled by their request. Of course I said yes.”
I've been positively surprised by the caliber of students that have come my
way. They have a very good grasp on the basics of obedience training but
more importantly, they are very passionate about wanting to become trainers
and wanting to be positive reinforcement trainers. The curriculum has given
them a solid background, they are very open to learning more, being
participants as well as leaders and this all speaks well of ABC, its staff
and faculty.

 

Diamonds in the Ruff
Carol Adams
Carol Adams
Adult dogs placed in shelters often surprise trainers and handlers with their willingness and aptitude to learn obedience commands.   These skills are sometimes overshadowed, however, by the trauma of being separated from their master, a new environment, and fear. 

It is important as a volunteer trainer or handler that your technique remains consistent, your attitude one of patience and your expression that of calmness and reliance.   Pre-conceived notions must be left at the door as different stimuli can bring about a change in the dog’s behavior.   A dog’s behavior in a play yard full of dogs can be drastically different when encountering a leader one on one. 
When working with a new arrival at a shelter, using the touch command and introducing a dog to a food lure is often a great way to meet your student.   Allow him to come to your hand in search of a tasty, smelly morsel.   You may have to experiment with several treats in order to find the one that he is most reactive to.   After he finds the treat consistently, start using the word “touch”.   Any other handlers at the shelter should be advised to use this technique and the same word so he will learn to trust people in his new environment.  You will also find out, when doing touch training, that the level of self control that he has, as that is a frequent reason that dogs are returned to shelters.  
If the dog or puppy is fearful and retreats to the back of the kennel, sit sideways, averting your eyes away from him and keep a treat in a loosely
   
cupped hand.  Use calming behaviors such as yawning and licking your lips.  Speak in a soft, but neutral voice.  Create a trail of treats on the kennel floor leading to your hand. You may need to increase the value of your lure using a small amount peanut butter to cover treats and your hand so that he will be encouraged to lick your hand and stay near you for a longer period of time while you earn his trust.  Patience will be your best training tool with a fearful dog or puppy.  
If the dog is mouthing at your hand, use the word “easy” until the dog pulls away, then open your hand and say “take it”.  This is the beginning of learning self control.   You can then move forward with teaching the “leave it command”.
If the dog jumps when you approach, turn your back and stand still until he is non-reactive.   As you turn, use the word “off”.   Establishing yourself as the leader and keeper of the resources is a very important first step when starting a student/teacher relationship with him.
Once you have established self control with the dog, you may be surprised at the level of training that they have had.  A strong focus, sit and down command are often in the dog’s “vocabulary” and what has been lacking is consistency and patience.  
Taking a dog for a walk can also provide you a window into his personality and unmask behaviors, both good and bad.   Find equipment that will allow you to walk him easily, under control.  An easy walk harness is usually a good first harness until you determine his behavior on a leash.   Your first walk is not the time to teach loose leash walking or heeling, but to observe his reactivity to other dogs, people, cars, bicycles, etc.   Reactivity to stimuli can help you understand his previous living conditions and therefore be able to redirect and correct problem behaviors and reward good behaviors.
Sometimes it is difficult to find the reward that the dog will work for.  Be sure you have, in your training kit, a variety of treats and even some morsels of human food like cheese or hotdogs. My personal

   
favorite and favorite with the dogs I train is dried chicken breast that can be purchased at a variety of stores.     Some dogs are non reactive to food and it may take a while to determine what stimuli will work.  A squeaky toy, if the dog is not fearful, a chew toy or a bone or a bone product may attract a dog’s interest.   Before you attempt to lure the dog with food related toys, check his reactivity and make sure he will give up the toy without guarding it.   Have a variety of treats displayed on the floor and determine by watching closely which treat peaks his interest the most as he walks by the display.    If possible, and if the shelter allows offsite work with the dog and  he shows no indication of reactivity on a leash, either by excessive barking or lunging at other dogs or people, visit a local pet store and closely observe him as he walks through the aisles to find what peaks his interest.  This can also be done at an offsite adoption event frequently sponsored by local chain pet stores  For example, a beautiful Great Pyrenees mix, named Campbell, showed no interest in performing any obedience commands until he showed an interest in bones while walking through the aisles at a pet store during an adoption event.   When presented with a small bone, he put on a show of sit, down, paw and focus.  A food reward was substituted with the bone immediately and training was a breeze afterward.  He was soon adopted because he was such a smart dog.  Who knew?  Taking the time to get to know the dog and his behaviors – good and bad- and determining his motivation will uncover many diamonds in the rough like Campbell – the Great Pyrenees. 

Carol Adams is an honors graduate of ABC and has completed the Training Shelter Dogs continuing education course and is certified to conduct the ASPCA SAFER Evaluation.  She serves on the Board of Directors and is the Director of Training for Jasper Animal Rescue Mission and is a trainer and adoption counselor for Maranatha Farm, both non profit shelters in Ridgeland, SC. where she resides with her husband and her two dogs, Missy and Luigi and her cat Sneakers.  

Benefits of Training your Dog
Rhonda Turpin
Rhonda Turpin

Why do we train our dogs? There are many reasons why we do and why others should. Let’s look at a few of them.

  • Safety
  • Less dogs being relinquished
  • Makes pet sitters’ and kennel staff’s job easier
  • Respect for others
  • Sports & conformation

The first aspect is safety: Keeping our dog(s) and/or people around us safe is the most important reason for training. Why? For example, if your dog sees a squirrel across the street and darts out into the road, he could be hit by a car and killed. However, if you had a great “leave it” or “recall” in place, it could save his life. Another factor to take into consideration is the excited dog in a scenario, in which he jumps up on a small, elderly woman and knocks her down. Training him to only jump when asked could protect her from becoming injured.

Dogs being relinquished: It is a fact that one of the main reasons that owners surrender their dogs to shelters or rescue organizations is due to behavior problems. It may be because the dog has a surplus of energy from getting little or no exercise. It could also be because of jumping, pulling too hard on the leash, or other unwanted

   
behavior. Unless we teach our dogs what we would like of them, they cannot be expected to know. With some basic positive reinforcement training it could keep more dogs in their homes and less in the shelters. This would make existing shelters much better places, with far less dogs being contained and/or euthanized.

Makes Pet Sitters’ and Kennel Staff’s jobs easier: When a dog pulls on the leash and jumps on people constantly it makes pet sitters’, and kennel staff’s jobs more difficult. Some owners think, “But these people love dogs and don’t mind if they get jumped on.” Yes, they do love dogs, but they don’t appreciate walking your dog while he’s jumping all over them and pulling them down the street. By using a harness for training and positive reinforcement, you can teach your dog to walk loosely on the leash, and you then can show your pet sitter how you have been working with your dog so that they can help to reinforce the good behavior, to keep up the good work. They will appreciate it when they can walk a well behaved dog and won’t mind helping out with the training.

Respect for others: Even if safety was not an issue, it is also out of respect that we shouldn’t let our dog jump all over someone or chew on their fingers. If you have friends over for dinner and your dog starts begging and whining for their food this would be another example that wouldn't be very respectful. One more reason to train your dog for respect for others would be if you go out for a hike and you come up to someone who is very scared of dogs and even though you dog may be very friendly with strangers he may also be too friendly to their liking, but if he were trained to sit for the stranger to approach or just to keep walking by the person

   
this would also be more respectful.

Sports and Conformation: For sports and other competitions, such as agility or hunting, your dog must be properly trained. He has to learn to do certain things on command before competing or participating in such events and also must have a good working relationship with his handler since most of this work is done off leash.

These are just a few reasons for and benefits of training your dog. Just like humans are required to go to school, dogs need a good education as well. It only takes a few minutes each day and it is easy to work into your daily routine. It is also great for stimulating their minds. Some dogs get bored even if they have plenty of physical exercise. If that is the case, try a few training sessions with him that involve the use of his brain, and see how tired he is afterward. Dogs who are tired from adequate activity are less likely to get into trouble. We can have our best friend with us to enjoy some well-mannered fun. Training doesn’t have to be hard, cruel or boring. Training with positive reinforcement is a lot of fun. You can make games out of it and also have the kids join in. Go ahead and use positive reinforcement and see how much stronger the bond between you and your dog becomes.


Rhonda Turpin is a graduate and certified mentor trainer of Animal Behavior College. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She also volunteers and is an Open Paw instructor for volunteers at the Asheville Humane Society. She owns and operates Sit Stay Bark and Play, providing obedience training and pet sitting services in Asheville, NC and surrounding areas since 2007. She can be contacted at www.sitstaybarkandplay.com or by phone at 828-606-5109.

Building Your Brand
Fernando Camaco
Fernando Camaco
I’m going to tell you something that has probably already occurred to you: dog training is a business. Yes, it’s true that most of us became dog trainers because we simply love dogs. However, a love of dogs alone is not going to keep you in business for very long. You have to always remember that being a dog trainer is a business – and your product is you.
As a dog trainer you are your own boss and your services are your product. Whether you’ve filled out the paperwork for it or not, you are a company and function much like any other company in business. To be successful you need to market yourself above the rest and build a value to you and your services.

So, how can you do that? Well, like any company, you need to build your brand and create an identity for yourself and your business. Anyone who has their own business will tell you; this will take most of your time and expenses in the beginning of your business’s existence. Big companies spent amazing amounts of money on advertising and marketing all in an effort to create a name for themselves. The good news for us dog trainers is that we can achieve this without having to spend a fortune because we work in a primarily word of mouth industry.
So, if you can spread the word about your services and (more importantly) get other people to spread the word you will be successful. It goes much farther than just telling everyone within shouting distance that
   
you’re a great trainer though. You have to create an identity for your business that will sell itself. 
Although, much of the promotion you can do is free, there are a few things that are worth shelling out the bucks for. First and foremost is creating a great website. Now notice I said great website and not just a good one. It has to be something eye catching and somewhat different than the rest. I suggest you look up every other dog trainer’s website in your area and make sure that yours is visually better. If graphic design is not your thing, paying someone may be a very wise investment. However, you can easily do it yourself with companies like Network Solutions (www.networksolutions.com) or Go Daddy (www.godaddy.com ) , which have very user-friendly design tools that allow you to point and click your way to a great looking site.
The website is usually the first thing people will see and may determine if they make that initial call to you or not. The next big item to splurge on is business cards. Don’t print them yourself; get them professionally printed on nice, glossy stock. Again, they need to look great (better than everyone else’s) so if you don’t have the design skills pay someone to do it. And there are great websites out there that have nice on-line design tools that allow you to do it yourself.
It’s also good to come up with a name and logo for you business that is unique. “Diane the Dog Trainer” is not a recognizable name that people will remember. Come up with something that will distinctively identify you over all those “____ the Dog Trainers” out there. Once you have your name a logo, use it on everything you do and get it out in the public eye as much as possible.
Thanks to the wonders of the internet the public eye is now virtual. Although, I still believe in hitting the pavement and going to every doggie daycare, groomer, pet shop, vet

   
and any other dog related business in your area, spend some time cultivating the social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. These sites are amazing ways to spread your message without leaving the comfort of your own home – and they are all free!
Creating a page on these sites can give you access to a large network of people that can and will help promote you. Build your friend list by looking at dog related pages and befriending people who frequent these pages, especially but not limited to, your geographical area. Then provide regular content that will keep your name reappearing on everyone’s page.
Don’t just spam any loosely related items; only post relevant and informative things. I believe it’s best to make your own content, like writing blogs, newsletters and videos. If it’s good, other people will post it on their pages and your message –and brand – will be spreading all over the world.
If you continually work hard at improving your business identity as well as your dog training skills, you will continue to reach new levels of success that will keep you doing the job you love.

Fernando's life has always revolved around animals. He graduated from Seton Hall University with a communications degree and is certified in dog behavior and training with the Animal Behavior College. He began his dog behavior career at a doggie daycare where he spent his days supervising the daily packs and studying the intricacies of canine communication. He also worked at a holistic pet shop, where he learned about canine nutrition and wellness. In addition to his private training and consultations, Fernando teaches group dog classes and conducts seminars throughout New Jersey and New York. He is an AKC Certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator, member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a Training Partner with Best Friends Animal Sancuary and also works for the Animal Behavior College as a mentor trainer, instructing aspiring dog trainers.

Find It
Pam Young
Pam Young

Play is a great way to engage your dogs' senses, to get them to think, and to strengthen their bond with you by creating a stimulating and fun learning environment. Games also provide mental stimulation, increase confidence, and are a great way to use energy. Remember, a tired dog is a good dog!

"Find it" is a great game that can be played with any dog of any age. "Find it" is a game that can be played in just a few minutes, or it can be something that can be played for as long as your dog remains interested. My one rule is to quit before your dog tires of the game.

"Find it" is played with something your dog LOVES to play with, like a favorite toy or tennis ball. When I first teach the game, it helps to either have

   
a good "sit-stay" on your dog, or to have another person help you by holding your dog while you go hide the toy. Or, you can close your dog in a room, in their crate, or put him behind a dog gate. I show the dog the toy, let him smell it, and I say its name (like "ball" or "squeaky" or "bear"). Then I "hide" the toy in a very obvious spot, not far from the dog. I'll even "hide" it in plain view of the dog at first. Then, I return to the dog and give a command like: "Go find your ball!" Some dogs don't understand the idea of the game, at first, and they need a lot of encouragement. You may even have to go with your dog to the toy, sounding excited all the way there: "Let's go find your ball! Where's your ball? Find your ball! YAY! Let's go find it!" When they find the toy, you also sound excited and pleased as you praise your dog for finding the toy: "YAY, find it! You found your ball! Look at you! Good dog, find your ball!" Your dog will have a very proud and pleased look on his face as you praise him for doing such a good job!

The next time you hide the toy, you should have it hidden in a slightly more discreet location, like behind a door,

   
or behind a pillow slightly sticking out, or just under the bed or couch. Then, as the dog starts to understand the game, you can hide the toy off the floor or completely under something like a rug. As he gets better at finding it, you can then hide the toy up where the dog can't reach it. Many dogs, when they get to this point, will sit where the toy is a whine or bark that they've found it.

This is a great game to play if you are able to come home from work for lunch, for example, and have limited time available to spend with your dog. After going outside for a fast bathroom break, you can play a quick game of "find it" with your pooch before you must go back to work!

You can vary the game, too, by actually having the dog find YOU! This variation helps if there are two people, and the one holding the dog can release him to find you with, "Find ______ (your name)!"

Even though this game isn't a high energy game, your dog will have a good nap afterwards, because it was brain power that was used, rather than muscle.

Pam Young LVT CDBC CPDT
Dog Gone Good LLC
810-797-4433
WinsomeBC@aol.com


 

Fostering a Dog
Carol Comer
Carol Comer

I have fostered many dogs over the years and have never been very good at it.  Whether it was right or wrong, the dogs usually ended up remaining at our home.  The new term that is being used to describe this is "foster failure". That is a person that is willing to take care of the foster dog, becomes attached and then can’t let him go.  I find it very interesting that in our quest to find good homes for these dogs, the only ones that we can really find is ours, because those are the only ones that really meet our impossibly high standards.

While this may be somewhat amusing it can also become a problem.  For instance, you may have other dogs. While a short stay might not pose a concern, an extended stay could mean trouble, especially if you were not planning to have him become a permanent part of your household.  While you had planned on a short term stay and moving him on to another home, this plan is often foiled by the fact that you have given a piece of your heart to him.  If he remains in your home for only a few weeks before going to a new home then it makes the process much easier but the longer he stays, the more painful the process of re-homing the dog will become.

As the dog becomes part of your routine, it becomes more and more difficult to let him go.  When the time comes to have the

   
potential adoptees come and look at the dog we freeze and think, “I can’t let them have this dog!  What if he doesn’t like his new home?  They could never give them as good a home as I can!”  When in reality we are simply unwilling to let them go.

So then what does it take to be a good foster parent?  It is simply realizing that there are people out there that could provide as good or a better home than ours for him.  I understand that we need to have consultations with the potential owners to make sure they are going to be adequate, but what does that require?  Usually the first step is an application which is then followed up with a phone consult.  If that goes well, then someone will be sent out on a home visit to see if the adoptees have a suitable place to keep and care for him.  Some even ask for a reference from the adoptees’ veterinarian. Each rescue group or shelter has different stipulations for what is acceptable.

As the foster parents, what if we are asked to interface with the potential owner?  Are we going to be fair or not?  Are we going to scrutinize the potential owner?  Should we go into it with an open mind or would it be better if we let someone else more objective handle the process?  Would someone else be less likely to judge so harshly?  The more attached we become to the foster dog the harder it is going to be, but we must consider what is really at stake here. In the end, it is what’s best for the dog that counts.

At times, determining what is best for the dog can be problematic because it is difficult to tell what is and what isn’t within reason.  Obviously an owner who is not going to take care of the dog adequately is not an option, but

   
there are plenty of scenarios that can work However, that doesn’t make it a wrong fit; it just means it will be an adjustment for him and that would happen no matter where he is placed.

Will the dog be happy?  Will he love his new owner?  I used to joke that my Yellow Labrador would leave with anyone that had a treat or a ball, and I still think that is true.  I would have missed her terribly but I think that if he had someone to toss the ball for him, feed him and take him for walks he could have been happy in a lot of homes. 

So as our hearts may ache and break over and over again, our focus needs to stay on what is best for the dog.  If he is a high energy dog that needs a lot of exercise, or an older dog that is just content to lie around, the question is, who is going to be the best fit?  Your job is to prepare them for whatever may come next.  For example, you get a foster dog that has never lived in a home then your mission is to teach them good house manners.  All of these factors play into our decision about the best home for him.  So in the end, what really matters is that we let them go and let them have the best life they can have.  There are many good homes out there that are willing to take a foster dog and give him a great home.


Carol Started her dog training career by volunteering at Southeastern Guide Dog, and eventually went on to work for Petsmart as a trainer. I joined APDT, and eventually became CPDT certified. After working for Petsmart for 3 years, I started my own business, Lucky Dog Pet Training, where I run in-home, private, group and agility classes at my training center. I have worked with ABC and mentored many students so far, using positive and effective training methods.

Scouting Has Gone to the Dogs!
Laurel Scarioni
CPDT-KA
Laurel Scarioni
Do you have fond memories of your participation in girl scouts or boy scouts?  Or perhaps you never had the opportunity to belong to a scouting organization and wish you had?  Well, I have some great news for you:  It’s not too late to join in on some scouting fun… and your dog is invited, too!  I would like to introduce you to Dog Scouts of America.
Dog Scouts of America (DSA) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1995 by Lonnie Olson.  The purpose of DSA is to promote responsible pet ownership and enhance the human/companion animal bond through education and community service activities.  To further their goal of public education, DSA has a website packed with an amazing number of articles on topics including training, behavior modification, and responsible pet ownership.  All of DSA’s articles reflect their strong commitment to positive reinforcement training methods, so it is a great place to send people for training information. 

Dog Scouts originated in Michigan, but there are now troops located in 25 states.  You don’t have to be affiliated with a troop to join DSA,
   
and there are DSA members located around the world.  Of course, belonging to a troop sure adds to the fun!  Troops participate in activities such as hiking, camping, and bell ringing for the Salvation Army at Christmas time.  And no scouting organization would be complete without the opportunity to earn badges!  There are over 50 different badges available through DSA, including: backpacking, camping, geocaching, kayaking, dock diving, agility, sledding, weight pulling, therapy dog, lure coursing, tricks, rally and herding.  There are even badges that involve you teaching your dog to paint or to play a musical instrument.  The list goes on and on, with so many fun and challenging activities for people and dogs to try together.  Any dog is welcome to try any activity, regardless of breed.  The first badge each dog must earn is their Dog Scout badge, which is a test of their sociability and general manners.  The Dog Scout test includes demonstrating a good sit, down, stay, come, leave it, and heel, and the ability to safely meet new people and dogs.  It also includes a test for the owner on responsible dog guardianship and proper etiquette when you take your dog in public.  Once you and your dog have successfully completed the Dog Scout badge, you can pick any badge to start working towards.
So, why should trainers get involved with a Dog Scout troop?  Well, besides the fact that it is just plain fun, it is important to give back to your community, and Dog Scouts can be a powerful way to do that.  By offering a fun and supportive environment for people to learn about positive training techniques and responsible pet ownership, a Dog Scout troop can have a huge impact on the dogs and people in your community.  Dog Scouts

   
can offer an opportunity for your clients to get together and practice their training skills in “real life” situations and can help others become interested in getting training for their dogs.  Although trainers cannot use Dog Scouts as a way to generate revenue (for example, troop members cannot be required to take enroll in training classes), it can increase their visibility in the community and thereby increase their business.  I pitched the idea of an article about my Dog Scout Troop to a local newspaper, and the reporter ended up publishing a very detailed story about the troop as well as about my training business!
The DSA website (www.dogscouts.org) includes a listing of active troops as well as people that have expressed interest in starting a troop.  If there isn’t a troop listed in your area, there is information about how to start a troop.  I have found being a troop leader to be such a fun and positive way to get together with other dog lovers as well as to spread the message of positive reinforcement training.  I encourage you to give it a try.  I promise you’ll have fun… Scout’s honor!


Laurel Scarioni, CPDT-KA, is a mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College.  She has her Diploma in Canine Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute and a Certificate in Counseling from the SFSPCA Academy for Dog Trainers.  Laurel is owner of Pawsitive Results Critter Academy, LLC and has been training dogs professionally for 9 years.  She lives in Sonoma County, CA with her husband and their 4 rescue dogs and 2 rescue cats.  She is also Troop Leader of DSA troop #197, The Whine Country Woofers. 

Snifferdog Sport
Laura Totis
Laura Totis
The Challenge
One of the challenges to the success of any training obedience class is getting the students to apply the exercises to their real life.  Sometimes that leap from the class room to the world can be a bit much.
How we addressed the challenge.
We incorporate scent games into the basic obedience classes to bridge the gap. Scent games offer a good opportunity to engage those teams that may excel in skills other than formal obedience. Students can treat snifferdog sport skills as a classroom game, or incorporate it into a game they play with the dog at home, or pursue snifferdog sport recreational activities.  

I have moved your bio to the end of the article, as that is the typical format that we use in Paw Prints.
Using Scent Work Exercises to Engage the Students in Obedience Training Classes
Once the students have been through the basic skill introduction to “Sit,” “Down”, & “Stay” we can incorporate those exercises into scent games. 
 
Materials you will need to introduce the students to snifferdog sport.
1) Some high value super smelly treats.
2) Inexpensive cloth garden glove or large socks.  (You will need something big enough to be safe around the dogs.) For some dogs a favorite toy is better to find than food. 

Key

   
Points you will want to discuss
1) The goal of the exercise is to teach a game.  No pressure or correction is allowed - ever, it’s JUST a game.
2) The word “Mark” means “this is what you are looking for.”
3) The word “Search” means “there is a treat is hidden in the area.”
To incorporate the exercise into the class.
1) Have the dog sit, or lay down (Suggest the behavior the dog is more comfortable doing.)
2) (Make sure the handler is holding the leash short; to prevent a dog from accidentally correcting himself.)  Show the dog the treat, toss the treat, just a couple of feet in front of the dog. 
3) (If the dog lunges wait until he settles.) Give the dog the “Search” cue, and play out the leash.  Praise the dog when he gets to the treat, (This is a good time to reinforce your human students for giving good praise.)
4) Repeat, this time hide the dogs eyes as you toss the treat into the area.  (Use a largish smelly treat.  The handler will usually want to walk the dog right over the treat make sure they understand that this is team work their job is to put the dogs nose where he can smell the treat.  Encourage them to walk the dog around the treat, watching for that “ah-ha” moment. If you are proofing heel off food on the ground, use a toy to play sniffing games. Do not use the word heel.)  When the dog smells the treat praise while he eats it.  (This also is a good opportunity to focus on the timing of the praise!  The whole catch them doing something right thing applies to human students not just canine.)
5)   Homework is not required it can be a class room game. (You may be surprised how many students practiced the scent games at home though.)  

   

At the end of the next class
1) Review the exercises from last week.  If students practiced let them show how their dog is doing.  (You may be surprised how many students that can’t practice homework have successfully taught their dog to sit and stay while they hide food until released with the Search” cue.)
2) Repeat the exercise only this time put the smelly goodie into a garden glove.  Show the dog the glove say “Mark” and then hide his eyes as you hide the glove in an obvious place.  Release and send the dog to find the glove with the “Search “cue.  As soon as the dog gets to the glove give him praise and treats.  Open it and give him one from inside.  (If any dogs is  distracted I will use the basket type storage boxes to hide the glove. Put 3- 6boxes in a line or randomly in a small area.  They will often give very visual dogs something to target and check. If you use the boxes let the dog explore the boxes first.  Let the dog watch the first round so that he sees you hiding the glove in the boxes.)
3) For more advanced obedience dogs practice the “sit” and “stay” as you hide the glove just out of the dog’s sight. 
For students that want to get involved with their dog there is more information at www.snifferdogsport.com .  The purpose of snifferdog is on having fun with the dog.

Laura Totis and her dogs volunteer for SAR.  As an instructor she played with new protocols, teaching day care dogs to find lipstick.  That evolved into scent games and eventually snifferdog sport.  As a pet dog behaviorist she often uses life enriching activities to help with behavior modification protocols. 

 

 

The Top 5 Ways ABC Students Can Help a Shelter Behavior Program
Nicole Larocco
Nicole Larocco
Logging your hours at a local animal shelter can be a daunting task. . .  Who do you contact to get started?  What can you do?  How much of a difference are you actually making?  Is shelter work going to be too emotionally draining?  But there are so many opportunities, especially in a shelter that doesn’t have an organized behavior program, for you to make a big difference in the lives of the animals and lighten the load on overworked shelter employees, while getting some of the best hands-on experience available.

5.  Mentor a dog who needs some extra training.  80% of dogs in shelters today are relinquished by their owners for behavior issues.  The majority of these issues have nothing to do with aggression and are as simple as jumping on family members, stealing food from the table, pulling on leash, or not being housebroken.  Coming to the shelter as little as twice a week to teach basic manners and proof the dog in distracting situations will make him much more adoptable and help to keep him in his new home.  A great way to enhance his image at the shelter is to place some notes into his adoption file that the staff can reference to if potential adopters are looking at him.  Making a new kennel card to hang on his kennel that lets people know that he has had training by a professional will also make him more appealing to potential
   
adopters.
4.  Attend volunteer orientation to coach new volunteers the basics of animal handling.  At most shelters, the volunteer coordinator is responsible for instructing new volunteers on safety while handling a shelter dog.  Why not put your expertise to good use and practice your teaching skills at the same time by coaching new volunteers about how to safely handle a dog they may not know?   At the Pennsylvania SPCA, our behavior team (which includes ABC students and graduates) is responsible for teaching all new volunteers how to handle animals, and also for mentoring volunteers on their first visit to the shelter to make sure that they have a good experience.
3.  Start a class for volunteers and shelter dogs.  At the Pennsylvania SPCA, we offer Teacher’s Pet, a class for volunteers to bring their favorite shelter dog to learn basic obedience, impulse control, and socialization skills.  This class was started by and is taught by a team of ABC graduates, and is an instrumental part of our behavior program.  The class benefits all involved; the ABC students have access to a captive audience of volunteers so that they can refine their teaching styles, volunteers are given instruction which helps them improve their animal handling skills, and our canine students learn valuable life skills which make them more suitable companions to potential adopters!  Since we’ve begun this program, volunteer safety has improved, and the number of dogs returned to our shelter has drastically decreased.
2.  Begin a basic animal enrichment program.  At the Pennsylvania SPCA, volunteers are an instrumental part in keeping our animals happy.  As an ABC student, there are plenty of ways to help improve the behavior at a shelter through enrichment.  Stuffing Kongs or interactive toys and giving them to the dogs, placing wadded up paper or catnip in cat condos, or simply walking down the lines of kennels and rewarding dogs for ‘four paws on the floor’ will help improve

   
mental health in what can be a very stressful environment for shelter animals.  And when animals are calm in their kennels, they are more attractive to potential adopters, and are adopted more quickly.
1.  Call back adopters and offer help with recently adopted animals.  Shelter adoption counselors and behavior staff are always swamped with calls from clients who have adopted animals and are having basic behavior issues with them.  This is an excellent opportunity for ABC students and grads to practice their client relations skills and build their confidence at handling training issues.  The most frequent calls that we receive at the Pennsylvania SPCA are housebreaking issues with both dogs and cats, jumping on guests and family members, and destructive behaviors stemming from lack of exercise.  Along with relieving the shelter staff of making callbacks, many times these callbacks result in new training or private lesson clients for the ABC graduates, helping them to build their business.  What a perfect trade-off!
As a professional in the animal welfare field, there are many ways that you can give a voice to the homeless animals in your area.  If you would like to get involved, contact your local animal shelter and speak with the person in charge of volunteering or animal behavior.  They will be glad you did!
Nicole Larocco began working as a professional animal trainer in college, when she taught equestrian and horseback riding lessons. After graduating from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Nicole worked at a boarding kennel as their head trainer, where she earned her CPDT (Certified Professional Dog Trainer) title.  Nicole accepted the position of Director of Animal Behavior and Training for the Pennsylvania SPCA in 2008. Nicole has been an Animal Behavior College mentor since 2008 and has enjoyed introducing ABC students to animal behavior in an animal sheltering environment.  Nicole resides in Philadelphia with Uluru, her rescued Australian Cattle dog.

Did You Say 'TV'? 'For My Dog'?
Charlotte Schwartz
Charlotte Schwartz

Yes, I did indeed say TV for your dog.  And in just a minute I’m going to tell you about a wonderful new experience you and your dog can share.  It is not a new behavior.  It is something that you and your furry friend can do together, that will make teaching a new behavior seem like a piece of cake to both of you.

 Let me explain.  First you will need some background information that will help you understand and appreciate the theory of my TV suggestion.  After all, knowledge is power and with that, you can be the force that guides your friend into a possibly unpleasant, frightening experience.  Instead, you can use that force of power to guide your dog into a positive and rewarding behavior with enough strength to save your dog’s life in a critical situation.

I’m talking about teaching the dog to ‘down’ on command.  It can be whatever you make it, frightening or fun and rewarding.

 Keep in mind that your dog can’t speak and does not understand our language, so you must let the actions of your body speak to him.  And when the actions send out good vibes, the dog responds favorably.  Conversely when the actions translate into anything resembling fear, hurt, or unpleasantness, his instincts will cause him to resist.

 That’s a ticket to trouble in training.  And when you fail in communication, the dog fails in learning.  As the saying goes, it becomes a lose, lose situation.  Sadly, that scenario creates an attitude of hopelessness in the owner.   Thus all attempts to train the dog to lay down cease.

This TV time is ideal for setting the right atmosphere for the dog to learn how to lay down on command and enjoy it.  The rules are simple and usually produce positive effects within a few days to a week.  Best of all, both dog and owner love the experience so much they frequently choose to do it just because it’s so pleasant.

I call it TV time and since it produces positive feelings of security, safety, love and leadership, the dog catches on within a few minutes.  After all, who doesn’t like fun and happy things to do especially when they produce a tasty treat as well?  In short, TV time creates a positive atmosphere for training in a win, win situation.

Now, let’s get started.  Have the dog on collar and lead so he knows he’s about to learn something new.  Use a happy voice so he learns to focus on you.  Next, turn on the television and sit down on the floor in front of it about six feet away.  Keep several dog biscuits in your left pocket but do not let him know that you have them yet.

 Have your dog stand on your left side and when he does, take one biscuit out of your pocket. Now show it to him as

   
you take up the slack in his lead so that it is not in the way.  You want to have the lead short in your left hand so you can control him and keep him on your left side. 

Put the biscuit in your right hand and have the lead in your left.  As the dog sniffs the treat, start talking to him as if he was a child.  Do not use a stern voice or any commands.  Speak softly and add a coaxing tone to your voice.  Say things like “Come on, boy.  Lay down here next to me and you can have this cookie.”  “Here’s a treat for you if you lay down beside me so we can watch TV together.  This is TV time and you’re going to get a cookie if you stay here with me.”

You can say whatever pops into your head as you verbally coax him into lying down beside you.  Remember, he doesn’t understand one word that you are saying, but your tone of voice delivers the message loud and clear.  With your food held in front of him, so he is able see and smell it, he will eagerly respond to your invitational voice tone and the promise of a treat.

Now is the moment for you to begin slowly lowering the food hand to the floor in front of him.  He’ll respond by lowering his head and keeping an eye on that biscuit so you can tell him he’s a good boy and ask “Do you want this biscuit?”.  Shortly, you will notice that he follows that treat as it gets closer to the floor and he will begin to stretch forward to keep his eye on it. 

As you wait for your dog’s reaction to this surprising set of events, remain sitting on the floor, treat in your hand, and continuing to use your soft coaxing voice, watch for his reaction.  Maybe he’ll begin to lay down by lowering his front legs slowly out in front of him in an effort to get the cookie.  Or he might choose to sit first and then drop his front end to the floor.  It doesn’t matter how he assumes a down position. 

 Just keep talking, coaxing. Praise his interest and focus on you and the treat.  Before you know it, he will be laying down beside you at which point you will give him the biscuit as your left hand reaches over his shoulder and lightly strokes him while you praise softly. 

 Now calmly tell the dog to “stay” which you probably taught him some time ago, and which he understands and responds to without resistance.  Continue to stroke his back but do not pat him or in any way get him excited or eager to get up.  Just remind him to stay with you even if you have to produce another biscuit to convince him that lying down next to you is THE WAY to go!

Now, back to the TV.  As you continue to stroke the dog and keep him relaxed,  you will notice that you, too, begin to relax.  Suddenly you remember the TV and wonder why I tell you to have your love-in on the floor with your dog in front of the television. Answer: simple.  If you begin to focus on the TV screen and the program in progress (ideally it should be the news so you’ll have something of interest to watch) and your dog begins to settle in for the duration, the two of you will discover this love-in time is so rewarding.

 I want the two of you to stay there

   
in front of the TV for ten minutes each time you do it.  Repeat this experience every day for a week.  You may wonder why I tell you to have your love-in in front of the TV rather than anywhere else in the house.  Well, the TV holds the secret to your success. 

The television provides a point of focus for you. You see, if you’re sitting on the floor with nothing to watch, nothing to hold your interest, nothing to provide a diversion from stroking your dog, you’re sure to get bored and start fidgeting.  When you start wiggling and turning and twisting and checking your watch, the dog gets the feeling that you’re about to jump up.  That, in turn, makes him uneasy so he is unable to relax.

 If you focus on television and relax, both you and your friend will discover that resting together on the floor with lots of calm talk and gentle body contact is extremely rewarding.  In fact, you and your dog may decide to continue these love-in sessions on a regular basis.  When you realize the comfort and relaxation you both derive from TV time, you may also find that there’s a special bond growing between you.  A bond that is so strong and so compelling it will become the driving force of his devotion to you for life.

Now, how does TV time help the down and down stay lesson you wonder.  Well, when a dog is forced to lay down, he immediately feels in jeopardy because he normally only lays down when he feels safe in a secure situation.  By giving the dog the experience of lying down and being next to you in a loving mode, he learns that the down is not necessarily threatening or painful.  In short, he goes down easily without resistance and from that point you can begin to teach him the ‘down stay’ exercise.

Simply tell him to ‘stay’ and slowly swing your body around until you now face him instead of sit beside him.  Then quietly and slowly repeat the ‘stay’ command and slowly stand up in front of him all the while you’re praising softly as you remind him to ‘stay’.  Once he will let you stand up in front of him and he remains in the down position, you’ve got it made.  He’s doing the ‘down’ and ‘down stay’ like an old pro.

Now that the preliminary hurdles of showing the dog that laying down is easy and pleasant, you’ll be free to teach the ‘down’ and ‘down stay’ as presented in either the training class you attend or the book you’re using to train your dog.  Providing that you have applied the TV time love-in to help your dog learn that laying down is OK, you’ll see his down lesson will be successful.

This time you can say the ‘down’ lesson is not a piece of cake: it’s a biscuit!

Charlotte began professional dog training 54 years ago in 1956.  I have been teaching seriously ever since.  Now I counsel dog owners with behavioral problems they're experiencing with their dogs and I teach all levels of dog obedience from puppy training thru Utility and beyond. I am an ABC mentor, an AKC CGC and STAR PUPPY evaluator and an Examiner for the Natl. Assn. of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI).


 

  
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