Commands are taught using you DON’T KNOW SIT’S Learn to Ern Program. Simply put, you are using your dog's kibble is an incentive. Every piece of your Dog's kibble comes at a price. The price is Education: Learning how to adopt to living in a household and behaving in public. The learn Program
Think of treats as currency. Just as money is a motivating factor for humans to do things, the same applies to your dog with food. The harder we work the more we get paid. The harder your dog works the more they should get paid.
Cues are our way of knowing or understanding to do something or perform an action. There are 3 MUSTS for dogs and their owners. Each one should be done first altogether and then worked on individually.
LURING: To accomplish this command start at your dog’s nose with a smelly piece of kibble and draw an imaginary line from your dog’s nose diagonally up to your eyes. You want to do this slowly so your dog’s gaze will follow the treat and your hand. The second you catch your dog’s gaze and you get eye contact: CLICK > PRAISE “GOOD WATCH ME” > TOUCH > TREAT
LURING: To accomplish this command start at your dog’s nose with a smelly piece of kibble and slowly raise your hand up. Your dog’s eyes should follow your action. Raise your hand to the top of your dog’s head and then slowly back between your dog’s ears. The head will go up and the butt will go down - just like a see-saw. Once the butt is on the ground: CLICK > PRAISE “GOOD SIT” > TOUCH > TREAT
** TIP- keep the treat as close as you can to your dog’s head when going back between their ears. This will keep them from jumping. The higher you have the treat away from your dog the more likely they are to jump, so keep it low you know!
LURING: To accomplish this command start at your dog’s nose with a smelly piece of kibble and slowly lower it to the ground. Wait for your dog’s nose to follow all the way to the ground and then slowly pull the treat forward towards you. Once all four legs are flat on the ground: CLICK > PRAISE “GOOD DOWN” > TOUCH > TREAT
OPTION 2: Start with your dog in a sit position. Start at your dog’s nose with a tasty piece of kibble. Now, instead of leading them down with the lure, push into them with your hand that holds the kibble. You will lure down but push into them at the same time, creating an inverted downward angle. This will cause your dog’s front legs to extend backwards and them to ease into a down. Once all four legs are flat on the ground: CLICK > PRAISE “GOOD DOWN” > TOUCH > TREAT
With this command you are teaching your dog to come to a particular point. To accomplish this command, have your hand down by your side with your pointer finger out and extended down to the ground. (Anything at your dog’s level will cause them to be curious.) Once they start to investigate your finger and make contact with their nose: CLICK > PRAISE “GOOD COME” > TOUCH > TREAT
IF…..If your dog does not trot over to investigate, don’t worry. Simply go get him or her and lure to you with the tasty bit of kibble by putting it to their nose and slowly bring them to your side and stick your finger out. Then: CLICK > PRAISE “GOOD COME” > TOUCH >TREAT
** TIP- keep your dog moving around by repeating the hand signal while stepping to the right, to the left - this will keep your dog engaged in the activity.
** YOU NEVER WANT TO REPEAT THE COMMAND. IF YOUR DOG IS NOT LISTENING THE FIRST TIME YOU CALL. GO GET THEM DO NOT REPEAT THE COMMAND**
Hand Signal: Hand flat up and down palm facing out like a stop sign. You want to start off by standing directly in front of your dog; have them in a sit position present your hand signal and CLICK>PRAISE “GOOD STAY”>TOUCH>TREAT
LURING: This command is done using the treat as a lure. You will want your dog to be in a sit in front of their bed or “place”; starting at the nose slowly lure them onto the bed; you want all four paws to reside on the bed; once all four paw are on the bed then give a CLICK>PRAISE “GOOD PLACE”>TOUCH>TREAT
Everything is first taught on leash. Let me repeat that everything is first taught on leash. No exceptions. The reason why this is so important is to get your dog conditioned to leash pressure.
Click up- sit
2 Clicks Back- slow down
2 Click Forward- speed up
Pressure Up- stay in position
Release of Pressure- move forward/carry on