Week one: NO TREATS
FEEDING, put your dog’s breakfast lunch and dinner portions in a zip lock bag or tuber ware container. You and the whole family hand feed the dog in different rooms throughout the day. The two days give your dog 1 handful at a time for simple cues like sit. The rest of the week mix up what you are asking your dog for; sit, down, stay, eye contact. Food has monitary value to dogs so this builds their work ethic, so that when we challange them slightly they don’t stop working for us.
WALKING, even if you have a yard up your dogs walks to 15 extra minutes each day… so if you don’t normally go for walks you would take a 15 minute walk.
PLAY, play is a great tool for training. Encorage your dog to play with you for 10 minutes twice a day. Tug and fetch are ideal. Even if your dog is staring at you continue to try and teach them to play with you.
COMMUNICATION, “yes” will bridge the gap betwen what they did right and their reward. “Yes” should mark the correct behavior and should predict food or something that they like MORE then food.
Week two: NO TREATS
FEEDING, invite people outside of the family over to handfeed your dog and handfeed your dog in different places like outside in the yard or on walks. This will prep your dog to accept treats in new places from new people which will make training easier.
WALKING, add an extra 10 minutes to their existing 15 minutes of walking. If you don’t have a yard walking should be at least 1.5 miles a day.
DAILY LIFE, nothing in life is free have your dog train for dog food, sit before each door and down or sit before each time being leashed up. Sitting before attention and accessing favorite toys are a must.
PLAY, up your play sessions to either 3 ten minute sessions or add five minutes to your exsisting sessions. This allows goes a long way in relationship building.
COMMUNICATION, continue teaching your dog that “yes” predicts either a treat or something that they like more then a treat.