Before Behavior Modification Starts: Prepping your dog to learn


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.  This allows your dog to build food drive which will give us an extra tool to use during the training process.

The next 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.  If your dog only knows sit, continue to use sit.

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.

This week you will also have to set strict boundaries following the learn to earn program.  You should read about the learn to earn program before your first class and have implemented it for two weeks.  Click here to read about it: Learning to Earn

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. Make sure it is just you and your dog, if you have other dogs put them away.

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.

To learn how to better communicate with your dog try reading this:communication with your dog

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.  If your dog has any bite history do not have others feed.  Instead reward your dog for sitting or making eye contact with you while strangers are around.

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 25 minutes per 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.

Please read:

Please watch these videos because these are concepts that we will discuss during your first visit.  You will need to understand these concepts.

I love helping owners that want to help their dogs and the majority of my clients have dogs that have seriously injured dogs or people.  Due to this my time is limited and I want to see you be as successful as possible as quickly as possible, so that I can help more dogs.  If we are doing behavior modification with your dog and he has a bite history or a dangerous animal history you need to do your part.  Trainers can tell when you don’t practice and it hinders the speed of your dog’s progress.

Please follow this as closely as possible to ensure fast and smooth progress in training.

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