In this video, Ira is being trimmed with scissors for the first time. Since he is already extremely comfortable with other aspects of grooming including being on the table, using scissors was not a problem.
Having a calm dog while using scissors is important for obvious reasons. If you dog is cal while getting brushed and nail trims there is really very little reason to expect him to have a problem with any other tool.
The main thing is to teach him to be fairly still. At first this may not happen as well as you might like. But with some food rewards and you staying calm, it can all work out well.
I am always amazed at how often I hear someone talk about how difficult it is to train their dog. Each breed seems to have their detractors.
My latest video is actually on a specific behaviour but also is meant to demonstrate, to anyone who thinks their dog can't be trained, that it IS possible. If it doesn't happen it is simply because the human does not want to do the work or learn how.
The video shows how fast a dog breed that is considered "stubborn" can learn in one session to do a new behaviour.
I will be posting new videos for this series as we progress but I wanted to show this first session in order to start off on a positive note. Getting training and stop complaining.
In this video I recorded a training session with Ira in which we are working on eye contact. Ira already knows this behaviour around no distractions but this is the first time we worked on it around other dogs.
Eye contact is easy to get a dog to learn by simply WAITING for the dog to offer the behaviour. This works really well with breeds of dogs considered "stubborn" or difficult to train or a dog who is highly distractible.
The reason for this is that when a dog learn for himself by thinking, without being lured to do a behaviour, the behaviour is stronger.
There must be a scientific reason for this but I don't know what it is. All I know is that for training "difficult" dogs, this method works best.
This is the coolest DIY I have done yet. If you know anything about me, you'll know I am obsessed with NOT BUYING stuff and NOT THROWING STUFF OUT.
This DIY is an example of that. You don't need to buy a fancy training bag. IN FACT, the most expensive food reward training bag I bought broke before too long and I had to throw it away!
MAKE YOUR OWN STUFF.