When I cam across this tutorial for teaching your dog to free stack, I quickly realized that it was also a simple DIY.
All you need are two boards - dimensions will be different for each dog and as the dog grows, and you can train free stacking.
Ira did amazing on his first session as usual. Since we are a household of DIY projects I was so excited to find one this easy!
I did not come up with this myself, but I did include the link to the video that I got it from in the description box of the video.
This is our first session working our on "new" DIY grooming table. Ernie made it for us out of the first table I made for myself for grooming my show dog many years ago. The table is now low and I want Ira to enjoy getting on it, not thinking that it is bad because he gets groomed on it.
Many dogs don't like being groomed because their fur gets pulled and their nails get pinched. Having your dog love the table to begin with is the first step in have him love being groomed.
This month I started working with Emmett on cues for herding. I was working with Miranda on stock dog training and was well into a video series when she passed away. This threw and wrench into things.
Luckily I have Emmett who is very happy to work with me again after a longish time off training because of his partially torn AC ligaments.
Doing this training will help him heal because we are training for ducks and he won't be doing any really fast moving like he would have to on larger livestock.
So our first training video is out and the session went well. Check back for weekly updates on this training.
I have been working with Tommy for a few years now on his fear of riding in vehicles. We have made considerable progress, but have done some backsliding in the training over the last year.
In this video I have started to work on getting him accustomed to leaving in the van from a second location which seems to be his main issues now. He is ok leaving from home, but when we stop, get out, do something and then have to get back in and go again, he gets worried.
This is how I am starting to work on this problem with him. It is always interesting.
Teaching your dog to leave things on the ground or anywhere for that matter is probably the most important thing you can teach him, next to a really good recall.
In this video series you can watch exactly how this training is done as Ira the Kuvasz learns how to do it.
Using a clicker and food rewards, this is a fun and extremely reliable way to teach this behaviour. Happy Training!
Dogs can learn almost anything. However, some dogs are wary of certain things to begin with and need a little time to get accustomed to it. Take water, for example. Some dogs will go into water right away, no problem. Others won't. Its those ones that seem worried about it - the way it looks, the noise it makes etc. that you will need to proceed slowly with in order for them to enjoy it.
this applies to any behaviour or anything that you are working with your dog on. Go slowly to begin with - sometimes REALLY slowly. Don't force your dog to do anything. Let him make the progression and just reward him for that.
This way you will get a dog that trusts that you won't push him into anything scary AND you create a more confident dog because he learns to enjoy different things rather than being forced.
This is my personal opinion regarding training a puppy. I have noticed that many new puppy people tend to let their puppies be off leash quite a bit. This always ends up in some kind of destruction or injury to the puppy, especially if there are other dogs around.
Not all dogs like a puppy in their face. I have seen time and time again where a puppy will end up with a scarred face or nose from getting too close.
Also, puppies change interests so fast. You only have to look away for two seconds for an item of piece of furniture to sustain damage. My solution to all of this is in the video.
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So, this is obviously our seventh video in this series.
Tommy is doing quite well and we are getting ready to trial in Rally in November so the training is serving double duty. Autumn is actually the best time to train heeling and to train outdoors for us. Summers are usually too hot even in the evening which is when we have to train due to the heat most days..
In fall, we can train during the day because of the cooler weather.
When do you prefer to train your dog? Let me know down in the comments.
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