Recently I have been having a bit of trouble getting Ira to return with the retrieve toy, no matter what kind of toy that was. even though he has been getting training for this behaviour since he was a tiny puppy, this is still one of his problem areas.
I decided to start using an alternative reward because he enjoys play with toys sometimes more than getting tasty food pieces.
Watch the video to see what happened.
One of the things that I like to do when getting a new dog is to be prepared.
When two of our dogs suddenly went deaf, we had to do some training with a recall hand signal. The dog KIND OF knew the hand signal but not totally, so we did some work on it.
This reminded me that it is a good thing to be prepared in case of different situations. This behaviour is not hard to teach and can and should be done with even a puppy. Then you won't have to worry if your dog goes deaf in the future.
This month we are participating in VEDA - vlog or video every day in August. We are also starting our new feature - fun dog fridays.
Post a picture of your dog having fun on Friday and use #fundogfriday. I will hopefully find it and retweet or repost on Twitter or Instagram.
Today JoJo and Ira had fun playing for a half an hour.
This spring we found out that Ira was reactive to lawn mowers. Last fall when we got him, there was no reactivity, even though he was exposed to one as a pup. He barks excessively at either just seeing the stationary mower and while it is moving.
This was cause for concern because it was obviously causing him stress. So I have started on a program to desensitize Ira from his fear of small moving objects/vehicles.
This was our first session.
I'm probably opening a can of worms with this video but no one every got anywhere by not speaking up. Fortune favours the bold, right?
If you have a larger dog, you might find that brushing him while he is standing still is much easier than any other way. You don't really have to bend down or sit on the floor and you can likely get a more even groom since you can reach both sides easily.
Also, when you sit on the floor to groom, sometimes stiffness sets in after a while and makes it difficult and possibly painful to get up ;-)
Using the stacking board method to teach your dog to stand still when being brushed should help you prevent these issues.
This is the second video in our recall training series. There is some incorrect information that gives dog people the idea that certain breeds can't be trained to come when called. I hope to dispel this myth with this video series.
Having a dog who barks at stuff is very frustrating and can be annoying. There is some help however. You can reduce and even stop reactive barking with some work using food rewards to train.
Often, dogs who react to things are worried or fearful about that thing. In order to change their mind and emotions around a particular trigger you need to do some work. When you change the dog's emotional reaction about a trigger, you reduce the reactivity.
We're working on everyone being calm when in the vehicle. It's more fun when dogs are relaxed during travelling, obviously, so I'm rewarding the dogs with canned wet food. This helps to create a positive association with being in the van AND rewards them for being calm at the same time.
This will also reduce barking at people outside the van as well which can sometimes be an issue ;-)
It is often difficult to figure out HOW train your dog to do certain things, especially in this world of so much information. Sometimes you just can't pick through everything or know that something you read is real or can really work with your dog.
Loose leash walking has become one of those things that many find it difficult to understand how to train. How can you train your dog to walk on a loose leash WITHOUT using corrective tools around the dogs neck??
The main things to remember are mentioned in the video below showing an 8 month old Kuvasz puppy walking nicely on loose leash. It really IS possible. You just have to do the training.
The title of this video is meant to be tongue in cheek, but the steps to training your dog to come when called in the video really work.
This new video series for our channel will show exactly how I train a dog to come when called with real training footage in a step by step manner - not trying to get a dog to do something that he hasn't been trained to do yet.
The series will follow Ira as he learns his recall. There are so many aspects to training a good recall that there may be many videos in this series.
Having an emergency recall on your dog is likely the best thing you can train your dog to do.
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.