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Some one asked me yesterday, what is the best way to train your dog to come when called..so I thought I would share that with you today.

The easiest way I know of is to play hide and seek with your new puppy or dog.

There are many benefits to this method..

It engages your dogs prey drive and enhances your dogs attraction to you and other family members..which is important if you want your dog to come when called no matter what is going on to distract them..

It will help make you the most attractive thing in your dogs world..

Dogs love this game because they get to do what dogs love to do most..hunt, and in this game they will be hunting you.

This is the way I play this game with my dogs..

Now you can play inside or out.. I prefer outside if possible because dogs come alive outside.. and it helps to keep the inside of your home as a place for rest and relaxation..outside is where the action and high energy activities are done.

Find a spot on a trail where there are bushes to hide in..

have your dog on a long line ..approx 50 feet would suffice..

Have one of your kids or a friend take a tasty treat like a hot dog and while you hold the dog your kid or friend lets the dogs smell the treat and then run off down the trail..skipping running and calling with kissy sounds..

Then they jump off the trail at some point and hide.. don’t make it too hard at first..

Then they call the dog to come.. say the dog’s name loudly and call.. “Rover..Come!”.. then be quiet and still..

You then release the dog and he will take off down the trail..he will find the person..so don’t worry about that..when he does..give him the treat maybe two..and..praise him.. maybe tug a bit on a tug toy..but let him win..that is important when playing tug of war with your dog..

Repeat this game as much as possible over the next few weeks..and in no time your dog will come reliably when he hears his name ..

You will want to fade out the food rewards and replace them with your praise, or a good game of tug. Don’t forget to do this ..you don’t want your dog to become reliant on food.

If by chance your dog gets lost finding you..call his name again loudly he will soon sniff you out..

The person holding the leash should not get involved.. just follow the dog and keep the long line in reach so you can grab it if necessary..

End the game when your dog still wants to play..this will build enthusiasm for the next time he plays.. playing this game really gets to the core of your dogs nature..his prey drive.. now go have some fun with your dog.

If you have questions or just want to chat be sure to get in touch with me.. I would love hearing from you..

Harley

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alpha roll

 

 

 

 

You’ve read many dog training books and a lot of them tell you that in order for you to control
your dogs behavior you must be physically forceful with them…. WRONG!

Science has proven that using force is definitely not the right way to treat your best friend.

The Best Way To Discipline Your Dog

You want to discipline your dog but you are really confused about what to do. You know you have to
do something to let your dog know that what he is doing is wrong..but what?

I like to teach my dogs how to think for themselves, by providing consistent positive guidance and
letting my dogs have choices and the freedom to express their emotion….to put it simply.. show
them the way to good behavior.

Never and I mean NEVER..kick,hit,yell,poke or roll your dog on it’s back or side and hold them
down until they stop moving…just so you can feel like you have shown them that you are the boss.

This will only ruin your dogs trust in you and in most cases make the problem even worse, using
force will only make your dog shut down, and maybe even become dangerous because some dogs will
react in a negative way to being punished in this fashion.. in other words..violence begets
violence.

I discipline my dog’s using the “behavioral interuptus” method..I coined that phrase just now..I
use my voice to re-direct my dogs onto the appropriate behavior. I also use time outs where I
remove the dog for a short period of time to allow them to regain composure and them re-introduce
them to the task at hand..and sometimes I just ignore the behavior.

This is the only kind of discipline you will ever need to lovingly guide your dog onto good behavior.

The size or age of your dog does not matter, or if you are training for basic obedience or rehabilitating
red-zone dogs who have a history of aggression.

One of the biggest mis-conceptions about dogs is that they are out to take over your house.

That everything they do is a direct challenge to your dominance..and because they are
behaving badly they are trying to be the alpha, the boss, the big cheese..Nonsense.

Your dog doesn’t get up everyday and plot with the family cat…ways to take over the
world..no..they are just trying to figure out how to cope and live in a domesticated world that we
brought them into..and it’s our job to teach them how to cope.

One form of discipline that you might have heard about that is really very destructive.. but people
think it works because that’s what they were told..it’s called the alpha roll over, or flooding.

This is an outdated theory that tells you to toss your dog on it’s back or side and hold it there
until it becomes submissive or stops moving..actually your dog is not calming down, even though it
may look like it.. in fact your dog is shutting down.

This is a instinctual survival behavior that dogs will do in order to get the threat to go away..

If you could see the dogs stress levels you would discover that they are through the roof..and in this moment your dog is not learning anything.. it is just hoping you will go away.

What you have effectively done is to show the dog that you are a bully, that you are the violent one,
and if your dog was already insecure..the stress you put on the dog will surely make matters much
worse.

Use discipline wisely..guide your dogs to help them make the best choices..instead of making them
afraid of you.

Harley

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I try to provide the best information and dog training tips to help you get the training results you want with as little fuss as possible. This tip that I will share with you today is one best dog training tips I can offer.

Let me ask you a question.

If you give your dog a command are you sure he will obey?

If you answered no, then my response is why bother to ask your dog to do something if you are not confident in his ability to complete the task. This is counter productive and quite frankly a waste of your time, not to mention very confusing to your dog.

If your dog is not properly trained to do as you ask without fail, then there are some steps you can take to make sure you are setting your dog up for success and not failure.

Take this scenario for example

You let your dog out in the morning to pee and roam around the back yard off leash while you get your coffee and prepare to get to work. It’s five minutes before you have to leave so you call your dog to come, and he just ignores you and continues to sniff the ground and do doggie stuff.

What can you do?

There are a couple of things you could do instead of continue to yell and get more frustrated, only to have your dog try harder to keep away from you.

1. Grab a high value food reward such as chicken, beef, hot dog, or cheese. Walk calmly over to your dog and let him smell it. Even if you have to stick the treat right under his nose to get him to notice it, call him to come,then just as calmly walk back to the house.

99 dogs out of 100 will follow you.

With time your dog will learn that it is in his best interest to come when you call.

2. Put a long lead on your dog and if they refuse to come when called, gently reel them in, and give a reward when they get to you.

Training your dog to obey your commands without fail is something you have to work for, you need to be prepared to take baby steps and put in the hard work to win the prize.

Set your dog up to succeed

In order for your dog to succeed you must make it as easy as possible. There are keys to successful training, and here are a couple of them.

1. Motivation…Your dog must be motivated to do the task at hand. For example,. if your dog is hungry then he will be very motivated to work for his lunch, so training before meals will increase the likelihood of having a compliant dog.

If you find your dog is not fussy about his dry kibble as a reward, and is only half arsing his way through, then try using a piece of sausage now and again and see the difference in your dogs attention levels and eagerness to perform.

2. Take control of your dogs environment… there are many ways to use the environment to help aid you and ensure your dog will succeed. For example,.. if your puppy likes to chew things, then make sure there are only chew appropriate toys available in your puppy’s environment.

Put you valuables away until you are sure he is trained on what’s off-limits. You can always put them back in time.

If he has accidents on the floor, use a crate to train him on where and when he can do his business.

When you always set your dog up to succeed your training will be more effective and enjoyable, for both you and your dog.

When your dog succeeds, you succeed. That is the best dog training tip I can offer.

That’s all for today,

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Good luck, and good training

Harley