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Recall is an essential skill and the number 1 behavior I work on with my dogs.
When I first adopted Oakley, I wasn’t so sure he would ever be off leash reliable. He can be very impulsive, is very prey driven, and doesn’t always think about things before he does them.
Before adopting Oakley, I was aware that some dogs don’t have a natural tendency to stay close (like Tucker), but I hadn’t ever owned one before. I’ve trained hundreds and hundreds of dogs but he was *my* first real challenge when it came to off leash reliability.
Luckily as you’ve probably seen from my stories or even from this picture, I’m proud to say that we have achieved what I thought might be unachievable! Now I’m regularly helping others with those “difficult” dogs that might not have the natural tendency to stick with you. My biggest tip?
You can’t over reward a come!
Make yourself the reward and work on building a strong relationship with your dog.
How is your dog off leash? Would they be able to come away from a distraction like the one in the photo?
Teddy and Sunny complete their training program! These two pups couldn’t enjoy their walks - so many things made them uncomfortable and they in turn barked up a chorus! Well, now their owners know how to teach these pups to be calm and enjoy their walks without the neighborhood hearing them! 😊🐾 #positivereinforcement #forcefreetraining #dogs #dogtraining #gooddogs
So proud of my brave dude 👏 Leash walks on busy streets are still challenging for us, and we don’t do it often. But today we had to and he did so so great. As you can see I still use food, in fact, I use a lot of food. And if you have a fearful dog, you should too. Once upon a time a walk like this on a busy street (with lots of construction noise) in the middle of the day would be unfathomable, but here we are. There are days when this is still hard, and there are days when we turn around and go home. But there are also days like this, and they now far outnumber the bad ones. I’m convinced that life isn’t about big events, but small tiny everyday victories that must be recognized and celebrated, and celebrated, and celebrated. Today, we celebrate ❤️
#leashwalking #usefood #fearfuldogs #dogtraining #positivereinforcement #positivedogtraining #moderndogtraining #clickertraining #trainlikethis #forcefree #fearfree #forcefreetraining #forcefreedogtraining #dogsofinstagram
Dynamite’s first night with us. She really was uncomfortable being inside, she didn’t like the dogs coming near her in the casa, so we set her up a dog bed in the corner, it took hours for her to relax and fall asleep, when she fell asleep we fell asleep. After being diagnosed with heart worm knowing her treatment would take six months of bed rest I felt like she would never be ok being inside, with no walks, no playing with the others. She had to have a slip lead on her at all times cause she understandably wanted to pawty. More then any dog I’ve ever known she has taught me that evolving often happens slowly right in front of our hurried human eyes. Not only has she got use to being inside she prefers it, she is a great pack member and continues to grow and learn new behaviors, making those good life choices ❤️ Looking back the heart worms were a gift, it forced us to go slow and really bond with her, and making those positive associations with being inside. The shelter estimated her age at eight, so you most definitely can teach an older dog new paths. #rescuestrong #dogsmakemehappy #adoptdontshop #bepatient #staythecourse #nevergiveup #dogsareloyal #adogisagirlsbestfriend #dogsarefamily #happinessisadog #dogsofinstagram #forcefreetraining #pibblemix #bulldogmix #dogsaremytherapy #olddogscanlearnnewtricks
This is my friend Goose the eight-week-old Golden Retriever and, yup, he is exactly as adorable as this pic makes him out to be.
Graduation day went well for my Basic Obedience class! Look at them conquering this challenging “Stay”!.
Too often, “Stay” isn’t broken down in enough tiers for our dogs to truly understand it. I see parents telling their dogs to Stay, and then immediately increasing distance between themselves & their pups. And ultimately getting frustrated, because their dogs are constantly breaking it!.
Let’s think about why your pups are breaking “Stay”. Two extra elements came into the fray when you moved away: Duration & Distraction. You added time to their Stay when you stepped away. You also increased the distraction level of their Stay, by just moving in general!.
To give my pet parents a great Stay start, I start with DURATION! Can your pup literally stare at you for 30 seconds, without both of you moving? And then DISTRACTIONS! Can they handle any sound, movement, or anything else while you continue to stand near them, holding their Stay? And then even more DISTRACTIONS: can they handle you moving your arms a bit? A butt wiggle?.
Once allllll of that is conquered, THEN we can add you moving away: DISTANCE! Think to yourself, if my dog is doing REALLY well at it, how can I make it more challenging to really make sure he has it? More time? More distractions? Let’s figure it out 😉 #HappyTraining
Have been fighting off a chest #cold
this week (hence no posts) but this guy has been doing a #stellar
job of taking care of me. I mean, he can’t put on a #kettle
or bring me #chickennoodlesoup
, but he’s stayed right by my side and given allll the #cuddles
and let’s be real - #dogcuddles
can cure anything! (Let’s also be real that he’s patiently waiting for me to give him a longer #walk
and not one of these silly “to the tree” things 😂) Hope everyone is well and happy #friday
Instead of beginning to teach Bella a new trick, I’ve been working on improving her Spanish walk and classic bow. I would have never thought this stocky mare would be able to lift her legs so high in the Spanish walk😂 I can’t wait until we start doing it under saddle! When I first got her I thought she would just be a trail/pleasure horse, but now I’m thinking dressage would be so much fun with her😊
A bilaterally periostitis keeps me from going to the horses because I should walk as little as possible.. So they have a vacation (because normally they have to work SO HARD 😆) and you guys only get pictures from the past few months until I'm back in action. Hope you still enjoy them 😉
We gaan Lynn een weekje eerder halen! 😱 Nog 1 nachtje slapen. Ik kan echt niet wachten en vind het ook zo spannend. Mijn vader zou meegaan om haar op te halen volgende week maar heeft iets aan zijn knie en kan niet meer rijden. 😔 Toen moest ik ineens ander vervoer regelen. We konden gelukkig de vrachtwagen lenen van mijn schoonfamilie en mijn vriend gaat dan rijden. Hij vind het ook spannend want Lynn moet los staan. Maar ik weet zeker dat het goed komt. Er zijn maar een aantal mensen die ik zou vertrouwen met mijn kleine baby en hij staat zeker bovenin het rijtje! ❤
The rain never quit, neither did we! ☔🐾🌲
A Sabra Dog Training alumni family recently adopted Theo, the Great Pyranese mix.
"When we brought Theo home we realized how lucky we were- he loves to listen to rules and he plays nice with Lucille, they even share the same toys and beds without any issues! After having Theo for a couple of weeks we realized that walking was going to become a huge issue. Theo is a 70lb dog who loves to pull on his leash. When we would walk both dogs and encounter a cat or a squirrel, controlling the situation was an impossible mess. One of the dogs would spot something and start barking and within seconds both dogs would be barking and pulling me across the road on their leash and it was an extremely excalated inconvenient situation. We love walking our dogs but the way Theo behaved on walks made them tense and unenjoyable.
We asked Ayelet to come back and help us teach Theo to be less of a puller and less reactive during walks. With the help of a harness and some cheese, Theo's behavior was completely altered for the best! He now looks to us during walks for commands and he is no longer pulling!"
There’s no greater honor than when a cat that “doesn’t like strangers” wants to cuddle 😻