His owners contacted me for training prior to his coming into their lives.We did puppy training with him when he was 10 weeks old - this is a 3 week course.@ the age of 18 weeks old his owners enrolled Cisco in the in home Board and Train programWhat you see in this video is Cisco at work when we are aproximately 1/2 way through his training.
In this video the dog’s owner is just learning to handle his newly trained dog
Mike Sent his dog Marcus to me for training. Marcus is a young German Shepherd and Mike enriolled him in the Board and Train program.Many people worry that if their dog is trained by someone else that they will not learn what they need to know in order to maintain the training ro that the dog will nto listen to them.While this can be true - it isnt the case here - and not with the way I do things.
I see my job here as two halves:1) Train the dog.2)Educate theo wner so that the human end of the equation understands how to maintain the training the dog has received.
Marcus is trained both on and of leash. This means that Mike can trust his dog to obey him and to be responsive with or without a leash on and that means more freedom for Marcus and more peace of mind for Mike.
Notice how Marcus keeps his eyes and focus on Mike the entire time they are working. He is present and happy to work with his person. True dog training builds teamwork and a good relationship.
The program is 3 weeks from start to stop and once complete we go through the transfer process. There is also a follow up lesson to be used whenever Mike would like to review things with me and there is unlimited lifetime support. The system is built for Mike and Marcus to be successful.
Having a dog who pulls on leash, barks and growls at and will possibly bite other dogs makes going outside with a dog highly stressful for the owners and dogs alike.
Molly used to react very strongly to other dogs on her walks - as you will hear her owner Pam mention in this video - even dogs behind a fence would elicit a strong reaction from Molly.Pam knw there had to be a better way to get Molly to focus and calm down and contacted me for help .She enrolled in an in home program that consists of 6 lessons. Here we are in lesson 4 in this video and it is our first time working with Molly around other dogs. At this point Molly has the skills needed to control herself and it is more about teaching the human part of the equation how to properly handle the dog.
Beryl - is a standard Poodle and she is just the dog I wanted to use to bug Molly. Beryl is friendly and pushy and I allow her to constantly invade Molly’s space during her lesson. Molly reacts strongly - and Pam hesitates for just a second. Once pam remebers to keep walking and gives Molly the heel command - things smooth out. The second time we do this Molly’s reaction is much less intense. After that it was smooth sailing and Molly just ignored Beryl for the rest of our lesson despite Beryl being a complete pest (Thanks Beryl!).
This type of training is about much more than teaching a dog the meaning of the words heel or leave it. It is about an emotional state that we are trying to acheive. A sense of well being and calmness. Think of it like yoga for dogs who stress out too easily.
Teaching a dog like Molly to trust her owner and the training process means that Molly will feel comfortable while working and trust that nothing bad will happen to her in training and also out on her walks - resulting in a calmer, less defensive, less reactive dog. The less she reacts - the less stressfull each subseuquent walk is for her and this new energy just keeps feeding itself. Take a look at Molly’s body language and how relaxed her face and tail are while she is working.
A dog has a right to excercise it’s options! At times during the lesson Molly, who normally heels on the left even switches over to the right all on her own when passing by Beryl - in order to avoid coming too close to her. This was all Molly’s idea and one that we often see in training when the dog understands they dont have to react anymore to the dog/cat/squirrel/person like they used to in their past life. New patterns
can be a lot of fun and we like to bring our English Bulldog Clara Hughes with us as often as possible.
Since we live in the country - there is a certain amount of adaptation that she has to make each time we venture to an urban environment.For instance -the only green space near our hotel on this recent trip was several blocks away. So I taught Clara to go on the road near the sewer for our mutual convenience.
The crowds are intense and a dog needs to feel comfortable walking through them - especially when low to the ground like a bulldog. Feet and bags are constantly in her face.Clara enjoys socializing with new people and makes friends wherever she goes.
Every dog likes a treat. We’d go for a walk - I would grab a coffee and a hotdog for Clara.
Clara doesn't use a cage at home - but when travelling we bring it with us.It allows her to feel at home wherever we are and she hops in on command as in the video - when loading out from the hotel into the van.
Small dogs should be trained just like their large counterparts - here is Mali showing us how it can be done.Mali is a Pomeranian - a breed I hold near and dear to my heart.
As a little kid - I used to take care of a poneranian for an elderly woman who lived in our building who couldn’t get out to walk her very much. She eventually gave me the dog - but that didnt last very long as I returned home from pre school one day to find my parents gave her away. Call it arrested development - but I have always had a soft spot for the breed since that day as a 5 year old kid when returned home to find I no longer had my little best buddy.
On to Mali - she is full of challenges for her owner - a lot of it is centered around mali not being able to contain herself when she is excited - so most of our training has been centered around getting her amped up and forcing her to learn to manage her emotions.
Here she is working on her heel and place commands and doing great despite the high level of excitement I am throwing at her.
Like many dogs that I work with - Mali has already had some formal traiing but as her owner found out - it simply was not enough. The level and quality of the training left her wanting more from her dog. I am glad she sought me out becasue it has been a great to train Mali.
Milo is a great example of what can be done with little dogs in training.He is full of character and is showing it off here - working both on and off leash after only a week of training.
I love how he bounces up and down in his heel - showing how happy he is to be working.It is very interesting to note that up until a week ago Milo would not want to go out for a walk and hated being out on a leash. Now he can heel both with and without a leash!
Look for more videos of Milo and other little dogs at work - coming soon!
They absorb information quickly and tend to retain well - given the right instruction.Take Amber as an example - here she is after one week of training and she is fully trained on and off leash. A couple of clips here demonstrate some of what she has learned.
Going for a stroll with your dog is much easier when these commands are firmly in place.
Amber is trained to respond both with and without a leash - this makes living with her much easier and much safer for everyone.
Especially at dinner time or when you just need your dog to settle down in one spot for a while.Amber is happy to demonstrate this one since she is always tired at the end of of a training session.