Dog training tips to help you achieve best results
Keep in mind the examples below are only successful when you do not use food as a reward. These dogs show you what a trained dog can do when they are bonded to you. The amount of fun involved is immeasurable. From exploring your own backyard to road trips, count your dog in to be a part of all your explorations. This is dog training made simple. No secrets or magical spells, no food rewards, no silly gimmick or training fads. This is the real deal when it comes down to what dog training results should look like. Here is more proof all dog trainers are not the same. In Vancouver, B.C., these types of dog training results are available to you.
Camping with Dogs
Road tripping with your dog is nothing like an Instagram post, but it’s close. Here is an example of a couple of well-trained dogs at a campsite in southern California. The fun part about having a dog or dogs off-leash trained, and have the dogs taught about perimeter training, the dogs will not wander off, that means they won’t adventure off from your camp site.
*Lessons taught to achieve this result are Stay close, Perimeter training, Watch the campsite, Patience training, Relax Who’s there?
Teaching your dog manners for a restaurant patio
Here we have a request named “Go to your parlour” or “Go to your man cave.” This request was designed for the dog or dogs, in this case, to be under the table so a server will not trip on the dog while they carry drinks or food. Another benefit with this type of request is the dogs have a safe place to lay down and fall asleep. No leashes or collars are on either dog. You may be curious as to why are the dogs not begging or searching for food. The quick and dirty answer is that they never had food as a reward. Reward was a firm pat and verbal praise, therefore they don’t crave it and search for the food on the ground. Food becomes an addiction and addictions are harmful. And then the addiction eventually will need to be trained out of the dog.
*Lessons taught to achieve this result are Patience training, Go to your parlour, & Stay.
Sit and Stay Photo Op
We all love taking pics of our dogs and sometimes the dogs like it and sometimes they are embarrassed. I have included a couple of sit stay examples so I could capture beautiful photos. In this case Bodhi was in a sit for well over 5 minutes. Patience training combined with a sit request made these photos possible. Again, this is achievable without the use of treats. Praising the dog with scrunches goes a long, long way in the happiness between you and your dog.
*Lessons taught to achieve this result are Patience training, Sit, & Stay.
Enjoying a night out at art galleries with your dogs
I quite like this next example of what you can achieve when you have dogs who will listen without worry and concern. Enjoying a night out viewing art galleries and shops. A simple request to ask the dogs to hangout on a bench while browsing an art show. This requires a dog to learn to stay, sit or down, patience training and teach the dogs not to have separation anxiety which is part of confidence training.
*Lessons taught to achieve this result are Wait there, Go to the bench, & Patience training.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome in more places
A behaved dog has more privileges, is invited inside instead of outside. And adored by many. Inside an art Gallery Rocket and Bodhi acted very mature, responsible and respectful to the art gallery setting. Off leash again and disturbing no one. This is possible for every breed of dog. Your dog can achieve this with the right type of training. As they sit and wait, you will see Bodhi using his ears in one direction and his eyes in another. This is a dog using multiple senses to understand and pay attention to the surroundings. They are both in a wait position. Meaning if a person was to need them to move they would move out of the way and resettle. Wait request means to stay in the area but use your own head to figure out where you need to move too. This is a very handy and useful request for the dog to learn so the dog understands responsibility and manners.
*Lessons taught to achieve this result are Wait there, Watch the gallery, & Patience training.
Heading to the local dog-friendly micro-brewery with your canine in tow
I love a great beer especially if it’s a quality Micro-brew. Alvarado Street Brewery serves up a spectacular beer. The memory behind this picture is a combination of the beer and my dog Rocket chillaxing in the brewery. Rocket enjoying the sights and sounds, relaxed and comfortable being in her own coat. No fear, no anxiety no problems. The luxuries of living life with a dog so well trained, that most people cannot believe. Her great manners puts a smile on my face, especially when 14 people enjoyed stopping to pet her and compliment her wonderful manners.
*Lessons taught to achieve this result are Wait there, Relax, Patience training, and Calm-Cool-Collected.
In these photos Rocket is only 2 years of age. Yes, 2 years of age, Bodhi 2.5 years of age. You can have a dog this well behaved. To enquire about my fun style of training drop me an email. I offer video conference long-distance dog training, group and private dog classes.
Written by Brad Pattison, Dog Behaviourist, Vancouver Dog Trainer & Puppy Trainer
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