Discover the secrets to effective & ongoing learning for your dog
Ongoing teaching is critical to your dog's brain health
Regarding the path you choose when it comes to training your dog, you have short-term training plan vs. long-term training plan to rectify canine behavioural issues.
Once your dog is assessed you will be equipped to make the correct training plan with a dog trainer. Keep in mind, dog training is never finished after just a few months. A dog’s brain is hungry, always hungry for more knowledge. The dog's brain wants to be fed new information and needs to stay healthy with new teachings.
Multiple phrases you can use when communicating with your dog
Something most dog owners don’t know, or, are aware of. You have a lot to give as brain food for your dog! Brain food is all about filling your dog's brain with more human phrases, hand signals and more.
Rocket’s vocabulary for a basic simple “sit” request – see below.
Told to sit – firm tone
Asked to sit – kind tone
Snap the fingers, she sits
Raise the hand gesture upwards, she sits
Asking - Hello, what are you to do?
Have a sit down please
Squaring off with body language
Squatting down and waiting, she knows this to be come to me and sit at my side
Raising my right arm up when crouched down this is sign language for her to tuck in under my arm.
This is an example of 9 separate ways I communicate with Rocket to sit. None of these require a dog treat, they do require positive reinforcement with physical touch. (Not food.)
This is a powerful example shared with you to see why ongoing teaching is important to your dog. Treat trainers have it all wrong when it comes to growing a dog’s brain and maintaining good brain health. Giving treats undermines the true ability of a dog’s powerful brain.
Vancouver dog training and group dog classes
Group dog classes are ideal at Hustle Up Dog Training Vancouver, clients have the control of the training budget suited for them. Completion of 14 mandatory classes, all clients receive, regardless of the duration it takes to complete. Once the classes have been attended to, the client has the option to continue training with drop in classes. This is cost effective, designed for the client at a discount rate with ongoing support.
Confusing myths in the dog training industry:
Dogs can’t learn after the age of 2 years
Pit Bulls can’t be trained until age 2
Both are incorrect and confusing.
If you hear the phrase that a dog trainer is an expert at training one breed and they claim to be the expert. Get far away from this con artist.
Here are a few questions I have for you to reflect upon:
What do I want my dog not to do? Examples: beg for food, jump up, bark.
What is my lifestyle going to look like if my dog is trained well vs. sad doggy in the window who has been treat induced and now has numerous behavioural issues.
How much money will it cost for a treat trained dog for training and bribing over 5 years? Probably, between $5,000. to $8,000 vs. Hustle Up Dog Training $0.00. Think of the trips to Mexico you could take saving this kind of money.
Recipe for a healthy dog brain include:
3-minute sit stay
Remove 20-minute walks, replace with urban agility outings
Coffee date with your dog
Sleepovers with dog friends
Raise the expectation
Eliminate using treats to bribe your dog
Go hiking and break trail
Don’t speak to your dog while out for a walk
Keep off all furniture
Teach to sit when snapping the fingers
About the Author
Written by Brad Pattison, Dog Behaviourist, Dog Trainer & Puppy Trainer
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