This is a great article on using shock collars as a training aid
This is a great article on using shock collars as a training aid
The crate is an invaluable training tool. It will keep both your pup and your possessions safe while your dog is learning what is expected of him. Dogs are den animals so the environment that a crate creates is a comforting and cozy one. Crates are extremely beneficial while teaching your pup his house training skills; dogs are very clean animals and won’t soil where they sleep, so keeping his crate space small will help in house training. Your dog’s crate should be large enough for him to stand, turn around, and lie down in. Although your pup will grow into his crate, right now it is much too large for him. Make it more puppy friendly by decreasing some of the size. You can add a box in the back, and cover everything with a blanket. Make sure there are no gaps in the sides; you don’t want your pup to get stuck.
Your dog’s crate should be a warm safe spot that he has access to all the time. The crate should be kept close to the family activity, at least until he is comfortable being left alone with the door closed. If you can teach your pup that the crate is a great place to be, you will never have issues of him not wanting to go in. If you introduce your pup to the crate right away, chances are good that he will be happy to go in and use it. If he does go into it happily, tell him he is a good boy and give him a treat. Make it as comfortable as possible with blankets and a toy or two. When he shows complete comfort in the crate close the door, if he is still relaxed praise and/or treat and open the door. Increase the amount of time the door is closed, until you can close the door for twenty to thirty minutes at a time. This may go very quickly.
Next, you are going to want to teach him to be alone while he is in the crate. Once you can keep the door closed, you can start adding distance from the pup/dog. Close the door, and leave the room-just for a second- come back into the room and praise and treat if pup/dog is still calm and content. If he becomes upset, wait until he is once again calm before you praise, treat, and open the door. It is very important that you don’t let him out of the crate when he is making a fuss. * Increase the time that he can be in the crate while you are not in the room. If you have progressed slowly, and only moved to the next stage when your pup is ready, you should have eliminated any fears or concerns your pup had of being left alone in the crate. *
If your pup or dog does not accept the crate right away, you may have to train him to accept being in it. If he already has a negative association with being inside the crate, you will have to teach him that the crate is a GREAT place to be and not scary at all. You need to flip his association from a negative one to a positive one. You are going to use the clicker to re-teach him that the crate is great. Read or review the process in “Introduction to Clicker Training” before you begin.
To start with, leave the crate door open, anytime your dog interacts with the crate you are going to click and toss a treat (toss slightly away from the crate). Interaction means looking in the general direction of the crate, moving in the general direction of the crate, accidentally walking past or into the crate. At first, he will have no idea why you are clicking and treating, that’s o.k. – eventually he will learn that it is connected to the crate. If you have been clicking repeatedly for looking at the crate, you are going to raise the criterion for the click. Just looking at the crate will no longer earn a click. Your dog must do more, or have greater interaction with the crate to get the click and treat. He may take a step towards the crate, click for that. Keep clicking for a step until he takes that step then turns to look for his treat. If he is looking for the treat he has made the connection that a step towards the crate = a treat.
Once again you will raise the criterion, he needs to take two or more steps toward the crate to earn the click and treat. Then three steps, then moving his face or head closer to the crate, to putting one paw into the crate, sticking his head into the crate, two paws in, three paws in, his whole body in, etc. Once he is walking into the crate, you can start naming the behavior. After he goes in the crate, but before you click say ‘crate’ then click and toss the treat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Now ask him to go into his crate – if he goes in, click, and have a party! He has learned that when you say ‘crate’ he is to go into the crate.
Now you are going to want him to stay in the crate for longer periods before you click. So when he goes into the crate wait a second or two before you click. Slowly increase the amount of time before you click. When he is happy being in the crate for a few minutes, close the door-don’t latch it, just close it, click , open the door, and treat. Repeat that a few times, if he is calm with the door closing, try latching it-click, opening, and treating. Slowly increase the amount of time he can be calm with the door closed. Once you get to this point, you should be able to progress quickly. When he can be in the crate for long periods, 20-30 minutes, you are going to teach him to be alone in the crate (paragraphs with *). Your dog or pup should now be crate trained. He will go to his crate on request and be comfortable with the door closed and left alone for longer periods. Congratulations!
Running with your dog is great opportunity to bond, and share an activity that you both love. Your dog will burn off excess energy, and a tired dog is a good dog. To make running with your dog a success there are some things to do before you start. If your dog is a puller, you are going to want to teach some leash manners before you start running. As with walking your dog, running will be much more enjoyable and safe if you are in control.
Before you Start
Being in control means that you decide when, where and how fast you get somewhere, your dog follows your lead not the other way around.
Leash Manners to teach your dog before you start running:
Teaching the running rules to your dog should be done separately; set up training sessions to work specifically on the running rules. The concepts for teaching your dog the rules are relatively simple; it just takes consistency and repetition.
Obviously you can run with your dog using pretty much any leash and collar you want, but some equipment will make the run more enjoyable and safer for both you and your dog.
There are a lot of dog boots available. A good dog boot will protect your dog’s feet from the harsh summer heat, the freezing cold in the winter, and dangerous debris, such as sharp rocks and broken glass when you are running off road. If you choose to use boots, make sure they fit well and have good support.
Keep in mind:
As with people, some dogs just can’t handle strenuous physical exercise. Make sure your dog is able and willing before you take him/her out for a run. Just like with people you will need to build stamina and endurance in your dog. So start slowly, and don’t push your dog to do more then he can. If you take your time and do this right, you will have a willing and enthusiastic running companion for years to come.
Okay all you dog people out there, maybe you can help me with something. It has been brought to my attention that Clicker Training may have a bad reputation in Regina, so I would love to hear your thoughts on that. Both the good and the bad.
I personally don’t understand why anyone would choose a different method of training. Dogs are really very good at learning, especially when it makes their worlds better. Since they don’t come wired to understand our language, why not use a devise that simplifies the learning process for them.
Let’s say you were living in a world where everyone spoke a foreign language and exhibited counter intuitive behavior. How would you prefer to learn their rules? Would you want a teacher that just assumes you know what the rules are and gets mad when you don’t? or maybe one that just raises their voice and repeats themselves when you don’t do the right thing ?or would you like a teacher that communicates those rules in a way that you can understand and makes sense to you.
The clicker is the tool to help your dog learn your rules in a way that makes sense and is easy to understand. It speaks to them in a language that they CAN understand. When you eliminate the language barrier, learning is much faster and way less frustrating… for both you and your dog.