We train in our kitchen. Lots of treats and praise. We train in the living room. Low distractions. Lots of treats & praise. We train at the training facility. Lots of treats. When to take the next step?
What is the next step? Whatever the next step. It needs to be a short step. There is a saying: Be a slicer not a lumper. That goes for adding distractions. Where do you go? Park? The front porch? The training facility with other dogs, maybe a show n go?
When we train our dogs, we owe them the benefit of moving slowly through distractions so that they can be successful.
Choose the distractions that you believe your dog can handle. Would you bet me 50.00 dollars that your dog can do 3 obedience behaviors while being 50 feet from another dog? 25 ft. from another dog. 5 feet from another person?
Taking a few minutes to plan your training sessions can help your dog be successful. And isn’t that what we all want?
When Tipper, my Schipperke, was less than a year old, we took him on a trip. At every rest stop and night time stops, I took him out on leash with my older Schipperke, Andy. As we walked, I would say: Stop. They would stop, I would walk up to where they were and give them a treat. Sometimes, instead of a treat, I would just say, ok, let’s go. We probably did that exercise 5 or 6 times as we walked. And being a pup, I took Tip out 5 -7 times every day.
One night, I accidently dropped Tip’s leash. He started for the Expressway, not very far away. I said – Stop. And he stopped. I picked up the leash and said: let’s go get treats! It took awhile for my heart beat to slow down, but Tipper did what we had practiced. Those short training sessions saved Tip’s life. I hope you can find time to add in short training sessions for your dog. One or two minutes, 3 – 5 times a day. See what your dog can learn.
We offer puppy classes and Obedience classes for all ages. One of my assistants just brought home a puppy. A sponge. That is what a puppy is. A sponge. They soak up everything. 24 hours a day they are learning. There is no down time. You may think you are only training at a certain time each day or in a class once a week…but your puppy is learning all kinds of things and you need to be aware of what you are teaching your puppy whether you mean to be or not!
The best thing you can do for your new pup is find a trainer you like and take classes. Learn everything you can. Your puppy is learning everything he can and your pup wants to learn.