Adam shows you how to begin teaching the wrap finish. After watching this, I notice that the dog needs me to go back and spend more time clarifying where the front-sit position and the static-heel position is. I’ll make a video on how I do that, too.
Adam works on the down on recall exercise. After watching this, one of the “take aways” is that I should have done more repetitions where I was standing closer to the place-boardl
Adam demonstrates attention training around distractions — with a hyper boxer puppy as the distraction.
A couple of points about this video you wouldn’t know, just by watching it:
– The Golden Retriever was a dog we rescued from a veterinarian in Bogota, Colombia. He was so dog aggressive around other dogs (as well as pigeons!) that she couldn’t handle him. She couldn’t even take him for a walk!
– The boxer puppy is a dog we have never met before. The Golden Retriever is a bit nervous about the other dog– a stranger– being so close to him. This is an insecurity that will go away, as we do more repetition around similar types of distractions.
Our approach to dog training emphasizes actively seeking out and working your dog around distractions.
Adam explains attention training a dog around distractions (demonstration in part ii). Attention training is the foundation for all of your dog’s training, both for obedience and for problem solving. Without first getting and keeping your dog’s attention, you’re just talking to a wall. So, in order to make progress with almost any behavior we need to first get at least 51% of your dog’s attention on you rather than anything else he may be trying to focus on.
Attention Training A Dog Builds Trust And Leadership
I use an exercise called the “Attention Getter”. It teaches the dog that he must pay attention to you because you are unpredictable, and if he doesn’t watch you, you may suddenly take off running in the opposite direction and he’ll be left at the end of the leash. And that doesn’t feel good to the dog, whereas staying next to you wins him all of the love and praise in the world. Your dog isn’t stupid, and he’ll quickly learn to choose between the two outcomes: Feels great or feels uncomfortable (hitting the end of the leash when you’re no longer standing around like a tree in a predictable manner.
Soon, your dog will learn that the same lesson (outcome) applies to the world, even if you’re around distractions, such as other dogs, cats, kids, etc… He also learns that as long as he’s paying attention to you… nothing bad happens to him. This is part of the social contract between you and your dog: Your dog pays attention to you and in exchange you do not allow other dogs or kids or anything that might threaten him get in a position where they can hurt him. You do this by being a good, responsible dog owner. There are a lot of dangerous things out there in the world, and the more you dog learns that you will keep him safe, the more he’ll trust you and you will build leadership. With that leadership position, you’ll now be in a position to tell him to “do this” or “don’t do that” and your dog will respect you and respond to you.
Attention Training A Dog Around Distractions
After your dog understands the exercise, it’s time to introduce more and more distractions. This is where my approach to dog training differs from many others: I actively seek out things that might distract my dog, because that’s how you proof a dog to work around all type of environments and scenarios. In the video below I talk more about the theory behind attention training a dog (and in part II of attention training a dog you’ll see me actually attention training a dog around sitractions)
In sum, step one is to teach the dog the exercise in a low distraction environment. Step two is to practice in a variety of different place while step 3 is to proof the dog around as many types of distractions as you can find. Attention training a dog should be the first exercise you teach any dog four months of age or older.
Adam explains the four types of dog training corrections + Understanding how they relate to your dog’s play drive. This is a short mini-lecture to help you better understand the conceptual side of correcting your dog.
Adam demonstrates a “before” and “after” using the dynamic movement principle to increase a dog’s attention.
Adam G. Katz shows you a little more with Shorty, the rescue dog– on how we teach the “place” command– which is a basic building block for teaching more advance commands, later in the dog’s education
Adam G. Katz shows you the first step in training your dog to lay down on command.
Watch Adam show you the basics of the sit-stay command. This is Shorty’s 3rd training session, and we’re working on putting together the building blocks of his training foundation. (Apologies, as I lost audio narrative half way through).
Adam G. Katz demonstrates how to teach your dog to fetch, and explains the difference between the “play retrieve” and the “forced retrieve”.