For years, clients begged me to put out my own dog training videos. After I started South Bay K-9 Academy back in the mid-90′s, word started to spread, fast. Especially with the advent of the internet, I began getting calls from prospective clients in other states who would ask if I could come to their house and train their dog. I was flattered, but I’ve always hated traveling. If I’m going to travel, I prefer to stay there for at least several months like I did when I lived in Costa Rica, Read more [...]
Gidget, the Malinois puppy is now 10 1/2 weeks-old, or thereabout. In this video I explain why I’m switching foods and also show how I introduce a puppy to the down-position. This is her first time being placed into the down-position.
I found this in the garage, from a dog we had years ago– it’s called a boomer ball. It’s hard on the outside– virtually indestructible. It has a twist off cap, where you can open it and fill the inside with sand. The more sand you put in it, the more difficult it is for your dog to push– giving him a better workout. This toy is fantastic if you have a new puppy. Especially one like this, where there is no limit to the number of things you’ll need to keep her mind stimulated. You can find Read more [...]
This would screw up my puppy, if… I was a rank amateur. Fortunately, I know what I’m doing and the results will show it. In this video, I’m teaching “Gidget” the 10 week old Belgian Malinois puppy, the place command. In the beginning of this video, you’ll notice that I should have pulled the chair with the bowl of food on it, closer to the place board. It would have made things a lot easier and allowed me to grip the leash shorter. Or I could have used a painters apron (which you can buy at Home Read more [...]
Turn up your speakers! More an observation of behavior than a training video, per se. Puppy snoring… Too cute! Belgian Malinois puppy at 10 weeks of age.
Adam talks about when this Belgian Malinois puppy’s “prey drive” started to come out, and what that means for later training…
In episode 7 of the Puppy Training Diary, Adam introduces the puppy to the place board, which he’ll use later as a foundation training tool. Adam also demonstrates using meal time to get your puppy to form new associations to commands– in this case, the “Sit” command.
It would be easy to merely post videos when everthing goes right and the puppy behaves perfectly. Other trainers might be tempted to re-shoot this video when the puppy was calmer and more mellow. But this is a puppy training diary, not a propaganda film. Watch Adam get punked by this Belgian Malinois puppy and see what it’s like to deal with a high drive, high energy breed when they’re in a rambunctious state of mind.
This one thing makes training a puppy (the one in the video is my 9 week-old Belgian Malinois puppy) 1000X easier. A must-have for anybody wanting to maintain their sanity while raising a young puppy, the right way!
Adam reveals two quick tips for puppy crate training that make the first week with your puppy much, much easier.
Adam talks about how to socialize your new puppy to the outside world. In this video, he’s taking “Gidget” — his Belgian Malinois puppy for a ride in a shopping cart at his local big box pet store. Note: There is always a risk of parvo, before your pup has had all four rounds of shots. You’ll have to way the risks vs. the rewards. Some vets recommend not letting the puppy leave the house before four months of age, and I’m not in a position to say this is bad advice. You’ll have to make your own Read more [...]
It may seem obvious to some, but this video demonstrates an amazingly simply thing you can do to reduce housebreaking accidents by up to 90% during the first week after you’ve brought your puppy home.
This is the first episode of The Puppy Training Diary… where we’ve adopted Gidget– an 8 week old Belgian Malinois puppy, and we’re going to document every step of development, from puppy to adulthood using the same techniques I write about in my book– Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer– which you can download and start reading almost immediately, at DogProblems.com. The Belgian Malinois is one of the most high drive, high energy dogs you’ll find. And although there are breeds that would Read more [...]
Adam goes on a rant about common misunderstandings about dominance in dogs and how some prominent dog trainers are espousing views on dominant dog training without having a deep enough understanding about the nature of relationship-based training as it relates to dominance. From the lecture: Dominance In Dogs Today we’re going to be talking about dominant dogs. Specifically, we were listening to a lecture given by a fairly prominent dog trainer in the sport dog community, who, I have a lot Read more [...]
Here’s an example of why a balanced approach to dog training is the best way to go: Because it allows you to use the tool that best fits both your dog’s temperament and the behavior you’re trying to teach. In this video, I’m working on three issues: 1. Getting the dog to come in tighter, for the sit-front. 2. Once he shows me that he’s starting to understand that he should come in tighter– then I start getting a little more demanding by making him line up straighter. 3. Tightening up the heel Read more [...]
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
Dogzilla treat ball – $6 waste of money… right in the trash! How it’s supposed to work: Unscrew it and put the treats inside. Then, as the dog pushes it around the floor, treats will randomly drop out. How it really works: The dog easily pops it open and then eats all of the cookies. And then proceeds to destroy the toy.
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 Read more [...]
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 Read more [...]
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.
I found a high quality dog food — the lamb and rice Costco brand, surprisingly enough! And it’s very economically priced, too. (About $23 at the time of this video.) The only downside is that it gives the dogs bad breath. Watch this video to learn a cheap trick to help eliminate your dog’s bad breath.
Adam shows how to properly fit your dog’s prong training collar. (Also frequently called a “pinch collar”).
Adam answers some discussion forum questions about crate training a puppy.