Lets get off the floor

A little recap of the previous events. Sit: Start by scooping the pups back legs out from under to assist it to sit, move on to luring with a treat and reinforcing with a lift on the collar. Down: Start by lifting the front elbows and lowering the pup to a down...

The Stand Command

We have the pup Sitting and Downing now.  Make sure that you continue to provide liberal treats at this point.  Later we will fade the treats out when the behavior is solid but for now keep up the rewards. There is one other move that the pup needs to know.  The Stand...

Moving past molding

By now your pup understands that sit means to put its butt down on the floor and is starting to get the idea that down means to lay down on the floor.  So what’s next do we need to do this for the rest of your life? Now begins collar work.  First we are going to...

Molding the Down Command

The sit command is getting better if you have been practicing, Now, the pup is starting to understand that sit means to drop that backside to the ground. I’m sure at this point you get the occasional “hunh” from the pup. Be patient, repeat the...

What is molding and why should I start with this

I referred to molding in my last post. We use this to give the puppy the correct idea so that we can add a command to the behavior. How do you do this? Well lets take the sit behavior. To get a dog to sit, with it standing and holding the collar with your Right hand...

Puppy Class

Well, the puppy class is pretty large this time. Seems one of the local German Shepard Dogs had a litter. So we have 3 pups from that litter, 2 other GSD from another litter a lovely little Golden retriever, a Pug and a Schitzu. Its gonna be a fun class. Our first...