After graduation from basic skills, You are ready to join our member training program. You and your dog have learned many new skills, but now, practice is needed to make them permanent and reliable.
While some members are serious trainers with goals of earning titles and showing their dogs, Many just want a pet that they can rely on.
Whichever you are, there is a place for you.
Two things to think about;
1. Have you cleaned up well from the last accident? if you leave scent behind, dogs are likely to repeat (make sure there is no ammonia in your product).
2. Are you consistent in your timing. Both feeding and walking. Free Feeding (bowl of food down, eat when you feel like it) leads to needing to potty whenever. There is a direct link between eating and potty time. Control one you should have control of the other.
A thought: Don't have time for an extra walk? Clean-up takes longer!
Worried about car sickness?
Acclimate your dog to the car. Lots of very short rides to a fun place. Down the block to a park or just down the block to a walk. He needs to learn to look out the window to avoid nausea.
Sometimes, for very fearful dogs, feeding them their dinner in the car - first with the car turned off then later with the car running helps them over come their issues.
Try a filled (not much) kong type toy. Smear peanut butter on the interior and let him have it in the car with the car parked in your driveway. Eventually, Move the car just to a new parking spot while he is chewing. And, when that doesn't stop him from chewing, drive a little further.
Your vet may recommend an anti nausea pill.
Does your dog jump on you and your guests?
Keep in mind, dogs do what pays off. So somehow, jumping up is paying off for your dog. Is he getting attention for jumping up? Is he not getting attention when he isn't jumping up? Often pet owners think scolding a dog for jumping up should teach them not to jump when, in reality, the dog wants that owner eye contact and direct interaction. Think through what your dog is getting out of this unwanted behavior and how you might give him what he wants for not jumping.
What is a lure, a bribe & a reward?
By Linda Gantert, BCDTC member
What is a Lure??
A lure — food or a toy — is presented BEFORE a desired
behavior specifically to entice the dog to perform the required response voluntarily and on cue. When luring dogs, it is taken for granted that the dog would gladly do what we want if only he knew what we wanted him to do. Luring specifically teaches the dog what response is required for each command. Luring teaches the meaning of the commands. Without the use of lures, the dog may be perfectly willing & eager to please but has no idea what we want him to do, like asking a novice dog to sit for example. In fact, the dog may have no idea that we want him to do anything at all.
What is a Reward?
Rewards are given to the dog AFTER the desired response to reinforce the immediately preceding appropriate behavior so it is more likely to occur again in the future. The dog’s favorite treat, toys, games, activities & of course, affection may all be used effectively. Additionally, praise is a great reward since it can be used at almost any time & in any scenario; like the dog is some distance away.
What is a Bribe?
A bribe, again food or a toy, is offered or promised before a required behavior in an attempt to coerce the dog to perform the specific command. But some dogs may accept the bribe but then still refuse to do what the trainer wants. Other dogs may comply if a bribe is in the offering but otherwise refuse. Not only is bribery ineffective but it may create training problems. Bribe-contingent reliability is the most common problem created not only by dog trainers but parents & politicians as well.