Friday, August 18, 2017

Come when Called, Part Two


Come When Called, Part Two



Come when Called:
We now add all 3 Steps to Come when Called.
1.  Say the dog’s name, and Come.  ONE TIME ONLY.
2.  Have a party.
3.  Lure the dog back to you.

The reason we have 3 steps is, we start with step one, if that doesn’t work, we try step 2, if that doesn’t work, we go to step 3.  Properly practicing the steps and following the rules to Come when Called will help you build a reliable recall.  This is one of the most important things you can teach your dog.  As your dog improves, you must practice by slowly increasing distance, then adding distractions. 

The Rules:
1.  Always have a leash (or fenced-in area).
2.  When you say come, you have to see it/ make it happen.
3.  NEVER punish a dog for coming to you.

When teaching your dog "Come when Called" it is helpful to play a game that we call Puppy Ping Pong.  For this game you need at least two people and one dog.  The main part of this game is to practice the Come command.  Always reward when your dog comes to you, then practice one or two other commands, such as sit, down, look, or any tricks you may be teaching your dog.  Then the next person will call the dog.  Start off about 10 feet away from each other.  As the dog improves, start moving further away and then around obstacles like a wall or tree so that you are out of sight and the dog has to find you.  It is important that if it is not your turn to call and interact with the dog, that you ignore the dog.  It will much harder for the dog to run to the other person if you are looking at them, smiling, or otherwise engaging the dog.  Communicate with your partner during this game so they know when it is their turn to call the dog.


Related Blog articles:
Come when Called, Part One




Friday, August 11, 2017

Playtime with Caravaggio & Ahsoka




Today's video:
A little bit of fun playtime featuring Caravaggio & Devo.  

Caravaggio is our Great Dane/ German Shepherd/ Black Lab mix; he is 9 and a half years old.  He's still doing well but he is getting older and starting to slow down.  We are slowly easing him into retirement.  He still is one of the best dogs I've ever had to help teach a new puppy.  It took him a few days to warm up to the idea that this new puppy was here to stay, but he did.  This is a quick video I caught of them having some fun.  It is important for a puppy to learn to play with dogs of all shapes and sizes.  

Ahsoka is our new puppy.  We adopted her last week.  She is a Lab mix, and now about 10 weeks old.  She was only 9 pounds when we adopted her but she is growing fast.  She will be trained in all the dog basics of course, but will also become my new main working dog (as we retire Caravaggio).  All of my dogs over the years assist me in training and socialization activities with Such Good Dogs.  They are all well versed in what to do or not do around dogs with a variety of behavioral issues.  Each of my dogs also has something in particular that they are best at.  Caravaggio was best at helping assist me in training with aggressive dogs.  He has done amazing over the years at listening to me while not reacting to the other dog's bad behaviors.  I am hopeful that Ahsoka will be able to take his place as my main training dog.  At least, that's the plan.

Devo is also used in training but somewhat less often.  He is social but does not care to play for very long with other dogs.  He prefers the company and love of humans most of the time.  However he is still useful in many situations.  Because of his aloofness and small size, I do not feel he can be my "main" dog used for training.  He's more like our little princess.







Thursday, August 10, 2017

Come When Called, Part One



Teaching your dog:  Come when Called
Featuring:  Ahsoka (our 10-week-old Lab mix puppy).


Come when Called:
The Rules:
1.  Always have a leash (or fenced-in area).
2.  When you say come, you have to see it happen.
3.  NEVER punish a dog for coming to you.

The Steps:
  1. Say the dog’s name, and Come.  ONE TIME ONLY.
  2. Have a party.
  3. Lure the dog back to you.


When first teaching a dog Come when called, we start with step 1 & 3.  Standing directly in front of the dog (No distance), put the treat in the dog’s nose, say the dog’s name and Come (one time), then quickly back up a few steps.  When the dog follows, stop, say “Good!” and give the treat.


Related blog articles:
Come when called, Part Two




Friday, August 4, 2017

Puppy Supply Checklist



Today's Video:
What should you have for a new puppy or dog in your home?  Here is your...

Puppy Supply Checklist


There are many things to consider when bringing a new puppy or dog into your household.  Please take your time when choosing to add to your family.  Adopting a new animal into your home should be a decision for a lifetime.  That means you will care for that animal for its entire life.  That could be 10-20 years or more depending on the animal.  Please be responsible and respectful when making your decision.










Thursday, August 3, 2017

Meet Ahsoka



Meet our new puppy:  Ahsoka.

She is a Lab mix, currently 9 weeks old and 9 pounds.  
We adopted her from Maui Humane Society.

We are very excited to add a new member to our family.  You will be seeing many future training videos featuring our little girl Ahsoka.