This is Rita after her very first e-collar training with me. I thought really long about this and watched several videos before deciding. Rita has a very strong "intruder button" and when it goes off, she barks and chases after people. This is the worst on the beach. There is no breaking through to her when she is in intruder mode, until now. Working on recall with collar, she is already so much more responsive to "Come!" And I already feel so much more confident in having her off leash around people, after one long fun session today. I'm really happy with my choice and I think she enjoys being able to focus and train outside.
Dogs were not designed to live in a human society. They have behaviors they understand and instincts that protect them, but both of those things do little to help them navigate a world that does not share said behaviors and instincts.
More often than not, our dogs are confused, fearful, anxious, aggressive, or simply overstimulated when trying to adapt to our lifestyles. And more often than not, we say things like, "The dog gets too crazy on the walk, so we don't walk him anymore." We don't need to close our dogs off from the world to help them make better decisions. We need to take them into the world and coach them through all the things they struggle with. Teach them to walk politely on leash. Teach them to be relaxed around people and dogs. Teach them to be comfortable with various sounds and textures. And most importantly, give them ample time to observe.
Gen and Lumen do pretty well with the above mentioned distractions, but no different than learning a language, we need to speak it every now and then to make sure we don't forget.
Slow things down, take time with your dogs, and just let them be part of our crazy lifestyles. They will learn to adapt.
The long duration down/stay (or use the place command) during meal preparations and supper time and visits...
Huey Lewis and I enjoyed a visit and BBQ supper with my nieces and in-laws this evening yum!!! While we all buzzed around visiting, snacking, and getting things ready for supper, Huey held a nice down/stay and calmly observed all the commotion. When a dog has a job to do, like holding a command, they can focus on the task and relax. And when a dog is in the down/stay or place command they are staying put, not jumping, not stealing food, not chasing the kids nor otherwise getting themselves into mischief 😜. To help Huey feel comfortable, I positioned him off to the side and in a quiet corner so that he had some undisturbed space of his own. You’ll see in the video about 30 minutes out of our busy evening and Huey rocks his down/stay the entire time! This is a really tough challenge for Huey with all the hustle and bustle, kids playing and food everywhere... I’m so proud of you little buddy!!! 💜❤️🌟
Dog Reactivity! Does your dog erupt on walks when reacting to other dogs, or people, or bicycles, etc? There are signs you can look for to be proactive in those situations. What full video on Facebook.
This Full Length Video Is On Our Website. In All Honesty, This Is The Very First Time Actually Speaking To A Camera Like This. It May Be On The Slow Side But I Had No Plan What So Ever For The Video, I Just Knew I Needed To Try Speaking In Front Of The Camera. I Told Myself I Didn’t Have To Use It Or Anything And That It Would Just Be For Me To Watch. With That Mindset, I Just Ended Up Talking To The Camera For 15 Minutes! Sharing What I Believe. This Video Is Still On Our Website.
Saige’s Way Dog Training went out of town this weekend to visit a friend and we got the pleasure of working with Mr Oden the American Pitt Bull Terrier mix. Oden had lots of unmanageable energy so he was not able to go out with his owners for public outings.
Earlier this afternoon we worked on leash manners and reactivity and this evening we went to the Christmas parade in downtown Fredericksburg and he did outstanding!! We had lots of fun working with Oden and he received lots of attention and praise! Great job Oden! 📸: @doglifekaito