He’s so sleepy but he always wants to stay awake when I’m down here. He’s my good boy. I’m happy he chose me to bring him into our family. They aren’t just pets at a store. Their potential family members waiting for the right one to come through the doors. #mansbestfriend#longislanddogs#dogsofinstagram
Daily Training Tip #16
Don't keep your dog in kindergarten.
Kindergarten is the learning stage when we make it all nice and easy for the dog to learn. We do tons of repetitions and make sure they fully understand what we are teaching them. Once they truly know the command then it's time to hold them accountable for breaking the command or for blowing you off. If you dont hold the dog accountable by sharing proper consequence you are keeping the dog in that learning stage for ever. It would be like teaching a 25 year old nothing but the ABC over and over again. He will never be ready for life and the real world.
We should always be challenging our dogs obviously at levels they can handle but always striving for them to get better and better. By holding them accountable we are preparing them for real life scenarios so that they can do more things with us and we can enjoy their company a whole lot more.
It is a disservice to the dog to not share the proper consequence for non compliance or for blowing us off and it is a disservice to ourselves because after all we want to enjoy our dogs not be frustrated with them all the time.
So today Ziggy learned to down with prong collar pressure. The way this works is pressure is applied in a downward direction while saying the word "down". Once his belly is on the floor the pressure is released and I mark with good. Ziggy struggled a lot to go down on the floor so I decided to work with him on a place cot. Once on the cot he took to it beautifully and was downing like a pro. When teaching something new I try to make it as easy as possible for the dog to understand what I want. Once he got it down pat I moved him back to the floor where he was now comfortable with going down as he knew what I wanted of him.
Remember to work them through the struggle in a calm relaxed fashion or the dog will never learn simple things like how to lay down.
Happy training! 🐶🐶🐶