First, teach ‘sit’ or ‘down’. Then work on having the dog stay in this position for a few seconds before giving the reward. As he waits say “Stay”. Gradually increase the time he stays sitting, until he can do this for a full minute. Then take one step away and then return to his side and reward him. Slowly build up the distance separating you in order to strengthen the stay.
The young pup looks to you for guidance. Never punish him either physically or with a harsh scolding as this will make him fearful of you. Old-fashioned training methods relied on dominating the dog, but we now know dogs trained this way obeyed out of fear rather than thinking through what’s wanted and obeying to please you.
Matt is not the most popular kid in school. His back-to-the-land parents think it’s great to live without indoor plumbing and electricity; and the wood stove at home has led to him being called “Smokey” at school. His worst school problem, though, is math. Matt is athletic and likes to work with his hands, the type of skills his school tends to ignore. If he can’t bring up his math grade with an extra-credit project, he may end up in the remedial math class, something he dreads.
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I am writing this letter to let you know what a great trainer you have in Tom Mancuso here in the Kansas City area. He has worked with our dog Trapper for 2 sessions now and has done wonders with him. We felt that our dog would never listen to us and be to excited to have company over. Never in my life would I have thought that my dog could do what he is doing now with such little time of training. Mr. Mancuso has been very professional and courteous on every appointment and seems to genuinely care about the progress of Trappers training. I have told everyone that I know who owns a dog about Sit Means Sit and will continue to do so. Keep up the great work.
My husband and I highly recommend Training Tracks! We initially met Jeff through a local animal shelter and then started in-home training sessions with our first dog for some behavioral problems. Both…
Hey I have a 7 month old male lab retriever, I have tried and tried to teach him obedience but with no luck he just doesn’t do it. He is very energetic as would all puppies be, but he seems to me to have a lack of respect and basically just runs rings round me. Out walking he pulls, he runs after everything! Birds, leaves, people, dogs, any vehicle, heck even if the wind blows the grass he tries to catch it… He’s awful when someone passes, if he sees another dog he goes completely nuts and will stop at nothing to get to them.. To the point of knocking me down or biting for restraining him. I’ve tried averting his attention but that definitely doesn’t work… He knocks over the kids and pulls on their tops. He jumps up and he bits a lot, I thought this was mouthing but any time you put your hand out to pet him he tries to snap it. He has excited urination which has been a challenge to get over but we have managed that (sort of)…before we got him a read a tone of books and researched a lot on training but it’s just not worked… Is it me? I don’t believe harsh punishment works, plenty praise and plenty love and affection but when your bitten or nipped on the legs every time your back is to him, he tears into possessions and just runs a mockery I’m at my wits end! HELP!!!
My family is considering getting either one or two Labrador puppies in the near future while our older lab (Lucky, 13 years of age and healthy) is still around. She is well trained; knows basic commands like sit, stay, come, leave it, crate, etc. Her best aspects training wise is that she does not need to be leashed when taken for walks (we mainly go through the woods away from cars), she is excellent at communicating with minimum vocals that she needs to go outside and relieve herself or is thirsty(by nudging or staring towards the door/ sink). We were hoping that Lucky would be able to assist in the training process and kind of show them the ropes. Do you think that there would be some level of indirect learning passed on from my older dog to the puppies?
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When training is started at 7 to 8 weeks of age, use methods that rely on positive reinforcement and gentle teaching. Puppies have short attention spans, so training sessions should be brief, but should occur daily. Puppies can be taught to “sit,” “down,” and “stand” using a method called food-lure training. We use food treats to entice the dog to follow its nose into the proper positions for “sit,” “down,” “stand,” and “stay”.
Matt’s family raises sled dogs to he decides to start a school to teach Mushing. He ends up having two students. Tubbs is a bit clunky but loveable. He takes immediately to Matt’s family lifestyle but not so much to the physical effort of dog sledding. Alex is an overachiever who seems to know everything and takes immediately to the challenge of running the dogs.
Sarah has loved and trained both dogs and horses from a very early age. Her Staffordshire bull terrier, Mona, is trained as both a therapy dog and disaster stress relief dog. In addition, Sarah has trained her German Shepherd, Soren, as a service dog.
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