While you’re teaching your dog not to pull, you should use a four-foot or six-foot leash. Use whichever width and material that feel comfortable to you. Extendable leashes and leashes longer than six feet are great for exercising dogs, but they don’t work well if you’re trying to teach your dog not to pull on leash.
I can tell you from experience, there is not one thing that a $70,000 dog will do that one of my Level 3 Protection dogs would not. Now, there is a significant difference in price from a dog that will bark on command or bark when a threat is assessed, compared to a dog that can subdue multiple intruders, do building searches, perimeter checks, etc. It is much harder to find, and thus much more expensive to buy a dog that is capable of being trained to do the latter! Not to mention, takes 4 times as much time to train a dog of that caliber. We have found that importing a dog, training it here and training the owner how to handle the dog should cost between $10,000-26,000. Any less or any more and you should be suspicious. You do not always get what you pay for when it comes to dogs.
The most crucial part of house training is your dog’s crate. The crate becomes their den, and they will never willingly soil it…in theory. Before Barley came home, we prepared Jake’s old crate by reducing it down to puppy size. With a few well-placed boxes, there was only room enough for her to turn around and lie down. Any bigger than this and you risk your puppy partitioning the crate into a “sleep” side and an “emergency poo” side.
Of course, some dogs are more food-oriented than others. If food doesn’t capture your dog’s attention, toys and your affection may work instead. For those who do have a big appetite for a tasty treat, always opt for a healthy reward.
The focus of advanced training is going to concentrate on those dogs destined for protection based work. Simple watchdogs require very little, if any, specialized training; whereas, protection dogs require a high level of precision work.
In our video podcast of this work we demonstrate with a young puppy how quick movement with food in the hand triggers the dogs prey drive. Keep in mind that this work is not using food as a reward but rather to build drive.
Evaluations include an identification of reasonable goals and management measures to facilitate the modification process; a risk assessment; and an introduction of exercises to get you on your way to a more rewarding and positive relationship with your pet.
Whenever he pulls, immediately stop and stand completely still until the leash relaxes because your dog either takes a step back or turns around to give you focus. When the leash is nicely relaxed, proceed on your walk. Repeat this as necessary.
Jump up ^ Schilder, Matthijs B.H.; Joanne A.M. van der Borg (2004). “Training dogs with help of the shock collar: short and long term behavioral effects”. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 85 (3): 319–334. doi:10.1016/j.applanim.2003.10.004.
If you find this information interesting, you need to read my article on Drive Interaction and Drive Thresholds. You should also consider my video titled “The First Steps of Bite Training.” This video was released in Aug. 1996. Without question it is the best bite development tape on the market and probably the best training video I have done. You will get as much information as I can give in 2 hours and an organized training tape. It took me 24 years of experience in training and studying protection dogs to produce this video. The tape takes you through a step-by-step training program and explains it in a way that someone with no experience with dogs can understand.
I cannot say enough about how our life has changed in our house since we found Pete!!! I don’t even know how to write such a perfect review we are so happy! We have two small children and I must have been off my rocker to think to get a dog from a shelter but I did and neither myself nor my husband has never had a dog so we had absolutely no idea what we were really getting ourselves into… We got a small dog and were instantly in over our heads. He was under a year old and starting to ruin our house but trying to mean well. I have never, ever thought of myself of ever, ever giving up pets no matter what but felt the thought come into my head with my kids around until Pete helped us out! Turns out our dog IS trainable after all!
Pair the behavior with the verbal command. As your dog begins to realize he’ll be rewarded for coming to you, start giving the verbal command “come.” When he responds to the command, reinforce it in praise by pairing it with “good”: “good come!”
My husband and I really enjoyed working with Pete. We recently adopted a dog, Buddy, and being first time dog owners we needed some help with leash training and understanding our dog’s behavior. After just one session with Pete, there is a noticeable difference in how Buddy walks on the leash. Pete taught us a few tricks and techniques that are really helping us bond with our dog. We are very grateful that we found Pete, and thanks to him we are enjoying our dog even more!
Dogs love to be outside, and the walk is a stimulating and exciting part of their day, so the desire to push ahead is very strong. Humans do not make ideal walking partners since a dog’s natural and comfortable walking pace is much faster than ours. Having to walk calmly by a person’s side when the only thing a dog really wants to do is run and investigate his environment requires a degree of impulse control that can be very difficult for some dogs to utilize.
Natural Balance Mini Rewards are less than five calories per treat. The main ingredient is high-quality duck, chicken, or lamb, and they’re an excellent choice for all ages, whether puppy, adolescent or senior.
The Monks of New Skete, who were breeders and trainers of German Shepherds in Cambridge, New York, published How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend: A Training Manual for Dog Owners in 1978 and it became an immediate best seller. Despite advocating a philosophy that “understanding is the key to communication and compassion with your dog,” they endorsed punishments which were later shown to elicit dangerously aggressive responses in many dogs.
The image of a dog working in fight drive is an adult dog with a great deal of self-confidence in all environments and every circumstance. It’s a dog that does not look or act insecure during his protection work. The level of intensity during bite work is very high – the dog will display a tenacity towards fighting that is not seen in the younger, immature dogs.
To help your dog associate what he or she is doing and what you want him or her to do, give a treat as close as you possibly can to the behavior you’re praising. Avoid giving a whole handful of treats after compliance with a single command; this slows your training session down as you wait for them to chew and it is not necessary as your dog would be happy with just one treat. So instead, give a small treat after each instance of the behavior you want to reward to keep the training momentum up. Quickies are small treats that are packed with flavor. The treats container even makes a distinct noise when shook and it can be used like a clicker, another highly effective training tool, in a snap.