For this week’s #52Snapshots of Life theme teach, I decided to share some photos of a trick I’ve been practicing with Sadie. I take a treat or piece of food and hide it in one of my hands. Then I hold out both of my hands, closed so Sadie can’t see the treat, and ask her “Which hand is it in?” Sadie needs to respond by tapping the correct fist with her paw before I give her the treat. If she uses her mouth or head or tries to force my hand open, I just repeat the command. But when she uses her paw to correctly identify the hand with the treat, I open my hand and allow her to take the treat.
When I was daydreaming about getting my first puppy, I made a list of all the things I wanted to teach her. Towards the top of the list was putting her toys away into their box. Well two years later we still haven’t figured that one out. But I’ve been trying to teach her since the first week Sadie’s lived with me. These photos come from the day I introduced Sadie to her first toy box. I couldn’t convince her to put toys in the box, but she was happy to put herself into it. She also thought it made a pretty tasty chew toy. Continue reading →
Does your dog pay attention to you and follow your commands? Most dog owners have trouble keeping their dogs focused and cooperative both in and out of training sessions. One way to deal with this problem is to analyze your tone. If you constantly get frustrated and yell at your dog, he or she will probably learn to ignore the yelling as normal behavior and continue doing whatever he or she feels like doing. But if you act happy and excited about a command, your dog may enjoy that and try to perform the command to keep you happy and excited. It all depends on your particular dog and his or her relationship with you as the owner. Continue reading →
When Sadie wants a treat or a bite of something I’m eating and I won’t hand it over immediately, Sadie goes into her ready position. She knows that I want her to earn the treat, so she sits down and looks up at me, awaiting orders. I love to stay quiet for a minute or two to see Sadie’s adorable reaction. Since she doesn’t know what command I’m planning to give, Sadie just launches into a quick summary version of every command she can think of. She stands up, lies down, rolls around, speaks, gives me her paws, spins in circles, etc.; all in fifteen seconds flat. I like to think of it as my ‘no command’ command.
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Today I’ve decided to join the new Training Tips Tuesday blog hop. As it’s my first time joining this blog hop, I decided to share some basic dog training principles that I always like to consider when working with Sadie.