Kindergarten for the canine: Once you have reserved your new Hoytt Dobe and decide education before placement is the only way to go, let’s talk about the programs.We beginwithteachingfeet on the ground even before introductions to the lead and collar - no jumping up on its people no matter how excited it becomes.
In fact unless we are sitting on the ground during it's free times - the kid is required to never, never even in excitement jump up on its parent. But cuddling with its people when human and canine are on the Dobes bed is encouraged and you can still watch a movie, CNN or a sporting event. This is after all true private time between both human and canine.
In late puppy hood jumping up to gain your attention is one of the most problematic areas of a home-schooled dog since owners seem to be inconsistent to enforcing this rule. Many times when rushing to leave for the office, shopping or out for the evening the dog becomes most excitable and paw prints will become the decoration of the moment.
All because it loves you but usually you are just in too much of a hurry and think next time you will start teaching "paws on the ground" rule. It has learned bye can be fun and gets excited thinking it’s going someplace with its person. But in a rush owners will usually just duck and weave out the door thinking next time they will start enforcing this rule.
Back to no jumping up without permission we begin lead training by first convincing the pup the collar and lead are not to be feared. That in effect you are not going to hang the pup. Think how a young child would behave if you put something around its neck attached to a line and tried to get the point across you are not trying to kill it just protect it from getting lost. We have a unique way of introducing the pups to the lead without panicking the pup. So step two begins lead training and in time teaching them to walk on lead without fear.
Note that the simple command of heel is not simple. There are five exercises to master heel. First of course to get the kid not to fear the lead. Next to learn it is to only walk on your left. Next to not pull on the lead but to walk at your side without you constantly pulling the kid back to your side. Next to walk within about six to twelve inches from your left leg. Next to never crowd you meaning it does not constantly cross in front of you or bump into your leg even if you turn to your left – all this and still walk with the lead not tight between you and the dog. If the Dobe will one day be going for AKC obedience titles there are more steps needed to further enhance HEEL.
Next is the Sit. The basic sit also has many steps. First while at your side on lead to sit first a simple push to its back just above the tail while saying sit, next using just the verbal command sit (not sit down) - that will soon be a conflict of two commands - Sit and down. Once the word to action is understood you would reach down and bring him closer to your side and saying “DOG SIT”.
Note on all moving commands Heel, Sit, Down, Come you use the dog’s name first. On the non-moving command of STAY you say simply say STAY. The use of the dogs name first is to catch their attention letting them know you are about to execute a moving command.
Once the SIT is understood you now start refining SIT. The dog must learn to sit without leaning on you or turning to face you, The next step … to sit within a few inches of your left leg. Next … to sit in the direction you are facing.
Step three begins the actual teaching of heel (heel means “at your side”). Understand an educated canine told to heel means stay at their human partners side. If you don’t move they don’t move. In time you can even call your dog to your side by just the command Dog Heel then at a more advanced level you can slightly pat your left side – but this comes is more understood at CYA 1 because they have spent weeks practicing everything they learned in Level One and Two. Remember for the dog to walk with you, you have to begin walking. Now you use the dog’s name first, the command heel and then immediately begin walking. You don’t wait for the dog to move first for that goes against its training.
To understand lead trained is very different and much more complicated from Heeling here's the best analogy I can offer.
Next is down at your side. Down has as many steps as sit before the correct response is gained. Down by the way is not the word you use when the dog gets on furniture or so you know if you are the teacher from square
One and the dogs jump up on or at you. You say OFF. Never down. In the weeks to come the pup is learning SP Level One best described as Canine Kindergarten, the foundation of the adult Dobe's ABC’s.
POINT never say DOWN when you should be saying OFF. Also never combine the words SIT & DOWN like site down dog for the more advanced the dog is the more precise you have to be. So would you have wanted the dog to SIT or to DOWN? And jumping up on things or you is OFF.
Each session at all levels is combination of play times and instruction. More play at SP1 because it is the beginning of the young Dobes obedience so we want the interaction to not seem like discipline. Eventually the young canine student learns the on lead basics of walking on lead, heel at your side, sit at the instructor's left side on command, down, down stay, sit and sit stay as well as come.
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