Once you have reserved your new Hoytt Dobe and decided "education before placement" as the only way to go; let’s talk about the programs.We beginwithteaching -- feet on the ground -- even before introductions to the lead and collar - no jumping up on its people no matter how excited the kid becomes. In fact, unless we are sitting on the ground during free times - the kid is required to never, never, even in excitement, jump up on its parent.
However, cuddling with its people, when human and canine are on the Dobes bed, is encouraged . You can watch a movie, CNN or a sporting event together. 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. Many owners seem to be inconsistent in enforcing this rule. Many times, when rushing to leave for the office, shopping, or out for the evening, the dog becomes excited and paw prints will become the decoration of the moment.
The kid jumps up because it loves you, but, usually, you may be in too much of a hurry and think; next time you will start teaching "paws on the ground" rule. The kid has learned, bye bye, can be fun and will get excited thinking it’s going someplace with its person.
To teach, no jumping up without permission, we begin lead training; first, convincing the pup that 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 that you are not trying to kill it, that you are 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 just to master Heel:
First, of course, is to get the kid not to fear the lead. Next, The kid learns to only walk on your left Third, the kid is to walk at your side without you constantly pulling the kid back to your side. We do not pull on the lead, Fourth, The kid learns to walk within about six to twelve inches from your left leg Fifth, The kid learns 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 must still walk with the lead not tight between you and the dog!
The next step in the kids education is the SIT while maneuvered to your left side facing the direction to are about to walk in. But even the basic sit has many steps and while the pup is learning you will have DVD's to study.
Step three begins the actual teaching of heel, (heel means “at your side”). Understand, when an educated canine is told to heel, it means.... stay at your 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 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. Use the dog’s name first, the command, heel, and then immediately begin walking. You don’t wait for the dog to move first because that goes against its training.
Next is DOWN at your side. Down has as many steps as sit before the correct response is gained. By the way; Down, isnot the wordyou 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....."sit down dog". The more advanced the dog, is the more precise you have to be. So, would you want 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.
$1995.00 includes room and board. Add the cost of the pup with our extensive medical completion program services and health tests before placement.
Cage Training, a safe house when left alone in the beginning - an excellent plus for the SP1 pup...$150.00