In this episode, we talk about the most important ingredient in your dog training endeavors: patience. Patience can overcome the most determined dogs and dog behavior and can solve most problems encountered in training and achieving your goals. The story of "The Yellow Phantom", a dog I trained and basically washed out, only to become hugely successful because of his owners patience is a perfect example of how this can work for you and your dog program.
In this episode, we break down the elements of being a good teacher for your canine student. You're really more of a Project Manager than a simple trainer and it helps to look at all of the pieces that go into a good dog training program.
In this episode we talk about the harm to believing dogs 'should' do something in training before really knowing what they will do and what they think. Two listener questions are covered, the first on adding additional training responses after early training has been thoroughly conditioned into a dog and the second regarding whether people with physical or learning limitations are capable of training dogs successfully. Early hint: yes they can.
In this episode we talk about philosophical approaches to raising and training puppies, based on retriever training skills (though it applies to other breeds and dog skills) and then how to negotiate the puppy skills as they grow through the puppy stages.
In this episode, I address some interesting listener questions. How to introduce a pup to gunfire without any repercussions or pan banging; how to take a well-trained competitive dog and go hunting with all the unpredictability of that without sacrificing your training and finally, when to teach the 'down' response in our field dogs.
In this episode, we break down some ideas and methods for improving as a trainer even when you do much of your training work alone. It is easy to get a little loose and drop standards and expectations when you have no one around watching, but it is very possible to get better and better as a trainer when you learn how to develop an awareness of yourself and your student as your move through your training program.
In teaching an animal anything, it is important that we understand the nature of the student we are teaching. There are several critical aspects of our dogs that if understood and taken into account, make our job of developing and training our dogs far more successful. Before undertaking a training program with your buddy, make sure you can make the necessary adjustments so it's easier for the both of you.
In this episode, the topic of basic obedience is explored. It is here where the dogs learns exactly what your relationship is, what your expectations are and how serious your work actually is. Dogs do what they are taught, and instead of punishing them for doing things the way we may have unintentionally taught, we need to rethink why they respond the way they do, and go back and teach clearly from the basics again.