Best Training Tips | Dog Tricks

Best Training Tips | Dog Tricks

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Pick up some tips on how to teach your dog tricks from professional dog trainer Andrea Arden in this Howcast dog training video.

Tricks training doesn’t have to be just be the training of things that you
don’t really need your dog to know. Of course, training is very good for
our dogs. Whether it’s tricks or basic obedience, manners training, because
it helps us live with our dogs and move them through their lives
successfully. It also gives them mental and physical enrichment and
stimulation, so any training is great to do with your dog.

This trick that I’m going to show you now is a very practical trick, and
it’s really useful for dogs that may actually not like having their collar,
their coat, or their harness put on. Many dogs aren’t comfortable with the
dressing procedure. Since we have to do these things with our dogs multiple
times a day for the duration of their life, we want to make sure that our
dogs are comfortable with it.

One way that you would know that your dog didn’t enjoy having their collar
or their harness put on would be an obvious one; they back away from you.
You’re kind of going at them with their walking equipment. Rather than
struggle with it in that way and upset your dog, we can train them to put
it on.

I noticed with Jack that as much as when we were ready to go for a walk, he
would run up to me and really be excited to go out. When I approached him
with the harness, he would just subtly turn his head away. That was a
subtle indication that there was something about having a harness put on
that he was uncomfortable with.

Best Training Tips | Dog Tricks

I decided to train him to put it on or to cooperate in his own care. So
first, to get him comfortable with it, I just presented the harness. It has
a nice, big, wide opening, and I guided him through for his treat. So
again, I just took a treat, presented him with the harness and guided his
head through and gave him a treat. Then, I tried to get him to do that a
little bit more on his own by presenting it and seeing if he could kind of
negotiate his head through there a little bit more.

We’re going to try that again, so that he really had to do the work on
getting that on. I hold it for him, but he’s the one who’s getting his head
through it. It’s getting the head through things that sometimes dogs have a
little bit of trouble with or you leaning over them. Once I felt he knew
what to do, I had him sit and wait. This gets him kind of excited to do it.

The cue is basically the presentation of the harness. At which point I
would attach the harness and them reward him for it. I started with the
harness because it had a nice wide opening and then moved to the collar
doing the same thing with the collar, helping him with a treat to kind of
drive him through because this actually does a little bit of a squeeze on
his head, so I wanted to make sure he was comfortable with that. He has to
really squeeze his head through.

Then putting him in a sit/stay gets him kind of excited to do it. The cue
becomes the verbal word for the apparatus and the presentation of it
itself. And. of course, once they know this, the reward can be pets and
love, which he loves, so I don’t need to use the food treats or, of course,
now he’s ready to go for a walk.

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