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Equipment Policy

  • Flat buckle, martingale, gentle leader and halti collars are best for training. & a 5 to 6 foot leash is the most versatile, although leather is softer on the hands, will not fray, and protects the handler from skin burns that are common with nylon leads. Note: flexi-leads and halters (think sled dog!) are designed to promote pulling. As such they are counterproductive for most types of training
  • Food, Water, Treats & Toys (How to choose - types & sizes - how to carry) will be covered in class.
  • Clean-up bags (2) one for you and one for your neighbor
  • Mat, Crate, or Blanket



Games to Play with Your Dog! 

  1. Where's Cookie?: Ask your dog to stay/wait in a relaxed down position then cover him with a lightweight blanket.  Ask, "Where is (dog's name)?  On cue the dog will probably raise his head or bounce up. Then you exclaim: "There he is!"  (a young child taught this to my dog)
  2. Come find me: Put you dog in a "stay" and then go hide (to start you want to hide in a place that is easy for him to find you). Then say his name followed by "Come find me."  This game helps to reinforce a great recall (come when called).
  3. Shell game: Place three plastic cups on the floor.  Hide a treat under one of them and mix them up with the dog watching.  Then direct, "Find It."  Be sure to praise in a happy voice!
  4. Figure it Out:  Place a toy or treat under a laundry basket.  Ask the Pup to "Get It!" 
  5. Touch Games:  Teach your dog to touch a variety of things with his nose.  Begin by holding an open palm near his nose and wait for a few seconds.  Many dogs will respond by touching your palm with their nose. If he looks puzzled, then smear a little peanut butter or other soft food on your hand and start again. Once he has touched your palm a couple of times you can add the cue word "touch" or "target". Transfer the touch to other things: open doors, ring bells to go outside, find heel position, etc.
  6. Name Game: Teach your dog the name of his toys (one at a time). When he knows two of them, ask him to select a specific one.  Add more toys (always one at a time) as he learns the names.
  7. Rainy day and a box of Cheerios: Have your dog wait out of sight while you spread cheerios in various places on the floor and other places, high and low, that he can reach with his nose. Watch how your dog finds the O's: some use eye sight, others depend on their noses;some search high, others are grounders.  This game is easy to play for the dog and fun to watch for the owner. The game can also be played in the garage or outside.  Just make sure the area is clean of debris and/or harmful chemicals.


 

 

 


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