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This little monkey was unable to walk outside without losing his mind. After a lot of practice on u-turns, name response, hand targeting, reinforcing a loose leash, changing directions, being mindful of triggers, practicing classical counter conditioning, he is able to go for lovely walks. 

There is still lots of work to do but being able to get outside and walk is a huge accomplishment!

Kudos to his humans!

Rocky is learning to wait at the exit point until given permission to cross the threshold. It's important to teach this in steps beginning with rewarding sitting to start. Difficulty is gradually increased as we ask the dog to sit while the door gets wider and wider.
First steps are done without any distractions. Once the skill is strong, we add the movement of human stepping across the threshold.
We want Rocky to learn it's the word "okay" that gives permission to cross and nothing else. We practice by tossing a treat or toy as well as with people. Always rewarding the pup for doing the right thing!

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Learning to wait until given a verbal release takes time and practice beginning with very easy criteria to start. Once the skill is stronger, we add the movement of human stepping across the threshold while Rocky maintains his position.

We want Rocky to learn not to step across until he hears "okay".  When introducing a person, we would ensure they are far away from the gate to make it easier for the pup to succeed. Distance would gradually decrease until they could stand by the gate while the pup maintains a polite sit until released to say hi.

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I am a big fan of teaching wait vs stay. What's the difference? For me, stay means don't move a muscle. If you are sitting, remain sitting. No position change allowed.
Wait is more forgiving. It means stop forward motion, hang on a minute, pause.
You can move backward but not forward. I use that cue far more often than I do a formal stay.

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 Taking the time to teach your puppy or dog to enjoy the grooming process is important. Here we are teaching Flurry the brush makes cream cheese appear!

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polite door greetings in ThornhillTeach your dog to greet guests politely at the front door with "Go Say Hi".

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sit at front door Learning not to dash out the front door is an important skill for all dogs.

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dog training Thornhill Having a dog willing to give up items is a great skill for him to have. Avoid the urge to chase him around if he grabs something and just do a trade!

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Halloween and fearful dogHalloween can be a very scary time, especially for young dogs. Please avoid the urge to take them out with you as a fearful experience can result in a lifelong issue. Provide a safe comfortable place for them in the house. Provide a yummy chew toy and some relaxing background music such as Through A Dog's Ear cd's.

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Dog Training Hand TargetingMolly learns to target the palm of my hand for the first time. This is such a valuable skill to have. For reactive dogs, it's a way to turn the dog's head away from a trigger. It can be used to get a dog back to heel position, as a recall (come!), as a safe way for a shy dog to interact with a person (instead of being patted on the head), as a way to move a dog off or onto something. 

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Playing Tug Dog TrainingA game of tug or opportunity to chase a toy is the way most of my Beardie's behaviours have been taught.  

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Dog Training Impulse ControlTeaching your puppy to wait until given permission is an important lifelong skill. Impulse control exercises can  begin very early in your puppy's life bypracticing with a food bowl or food dispensing toy.

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 It's not easy training your dog in the winter. This is what I do. 

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Boundary Training Your DogSometimes we don't want our dogs in every room of the house. This is Rosie's first session clicker training the boundary for the living room. She was amazing and we were able to progress quickly.

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Puppy Training Leave ItCopley is 12 weeks old is and learning for the first time to "leave it" when something is on the floor. She is being rewarded for not fussing at the treat. We want her to eventually learn to look up at her person when she hears the cue. The next step of this behaviour is to expose the treat more and more. Then to be able to toss it onto the floor.

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Leash Walking Puppy TrainingJagger is a fabulous puppy and will be an awesome adult! Here he is learning to not to pull on leash. It will take lots of practice, time and patience until he is reliable but this is a great start!

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Off Leash Dog TrainingHow may ways do you have to call your dog to you? We use "come!", "here!", "touch!", "puppies!" plus a whistle and individual names. The more ways you have the better it is! 

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Puppy Training in the ParkTeaching your puppy to pay attention to you is a very valuable skill. Here Carson is learning for the first time in a park that good things happen when he pays attention and follows. You can reward this with food, the opportunity to go sniff or with play. The more your dog learns to keep an eye on you the better off leash control you have.

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Puppy Training Leash WalkingThe Penalty Yards game is a great way to teach your dog  to walk politely without pulling forward. It teaches your dog that pulling gets you further away from what you want. A warning cue of "oops" then moving backwards teaches your dog to keep a slack leash. After a few repetitions, Winnie will stop walking forward as soon as she hears "oops" and it won't be necessary to physically move backwards.

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Everyday Dog TrainingI've talked about finding training moments in everyday life.. Here is an example of how you can train on a walk. You can make it as fun as you want to by incorporating all kinds of things. We worked on down, sit, hand target, go around, stand and "go sniff". 

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CounterSurfingTeaching your dog to keep four paws on the floor around tables and counters is essential if you want your dog to learn those surfaces are off limits

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Dog Training Front DoorMax is learning to wait when the doorbell rings. 

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