Teach Your Dog Commands In This Order

Teach Your Dog Commands In This Order



Dear Adam:

I bought your book about two weeks ago. Finally,​ someone has written a​ training book that makes sense. Good Job...bet it​ took a​ lot of​ time to​ put all of​ it​ together,​ huh?

The reason I am writing to​ you​ is​ because I am confused about some things that deal with teaching the​ down/stay and sit/stay. Tell me if​ this sounds like I have it​ right:

First,​ teach her (the dog) how to​ do the​ command doing repetitions and placing her in​ the​ correct position immediately after saying the​ command. Then,​ working up to​ the​ point you​ can just stand up straight and have her respond.

Next,​ work up distance and time then add distractions and practice in​ different places.

Finally,​ go to​ the​ long line and then the​ tab to​ get reliability off-leash.

[Adam:] Actually,​ you​ should start proofing for distractions first,​ then move to​ greater distances... but only progress to​ greater distances with the​ long line. Without the​ long line,​ guess what might happen?

This is​ how I understand the​ process from what I have read in​ your book.

Should I move on​ to​ the​ next step once my dog performs the​ command quickly and correctly for one training session or​ keep drilling her without adding something new?

[Adam:] It's going to​ take much more than one training session. When the​ dog learns something,​ it's situational. So you're going to​ have to​ work the​ same exercise... at​ the​ same point in​ the​ program... in​ several different locations before you're ready to​ move onto the​ next step.

During proofing,​ is​ it​ okay to​ add distractions during the​ dogs learning phase after the​ dog does the​ command for me a​ couple of​ times correctly without being corrected?

[Adam:] You're confusing two things. is​ the​ dog in​ the​ learning phase,​ or​ is​ he in​ the​ proofing phase? the​ two are very distinct. Do not move onto one phase until you've mastered the​ other.

Here is​ the​ order: Learning phase - reinforcement phase - proofing phase.

How long does it​ take the​ "average" dog to​ be taught a​ new command and proofed in​ it?

[Adam:] This is​ impossible to​ answer. it​ depends upon the​ trainer,​ the​ dog,​ the​ exercise,​ the​ setting,​ how frequently the​ dog is​ worked,​ etc... you​ let the​ dog tell you​ when it's time. This is​ why reading your dog is​ so important. it​ takes as​ long as​ it​ takes.

Do you​ teach the​ down/stay and sit/stay in​ one session or​ separately?

[Adam:] Separately.

In what order should I teach my dog new commands?

[Adam:] Walk on​ a​ loose leash,​ boundary and perimeter training,​ sit-stay,​ down-stay,​ heel,​ then come. the​ order that you​ teach commands is​ not written in​ stone,​ but I find that doing it​ this way allows for a​ very natural flow and learning progression.

Sorry my letter is​ so long...any instruction you​ can give me is​ greatly appreciated...oh,​ by the​ way I really like the​ book.

Thank you​ ;)

Sincerely,​
Brandee N.

That's all for now,​ folks!
Adam




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