The inspiration for this episode comes from a walk with my dogs. My puppy, This!, was on leash, and my adult dogs were milling about freely. All of a sudden, a large bunny crossed our path 5 meters ahead. My adult dogs did not really notice the rabbit as it was the equivalent of white noise for them. For my puppy, it was a LOUD noise, a siren, she for sure noticed! Is it that my puppy just does not get my training, or is it that she has just started her education?
In the episode you'll hear:
- My checklist of 5 items to include in your training to ensure your dog gets it.
- The layers of learning that I put into my dog training and for my students.
- What our layers of learning are from Kindergarten through to University and beyond.
- Why our dogs need a structured educational program.
- The reason we don’t control our dog but look at the environment.
- What I do instead of saying “Leave It!” to my dogs.
- All the things that I teach my dogs to help dim the loud noises like bunnies or cats.
- Why to progress your dog’s decision making, so decisions become bigger and better.
- What I do that is different to old-school dog training programs.
- The importance of congruency and consistency.
- Reasons why some dogs just don’t get it, including fear and a dog’s purpose.
- How structured building blocks create transformation and confidence.
- Why we want an engaged, safe environment that encourages learning.
- About balancing success with challenges and the relationship with dopamine.
- Why rehearsals of success lead to successful performances.
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- Game: Learn How to Play ItsYerChoice (IYC)
- Crate Games Online
- Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation
- Video: How to Train Your Dog to Leave It with No Command
- Home School the Dog
- Blog: Distraction Work in Dog Training: A Conversation Between Friends
- Vlog: Where Is Your Dog on the Circle of Fun?
- Podcast Episode 56: 5 Simple Questions to Guide Your Dog Training
- Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube