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July - August Specialty Review Mini-Training Schedule:
Dealing with Distractions (Focus)
This cue is used to get the dog’s attention and make eye contact; the goal is a strong “focus” allowing you to work through distractions more easily.
This cue is used to ensure your dog waits for their food, let’s you go through a door/climb the stairs and then they are invited through.
Squishy Face Pole Exercise
Teaches your dog that they must get your permission to move. Helps with impulse control.
Wednesday July 10th, 7:00 – 7:30 pm
Walking Can Be Fun!
Loose Leash Walking (LLW)
This is what we required our dogs to do most of the time. It does not demand close attention and the dog is not required to walk closely with you. LLW is used when your dog can investigate his surroundings visually without pulling on the leash (about 90% of the time).
A proper heel is a difficult exercise for many dogs – it requires a great deal of focus and coordination. It’s used when you need your dog to follow you closely and not be distracted by anything else that may be going on. Typically you need a dog to Heel about 10% of the time during a walk (such as “heel” as you pass another dog).
Wednesday July 17th, 7:00 – 7:30 pm
Depending on weather, outdoor exercise may be included.
Four on the Floor (Stay)
Stay (sit and down)
Stay teaches your dog to hold a position and make eye contact with you until you release them (both sit and down). Sit is a natural position for dogs and can usually be learned quickly. Down is used to get your dog to lie down in a spot chosen by you the owner; the goal is to get your dog to lie down on verbal cue only. Never force a dog into a position. These behaviors are prerequisite for many other cues and advanced classes.
Proper Greetings to Address Jumping
Most dogs engage in friendly jumping to greet people or play with them. However, some dogs use jumping to make a dominant statement to people entering their territory or some use it to say hello. It’s important to first determine the dog’s reason for jumping.
Wednesday July 24th, 7:00 – 7:30 pm
Leave and Recall
Leave it is an effective exercise in helping develop a dog’s self-control. It can be used to tell a dog to back away from things you don’t want him to touch. It’s used to redirect the dog’s attention to an appropriate activity.
A reliable recall or “come” is extremely important as it enables you to prevent injury to your dog but lets you give him more freedom. The goal of recall is to have your dog come to you and present in the Sit/Focus behavior directly in front of you each and every time, no matter what.
Wednesday July 31st, 7:00 – 7:30 pm