Basic Obedience Homework

Below are the things covered in class 1-5 "basic obedience, at the bottom you will see what to practice during the week. We recommend at least one 10-15 minute session per day, preferably two 10 minute sessions per day (morning/afternoon). Initially use a low distraction environment then gradually move to different locations as your dog gets disciplined in that particular environment. Remember work at the pace of the dog and it is better to move slower to make sure you thoroughly "condition" the behavior of the dog before introducing different environments/distractions. These practice sessions should continue daily for at least 2 months, and preferably 3-4 months to make sure your dog has a solid foundation that will become part of the dogs "nature" for a lifetime.

Class 1 Curriculum

  • Make sure the dog is rested and hungry for training sessions.

  • These three things are super important, and in order or priority:

  1. Exercise​

  2. Socialization

  3. Training

  • There are 3 elements of training:​

  1. Timing: The two aspects of timing are (1) making sure you have the dog focused on you before you give a command and (2) "marking" the behavior with a sharp "yes". Dogs have a 1/2 second learning window and you want to capture that 1/2 second when you mark. 

  2. Consistency: The two aspects of consistency are (1) making sure everyone associated with the dog trains the dog with the techniques we are providing and (2) train the dog for at least 2-5 months daily to condition the behavior properly.

  3. Reinforcement: The reinforcement is the "paycheck" the dog is working for, it can be treats, toys or praise. Initially we like to use high value treats. Remember the "reinforcement" or treat has to be higher in value than any surrounding distractions. If it's not then you won't maintain the dogs attention. Always start with the lowest value treat for the environment you are in so you have room to increase the value if you need to. 

  • We use "positive" reinforcement techniques for all our training.

  • All of our commands have a built in "stay".

  • Begin sit and wait training.

Homework class one: Practice sit and "wait.

Class 2 Curriculum

  • Continue with "sit" and release. Depending on how the dog is doing, possibly introduce "target" exercise. 

  • Condition dog to the place bed, then add "place" command.

  • Continue with "wait" and release.

Homework class two: Practice all the above commands. 

 

Class 3 Curriculum

 

Classroom: Go over common signals to include stress, aggression, play and calming. Go over the importance of playtime! Introduce reversal of hierarchy to include: Feeding, playtime, furniture, occupy the space, and excessive attention/petting.

  • Continue with "sit" and release. Introduce "target" if haven't already.

  • Continue "place" and release, introduce "target" exercise.

  • No jump: "capture" proper behavior with praise around the house, do not give attention when dog jumps on you. Practice red light, green light as shown in class. Practice "dancing" game as shown in class. 

  • Continue "wait" and release. 

Homework class three: Practice all the above commands, watch your dogs signals and write down as many as you see this week. Play with your dog his/her favorite game 10-15 minutes day to increase your value to your dog. 

Class 4 Curriculum

 

Classroom: What signals did you write down? Discussion. What type of games did your play with your dog? Discussion. 

  • Continue with "sit" and release with target. If ready begin leg movement proofing. 

  • Continue "place" and release with target. If ready begin leg movement proofing. 

  • Continue with no jump, red light green light and "dancing". 

  • Explain loose leash walking techniques: Stop and go, zig zag, treat at side, and eye contact. 

  • Begin condition "down". 

Homework class four: Practice all the above commands. Begin reversal of hierarchy. 

Class 5 Curriculum/Test

Classroom: Review all classroom discussions as a review for the test to include; TCR, socialization, playtime, signals and reversal of hierarchy. 

Test day!

  • What is timing, consistency and reinforcement?

  • What does proper socialization teach the dog?

  • How do you  become the higher ranking "dog" in the pack?

Must complete the following proficiently:

  • Sit and release.

  • Place and release.

  • No jump techniques.

  • Explain loose leash walking.

  • Wait in/out of doorways and vehicles. 

  • Condition down. 

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