I recently had a discussion about leash training “ my dog pulls on the leash. This jogged my mind back quite a while ago typically it’s a start stop training . The training center was very good as I noted it’s about all how good your obedience is. Talking with the trainer I suggested something we did a long time ago in Schutzhund obedience we heeled in a ring or squared fashion as a group then the trainer would say “ stop” dogs that did stop got rewards then we started again same thing . Dogs learned or taught themselves that when you stopped they got a reward if they too stopped. It wasn’t an over night thing but heeling around for an hour while “ boring “ the dogs learned you stopped occasionally and to repeat they got a reward or treat. Until it all dogs just stopped we did not test results But moving to other exercises if our dog was pulling the trainer would say “ stop” it’s hard to say who is giving the command but the dog learned that they were not going anywhere if you stopped command or not. In basic Schutzhund we learned no commas the dog had to stop automatically When out for walks the old stop no command began working as the dog learned the reward thing . Some dogs were realy slow learners but the working breeds seemed to pick up on this quicker Eventually we had a stand stop and a down stop but these were blended in over time a running stop was about the same handlers got the real work out here but the ideas did work as the dog began to watch you more closely once that was getting better trainingbprogressed . The dog really needs to understand that you are controlling things . Many early obedience things were done in group settings . I think this also helped in socialization too . I YHINK the trainer called this “ mass training . The dog is kinda overwhelmed by action around him As I recall we started at about 10 weeks or so . Dogs had prong collars but you really did not use it as correction more just reminder my Aussie took only one night to get the heeling idea . She constantly kept checking to see me . The heel exercise was not all just going in a circle we did figure 8 , reverse switch sides lead follow all different variants . My GSD also picked up on this very quickly .My very beginning human trainer was learning what the dog was showing . Was he scared to death ready to run and hide ori just don’t want be here I YHINK I’ll just take a nap. Each piece of these observation you needed to consider analyze then make them work for you . I went to countless seminars and watch trainers especially with new dogs I can’t say they were all right but I got to see results and made endless nots sometimes I could corner the trainers and ask why they did something then I could compare my thoughts , did I agree or not . Most classes were worthless except basic obedience and socialization . I watched a lot of agility. I really did want to try it but a big German Shepherd dog that barely fit in some of the openings would not be easy .
agility is all about obedience just like our K 9 training , just a different goal .
I looked at every thing as an event . A recal was a staged event. Teach the dog to come to you he gets reward and praise expanding distance seemed like a boring event was much more fun if he had to run and maybe do something on the way . Sometimes stop and stand sometimes stop and lay down some times stop and run the other way. The point is how did I teach these . That’s what note books were for . I made a plan for each part. We might do 15-20 recalls. Commands were one time one word or signal . I could use hand arm finger whistle flashlight a little shake of head lift foot . And others one trainer said you have to to get the dog to look at you for direction . I YHINK that was true unrated special note in my note books .