How to Train Your Dog
Professional Obedience Training is included with the installation of a new Dog Guard electric fence.
Chuck Dubis is a Certified Dog Trainer in NEPOPO (a blend of Western and Eastern dog training), having studied with Duke Ferguson, a Master Trainer, and the only non-government dog trainer ever to be asked to train Canadian National K-9 police officers. A full evaluation of your pet will be made and a plan of action will be explained so that you feel comfortable with the training program. Any behavior issues from nervousness to stubbornness will be addressed and a full explanation will be provided to correct any behavioral issues. We have a 100% money back guarantee that we can contain your dog to the Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing system.
Some of the techniques we use to train your dog are as follows. We go into a lot more detail with you when the training begins, so you are fully aware of our process. We have used these techniques to train in excess of 4,000 dogs.
Before Dog Obedience Begins
Your dog does not think like a human thinks. Dogs live in the moment. Second by second by second. They only begin to associate by repetition and timing plays a key part in this process. I believe that dogs need constant feedback to keep them on track until good behaviors are developed or poor behaviors are eliminated. Behaviors refer to anything you want or do not want. For example, sit, stay, heel, down, and over are some positive behaviors you may want. Barking, jumping, and chewing are some behaviors you may not want. To distinguish between the good and bad behaviors, I have markers which I have given a name. The 3 markers are:
Good simply means I approve of a certain action the dog has done and usually there is a reward. No simply means I am not happy and there is no reward. If I say sit and the dog sits, I say Good and sometimes gets a treat. If a dog barks, I say No and gets nothing. When the dog is quiet, I say Good and is given a reward. Rewards can be in the form of treats, favorite toys, or lavish praise. The word Break simply means they get a break. Just like you and I need a Break during the day. The dog can go and do whatever they want.
This is a brief description of this process and I go into a lot more detail with one on one lessons. We include this CORE Foundation Training with all DOG GUARD Out of Sight fencing installations at no charge.
Keys to Success in Training your Dog!
1. Timing: You have 1 second to put a word with an action to shape behavior. Preferably, less than one second. Preferably the action should be taken as the dog is acting on the behavior. For example, just before your dog jumps on you, hold out your hand and say “off” in a stern voice. If the jump occurs, a mild negative stimulation can be used to correct the behavior (such as a gentle chest bump with the knee or use your hand to push your dog to the side. If your dog stops jumping, immediately praise the decision not to jump (within one second) or give your dog a small treat.
2. Consistency: Every single time the dog does a good behavior or stops an undesired behavior, give them feedback. Every time.
3. Motivation: By far, the number one method of motivation is with food. Dogs must eat to survive and 60% of the brains activity is activated through the nose. Whereas human is just the opposite. 55% of first impressions occur with the eyes. So when you just meet a dog let them smell you. They are just trying to get to know you. Try to avoid looking them in the eyes, as they may take this as a challenge which may make them nervous. A dog's behavior can be shaped by making them work for food. If he is not food motivated, try to think about something that really stimulates your dog. Better yet, skip a meal. At the next regular feeding time, he will be more motivated. One thing all dogs have in common is they eventually get hungry. Make your dog work for their food! We all must work before we receive benefits so your dog will be a much better dog and more balanced if you make them work for their food. If you are trying to teach your dog to learn a new behavior or to stop an undesired behavior, try to choose a place where there are no distractions. If your dog still seems distracted, you may need to use a mild negative stimulation such as a raised voice level. I am not saying to be harsh, just enough negative stimulation to make you more relevant than the environment. What you are trying to do is break their focus on the distraction and focus on you. A distraction is referred to as competition (positive or negative) and you are using the negative stimulation to become more relevant! It is best to catch them in the act or just before becoming distracted (when they are thinking of the act) to become more relevant. Remember, the praise or reward or negative input must be done immediately to be highly effective with the biggest bang for your effort!
We use Timing, Consistency, and Motivation when training your dog to the Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing system.
This CORE Foundation Training is included with all DOG GUARD Out of Sight fencing installations.
Why We Do Not Get Results From Dogs
- The dog does not understand
- The dog understands but DOES NOT see you as relevant. You are Inconsistent and do not act like a “Pack Leader”.
- Fear. They will not learn if they are scared. They become insecure, the heart beat speeds up, and the brain shuts down. Very much like a one year old child who cries when frightened. The brain shuts down and they cannot focus.
- You are working TOO hard and too long. This is called Saturation!
- Your dog is not feeling good or is sick or injured.
How To Begin Training Your Dog: This is Boot Camp for Dogs!
- Age does not matter. I have trained many dogs on the Dog Guard Out of Sight fencing system as young as 10-12 weeks of age and older dogs with 100% success. We do not stimulate very young dogs in the beginning. We use different methods to communicate with dogs other than stimulation.
- The first thing to teach your dog is to make them work for meals. Waiting to eat until told is work for a dog. Most dogs do not work for their food. Food is placed on the floor and they eat whenever they want. They have free reign in the house. When we bring a dog home, we give them everything. We lavish them with affection. This is a good approach for small babies but dogs can become somewhat unbalanced and form unwanted behavior with this approach. Your dog needs to learn to work for their food and realize that certain behavior makes you happy and they also get food for doing it. If you place food on the floor, make them sit until you release them. If they do not want the food, take it up and come back an hour later or wait until the next meal. They will not starve. They will learn there is a certain time they are given food and they must act in a certain way. This is the beginning of teaching a dog to listen to you.
- To stimulate your dog and teach them good behavior, give them food in small portions at mealtime when they listen to you. For example when they sit, give them a bite. You can teach you dog several tricks at one time using this technique. If they have toys which they play with, take them away and use them to motivate them to create and reinforce behavior you want. Use them as a temporary reward for desired behavior or during special times, such as family times.
- Do not use the crate as punishment. You want them to want to go to their crate. This should be an area where they feel safe. If they are not feeling well, this area may calm their minds.
This information is part of the CORE Foundation Training program which we cover with all Dog Guard Out of Sight fencing installations.
The techniques listed above are the opinions of the staff at Dog Guard Out of Sight fencing company and Chuck Dubis is a certified dog trainer.
Chuck Dubis, Owner & Trainer
Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing
Special dog behavior issues such as excessive barking, listening problems, walking on a leash problems, jumping problems, etc. can be addressed. The above information on dog behavior training are for informational purposes only. The author does not warrant the above suggestions. If you have a behavior issue with your dog which may be threatening to the public, you may need to consult a Veterinarian or Certified dog Behaviorist.