Canine Companions Dog Training Videos
Tips on how to train your puppy from the experts at Canine Companions:
Is your puppy guessing?
Dogs are very good at picking up predictable patterns of
behavior, and once they do they tend to assume things rather than listen
closely (don’t we all?). For example, we often see puppies
automatically offer a "shake" when meeting someone in public, without
waiting for the command to be given. They have learned that "shake"
usually follows the "sit" when greeting a person, and feel that they no
longer need to listen to you in that situation - they already know what
you are going to say.
How can you tell if the puppy is a good listener or really just guessing? Try a few of these tests:
Go through a doorway with the puppy and tell the puppy "down" instead of "wait"
Open your car door and tell the puppy "shake" instead of "car"
When greeting someone, instead of having the puppy "sit" and "shake", ask the puppy to do a "back", "heel" or "side"
Place the puppy’s bed next to the crate, and
alternate sending him to each one. How many tries does it take for the
puppy to do the right behavior?
Check back soon for more puppy training tips from Canine Companions.