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Teaching “you” the skills to teach your dog good obedience behaviour.

 

 

If your dog does a good recall away from the stimuli reinforce the behaviour you like, if they did not, keep doing short recalls until you get eye-to-eye contact.

 

Always show praise and click/treat/praise the second you get

Eye-to-eye contact with your dog.

 

                                                         

 

Chasing after cyclist

A dog’s natural instinct is to chase and one that we humans find ourselves having to re-direct.  We need to understand that in some dogs it can be stronger than in others and therefore we need to show great patience when trying to stop a behaviour that is natural for a dog.  Remember this lesson must be fun for the dog otherwise why should they give up something that is already fun for them.  Keep the lesson short and often and if you feel the slightest bit frustrated or stressed, stop the exercise in a good note and try again later. 

One great way to get the practice, is when you are out on your walks, approach cyclist’s and explain the training you are working on.  Cyclist will appreciate what you are trying to do and more often than not, they will be happy to spend a minute or two to help you.  If you do not own a bike, borrow one from a friend for a while or ask the cyclist with these exercises. 

Place the bike where it will lay stationary for a while so that your dog can have a good sniff and get his curiosity satisfied.  When you see your dog using his nose and is investigating click/treat and praise him.  When he is up close to the bike do a quick recall, C/T and praise him for being curious and well behaved.

 

Dog, Human, Bike, Human.

Take your dog on one side of you, you in the middle, then the bike, the cyclist standing on the far side of the bike. 

1.      Whilst the bike is standing stationary have your dog walk beside you and walk pass the bike.  As you do so, praise the dog and click/treat or show them their toy, as you meet up with the bike, give them the treat or start playing with them. You want the dog to learn to focus on you when they see the bike.  Do this often so that they now anticipate the play and look up at you as you both approach the bike. 

2.      Ask your friend to gently, slowly and with small movements roll the bike back and forth while you walk pass with your dog.  Lots of clicking and treating or play with a toy as you pass, loads and loads of voice praise, reinforcing the behaviour you like.

3.      Do exactly the same as above only this time ask your friend to really emphasise on moving the bike.  Keep repeating the exercise until your dog doesn’t give a second thought to the movement of the bike and is well focused on you and the toy, waiting for the C/T. play and praise.

4.      Staying in the same order as above, go for a small walk together, while reinforcing your dog’s good behaviour.

5.      If your dog at any time tries to go for the bike, you should immediately and firmly say, “NO,” quickly call out the command “Come” call his name and do a recall, getting eye-to-eye contact, whilst quickly walking away from your friend and the bike. 


Human, Dog, Bike, Human.

Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4

6.       Now ask your friend to ride the bike slowly beside you, if at any time the dog goes for the bike your friend should immediate dismount and put the bike between themselves and the dog.  At the same time do a recall and follow the advice above. (in colour)

7.      Ask your friend to ride the bike coming towards you and your dog.

8.      Ask your friend to ride the bike coming up from behind you and your dog.

 

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