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Lee Wastler Trainer

Food is generally the easiest reinforcer to start with. Later on, you can incorporate games your dog likes.

Think of the clicker like a camera with which you “take a picture” of behaviors you like, as your dog offers them. If you are clicking sits, click as your dog’s butt hits the floor, then deliver a treat. If your click is late, you missed the picture – click as your dog sits or lies down, not after.

When clicker training, avoid adding a cue until the dog is performing the behavior reliably. You want a nice steady rhythm of behavior, click, treat; behavior, click, treat. As soon as your dog eats the treat, he offers another sit.

At this point, you may begin adding the cue. Say the word (sit) as your dog’s butt lowers toward the ground, then click when he sits. Toss the treat away so he has to get up to eat it, this sets him up for another sit. If he offers a hesitant lowering of his butt, click anyway – he is trying to make the association between the word and the behavior.

Once he is responding to the cue reliably, start proofing for fluency so that your dog will respond to the cue reliably in a number of different environments, even at a distance.

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Whether you have a new puppy or an adult dog, it is never too late to start training. While some people are content to merely share their space with their pets, others want to have a relationship with their dogs. Learning the basics of dog training can be very influential in developing the right kind of relationship.


There are many benefits to be garnered from the task of training your dog: 

  • Improved obedience
  • Impressive tricks
  • Housetraining
  • Calming aggressive or hyperactive dogs
  • Forming a closer bond with your puppy or dog.

 

Improved Obedience  

Perhaps one of the most rewarding benefits of comprehensive dog training is the lasting obedience it promotes.

 

There is certainly something to be said for having your dog come when you say, "Come!" and sit when you say, "Sit!" and stay when you say, "Stay!"

 

Not to mention the joys of coming home and not finding your shoes, newspapers, and/or sofa chewed or mangled beyond recognition!

 

In this course, we will show you techniques for creating and implementing a training program and charting your progress.

 

Impressive Tricks  

While tricks are not up everybody's sleeves, having a dog that can do them is not only a good conversation starter, it is also a great way to show off a bit.

 

There are any number of tricks that you can aim for, from polite pawing and shaking, fetching, and playing with a Frisbee all the way up to the professional tricks and obstacle course maneuvers you see on the television show Animal Planet. All of these depend on how much work you are willing to put into it.  

 

Housetraining  

Who in the world wants a dog that is not housetrained? However, canines do not just come that way. Without someone to take the time and effort to properly house train your new puppy or dog, you will be in deep, well, doo-doo!

 

There are many different housetraining methods available, from paper training to kennel training, and several others.   

 

Calming Aggressive and/or Hyperactive Dogs  

No one wants a dog that is so aggressive or territorial that it bites, barks, snarls, or growls whenever you approach. On the other hand, a hyperactive dog that jumps on you, prances around without stopping, licks, or practically bowls you over with its tail is nearly as bad.

 

Fortunately, a little insight into why dogs behave the way they do will better equip you for modifying those behaviors. In addition, we will try to provide you with a few one-size-fits-all solutions that may bring about the changes you are after.

 


A Closer Bond

 

At its core, dog training is not so much about learning to control your dog as it is learning to communicate your wants, needs, and desires in a language that dogs can understand.

 

Each new trick you teach, every bad habit you break, and every command you master will bring you one step closer to a goal much higher than becoming a "master." With love, respect, patience, and dedication, you can build a powerful, unique, and dynamic relationship with your new dog or puppy that will give the term "man's best friend" a whole new meaning.

 

Come along with me as we explore the trials and tribulations, as well as the riches and rewards, of real and effective dog training.   ____________________________________________________________________   Four Dog Naming Tips:   1.  Avoid names that sound like commands. For example, the name Joe sounds like "No" when called.   2.  Names often reflect the character of your pet.  Observe your dog for a few days and see if the animal's personality suggests a name.  Is he or she regal? Does the dog always want to be the center of attention?  If so, how about  King or Star?   3.  Short, sweet, and easily recognizable names work best in getting your dog to be responsive.  Use a name that is one or two syllables, ending with a vowel, such as "Sadie" or "Rocky."  Do not choose a name that is too long or difficult to say.  A name such as "Sir Barks A Lot" will only confuse your dog.   4.  After you choose a name for your dog, make sure you use it often, so he or she can learn it quickly.  Do not raise your voice every time you call your dog, and use the name in positive, playful setttings, such as when you feed or pet the animal or play with him or her.
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Coming very soon! On 5-4-2017 our website should be complete. And then.....We will be uploading short instructional videos by our Trainers. We hope you will enjoy and get great training tips for your pups. Thanks!!!
Lee Wastler Trainer
When training your dog it is 99% communication. You need to communicate to your dog how and what is proper and not. Not every dog is the same. Some require more learning than others some require different ways to communicate. Remember....A good reward is as good as gold to your dog. Let them know with a good treat that they are on the right track. That is the first step on communicating with your dog. Contact us and we can help you to communicate with your dog for easy training.
Lee Wastler Trainer
Reward behaviors you want, rather than punishing behaviors you don’t want. Most of us are so accustomed to noticing “mistakes” our dogs make that it seems strange to notice and reward “good” behaviors. For example, your dog barks, so you yell at him to be quiet. Sure, a barking dog is hard to ignore. But what about when he’s calmly lying down? Most of us never consider rewarding calm, so the dog only gets rewarded with our attention (even yelling is attention) when he is doing something we don’t like. Naturally, he keeps doing those things! If, on the other hand, he gets attention for being calm, he will be calm more often. Make it a point to catch and reward your dog for doing something right. If your dog is engaged in a behavior that cannot be ignored (such as chewing the table leg), interrupt with a sharp verbal, “Eh-eh!” then lead him away from the area, ask him to sit, and give him a chew toy or other activity to keep him busy.