Basic Commands Week 2
In Week 2, we are going to focus on basic commands for all dogs. The Look and Find It next level particularly important for Reactive Dogs but every dog should know them.
Watch each video and practice in short (5-10 minute) sessions at least twice a day. Record one of your sessions and watch it. Critique your technique and watch your dog’s reactions. What can you do to improve. If you are struggling with a command, record it and send it to us, we will be happy to watch and provide suggestions.
Cookie Drop for Attention
The Cookie Drop is a “game” you can play with your dog to solidify your bond with your dog. In fact, this game helps you create a strong bond with your dog as they look to you for fun and food.
Place is a great technique to teach and perfect. Place is one command that tells your dog to go to their “Place” which I like to use a rubber backed bathmat, and stay there until you release them. The is a great command for dinner time, deliveries or just giving your anxious or young dog a place to relax and learn self-control.
We all know the value of the Stay command. However many dogs struggle with it. We often see the Stay command combined with the Come command. I do not train these two commands together because if I have my dog stay and then call the dog to me, I am only ever rewarding the Come command. I prefer to teach the Stay in both the sit and the down.
2-Second Rule, Leave It, Look and Find It
The 2-Second Rule is the MAXIMUM amount of time you should allow your dog to focus or stare at something, whether it is another dog, squirrel, human or bicycle. When you hit 2-seconds then you need the Look and/or Find It commands. The Look command should be perfected in low distraction settings and then continue to practice in gradually more distracting situations. Sometimes the Look is not powerful enough so then we switch to the Find It command. Again this might be difficult as the distractions get more tempting so you want to gradually increase difficulty.