Key points: Drop/Down; Stays; Leave It; Dog Care & Health
The following is an overview of the training exercises and discussion topics covered during Week 3:
Revision of Weeks 1-2 exercises
- Down or Drop:
- Use food lure, right hand signal and voice command (Down or Drop) – no force
- "Opportunity" training: Use Down with (distance) right hand signal and voice command when dog settling down on bed or mat at home
- Down is a submissive position for dogs – can be difficult to get dogs to do it, but good for reinforcing dog’s place, especially in households with young kids.
Discussion - Dog Care & Health:
- Regular handling of the dog - handlers become familiar with dog’s body and can help find unusual lumps that may require visit to Vet
- Basic health issues for dog - worming, flea and ticks; dangerous foods, bloat and overheating (reminder to offer dogs water regularly); checking teeth etc.
- Grooming - bathing, cutting nails, checking ears etc.
- Sit Stay - stand beside dog, right hand signal & voice:
- Discuss effect of duration, distance and distraction on Stay
- Have handlers stand beside dog during the stay without moving for 8 seco Take “rocking motion” step forward & back with right leg, but do not move left
- Repeat for Stand Stay and Down Stay.
Stabilisation exercise - Loose Lead Walking with Right and Left About Turns and Sit on halts: Lure, hand signal and voice command. Working towards close Heeling.
- Leave It:
- Use a stick, screwed up paper or a less valued treat in one hand, let dog sniff or take interest in it, then lure head away with other hand using a high value treat. Repeat process, fading lure to hand signal and adding voice command, Leave it
- Working towards placing food on ground (in small container), walking dog past it and commanding, Leave it. Command should be given when dog is thinking about food, not when he/she is about to take it. Dog should be rewarded as soon as he/she looks away.
- Responsible Dog Ownership Course Resources: Quotes from & links to various sources to complement Discussion Points covered in class.