Establish structure in the home

If your dog is behaving in ways you don’t like at home, establish structure there. A few trained behaviors will help make home life feel less chaotic. 1. Wait at the Door (people cross thresholds first for safety) 2. Leave It 3. Off (get off beds and furniture when requested) 4. Say Please – Sit…

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Golf Cart Ride with Sophie

Aussie mix and Certified Equine Safe Sophie takes a golf cart ride with Ben that includes a duration Stay while Charlie walks around her and a neighbor’s dog barks in the distance. She comes out of the cart on command, offers a nice front, and then loads on command. In some areas of the Village…

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First lesson with Dotie

First session with deaf puppy Dotie with a vibrating collar, which we use initially to get the puppy to make eye contact with us, and later as a cue for her to come find us. The sequence Walt refers to is, “Toggle (press the button on the collar), Thumbs Up (our signal for “Yes”), Treat.”…

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Sadie meets a horse

Sadie, a 12-week-old female Blue Heeler puppy, meets Uno, an 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding. We kept this young puppy on a leash for safety and fed her when near the horse. We allowed her to choose where to be and fed in position when she backed up. Reliable Uno rarely burns an extra calorie in…

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Marlee does Laundry

https://studio.youtube.com/video/876xTqM_jIc/edit Ben starts female Goldendoodle Marlee on the cue Laundry, a task in which she picks up items of clothing and puts them in the laundry basket. Marlee’s mom is a busy person, so we thought we’d ask her pup to chip in on the house work.

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Freddie does food bowl exercises

Walt does food bowl exercises with young JRT Freddie. These exercises may mitigate resource guarding and are especially important for dogs living with young children.

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Ziggy learns to Move

https://studio.youtube.com/video/zZ2JJX-JQ1w/edit Ben works with six-month-old male Labradoodle Ziggy on Move, which means get out from underfoot and/or out of the trainer’s line of travel. Some dogs stay more close to people than others, and while we may value this quality, at its worst it causes trips and falls and may contribute to door dashing and…

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Chewy learns to Fetch

Sending home a family dog with a complete retrieve means he will have a job — fetch — and will get aerobic exercise. Ben uses two toys to encourage Newfiedoodle Chewy to return with toy #1 so he will toss toy #2. Regular play and exercise will foster a harmonious relationship with his people, even…

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Ginger goes shopping

Imagine Dillard’s from a dog’s points of view — the slick, shiny floor, with the pattern of reflected florescent light, the music, the currents of cold air. It’s a testament to dogs’ environmental adaptability — and their willingness to partner with us — that they go in at all. Ben keeps the treats coming for…

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Hunter learns to Wait

If you’ve ever had an adult Lab barrel through the door ahead of you, you will appreciate Hunter’s progress in this video on Wait (at the door), a skill we practice at any major threshold. Upon command, the dog refrains from forward motion (Sit optional) until released, either by a release word or another obedience…

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