How to Train a Dog to Sit

How to Train a Dog to Sit: In competitive obedience, there are some trainers that suggest teaching the Sit (and Down) as one of the last things before going to an obedience trial. Their reasoning is based on the observation that most dogs that have learned these commands early on don’t show Sit or Down with the speed and enthusiasm that a trial judge would want to see. While I […]

 

 
 
 

How to Train a Dog to Lay Down

How to Train a Dog to Lay Down and Stay In competitive obedience, there are some trainers that suggest teaching the Down (and Sit) as one of the last things before going to an obedience trial. Their reasoning is based on the observation that most dogs that have learned these commands early on don’t show Down or Sit with the speed and enthusiasm that a trial judge would want to […]

 

 
 
 

Basic Position (4 of 4) - Getting your Dog in the Basic Position with Speed

Teaching your dog how to get into the “basic position” is not an easy task. Watch the instruction video and follow my step-by-step instructions to learn how it can be done with ease! [Links to Part 1 – 2 – 3 – 4] Verbal cue in English: “Heel” or “Swing” Verbal cue in German: “Fuss” or “Schau”   Part 4 of 4: Getting your Dog in the Basic Position with Speed […]

 

 
 
 

Basic Position (3 of 4) - Getting your Dog into the Basic Position from Anywhere

Teaching your dog how to get into the “basic position” is not an easy task. Watch the video instruction and follow my step-by-step instructions to learn how it can be done with ease! [Links to Part 1 – 2 – 3 – 4] Verbal cue in English: “Heel” or “Swing” Verbal cue in German: “Fuss” [:fooss]   Part 3 of 4: Teaching our dog how get into the basic position […]

 

 
 
 

Basic Position (2 of 4) - Teaching our Dog to Find the Basic Position

Teaching your dog how to get into the “basic position” is not an easy task. Watch the video instruction and follow my step-by-step instructions to learn how it can be done with ease! [Links to Part 1 – 2 – 3 – 4] Verbal cue in English: n/a Verbal cue in German: n/a   Part 2 of 4: Teaching our dog how to find the basic position. Now that our […]

 

 
 
 

Basic Position (1 of 4) - Teaching our Dog to Stay Focused

Teaching your dog how to get into the “basic position” is not an easy task. Watch the video instruction and follow my step-by-step instructions to learn how it can be done with ease! [Links to Part 1 – 2 – 3 – 4] Verbal cue in English: “Look”, “Watch me” Verbal cue in German: “Schau” [:chow]   Part 1 of 4: Getting our dog to pay attention to us. If you have ever watched a dog obedience […]

 

Dog Training Fundamentals - Overview

Dogisimo is all about motivational and positive training methods. If you don’t exactly know what that means, you may want to take a look at our dog training fundamentals in chapters 1 to 12 listed below. After reading through those, you should have a good understanding on how to approach your training. There are many ways, but they are not all equal! If you are experienced – you still may […]

 

Training Fundamentals Part 12: Teaching your dog

12.) Teaching your dog. Congratulations! You made it. If you read through all of the previous sections, you should have learned the fundamentals of teaching your dog in a positive and rewarding manner. Now let’s talk about how to get started with the actual training. Location, location, location! Eliminating distractions is a critical part of training a dog in the early stages. In the beginning, we want 100 percent of […]

 

Training Fundamentals Part 11: Training tools

11.) Training tools. The list of tools required for positive reinforcement training is short. All you really need is something as a reward. This could be a food-treat or a toy. There are however some other items that can be helpful: Markers: You can either use your voice to mark a reward or a clicker (more about clicker training on Wikipedia). Restrains: A leash and a collar can be very […]

 

Training Fundamentals Part 10: Getting the right behavior

10.) Getting to the right behavior There is good news and bad news. The good news is that your dog already knows everything. He knows how to sit, lie down, run, jump and more. The bad news is that your dog does not understand English. If we want our dog to understand what we want him to do, we need to communicate in his language. We already talked about the […]