November 16, 2017-
Service Dog Training
I have to give mention to a great manual/ guide here: a series of books written by Lelah Sullivan. You can order on Amazon.com as well. Could someone special benefit from this this holiday season?!?!?!?!?! It does provide step by step instruction. I may change some steps to accommodate our ways but most training is personal to me.
Today we are more than half through Lelah Sullivans first book on how to train your own service dog……Today we worked on “Paws Up” we used a box at first- then we switched to a dumbbell. You can really use any object you want.
For instance in the picture below, Scout and I are using a box from Chewy!
The idea is to get your dog interested in the box, you will first click and treat and motions to look at the box, then motions toward the box, then any interaction with the box (object of choice). Once again we are working on the basics of training our dogs, all these things we are working on now will be useful down the line in learning different tasks to be that Service Dog.
Yesterday we worked on my dogs scenting ability by playing the game- ” Which hand?” You can also use cups turned over on the floor and put the highly wanted treat under one cup and let your dog find it, once they do click and treat!
Getting into his Training.
As you can see Scout really gets into his training here!
I would like to mention some training with Justice- my GSD who loves to chase her tail……now there are several things to do to stop the tail chasing- now mind you it’s not just the tail chasing but the barking that goes along with it and the fact that as she chases it she spins around and I now have a worn out grass or what would have been grassy spot in my yard. You can constantly keep her busy and keep her mind going- BUT honestly as much time as I devote to her my other dogs need my attention to, and I cannot keep her busy 24-7. So I asked around and someone at a local training center mentioned using an e collar, when I found someone who was selling collars, I found an fairly inexpensive collar that I must admit seems to work to keep her guess if I’ll be there to correct her I guess. You can use a tone, vibration, or shock as a correction. I personally use the tone- a high pitch beep that she listens to and stops whatever unwanted behavior is. But for behaviors that may be tougher to work on, more may be needed.
An Easy E Collar Use!
Ok, until next week with more on our training and how we are training our hooman, Have a happy and healthy tail waggin day!