Getting ready to take the exam

If you have done the basic training, you're already halfway to being ready for the Canine Good Citizen. The exercises you need to work on are those that add distractions. They are the following 1 Accepting a friendly stranger 1 Sitting politely for petting 1 Appearance and grooming 1 Reaction to another dog 1 Reaction to distractions 1 Supervised separation Because Buddy's ability to Sit-Stay is so critical to success on many of the tests, make sure that he has this exercise down pat. Training...

The Scent Discrimination

Maybe you've already taught your dog the Find Mine trick with dollar bills (see Chapter 24). If so, this exercise should go quickly. The only difference between the two is that you perform the Scent Discrimination exercise with metal and leather articles, usually dumbbells, five of each. Buddy is first required to retrieve one, either metal or leather, and then the other, which you have scented, from among the remaining four leather and four metal. When teaching your dog the Scent...

Changing direction

After you and your dog have pretty much gotten the hang of heeling, your next step is to introduce your dog to changes of direction while heeling. In this section, you find out about the three essential turns a right turn, an about-turn to the right, and a left turn. To stay with you when you're making a right turn, Buddy needs to speed up. And, at this stage in your training, Buddy isn't yet giving you 100 percent of his attention, and you're going to anticipate that he needs help with the...

Why Do Dogs Roll in Disgusting Things

Dogs delight in rolling in the most disgusting stuff, such as dead fish, deer droppings, and similar decaying debris. To make matters worse, the urge to roll seems strongest just after Buddy has had a bath. Do dogs like to smell putrid Behaviorists believe that because the dog is a pack animal, he is merely bringing back to the pack the scent of possible food sources. The pack can then track down a meal. The behavior is instinctive. Most dogs roll at one point or another, some to a greater...

Doing the perfect Figure

Sequence 3's goal is the perfect Figure 8 1. Practice the review progression (see the preceding section), making two complete Figure 8s. 2. Start from the center and complete one Figure 8 at normal pace, using your shoulders to cue your dog. Stop and sit your dog. Repeat the review progression often to maintain your dog's enthusiasm. 3. Over the course of several sessions, put the chairs closer together in one-foot increments until they're eight feet apart. 4. Practice a Figure 8 with umbilical...

Being consistent with commands and tone of voice

If there is any magic to training your dog, it's consistency. Your dog can't understand sometimes, maybe, perhaps, or only on Sundays. He can and does understand yes and no. For example, you confuse your dog when you encourage him to jump up on you while you're wearing old clothes but then get angry with him when he joyfully plants muddy paws on your best suit. Here's another example Bill loved to wrestle with Brandy, his Golden Retriever. Then one day, when Grandma came to visit, Brandy...

Knowing your attitude

One of the most important aspects of training is your attitude toward your dog. During training, you want to maintain a friendly and positive attitude. For many people, maintaining this attitude can be enormously difficult because frequently they don't start to think about training until Buddy has become an uncontrollable nuisance. He's no longer cute and cuddly, he has become incredibly rambunctious, everything he does is wrong, and he certainly doesn't listen. Don't train your dog when you're...

Using More Needles Acupuncture

Many vets today use acupuncture for a variety of chronic conditions. We've found that among its many applications, acupuncture is particularly effective with allergies, skin disorders, incontinence in old dogs, and the aches and pains that come with age. The origin of acupuncture dates back to ancient China. The Chinese regularly practiced acupuncture on horses and then gradually tried it on other farm animals and finally dogs, cats, and birds. The practitioner punctures the skin with a fine...

The Trick to Successful Tricks

The trick to teaching tricks is sequencing. Sequencing means breaking down what you want to teach your dog into components small enough for the dog to master, which lead up to the final product. For example, if you want to teach your dog to shake hands, also known as High Five, start by taking Buddy's paw in your hand with the command you want to use and then praise and reward him. Next, offer your palm, and so on. When you decide on the kind of tricks to teach Buddy, keep in mind his...

Traditional training

We use the term traditional training to describe the most widely used training method for the last 100 years. The first comprehensive written record of traditional training is based on the principle that unacceptable behaviors result in unpleasant consequences and acceptable behaviors result in pleasant consequences. Konrad Most, a German service dog trainer, developed this method in the early 1900s he also wrote Training Dogs A Manual. (Dogwise Publishing has republished Training Dogs A...

About This Book

We want this book to be a useful tool for you. And we don't want dog training to feel like a chore that you have to slog through step by step. So we've structured this book in such a way that you can jump in and out of the text as it interests you and applies to your situation. For instance, is your dog partially trained, but needs to learn a few things Then go directly to the chapters you need. Nor do we expect you to internalize every bit of information in this book. Throughout the text, we...

Selecting a Training Model

There are many ways to train a dog, ranging from rather primitive to fairly sophisticated. Even technology has had its impact on dog training. For example, rather than fenced yards, people now have invisible fences, which contain dogs within their confines by means of an electrical shock. The method, or combination of methods, you ultimately choose depends on which one works best for you and your dog. Our purpose in this chapter is to provide you with options so you can select one that suits...

Obedience Front Guides

The object of both the Front and the Finish (see the following section) is to teach the dog a position, and you can practice both exercises inside in the form of a game. The Front is similar to the Automatic Sit at Heel (see Chapter 13) in that the dog is supposed to come to you and sit in front without a command to sit. We like to use a chute to teach the dog exactly where we want him to sit when he comes to us. For a chute, we use plastic rain gutters, commensurate to the size of the dog....

Dashing Your Dogs Dashing Habits

Almost as annoying as unrestrained greeting behavior, but far more dangerous, is the dog's habit of dashing through doors just because they're open, racing up and down stairs ahead, or behind you and jumping in and out of the car without permission. These behaviors are dangerous to your dog because he may find himself in the middle of the road and get run over. These behaviors are dangerous to you because you may get knocked over or down the stairs. Prevent such potential accidents by teaching...

Seeking Expert Outside Help

Knowing your training options Choosing an obedience school Hiring a personal dog trainer Deciding on a dog camp ou have a number of choices when it comes to Buddy's education. 1 Train out of a book, such as this one. 1 Participate in group classes. 1 Have someone else do the training. Each choice has its own pros and cons, and your own personality and lifestyle determine your preference. No matter what decision you make, you need to keep in mind that there are enormous quality differences, not...

Turns while heeling U

Umbilical cord, for transition to heeling off leash, 216-217 United Kennel Club UKC , 190 United States Dog Agility Association USDAA , 328 urinary incontinence, 157 urination, submissive wetting, 158-159 urine pH, 296 Utility class, 20, 260-261 Utility Dog title action exercises, 260-261 control exercises, 260-261 Directed Jumping, 277-281 Directed Retrieve exercise, 272-276 exercises, list of, 260-261 Moving Stand for Examination, 276 Scent Discrimination exercise, 268-272 scoring, 359, 360...

When hormones kick in its not always about sex

During the period from 4 months to a year, the male puppy's hormones surge to four times his adult level, and this surge can have important effects on his behavior. You can usually tell when he's entering this phase. The most obvious sign is that he stops listening to you. He may also try to dominate other dogs in the household or ones he meets outside. Fortunately, after this enormous surge, his hormones ultimately return to normal. Many pet owners discover at this stage that their dog is...

Why Do Some Dogs Scoot on Their Rear Ends

gjABEft Once in a while, your dog may appear to be sitting and then suddenly drag himself around on his front paws, with his rear end on the floor. It looks as if he is trying to clean his rear. This can mean that his anal glands small scent sacks just inside the rectum are full and need emptying. When they need emptied, you need to take him to your vet so she can express the glands. With some breeds, these small glands have to be emptied a couple of times a month. With other breeds, you never...

Puppy discovers sex

Sometime during this four-month to two-year period, depending on the size of your dog, the puppy will discover sex, and you'll be the first to know about it. Our Landseer Newfoundland, Evo, has always enjoyed playing with other dogs. He's generally well behaved and gets along with people and all the dogs he meets. When Evo was almost 2, he fell in love. We took him to a training facility where we were to meet up with friends who had just adopted an 11-month-old female Labrador Retriever named...

Taking charge

Dogs are pack animals, and a pack consists of followers and one leader. The leader is in charge and dictates what happens when. From Buddy's perspective, a pack leader's Bill of Rights looks something like this i To eat first and to eat as much as he wants to i To stand, sit, or lie down wherever he wants to i To have access to the prime spots in the household, including the furniture and the beds i To control entry to or from any room in the house i To proceed through all narrow openings first...

Why Do Dogs Show Nesting Behavior

Around eight or nine weeks after a female has come out of season, you may see her digging around her bed, turning in circles, collecting toys and putting them in her bed, and guarding the area from other animals and maybe even yourself. She's preparing a nest for her puppies. Sometimes even spayed females exhibit this behavior, and it's often accompanied by swelling of the mammary glands that may actually fill with milk. In the wild, female dogs in a pack, even if they weren't pregnant or...

Why Do Dogs Mount Each Other

Both female and male dogs can display mounting behavior. More normally associated with males trying to flirt or breed a female, this behavior can be seen male to male, female to female, and female to male. Most people think it has to do only with sex, but it can be a dominance display with dogs of the same gender the one on top reminding the other who is in charge or it can be a behavior that is displayed when dogs that know each other well have been separated for some time. The behavior is...

Index

20-foot line use, Canine Good Citizen test, 179 30-minute Down, for aggression management, 168 Control Officers , 287 about-turn in Canine Good Citizen test, 178 teaching, 115 abstention training check use, 85 description, 21 of dog by cat, 22 accepting a friendly stranger, Canine Good Citizen test, 177, 182 accident, housetraining, 58-59 acid alkaline balance, 296 aconite, 143, 314 action exercises, 260-261 action training, 21 acupuncture, 157-158, 314-315 adolescence, 45-46 age, influence on...

Teaching Buddy Scent Discrimination

Sequence 4's goal is to teach your dog Scent Discrimination 1. Make sure that your hands are clean and free from chemicals and perfumes. 2. With you and Buddy facing the board from ten feet away, scent a metal article by slowly rubbing the bar of the dumbbell for 20 seconds and briefly let him hold the article. 3. Take the article out of his mouth, say Stay, and place the article on the board, letting him watch you place it on the board. 4. Go back to heel and send him with Find it. 5. If Buddy...

Using Control Position

Dog Heel Position

In practice, you're also going to graduate from leash over the shoulder to Control Position, which makes it easier for you to remind Buddy of his responsibility to pay attention to you and stay in Heel position when he permits himself to become distracted. Control Position see Figure 13-1 is used whenever you want to practice attention and precision heeling. To hold the leash in Control Position, 1. Attach the leash to your dog's training collar. 2. Position both rings of the collar under his...

Why Do Dogs Eat Weeds or Grass

Dogs come with many instinctive behaviors. One of those behaviors is the incredible knowledge of what weeds to eat and when. One reason a dog eats grass is to induce vomiting. He may have eaten something that disagrees with him, and the grass goes into the stomach and binds whatever it contains, which is then expelled. It's an adaptive behavior that protects the dog against indigestion and food poisoning. As a result, dogs that have access to the right kind of grasses, those with wide, serrated...

Lure Coursing

An equally specialized activity is lure coursing, which is for the sight hounds. These dogs were bred to run down game over great distances. If you have ever seen a sight hound running flat out, you can appreciate how fast-paced and exciting lure coursing is. In an AKC test an artificial lure is used, which the dogs follow around a course in an open field. Scoring is based on speed, which is blazing, enthusiasm, and endurance. Of course, it helps if the dog is actually chasing the lure and...

Managing positive stress

For example, say that Buddy stresses in a positive way, which means he gets overexcited and bouncy. In the case of a person, you may say that he or she is hysterical. In the old movies, when someone started screaming uncontrollably, this was handled by slapping the person on the cheek. For Buddy, a check on the collar to settle him down would be the same thing. However, we advise that you keep your hands still and off your dog and keep your voice quiet, or you'll excite him even more. Instead,...

Tolerating your dogs behavior problems

Considering the amount of time and energy that may be required to turn Buddy into the pet you always wanted, you may decide it's easier to live with his annoying antics than to try to change him. You tolerate him the way he is, because you don't have the time, the energy, or the inclination to put in the required effort to change him. Time is a factor everyone has to consider. Can you be disciplined enough to put aside ten minutes five times a week to work with Buddy in a place with no...

Dribbling or Submissive Wetting

Dogs that are high in defense flight and low in defense fight drives are notorious for submissive wetting behavior. See Chapter 5 for more on your dog's drives. This behavior usually occurs upon first greeting the dog. He will either squat or roll over on his back and dribble, dating back to his days as a puppy, when his mother cleaned him. When Buddy dribbles, don't scold your dog, because it only reinforces the behavior and actually makes it worse. By scolding him, you only make him act even...

Introducing distractions

At this point in the training, introduce distractions, beginning with first degree see Chapter 13 for info on the degrees . The distracter stands ten feet from the dog at a 45-degree angle. After you leave Buddy in a Stand, the distracter approaches in a nonthreatening, benign manner to within two feet of him. Give the Drop signal, with the step toward your dog. If he does drop, praise and enthusiastically release. If he doesn't drop, slowly go to him and reinforce the Down by putting two...

The Directed Jumping

For this exercise, your dog has to go on command from one end of the ring to the other, between the bar and the high jump. The bar and the high jump are in the center of the ring about 18 feet apart. You then give your dog the command and or signal for one of the jumps, after which he has to front and then finish. The entire procedure is then repeated for the other jump. The Go-Out command takes a little time to teach because the dog can see absolutely no rhyme nor reason for this exercise. We...

Coaxing Buddy into the crate

In order to coax Buddy into the crate, use these helpful hints 1. Set up the crate and let your dog investigate it. Put a crate pad or blanket in the crate. 2. Choose a command, such as Crate or Go to bed. If your puppy isn't lured in, physically place Buddy in the crate, using the command you've chosen. 3. Close the door, tell him what a great puppy he is, give him a bite-sized treat, and then let him out. There's no rule against gentle persuasion to get your pup enthused about his crate. 4....

Managing the Terrible Twos

The adolescent stage of your dog's life, depending on the breed, takes place anywhere from 4 months to 2 years and culminates in sexual maturity. Generally, the smaller the dog, the sooner he matures. Larger dogs enter and end adolescence later in life. Adolescence is a time when the cute little puppy can turn into a teenage monster. He starts to lose his baby teeth and his soft, fuzzy puppy coat. He goes through growth spurts and looks gangly, either up in the rear or down in front he's...

Using an Exercise Pen for Housetraining

How Cover Xpen

Although a puppy can last in his crate for the night when he's asleep, you can't leave a puppy in his crate for purposes of housetraining for longer than four hours at a time during the day. Your puppy will soil his crate, which definitely isn't a habit you want to establish. If your schedule is such that you can't keep an eye on Buddy during the day or come home to let the puppy out in time, the alternative is an exercise pen. An X-pen see Figure 4-2 is intelligent confinement and uses the...

Disadvantages to spaying and neutering

Altering changes the hormones in the body. Some dogs that are altered develop hypothyroidism as they mature. Hypothyroidism can cause these problems i Dull, oily, smelly coats i Increased shedding i Separation anxiety i Skin problems i A tendency to gain weight Regardless of these disadvantages, we recommend neutering a dog that isn't going to be bred simply because neutered dogs are so much easier to live with. For the males, neutering eliminates the stress they experience when they become...