Big dogs doing work!
A few weeks ago we shared that e-collar training isn’t just for big dogs, but little dogs as well. Today’s blog is about the big dogs! We have a few in our program this week and wanted to share their progress.
We always work on mindset training with the dogs and training the place command is a huge part of that. There are many training methods out there, but as a balanced dog trainer it means that we do lots of things to effectively communicate with our dogs. We work on the Place command as the most important lesson your dog can learn with us. \
The place command teaches the dog how to be calm on command. It becomes their safe place. It allows them to relax in once space and calmly watch what happens around them. It allows them to be a part of the family without getting attention from getting into trouble (counter surfing anyone?). It lets you relax because you know where you pooch is. He isn’t confined to his crate but still in his place.
Now this doesn’t mean that you don’t interact with him, or play with him or take him on walks. He still needs all of those things and activities. But it important to establish routines and structure that he can expect. When you are not on a structured walk, or playing fetch with your dog, he should be on place. If you are not home, he should be in the crate. If you are cooking for family, have him on place. He can still spend time with you and be calm and out of trouble.
Teaching place doesn’t have to be difficult or take a long time. But it will take a lifetime to reinforce it. Training a dog never ends.
What does this have to do with big dogs?
Nothing really – it applies to all dogs. But we wanted to share the video of our two big dog trainees from this week. Large dog breed enjoy the work and the challenge. They also like pushing boundaries, which is why it’s important to always be training. It is important to always use the Place command and reinforce the rules.
If you tell your dog to go to place when you walk in the door, then always tell your dog to go to place. Expect it. Reinforce it. Don’t let him get away with anything less. This will help curb other behavior problems, like jumping on you when you get home. Is he cured of jumping? Probably not, but now you’ve taught him a behavior that you prefer and will reward him for with love and attention.
Training is about consistency.
I hope these two awesome pups teach you the power of starting small, teaching the basics, and then maintaining consistency so they always get to be a part of your life. Dog training changes lives and it gives freedom where there once was chaos.
Thanks for reading!