well i would like to teach her the basics, just wondering what the first step is when it comes to training; ive read a lot of books that say that puppies should be taught that the owner is the alpha dog, so reinforcing this to lexi be my first step?
When you say the basics, are you talking about Sit, Stay, Come etc?
May I ask roughly where are you located? We should have someone here able to recommend an obedience school which is a brilliant place to start You'll learn how to teach her the basics, she'll get to socialise and it's a whole lot of fun too
we started dog training club with our soon to be 7 year old (new to our family though) last month. Its really been great- training us as much as him...
best of luck.
well i live in melbourne, clayton. i was kind of thinking of taking lexi to a obediance school, but should i wait for her to settle in first? also would i start her off in the beginners because im quite sure she doesnt know the basics (eg sit, stay etc) or could i teach her myself?
I think that you automatically start in Beginners and move up as quickly as you need to. I'm actually in QLD so no real help for obedience schools in your area.
If you know how to teach sit, drop, stay and come then go for it.
I use the lure method for Sit & Drop (treat in front of dogs nose and slowly move upwards and back over their head so the head follows and the backside goes down, reward for sit, practice about 5-10 times then add the command word as your making the same movement, practice another 5-10 times then move on to just moving your hand hand up and saying "Sit") I hope that makes sense!
Some people like to maneuver the dog into position themselves which works too.
Melbourne has the most fantastic dog park ever with training and everything. But I guess you need to find an obedience club in your area. It will be excellent for teaching you how to teach your dog what you want it to learn, and also for socialising your dog, ie making sure it knows how to play nice with other dogs and people.
googled this melbourne obedience dog clubs and got
including a map showing where some of them are so you can pick a close one. If you don't like the way they treat you and your dog, do check out other clubs because they're all slightly different, especially when it comes to what collars/harnesses are allowed for training.
There's also a list here
DOGS Victoria - Activities and Events - Clubs - Obedience Clubs
The park I was talking about is this
DOGS Victoria - About DOGS Victoria - State Dog Centre - KCC Park
There's nothing like it in South Australia that I know of.
Basics - does your dog know her name?
Lesson 1. repeat 3 times, and have several sessions of 3 repeats daily. First session might want to do 20 or 30 repeats. Got really nice treats like 30 very small pieces of roast chicken or last night's steak or roast?
Say "Lexi" calmly and brightly and confidently. If she looks at you - give a treat. Wait till she gets bored and looks away (unlikely after the treat but pretend you're going to do something else), and say "Lexi" again, treat if she looks at you "good dog" or "yes". repeat.
For sit - hold the treat in front of her nose and slowly raise it up and back over her head. When she sits (so she can keep her nose pointed at it) say "Sit, good dog" happy bright and confidently. and do it again. and again, about 20 repeats. And have a few sessions of this a day.
For heel, start with her sitting in the back yard, and use a treat as a lure. Say "heel" nice and bright, and lead off with the foot on the same side as the dog. It is usual in obedience clubs to have the dog next to your left foot, so you'd lead off with your left foot. Walk a few steps forward and stop, and treat her if she's still next to your left foot. Otherwise, lure her back by letting her see/sniff the treat and walk back and forwards until she's in the right position and treat. For bonus points, lure her head back so she sits (say sit) and then treat. That's grade 1 in our dog club.
There's loads more stuff on the Dog Star Daily site. I really like the Ian Dunbar videos. Just pick out which one applies to what you want to teach...
YouTube - Dog Training - Train Your Dog to Sit
I know it's a puppy in the video but the technique is the same for any dog that likes food (or has skipped a meal).
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