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Stay Focused, San Jose Puppy Training, Canine Tutors Dog Training

Stay Focused, San Jose Puppy Training, Canine Tutors Dog Training 

Hello, My name is Ashley Starling and if you are looking for San Jose puppy training then please watch this dog training video.

Dogs learn by doing. Whatever you allow, encourage them to do they will repeat, especially if they get any kind of reward from the behavior. If you as the trainer and the creator of the environment only allow for success then your dog will learn quickly and with great enthusiasm.

In this puppy training video I am showing my 6 month old border collie puppy how to sit properly. I don’t want to “teach” him how to lie down or to stand up during a sit. So I get out the place board and his favorite toy for the moment. I hold the toy where his head will naturally and willingly look upward to me. This creates engagement with the handler and with the dog’s head in an upward position this helps facilitate keeping him in a sit. Notice in the video how I have my hand placed on the dog’s leash. It’s not just anyplace. At some points it’s just and in away from the collar on the dogs neck. If my dog starts to raise his rear end I will put gentle pressure on the collar to reinforce that we are still sitting.

My dog knows when we are done because I use the same release word every single time. He knows even as a young 6 month old puppy to wait for it. Bart Bellon uses a strong “whoosh” noise that the dog only hears when the job is done right.

If you are doing dog training or puppy training in San Jose give us a call and we will set up an appointment for a free no obligation evaluation. Happy training!

San Jose Dog Training, Dog Tricks

Here is why teaching your dog to do tricks is a great idea and why you should do it.

Let’s face it, although necessary just teaching you dog to site or other various basic commands can be a bit boring after a while, for both you and your dog. So I would suggest either move on to more advanced concepts of dog obedience and/or have some fun with dog trick training. The thing I love about training tricks is that it is all positive and I get to give my dog lots of treats so it’s very low stress for all.

When starting out pick something super easy for both you and the dog. My first trick was spin, then shake. My first big trick was roll over. It’s cool because they are all like little puzzles you have to try to figure out. So sometimes you will see your dog responding well and moving forward then other times you dog will look at you like “what”? So then you know you need to try a different route.

Youtube is a great resource for getting tips on teaching your dog how to do dog tricks. They have youtubers who make their living on teaching you how to teach your dog tricks. Best of all it’s free.

As a San Jose dog training professional I can tell you this, when you train for tricks it will make you a better dog trainer because you will learn maybe the most important skill of all, learning how to read your dog. You will come to see very quickly signs of stress, enthusiasm, confusion and the like and this will be super beneficial in other more pragmatic areas of dog training. Also if you get a second dog down the road you will be faster at training the new one.

San Jose Dog Training Tips; The Pinch Collar

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Proper fitting pinch collar






A lot of dog owners use pinch collars but not everybody knows the best way to use it. In this dog training article I will give you just a few basic tips on how to get the most from a very useful tool.

First a pinch collar is not a tool to hurt the dog. It is a communication tool to give the dog guidance. The dog is to learn to cooperate with the collar. Proper fitting of the collar will help facilitate this. If when you use the pinch collar the dog is vocalizing, wincing hard or if it looks like it is shutting down then you might be applying too much pressure. If your collar is fitting properly you should be able to apply as little pressure as possible to give guidance without hurting the dog.¬†When applying the collar pressure you want to just flick your wrist, not move your entire arm. As Ed Frawley says, It’s power steering for the dog.

I use small collars on all my dogs no matter the size of the dog and I suggest you use a small collar as well. When putting the collar on the dog it should fit high up on the neck as seen in the picture above. The collar should fit like a belt around your waist and not sagging down at the lower end of the neck. You can add or remove links in the collar depending on the width of your dog’s neck. I have a useful video on my website.

The pinch collar is an active training tool. That means when you are done working your behaviors, or when you are going to put your dog in it’s kennel take the collar off. I take off all collars to avoid any accidents. My favorite pinch collar is a Herm Sprenger. It is never used as a punishment tool. When used to teach your dog the “heel” the clasp should be between you and your dog for best comfort.

Thank you for reading San Jose Dog Training Tips; The Pinch Collar


Dog Training In San Jose, How To Pick A Puppy

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Puppy training in san jose. Pick the right san jose puppy trainer

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Getting a new puppy is an amazing feeling. That little ball of joy that brings happiness to the whole family. Well as many of you know that could easily go the other way too. Your success will come down to one main thing. Preparation. You will need this item in both knowledge and supplies. This article will cover the very minimum information you will need to know in order to select the best dog for your family. In other words, don’t put a square peg in a round hole.

Take a look at the two labrador retrievers up top. Each genetically identical to the configuration of a lab, however they look like, and act like to completely different breed of dogs. The dog on the left is lean and long with endless amounts of energy. Built to retrieve anything. If not given the proper exercise and mental stimulation this dog will destroy a lot of your favorite stuff. It will become unruly and unpleasant to work with. That is just a short list of the frustration you will encounter.

The dog on the right is more sedentary. Lower slung to the ground, larger head, more laid back. Way more laid back. Better for a family that would enjoy throwing the ball in the backyard and a nightly walk. This dog won’t bark his head off because it’s bored and want’s you to throw the ball endlessly . This dog will watch the game with you and be happy to have his own pillow.

When you are getting ready to add a dog or puppy to your family size up your energy style and contact the right breeder or rescue agency. Typically breeders make one type of dog for their fan base or customer base. It’s not an accident that the dog on the right looks the way it does.

If you are considering getting a new dog or puppy so you can do some dog training in San Jose give us a call and we can steer you in the right direction.

Dog Training In San Jose, Puppy Training

In the above dog training video you can see we are working a pitbull puppy on some basic dog obedience skills. What we are doing that is a bit different is we are doing the puppy training repetitions very quickly. We use fast repetitive drills.

By using our placeboards or touch pads we can train a young dog from a distance and still keep a great deal of engagement. By doing this we can branch out into all kinds of cool training behaviors. We can start a sit in motion, sit from a distance and recall just to name a few.

People often ask me how many repetitions does it take before my dog will be reliable. The general rule is 10,000. That amounts to 30 repetitions per behavior per day, everyday for 10 months. You also have to work in your three D’s :Distance, Duration and Distraction. Each of those dog training concepts are managed separately. As time goes by we will add more place boards and space them out more and more, then as the dog matures we can add more distractions and so on.

Dog training is no different than plumbing. If you are going to do a job you will need the right tool for the job. With this young dog we are teaching basic obedience so we use the boxes. I could have just had the dog sit on the ground but then they just start sniffing around and mentally check out and you are left raising your voice or putting unfair pressure on the puppy.

Canine Tutors Dog Training can help you achieve your pet dog training goals. We offer puppy training classes as well as adult dog training in San Jose,Ca.


Dog Training Could Save Your Dog’s Life!


In the dog training video above you can see my San Jose dog training client has their yorkie on the front lawn. About once or twice a week the neighbors across the street get visited by some deer. The yorkie loses his mind and wants to run across the street and go get his clock cleaned by the deer, young bucks actually. So if the on-coming car doesn’t ruin the dog’s day I’m pretty sure a set of antlers will. My clients are in their 70’s and will not be chasing after the dog–very fast anyway.

Here is where the dog training came into place. We had been practicing the “recall” for 2 weeks. That is where the dog comes when you call it. Now let’s be fair here. A yorkie isn’t a labrador or a golden retriever. They aren’t known for being dog obedience champions, however I have always said, and I still maintain that ANY dog can learn basic dog obedience. So this is where we got to see if our dog training was in vain. I just happened to have my phone out when the deer paid us a visit.

Once the owner saw that the dog had seen the deer he told his dog to come back. The dog did just that. In fact the dog ran back into the house. You can see the other dog training videos of us practicing this very same thing on this website. The recall, or having your dog come when called is THE most important dog training command there is. Every dog needs to have this down cold. As we say here at Canine Tutors Dog Training, “Talk Is Cheap” get your FREE demo with your dog today!

For dogs of this size I like the dogtra iq plus. It has a small output of power and is made for small dogs.

Training My Client To Train Her Dog

In the short dog training video above you can see we are using what many may believe to be an “old fashioned” method of dog training. Where we use “pressure” to get the dog to comply.

Here’s why this is a good idea and how you can do it too!

When starting use slow gentle pressure. Give the command once in a neutral tone. We never rough talk the dog. Position the collar high up on the dog’s neck. We want to control the head, not the shoulders. When you start to deliver the downward pressure keep a watchful eye out for when your dog starts to go with the pressure. The instant this happens release and give the food and lots of praise. Food first though. Have the food in your hand ready to go. If you have to go and dig for it out of your pocket your too slow. Hide your food hand behind your back so you’re not playing with your dog’s emotions.

Each time you do this ask for a little more success. At first your dog may just drop a shoulder just a bit. Release the pressure and reward. The next time you may see it put a paw forward as if to start to lay down. Release the pressure and deliver the food. So on and so on.

San Jose Dog Training A Pitbull Puppy Advanced

In this dog training video you are watching me do a ‚ÄúCome, Sit and Place‚ÄĚ drill with a 20 week old puppy. It is designed to take your dog through multiple movements quickly and from a distance. As time goes on we will add more movements to the drill as well as more distance between the boxes and more distance between us and the dog. Eventually we will get rid of the boxes and we will have a dog that will sit in motion, down in motion and do directional work from a distance. This is a normal dog, not of any high drive. This just shows you what can be done with positive dog training, positive reinforcement dog training and puppy training. I hope you enjoy our dog training videos. – See more at:

San Jose Dog Training A Morkie To “Give”

In this short dog training video I am showing the first stages of how I as a San Jose dog trainer would get this little morkie to give me the object, rather than taking the object. If I take any object then I am using some kind of force.

It doesn’t matter what the dog has in it’s mouth. If you go to grab it you may get a big surprise. By grabbing what the dog has you are teaching the dog the value of ¬†aggression. If you show the dog that YOU want it, then the dog wants it even more. Now there is competition over the object. Here is how the San Jose dog trainer pros do it.

Start by putting your puppy or dog on a training line or a dog leash so it cannot run away the next time it grabs something with it’s mouth. When the dog puts ANYTHING it it’s mouth, a toy, stick or a sock, anything, grab the leash, not the dog. Now with the leash in your hand keep a calm demeanor and grab a small piece of hot dog or cheese from your bait bag treat you are wearing around your waist. If your dog is out of the crate your bait bag is automatically on. Now hold the leash about 1 foot from the collar. Show your dog the piece of cheese. Give the command “out” one time. Now just wait. Be patient. It doesn’t matter if it takes 2 minutes don’t force or push or try to trick the dog. Hold the cheese in your hand so the dog can plainly see it. When the dog spits the object out use your verbal marker and give the dog the cheese. Now grab the object. When the dog is done with the cheese give your dog the object back, assuming it’s not toxic or dangerous. Repeat the steps as in the video. Put the emphasis on giving the object not taking it.

If you are looking for San Jose dog training then check us out. We bring our San jose dog trainers to you and we can fit your busy schedule. Give us a call, the first lesson is on us. Let us show you what we can do!

San Jose Dog Training A Labrador To Heel

Generally speaking your dog pulls on the leash from one or all three of these reasons listed below.

1. The dog sees no benefit to staying by your side

2. Reverse reflex reaction.

3. Distractions have your dog’s attention

1. Every second of the dog’s life it is considering what is better. This or that. Normally dog owners don’t give their dog a compelling reason to want to stay by their side. Since there is no reason to stay next to you, there is every reason (distractions) to leave. Usually one of the most compelling reasons for the dog to do anything is food. Food is money for dogs. If you are looking for San Jose dog training that encompasses a balanced approach which includes food please give us a call so we can show you first hand how it all works. By using food to encourage your dog to stay next to you you show the dog by example how comfortable that position is. Use the food to coax the dog’s head up. If the dog has it’s head up that means it’s nose is not buried in the grass. The small distraction grabbing for your dog’s attention is $5.00, a tasty food reward such as a hotdog or a piece of cheese is $50.00

2. If you pull a dog by it’s neck by way of a leash it will most likely pull in the opposite direction.

We call this reverse reflex reaction. Think like your dog for a moment. Your dog is out in front by a foot or so, you are behind your dog using the leash as a device to try to slow your dog. Your dog has learned by example that if it just keeps putting more effort into going forward it will eventually move away from the discomfort of the pressure from behind. At some point you slack up on the leash either conciously or by accident to give your dog one instant of relief thus proving to your dog that if he just keeps trying he will be rewarded if only momentarily.

If you are interested in working with a professional to see for yourself how easy and effective San Jose dog training is then feel free to give us a call so you can get a FREE demo with your dog. After all, talk is cheap!

Try this the next time you are out for a walk with your dog. As you are walking with your dog when you notice it’s nose go past your toes simply turn 180 degrees and walk the other way. Don’t wait for your dog just turn and keep walking. Now your dog is behind you and needs to catch up. When your dog hits the sweet spot “Heel position” pay him with food. Pay him for every step he stays with you. Remember what I said earlier. They are deciding every second what is better.

3. Distractions Distractions Distractions

They are waiting for you and your dog the second you open your front door. That’s why I say that dog training at your house is like fake dog training. In your house or your front/back yard you can largely control the distractions.

You have to take your dog through a distraction proofing process. Start with low level distractions and gradually as your dog gets a handle on things and as you get better at reading your dog you guys can slowly, systematically and incrementally raise the level of distractions. This process is like anything else. It takes a plan. Rate your distractions on a scale of 1-10 and tart out at 1 and work to level 10. Remember to go at your dog’s pace and keep it stress free and fun!


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