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Teaching Your Dog To Come When Called, San Francisco Dog Training

Teaching Your Dog To Come When Called, San Francisco Dog Training

Getting your dog to come when called is the most important command or dog behavior there is, especially if you are dog training in San Francisco. I literally saw a grown man running down a busy SF street in nothing but his boxers chasing his dog as it was about to launch itself into traffic. Seeing that it was SF, that’s probably not the strangest thing you would see that day.

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Unfortunately just offering your dog a cookie isn’t going to get the job done. You need to condition the dog to respond to you when you call. That takes time and lots of repetitions to be reliable. Not every method is going to fit for every dog, or dog owner. You have to find the one method that is going to work for your dog.

Two basic steps are required.

  1. Condition your dog to ignore everything around it the way they do with seeing eye dogs.
  2. Condition your dog to respond to your voice.

When you watch my dog training videos you will see me use a variety of dog training methods over an extended period of time. As the dog gets better and more mature I will systematically increase my level of distraction. Nothing is left to chance.

The Three D’s Of Dog Training


Start with 1 foot and increase gradually over time.


When asking your dog to stay in any behavior keep in mind the duration of the exercise in relation to the distance and the amount of distraction.


Over time you can gradually, systematically and incrementally increase distraction and duration, distance over time.

If you live in San Francisco or the Bay Area please feel free to call me as I would love to talk with you about your dog training goals. Here is my number, 408-455-1503

Daily Dog Training Tip, How To Teach The Long Down

Daily Dog Training Tip, How To Teach The Long Down

Hello everybody this is Ashley Starling your bay area dog trainer with your quick daily dog training tip. If you are working on the “long down” or the “down stay” here is a dog training tip that might help you out. If you are having trouble with your dog walking off the place board or popping up into a sit I suggest you elevate your dog even more than just the height of the place board. As you can see in my dog video here I have my dog on the place board placed on top of the training table to elevate my dog even more.

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Back to our tip…

By raising your dog’s center of gravity even a bit more you will encourage your dog to lay down longer with increasing distractions.











Sit, Your Daily Dog Training Tip

Sit, Your Daily Dog Training Tip

Hey guys, 

Just a quick dog training tip for you. When you are teaching your dog or puppy to sit and you are still in the learning phase of training, try elevating your dog. By elevating your dog on a small limited surface area you reduce the amount of distractions that your dog encounters. As you can see in the dog training video the dog cannot get it’s nose to the ground. The ground is where 90 percent of all distractions come from. So now without putting any undue stress on the dog we are more successful. By elevating your dog’s center of gravity it encourages your dog to lower it self into a sitting position.

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In the early stages of training stay close to your dog and keep the training time short. Notice I keep the dog in it’s behavior only for  few seconds and I keep the distraction level low. I also keep my hand on the leash with appropriate control as to give immediate feedback. Lastly I talk very little to the dog but I am clear on what I want. Avoid “verbal vomit”

Please check back often for more dog training tips and dog training videos. My name is Ashley Starling and I am a bay area dog trainer providing San Jose dog training.

Target Sticks Are Great To Train Dogs, San Jose,CA

How I Use A Target Stick To Train Dogs, San Jose Dog Training

In this dog training article I am going to tell you about my experience using a “Target Stick” with my new border collie puppy. As a dog trainer in San Jose I have a lot of competition so I need to keep up on all the newest and best dog training techniques out there.

In the past I have always used food and that worked great with my last labrador. My new puppy however is a bit more energetic and a bit more distracted to say the least. I noticed that he loved to follow and chase things. So I attached a value to the end of the target stick by both food rewards and play items. Whenever he would follow the end of the stick I would use a verbal marker and pay him with a piece of hotdog or a quick game of tug with a soft towel. Pretty soon he was chasing down the end of the stick no matter where it went.

I use the stick to

  • Lead him over jumps
  • Lead him into his dog crate
  • Position him into a heel and sit
  • Move him in and out of positions, Sit, Down, etc
  • Move his head left or right
  • Teach your dog directions
  • Teach your dog to come when called
  • The list goes on and on
san jose dog trainer uses a target stick

san jose dog trainer uses a target stick












The target stick has basically become an extention of my hand. This way I can put more space between me and the dog and increase my span of control. I like it because it helps the dog stay focused and keep looking either at me, or at whatever I want. If you can capture your dogs attention you can get anything done with your dog.

San Jose dog training means keeping up with all the latest techniques that are out there and having a big bag of tricks for all my clients.

Labrador Retrievers And how I Train To Overcome Distractions

Labrador Retrievers And how I Train To Overcome Distractions

In this dog training video you can see that I am training a young yellow lab along side my older black lab. I am using my black lab as a distraction and training tool. I can do this because Sadie, the older of the two is very steady.

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At some point in your training routine you will have to introduce distractions, although you will need to do this systematicly and incrementaly. Think of distractions like this: they come in levels of 1-10. Each month your dog can level up 1 distraction level, maybe. By the time your dog is 12 months old it should be able to handle a level 10 distraction.

Learn To Accept Distractions, Not Fight Them

In order for your dog to get to the next level it must view all distractions as neutrals. If the dog next to it is a good or bad thing now you have to deal with your dogs perception of the distraction (D). If the dog perceives the D as neutral, like a tree say then you don’t have to worry about it. For example, your dog doesn’t get all crazy one way or the other when it sees a tree, or a boulder, or a parked car. your dog should see all distractions as such.

Most people whether they are veternarians or even dog trainers will tell you that you need to socialize your dog. That is a misnomer, you need to neutralize your dog. When your dog sees another dog it should still be concerned with you, not the world around it. That is your job. What difference does it make if your dog bangs and bucks at the end of the leash from excitement or aggression? The result is still the same, a dog out of control. Got questions?

How To Introduce A Second Dog To Your Household

How To Introduce A Second Dog To Your Household

How To Introduce A Second Dog To Your Household

In this short article I am going to give you some practacle tips on how to introduce a second dog into your household.

The first tip is go slow. Dogs need time to feel each other out. You don’t want any fighting over spaces or other resources. Start by putting both dogs in a crate on opposite sides of the room. make sure they aren’t starring at each other. When they settle down take one dog by the leash and approach the second little by little. Grab a hotdog in each hand and posisition them so as they eat the hotdog they are looking at each other. Make sure nobody feels trapped or threatened. Get a little success and then give it a rest.

As you go about your day to day make sure there is no lingering around each other’s crate or eating area. Use your crates as management tools. Absolutely avoid any “they’ll work it out” scenerios. Direct each dogs movements if you want to avoid any fighting.

How To Teach A Dog To Heel And Avoid Leash Aggression

How To Teach A Dog To Heel And Avoid Leash Aggression


How to teach a dog to heel and avoid leash aggression. In the video above you can see that I am taking a step by step approach teaching this young border collie to heel. This is so important if you want to avoid any kind of leash reactivity down the road. The dog must be taught what to do, rather than what not to do. As he sits right now he flips out when he sees another dog. What I have noticed however is that when he knows a specific task it is easier to keep him focused. So rather than me telling him to stop lunging,barking, growling, whatever I do my best to keep him focused on a very simple task.

Here are a few simple tips for getting started right.

Don’t take your dog for a walk. Instead, take your dog for a training exercise where you practice having it stay by your side as you take one step at a time.

Keep your dog’s head up, looking at you. If it’s head is up, the nose is not in the ground sniffing around.

Don’t argue with your dog. If he starts to pull on the leash simply turn and go the other way.

How I Train Young Labrador Retrievers, Dog Training In Sunnyvale,Ca

How I Train Young Labrador Retrievers, Dog Training In Sunnyvale,Ca

Fetch, How To Teach Your Labrador Puppy To Fetch


Fetch, How To Teach Your Labrador Puppy To Fetch

If your dog would rather play “keep away” than fetch, then this is the video for you. Most dog owners mistakenly teach their dogs that the game ends when they spit out the toy object. When the dog learns this they become reluctant to return the toy to you and may even run when you try to grab it. A better way is you teach the dog that the game begins again when they return the toy and spit it out. In order for them to WANT to spit out the toy they have to have a over whelming and compelling reason to do this or anything else for that matter. Absolutely no force is used. Here is how it’s done.

Fetch, teach your labrador to fetch

Example of a labrador that loves to fetch

As the dog is enjoying itself, running about the training area with it’s prize in it’s mouth, show it you have a second identical toy of the exact same value. Get all excited as you waive it about. At some point the dog is going to want what you have as it looks way more animated. The second your dog spits out the first object toss the second one just far enough so you can grab the first one. Only grab the first one when your dog is committed to getting the second. Never try to trick your dog as this will breed distrust. You are teaching your dog the game begins again when he spits out the first toy.

As time goes by you can shape the dog to bring the toy closer and closer to you. You may notice that your dog will run over to a certain spot in your yard. You can meet him there. As long as he is spitting the toy out in close proximity to you, you are on the right track.



How To Teach Your Dog Or Puppy To Lie Down

In this video we are working our five month old Labrador puppy on the down command. What I would have you notice is that we are working off leash and we are working from a distance and the dog is very happy. Today’s dog training session is a little more free form and not so structured as it has been in the past. Really all I’m doing is walking her around the yard and telling her to lie down on whatever I point to. This is a great way to allow a bit of distraction into your training routine. I would only do it for a few minutes however because the dog is still very young. We are doing pretty good for five months old. If we keep this up she will be rock solid at about 10 months of age.

We have a lot more training yet to do but we have laid a great foundation to build from. We have created a bond built from trust and not from over compulsion and fear. Now we keep going through the daily routine and as the puppy gets a bit older and more mature we will add distraction, distance and duration, the three D’s of dog training. As the dog gets older many of the daily distractions will have less effect on the dog as she learns that they mean nothing. This is a matter of time and daily repetitions.

Here is the formula I would suggest if you want to be successful with your dog or puppy. You have to take the dog through ten thousand repetitions. That means any behavior must be repeated 30 times per day, everyday for one month. That will give you one 1,000 reps. Do that for 10 months and that will give you 10,000 reps and you will be successful.


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