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San Francisco Dog Training With A Small Dog

In this video you can see we are dog training in San Francisco with a small dog. I always tell my small dog clients to treat your dog as if it were a big dog. Believe it or not this little dog would just stop walking and the owner would either have to go back home or pick this little dog up and cary her. So we fixed that in a jiffy. We used the exact same tools and technique as we would for a larger breed dog.

Dog training in San Francisco or any place else is fun and rewarding if you have the right tools and knowledge. Get that small dog on the San Francisco trail without being pulled around.

San Francisco Dog Training “Heel” Step 1. Small Dog

As you watch the video above you can see three very important steps.

1. I keep the dogs head up the entire time.

2. I only take one step at a time, leading with the same leg every time.

3. I sit the dog after every time after just one step.

Why do I do this? Because teaching a dog to “Heel” the right way is a step-by-step process. It is better for your dog to be taught the benefits of staying next to your leg rather than the detrements of leaving your leg. Rewards are better than punishments.

1. If your dog’s head is up that means it’s nose is up. If it’s nose is up then it’s not sniffing the ground. Sniffing leads to looking, leads to pulling. Head up! We motivate the dog to keep it’s head up with the use of food, verbal praise and hand gestures. To keep the head up you must have a piece of TASTY food in your hand such as meat, cheese or salami. You can forget about those crappy dog biscuits. Dogs eat meat people. Your hand must be loaded with a piece of food. Your palm must be right on your dogs nose. If your palm is two inches away it might as well be 10 feet away. Palm to nose.

2. If, at the beginning you take more than one step at a time your dog may get confused, bored and stressed. Lead with the same leg every time. Dogs watch more than they listen. This will be your non-verbal cue. Dog training San Francisco teaching the “Heel” is the same for a puppy as it is for an adult dog.

3. If you take a thousand steps what are the chances of the dog making a mistake? Pretty good. If you take just one step at a time what are the chances of your dog making a mistake? Pretty slim. One step at a time. That is how we teach puppy training San Francisco or anyplace else. Simple. One step at a time. Maybe tomorrow two steps and so on. Keep the head up! Repeat this for 20 or so steps then give you dog a break.

San Francisco Dog Training A Labrador To Down

In this dog training video we are teaching this Labrador retriever the “Down”. This is what I call phase three. In this phase we are no longer holding the leash in our hand and we are starting to add distance to our work.

In the first phase of the down we used hand pressure with the leash  to get the dog to lay down. Once the dog was down we released the pressure and a reward was given. Soon after that we started placing the leash under our foot instead of using our hand. So basically we used our foot like a hand. At this phase we can stand straight up when we give the down command. No bending over, no tapping the ground, no pointing. No body english at all.

Once the dog starts to drop down with voice only from a distance at about 80% accuracy we can start to incorporate the remote collar. When this happens we use a layering effect so we don’t confuse the dog. If the dog ever gets confused we go back to kindergarten for the time being then quickly get back to where we left off. If we try to force or push the dog through any step we get confusion-stress-avoidance.

The technique is similar to Bart Bellon’s “NePoPo” system. Negative, Positive, Positive. When the dog knows the command very well we give the command, apply a reasonable amount of pressure, whatever the dog can handle without too much stress. Every dog is different. That is the first negative. When the dog complies we release the pressure. That is the first positive. Then the food is given. That is the second positive.

Once the dog understands this language we can apply it from over a mile away electronically. For the sake of clarity I won’t go into how we use a remote collar in this article.

How To Potty Train Your Dog Or Puppy

My name is Ashley Starling and I am a San Francisco dog trainer.  House training or potty training your new dog or puppy is the easiest thing in the world if you follow these simple to understand steps.

When you have a brand new dog or puppy there are two main components that go into  good dogmanship. Number one is formal dog training. Dog training  takes time, repetition and patience. The second component and the most overlooked aspect of keeping a dog is dog management. Dog management includes tools such as dog crates, baby gates & exercise pens. When you implement these dog management tools you will have a better relationship with your dog immediately. You can often find these tools at most of your big box pet supply stores or you can get them second hand from websites such as craigslist. I would avoid under any circumstances potty pads.

The biggest tool that is required for successful potty training your dog or puppy is going to be time and patience.

Dogs or puppies usually go to the bathroom after they eat, during exercise, physical stimulation, excitement or after they wake up.

In the beginning it is best to take your dog outside every 15 min to relieve itself. When you take the dog outside make sure you go with the dog. DON’T JUST LET THE DOG OUT WITH OUT SUPERVISION. When your dog goes potty give it a tasty treat. As it squats down shove that piece of cheese right in it’s tiny mouth.

My Dog Won’t Go Potty In The Rain

Yes it will. Stop it already. For all your dog knows it rains everyday. What about parts of the world where it rains for weeks? Do you think the dog waits for days and days? If you have a potty training student and it is raining make sure YOU are ready to stand with your dog in the rain. If you don’t go with your dog what do you think it will do? It will go out and not go potty in an attempt for you to bring the dog back in. Then guess what? Your dog will go potty, on your carpet. If this happens never scold your dog. Never rub your dogs nose in anything. You messed up, not the dog. Go out with your dog, encourage your dog to do it’s business. Put the dog on a leash if you have to and take it to it’s potty spot. Get your warm jacket, your rubber shoes, gloves and hat and patience. If she still won’t go, no problem, bring her back in and immidatly put her in her crate, not in a scolding way, in a patient way. After a few minutes try again. This time walk her around this may help. Remember to bring your food rewards. If she still refuses to go, put her back in her crate again. THE WORLD STOPS UNTIL YOUR DOG GOES POTTY OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN.

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Eventually your dog will go potty. I promise. It is likely that she will go potty a little bit just to get the whole thing over with. Watch for this. Don’t be fooled by this people. Remember we won’t be happy till she goes pee and poop. If she only goes a little bit put her back into her crate. This is not  punishment, rather management. Keep at it and eventually your dog will do all her business in the rain, on a plane, even in the south of Spain! You get the idea.

Hello My name is Ashley Starling. I am the owner of Canine Tutors Dog Training and I train dogs and puppies in San Francisco, Ca. If you have questions concerning your dog or pup feel free to give us a call! 408-455-1503


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