In a trial (aka competition or show), the dog runs the course off-leash and the handler can’t touch the dog. The human half of the team relies on body language and, to a lesser extent, vocal cues, to tell the canine half where to go.
Secondly, make sure you read up on what size crate your puppy needs because too small is inhumane, too large and it loses a lot of its usefulness and appeal to your puppy. The linked article contains instructions and advice on how to measure your puppy correctly for a crate and why it’s so important.
If he is lagging behind a great deal, he could be frightened or not feeling well, so use lots of encouragement instead of pulling him along. If he is lagging to sniff or to potty, simply keep walking but be sure to apply only gentle pressure on the leash. Don’t forget to use lots of rewards when he does walk with you.
The best way to teach this trick is through repetition. Place a treat on your dogs nose, tell them to wait and gently hold the dog’s head to encourage stillness. If your dog does not like being held, then concentrate on using commands and a hand motion to keep your dog in place.
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Crate training is a process that involves confinement, supervision and proper scheduling. Some people mistakenly think that they can train your dog by just shoving him in the crate and leaving him in there most of the time. That’s not crate training, it’s cruelty. Dogs that are crate trained must be properly introduced to the crate, must have sufficient opportunities to get out to go potty, must be given food and water on a regular schedule, must get a reasonable amount of exercise and spend plenty of time each day with their owners playing, getting affection and just hangin’ out.
Agility is the exciting dog sport where dogs learn to cross over, crawl through, and climb over obstacles such as tunnels, jumps, and weave poles. This class is for everyone looking to spend some fun time with their dogs and/or looking to compete.
Nick is also on the board for the Prince William County Humane Society and helped established their Warrior Buddies Program which pairs shelter dogs with returning veterans, free-of-charge. Additionally, Nick can be regularly seen on “ABC’s The Pet Show with Dr. Katy Nelson” as a consultant for the show.
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How do I practice this in the car? Put her in the crate, close the back door of the car, do the timing thing, then open the back door of the car, click, open the crate door, and treat? (And then close the crate door, close the car door, time, etc, and repeat?)
Next, give the crate cue and wait for the puppy to go in on its own. Stop tossing the treat and wait for the puppy to enter. When the dog does go in, say “Yes!” or click a clicker and then feed the treat.
Every time you take the puppy out of the crate, take him for a walk so he can eliminate. He’ll get used to the idea that potty time comes after crate time. Remember to praise him after he goes to the bathroom outside.
So from this point forward when you feed your puppy, sit and talk them while they eat and repeatedly close, latch and then open the door. Sometimes for just a few seconds, sometimes for half a minute, but always open it before they get worried and cry and always before they have finished eating.