The history of dog agility can be traced to a demonstration at the Crufts Dog Show in the late 1970s in the United Kingdom. Dogs were run around a course designed similar to horse jumping courses during intermission as a way to entertain the audience. It has since spread rapidly around the world, with major competitions held worldwide.
If you run into trouble, go back a few steps If you’re training your dog to do something new and you stop making progress, you may have increased the difficulty of the skill too quickly. Similarly, if you’re practicing a behavior your dog hasn’t performed in a while and she seems a little rusty, she may need some help remembering what you want her to do. If you run into training challenges like these, just refresh your dog’s memory by making the skill a little easier for a few repetitions. Go back to a step that you know your dog can successfully perform, and practice that for a while before trying to increase difficulty again.
You’ll also find that crate training is useful for sequestering rambunctious dogs when you have company over, during car travels, and for making sure a new puppy or anxious dog is safe and happy at night – i.e. not eating everything that’s left within reach, tearing up furniture, or soiling the floors.
When training the dogwalk it is important to keep your dog steady with a tight hold on his leash. It is best to have another person on the other side, to keep your dog from falling off. It will also help your dog feel more safe. If you can lower the height, this is also ideal. Use your hand (and the treat) to keep your dog’s focus on the board in front of him. Your friend can help pat the board a foot or so ahead, to encourage your dog to walk ahead, and give your dog encouragement along the way. At the bottom, make sure your dog does not jump off the side too early, but walks all the way to the bottom, touching the yellow contact zones. Give your treat at the bottom, when your dog’s feet touch the grass. If your dog is having trouble with making the contact zone, see the tip above, under the Teeter-Totter.
Once the puppy is inside, slowly close the door (so as not to startle the puppy) and allow him to eat. He will likely finish his food inside and only begin to whine or bark after he is done with his meal. When he starts to bark and whine, tap the door of the crate and say “No” in a strong, commanding (but not loud) voice. With repetition, this will make him stop crying and eventually train him not to whine when he is placed inside his crate.
The length of time to wait before trying again depends on your puppy’s age and how long it’s been since he last emptied out. For young puppies or dogs who haven’t emptied out for a suspiciously long time, you might wait only 5-10 minutes before trying again, for older dogs or dogs who have had a recent successful potty trip, you might wait an hour or more.
As she sounds so fearful and lacking confidence, I wouldn’t start any formal training until she’s comfortable with her new surroundings, new family and so on. It’s likely she was very poorly socialized, if socialized at and everything she is seeing and experiencing now is likely very overwhelming being so new and unknown to her. How long it takes her confidence to build, and how confident she will eventually become is impossible to know.
Once you can ask puppy to go into the crate, have them lie down, close the door, latch it and leave the room for a minute reliably without puppy crying, it’s now just a case of extending the period of time you can leave them.
10. Always be happy when your dog comes to you, whether you called him or not. A common owner complaint is that the dog does not come when called. Never punish your dog when he comes to you, no matter what he did before. Call him in a happy, playful tone and reward big when he gets to you, with treats, a toy, or praise.
The main goal of this training is making your puppy stay for longer and longer periods of time in the crate. It will make life easier on both of you particularly if you have limited space. And it will help to give him, and you, long nights of rest as he gets used to sleeping in it. But it can be a slow learning process. Begin by making him go inside the crate. You should develop a commanding voice for him to relate it with getting there. Once he is inside, offer him a treat, and close the door. Leave him inside for ten minutes – in your company – to see if he develops any anxiety. If the process is successful, release him. Repeat this process for a few days and increasingly spend more time with him while he is inside the crate with the door closed.
When your dog freezes, you can also try stopping a few feet in front of your dog and waiting. If he shows any signs of moving toward you, say “Yes!” and reach toward him to deliver a treat. Walk a few more feet away and again wait for your dog to voluntarily move toward you. Praise and reward him only for forward movement.
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Put your dog in the crate using your regular command and a treat. Initially, it may be a good idea to put the crate in your bedroom or nearby in a hallway, especially if you have a puppy. Puppies often need to go outside to eliminate during the night, and you’ll want to be able to hear your puppy when he whines to be let outside. Older dogs, too, should initially be kept nearby so that crating doesn’t become associated with social isolation. Once your dog is sleeping comfortably through the night with his crate near you, you can begin to gradually move it to the location you prefer.
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The time it takes to train a dog varies according to the dog and what you’re attempting to train. Housetraining a puppy usually only takes a few weeks, if adhering to a proven training system with a typically intelligent puppy. Beginner behavioral or “manners” training courses typically run 6 weeks. Obedience training typically takes 2-3 sessions per new skill—if you are practicing with your dog multiple times a day in between sessions, and if your dog is young.
If you were to reward 100% of the time your puppy will learn to expect it and be disappointed and then rebel if they do not get rewarded. They will perform only for the treat and only when they want the treat, not at any other time. This means they will not be trained and listening to your cues, they’re merely responding to bribery.