Training techniques for each piece of equipment varies. For example, the techniques for training the weave poles include using offset poles that gradually move more in line with each other; using poles that tilt outward from the base and gradually become upright; using wires or gates around the poles forcing the dog into the desired path; putting a hand in the dog’s collar and guiding the dog through while leading with an incentive; teaching the dog to run full speed between two poles and gradually increasing the angle of approach and number of poles; et cetera.
Plant yourself. Walk forward with your dog on-leash. The moment she starts to pull and the leash tightens, turn into a tree–that is, plant your feet and don’t budge. Call her name and walk back a few steps until she moves toward you. Reward her with a treat, and start walking again. The second she pulls on the leash, stop again.
Status: OPEN. This class is for puppies older than six months and adult dogs that are just starting their training or need a refresher. The course will introduce dogs to all the basic obedience commands such as sit, down, stand, come, off, and loose-leash walking. In addition, we will practice the commands with real life training exercises, such as not bolting through the door when opened and park bench manners, etc. This is a “food” reward-based class. SPECIAL NOTES: 1) At least 3 dogs must be registered for class to be held. 2) The FIRST day of class, please come WITHOUT your dog and with a copy of your dog’s Rabies certificate. Front training room.
Status: FULL. Click here for the waitlist This class is for dogs aged 5 & 1/2 months & up. Dogs will be introduced to very basic handling & foundational skills needed to be competitive in agility, as well as other dog sports. The intention is to build the relationship between the dog & handler while laying the foundations of skills for agility. Dogs will be introduced to the following, at a minimum: clicker & target training; tandem agility moves; wobble board; fitness; tugging; rear-end awareness exercises; & obedience for agility. Dogs can & should be entered in this class at a young age & rotate through it twice to expose them to each foundational exercise twice during their “puppy brain” stage. Dogs will also be exposed to tunnels, chutes, & hoops. Bitches in season will not be allowed in classes as dogs at this level do not need any additional distractions. Graduation criteria: Age; able to work while another dog is working on the other side of the building; sit, down, stay & recall. Main Ring 1 & 2.
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This was part 3 in an 8-part series that details everything you need to know about the use of a crate and crate training your puppy. The information applies equally well to dogs of all breeds and not just Labradors.
Your 2 goals are essentially the same though: For him to remain calm and quiet inside the crate. But from your description, my fear is he suffers from a mild case of separation anxiety, not any fear or dislike of the crate.
Another method for helping a dog to enjoy the crate is through the use of toys that you can stuff with food such as the Kong, Busy Buddy or Buster Cube, among others. You can stuff the hollow rubber toys with food treats and then give the toy to your dog when he goes in the crate. Most dogs will become very xated on getting the food out of the toy and will forget about the fact that they are in the crate. You can stuff these toys with a little bit of peanut butter; cream cheese, cheese wiz, cottage cheese, applesauce, plain yogurt, dog biscuits, etc. Be creative! You may even try to freeze it, as this makes it harder for the dog to get the food out and increases the time his attention will be occupied.
Before you begin crate training, always exercise your dog with a long walk to drain excess energy. Additionally, you want to take him outside to go to the bathroom, so you don’t have to interrupt your training for a “potty break.”
Have patience and introduce your dog to new ideas and settings a little at a time. If your dog is nervous around people, only expose him or her to people for a short period to begin with, petting him and reassuring him all the while. Your dog feels safer with an alpha dog indicating that all is well.
Throughout the crate training process we want to take things very slowly. Your puppy is young and only has a short attention span, so initially spend only 3 to 5 minutes at a time doing this training and then take a break to do something else.
hi, i have a question. we are looking at getting a second dog, we have a 3 year old dachshund that is house broken and stays out free roaming all day i work 8-10 hour days 5x a week so we leave a potty pad out for her if she does have to go. with this new puppy which will be a 12 week old great dane when we get her. im not sure if i should try to crate train her being she will be in there such an extended time at a young age and the older dog will be out roaming or should i get like a play pen to keep her in during the day with pads and a bed for comfort to not keep her so confined. our current dog sleeps with us at night and the new dog will probably as well as to not show favoritism. im just not sure what will be most beneficial to the new puppy so i can soon once trained leave her out all day with the older dog.
There are a few popular training methods for getting your dog to master the weaves. With all of them, do not rush the process! If you find your dog weaves great one day, then the “pops” out of the poles the next, it’s time to take some baby steps backwards. One training method is called the “Wire Method”, where wires are clipped onto the upright poles to make a channel path for the dog to follow. At first you place the wires at your dog’s eye level, or at a place that will discourage him from going under or over them. Gradually you will raise the wires out of your dog’s line of sight until they are taken off altogether. A similar method called the “Chute Method” uses chicken-wire mesh gates to form a path. Another method is called the “Channel Method”, which requires a special weave set that is like 2 sets, side by side, in a parallel offset fashion. They start off far apart, so at first your dog is running down a channel, and not weaving at all. When you bring the poles closer together, your dog will start weaving a little. A similar method is called the “Slanted-Pole” method (popularized by the Weave-a-matic Weave Pole sets). The poles are fixed to a straight base, but can be slanted in an alternating “parted waters” fashion. This allows your dog to run down a path without weaving at first, and as the poles pull closer together, he begins to weave. One final method, and of course the cheapest, is to keep the poles upright, and guide your dog in and out with a leash, treats, and gently guiding him with your legs and body language.
To be sure the base pieces for the weave polls won’t spin, first connect each 18½-inch piece to the side of a tee. Tap the pipes tight into the tees using a block and a hammer. Drill a hole through the tee into the pipe using a drill/driver fitted with a 1/16-inch bit. Connect the two with a 1-inch set screw.
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In heavily populated areas, therefore, it is uncommon to find real estate inexpensive enough to devote entirely to agility, so sites are usually rented for the weekend. Even in more rural areas, agility-only sites are uncommon. Popular locations include large parks, covered horse-riding arenas, and in cold-winter areas, large, empty warehouses in which mats or carpet can be laid.
I have to admit though, I do recall my parents not properly crate training her and sometimes even using force to put her in the crate…but it was decades ago, I was young and my family’s knowledge wasn’t as good then as it is now.
Once you have successfully trained your dog to accept the crate, you can leave the crate open in your house. You may nd that your dog will go into the crate and lie down there on his own with the door open, as dogs are “den” animals and instinctively enjoy a nice cozy place they can snuggle into and retire from the world.