Welcome to week four of dog training!

Week # 4
1.Comewithlotsofpraise.AddtheHeelcue.10minutesperday. Withyourdogona leash. Place a reward in the palm of your hand and close your fingers over it. Call your dog with his name and immediately say “come”. Donʼt run backwards. The dog should still come to you. Once the dog gets to you, say “YES”, give lots of treats and praise. Begin adding mild distractions during the week.
2.Looseleashwalking(LetʼsGo)10minutesperday. Placearewardinthepalmofyour hand and close your fingers over it. Let your dog know you have a reward and start walking saying, “letʼs go”. Remember to praise your pup when he is not pulling or walking ahead of you.
  1. Sit 30 times per day. Continue to practice the sit cue. Begin to wean the dog off food rewards by only giving rewards for the better than average responses.
  2. Down with Cue before action 30 times per day. Tell the dog to “down”. If he does, say “yes” followed by lots of treats and praise. If he doesnʼt down immediately, turn away from the dog. Try again. If he still doesnʼt down immediately, he probably needs more shaping. It may be necessary to food lure him into the down position like you did last week a few more times. After a few food lures, the dog should automatically down when given the down cue without having to be lured into position.
  3. Sit-stay 60 times per day. Continue to practice the stay cue working on distance, distractions and length of stay. Remember to only work with one type of distraction at a time i.e. Distance, length of stay, or any other type of distraction. Begin to wean the dog off food rewards by only giving rewards for the better than average responses.
  4. Introduce down-stay Cue 30 times per day. With the dog in the down position, directly in front of you or beside you, and focused on you, say “stay”. Silently count to 3 and then release with “yes”. Practice the stay cue, gradually increasing the length of time from 3 seconds to 30 seconds.
  5. Desensitize dog to 30-foot training lead 20 minutes per day. Continue to have the dog drag around the 30-foot training lead for approximately 20 minutes every day (10 minutes inside the house and 10 minutes in the yard). Ignore the dog while he is dragging the lead but monitor him at all times for safety.
  6. Remember to bring your 30-foot training lead to class next week, as well as your 6 foot lead too.
Remember we always want to set our puppies up for success in training not failure. If your pup is having a hard time, breakup the exercise into easier steps.