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How do we train?
3 key words
Focus – 100% on dog, no phone calls, no talking to anyone. Pro dogs need 3 trainers to keep up with them! Focus, determines who is alpha, or leader.
Praise – Let them know you are happy, it is not about their happiness, it’s about yours. 30 seconds of acting super happy and praising them. Dogs want to please and when they know what does that they will repeat it.
Patience – wait for it! If you would just wait 30 more seconds or more they will most likely do it. And it will be less of a wait next time! You have to learn patience.
Who teaches a dog to sit? Think about it, who taught you to sit? Don’t we all sit automatically?
Sounds like Child development to me!
The dog Industry is just like any typical Industry, money hungry. They do not care about your dogs! Dog food is toxic and if it is not then it is still no better then Mc Donald’s when it comes to nutrition. Puppy training and learning standards are forced at such a young age that it causes anxiety and aggressive behaviors in the future years. Typical information taken as truth is commonly false or non-effective.
We want you to think of child development for a moment. Now would you hold a bottle over a baby and tell them to go to the toilet first? No, you feed you family and allow them to develop at an age appropriate pace. Take a first grader and teach them fractions, a 5th grade level math. You can do it! It will take weeks of practice and you will need to use the same numbers and be in a comfortable environment. The child will repeat ½ + ¾ = 1¼ and everyone will be impressed. But this is wrong and puts added pressures and a child that should just grow up and enjoy their childhood. When they are older they are interest in learning and will give you the attention you want. That is how we know when dogs are ready to learn. We wait until they are around a year old and test them. We must focus on Dog Development, and building confidence so they can achieve the highest level of training possible for them. The first year of a dog’s life is for exploring, learning environments, and socializing. Socializing requires a chapter all for itself but it is not what everyone thinks it is. It is not about letting your dog loose to deal with it themselves. 2 years and younger need proper attention to play with others and we do it very specially and carefully! Protect your dog under 2, and do not expect and pet professional to do it!
Just like in child development everything needs to be age appropriate. The Recall is one of the most important commands in a dog’s life. We have the best recall in the sport because we used age appropriate behavior training. Say no to force recalls, and try working with nature instead. The first four months of a dog’s life they are glued to your hip. Use this to better training by calling them to you as much as possible and praising them when they get to you. Tell them to come to you as much as possible during these crucial months. After the first four months you will notice more independence in the puppy and they will stop coming to you. This is the time of exploration for the puppies. You should never ask them to come to you during the next 6-12 months unless they are already on their way to you. If you never fail at the recall for the first year of their life, and you develop them using other tools within these teaching, they will most likely have a perfect recall.
Why tug –of – war is so important to developing proper use of the bite. Teach the dog how to bite and what to bite. When to release and let go of what ever in their mouth. Developing play drive and bite control is so very important to attaining focused attention in future trainings. How do I know developing the mouth is so important to a well-behaved dog? First, my Brother was born without the tips of his fingers on his right hand and the Doctor told the family that he would be slow to develop. He said he would have to retrain his brain to be left-handed and that this would slow the rest of his development. He said he would be perfectly fine around the age of 11. Sure enough the doctor was right and around 11 he was as normal as any other 11 year old. In fact he became an amazing left-handed artist! Developing our hands, as children we are encouraged to grab things and explore safely. We would never consider taking away a child’s hand development in fear that they will become a MMA fighter or Pro boxer
How to play tug-of-war. This is my Mr. Myagi tool, Karate master, wax on wax off. Yes with proper use of tug-of-war you will have a perfectly easily trainable service, competition, etc., dog.
First it’s about the fight, the fun in pulling the rope or toy. Make sure you are having as much fun as you possibly can. Make a bunch of fun sounds and play! Let your dog win as much as possible, or every time. When they win praise them. Just like we praise little Johnny for swinging at the baseball, miss or not we praise them. Building confidence and pride we praise praise praise them letting them know we are happy. If they do not bring it back to you right away continue with praising them. You will notice they will start to make their way back to you one foot at a time. It may take a day or two but praise will bring them back to you. Important that you do not focus on the toy and only focus on them once they make it back to you. You need to let them know you will not take it away and you are proud of them for having it. Praise them do not focus on the toy until they are ready and present it to you to play again. Pet them and praise them as the toy is in their mouth. Once they give you the toy to play again then pull and play and have a lot of fun, make funny noises and move all around. Let them win again and repeat the process of building confidence. Depending on the dog, the level of engagement you will ask them to let go about 1 in 10 times. You will not do it when you are engaged in tugging. You will do it when they present you the toy to continue to play. The key is in the body language and how you hold the toy. Grab the toy once presented to you and lock it down. Do not let it move at all. This is the key. It is not what you say but what you do. Toy is not moving so we are not playing. Say one time to let go or drop it or what ever your command is. Now is time for patience, if the dog lets go then give it right back and continue playing tug-of-war at a funner happier pace. If they do not let go just wait a bit. If they are mouthing the toy (bitting but not pulling) then wait for them to decide what they are going to do. If they start pulling a lot then say their name and tell them “out” or whatever the command word is again and wait
Do dog speak our language? I do believe they can and do if you spend the time with them; they can pick up many words and commands. However for training and developing purposes we should practice binary code (yes or no). The way we communicate if very important to the development of dogs. Getting frustrated because we feel they already understand what we want is only causing stress anxiety and resentment. Patience is key here. Knowing how the dog behaves will help with expectations. Just like everyone, especially our children, dogs are also looking for the loophole.
Let take an example of a puppy and the shoe. The puppy goes and starts chewing on the shoe. We tell them “no” in a way that gets their attention. Do not say “no” just make a quick sharp sound to get attention. If the sound works the puppy will look to you. Tell them “good”, and expect them to go back at the shoe. When they start to go to the shoe again repeat the “no” command and again praise them with a “good” when they stop and look to you. What is happening is the puppy is asking “can I chewy the shoe?, the sole?, the heel?, the tongue?, in five seconds?, when your in the other room? When your not looking?”,“Ok then we will try again tomorrow in hope to find the loop-hole that will allow us to chewy that shoe” You have to continue to communicate with them every question they have with either a yes or no command. The best dogs have owners that are patient and teach them right from wrong. Sound like child development to you? The first 2 years are the most important for dogs. Time spent is everything to a great developed and confident dog.
Controlled walks and Meditations / Submissions.
These two exercises work together in fixing most behavior problems. Controlled walks are age appropriate, starting around 6 months of age. Before this time you can only do free walks. This is a hard time because the puppies are so difficult and the only tool you have to use is the Time outs. The walks work to control your dog by tricking them you are more focused then they are. In turn they will look to you as Alpha and listen to you all the time. This is so nice ;) but it is not the fix to the problems. The Time outs are the fix as they make the puppy or dog deal with their emotional problems and create a dog with very calm nerves. It is important to do time outs instead of hurting or forcing your dog into doing what you want.
Controlled walks are created to train your dog to focus on you the leader. But at first we must put all of our attention and focus on our dogs. We watch them and learn to read the forehead and ears. Whenever they put focus on something other then us we ask them for attention. Once they give us attention we praise them. This exercise teaches them to let us be on point and to look to us for direction. We keep them under control until we decide when they can have a free walk. We only do this for a few months before we do not need to do it anymore besides maintenance training.
Time outs are similar to submissions but done with lots of love and patience. When a dog will not listen to your correction you will need to put them on their side or back as fast and nicely as possible. Do not instill a fight like so many do. It is very important to remain very calm. Do not hold down with your weight. Demanding submission is wrong. We are asking them to meditate and that is not possible when someone is dominating you. Be kind and pet them if it is necessary. But this is not a petting exercise the goal is to get them to remain calm for 10+ seconds to start. Keep them on their side or back by blocking them from getting up or sweeping them. Be kind and calm as you work her and if she is verbal you must back down and calm her, or quite and call an expert. This is a very difficult task and is considered very harmful if done incorrectly. It is like therapy and no one likes the therapist that much.
Why put them in a jail? Wrong thinking, it is not suppose to be a jail, it is a man den. A place to rest and feel comfortable. Did you know that leaving your dog in the house free to hear and see all the neighborhood dogs, servicemen, birds, squirrels, butterflies, etc around your house may keep them from relaxing and may cause anxiety in a few dogs. Can you imagine if your living room was in the middle of the Mall? You too, could not be able to relax and would have lots of anxiety. The most important thing to do for the dogs is to get them comfortable in their crate. To do this you must spend a lot of time playing with them, and loving on them in the crate. Also you should feed your dog in the crate. Not only make the crate a very enjoyable place for your dog, you should also make the crate a place the dog knows you will return to. To do this you need to spend the time there. I love to watch TV while I am ½ way in the crate playing with and praising the dog. Giving them a treat in the crate in good but do not just throw it in there. You should hold it and have the dog eat it slowly from your hands.
How to put it together!
It is so hard to write about dog training expecting people to read it and know what to do. Dog training is an art form and is learned by working hands on with dogs and a teacher/coach. You need to use your teachings and experience as a filter in determining what to accept as possible and what to discard as capitalistic.
All of the sections in these teachings intertwine with each other and should be studied and applied in unison. Working with dogs is a constant dynamic of change. You must apply what you already know, and you should have a good grasp of everything before you start working with dogs. Until you have this experience, a coach or teacher with experience should be utilized. Reading dogs is so important and we do not look at tails! We look at facial expressions in the ears and forehead mostly. Body language is the most important to understand when working with dogs. Dog are the best at reading human body language, better then humans. We always need to work on our ability to read dogs.
Love will stop bad dog behavior!
Dedicated to everyone’s best friend, I wish them all the best. For those that have left us to the rainbow bridge, thank you for all your lessons we will make you proud! A special thank you to Satco for the insperation and getting me to do this. And to Nahto and Lady for the endless love you have given to me. I give my all to you and all of yours. Blessings for eternity.
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Deb Whitcas says:
Drew is AMAZING! My rescue dog Copper was suffering from extreme separation anxiety when I found his training ad online. I was desperate for help as I was getting kicked out of my apartment because Copper howled when alone and he even tried to hurt himself by jumping out of a second story window in order to be w/people! I had tried everything from herbal remedies to bark collars and other trainers. NOTHING worked until I met Drew. The second Drew walked into my apartment I knew he was something special. I have a dog and two persian cats and they surrounded him, sat down and looked up at him. I exclaimed “who are you the Animal Whisperer!?!?” I was floored and never saw my animals so obedient. Anyway, within a one hour training session with Drew, I saw improvements in Copper’s behavior and within a few sessions both Copper and I (yes..I was the problem too!) had learned the skills to lessen his anxiety. It’s now 5 years later and things are still going really well Call Drew for your training needs…you are NOT going to find anybody better!!!
Don Tumbleson said:
"This offer is the absolute best deal I've bought through any online deal. Danielle and Drew were outstanding with my dog, arrived on time and spent more time then scheduled. To have a dog trainer come into your home and go over the training program in your dogs own setting was a huge advantage. They took the time to really get to know Charley and he was very comfortable with them. Received an email outlining a training schedule for what they covered on the lesson. Overall a wonderful experience would highly recommend them for your pet."
Gina DesRoches said:
"Drew is great, he is very intuitive with dogs. My German Shepard, who is usually very reserved with strangers, was licking his face in the first half-hour of meeting him. "
We had our first training session for our two dogs about 3 weeks ago, and the tips we were given have made a huge impact on one dog. The other still has some work to do, but he's learning as we go. We still have two more in home sessions, and we look forward to seeing Drew again. So far, we are very happy with his methods of training and his explanations about why our dogs are behaving how they are. Putting his methods into practice while teaching us how to do them have been very helpful in understanding the full picture.
We have benefited greatly from the training/behavior modification we have done so far. Drew especially helped our son in learning to handle a specific situation that my son asked for help on. We have a very dominant dog and he is behaving better with just two training sessions. I know I needed "training" and Drew has been patient in helping me to understand. Give him a try!
Judith Spiegel said:
"Our first training session with Blessed Dog exceeded our expectations on every level. Drew and his assistant Danielle were a force to be reckoned with. Our dogs, Molly Pearl and Harlo Mae, two dachshunds, fell in love with them shortly after they started to work their magic.
Drew, the owner and tour de force, presents the challenge of training with a spiritual and gentle philosophy, emphasizing the role of leadership,patience, positive rewards, play, and acknowledgement by praise and treats to achieve a successful training experience. He believes that the walk holds the key to achieving successful outcomes. While training, he suggests that the training really blossoms while taking two short walks. He also emphasizes that too much repetition at once is counterproductive. As humans, we only like to be told once, dogs many need a few repetitions, but no need to overdo it.
Our two hour session was miraculous. While Danielle took notes, Drew interacted with our dogs both together and separately, and led us step-by step addressing the issues we wanted help with. Both my husband and I learned quickly from Drew's modeling and our dogs responded positively in a very short time. We walked each dog separately, first he modeled, them we took the reins. We were amazed at how much better our dogs responded when we employed Drew's philosophy.
The true test was this morning's walk. Both Molly Pearl and Harlo Mae were much calmer, very responsive and we were successful.
If you're dogs are in charge, call on Drew and Blessed Dog to make you the leader of the pack!
Thanks Drew, Danielle, Blessed Dog and livingsocial."
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