This video by Training Positive showcases one of the most essential commands that any dog should know. Dog training would be without sense if your dog fails to learn this specific command. It is highly important that your dog gets to understand this crucial command because this could set the bar on whether you can let it roam free or not. There’s no use in letting your dog off the leash if it does not know how to come back to you when called. Dogs tend to get distracted or lose focus on things and even ignore their owner completely if poorly trained – so it is very important that your dog fully understands and responds to this command before letting it loose. Nobody wants to lose a dog because of carelessness. Thus, in the end, you must assure yourself that your dog is really ready to roam free and return to you when you call it before fully letting it go.
You should always let your dog feel good whenever it returns after being called. There must always be a pleasant consequence each and every time it comes when called.
In order to achieve success in training you need to have a long leash, high value treats, and a clicker. These training tools will aid you through the whole process until your dog eventually relies on your command in the end.
You should start this drill with short distances and never forget to verbally praise your dog each time it moves towards you. Let your dog get used to it with short distances at first and as it masters the command, you can level up the criteria and move farther and farther away. Keep in mind that your release word should never change. This will help your dog get associated more with the command and not be confused with other ones. You can perform dog training sessions at home as you start but it would be best that you move towards training your dog in different environments. Varying surroundings might confuse or distract your dog and that’s why you need to get it used to changes. By practicing in different places, your dog not only develops its obedience but also its discipline. As mentioned earlier, use a clicker – as demonstrated – while you train your dog.
This training video is very helpful because of the simple visuals and the actual training sessions presented. You can easily relate while you train your own dog. Always keep in mind that your dog may need time to master the whole process. Be patient and always practice to achieve your goals for your dog.
This video by CrazyRussianHacker is probably one of the most ingenious videos out there! As a dog owner, you tend to think about your dog’s welfare and needs, especially when you’re out of the house. This DIY self-filling water bowl works best to help you with that cause. You won’t have to worry so much about your dog’s water because this can help supply its needs for longer periods of time – up to six hours.
Water is of critical importance for dogs, especially during the summertime when temperatures rise higher than the usual. Being able to provide a self-filling water bowl will not only benefit your dog but it can also help you save time and effort in the long run. This self-filling water bowl might even save dogs’ lives.
The video showcases a step by step process wherein the utilized materials are very easy to find – and so cheap! Basically, you will only need one piece of 2×4, a square shaped wooden base that will serve as the bottom part (make sure the bowl fits on top of this, also you might want to paint it so that it doesn’t get moldy over time), Velcro, a water bottle, nails, and the actual water bowl of your dog. First off, you need to measure the height of the water bottle in relation to the water bowl. Mark this on the 2×4 so that you will know the actual height of the wood needed then cut off the extra part. Nail or screw the wood to the wooden base. You then have to place the Velcro on the plywood, and then put the other side of the Velcro on the water bottle. These will serve as the connecting parts for the vertically positioned items.
Fill the bottle with water and also fill the bowl with water. Position your dog’s water bowl on top of the base. Turn the bottle upside down and stick it to the plywood. After you put them all together, you will notice that the water on the bottle will not flow down because of the pressure from the water on the bowl. Water will only flow down from the bottle once the level of water on the bowl lowers down. This means that as your dog drinks water from the bowl, the water from the bottle will fill the bowl up again.
This innovative water bowl for your dog may serve very beneficial for your dog. Just keep in mind that you should place it in an area with proper room temperature – and out of the sun. You would never want your dog to drink very warm water coming out of a water bottle that has been in the sun.
This video by Kristin Crestejo is a great step by step process for teaching your dog to fetch a beer. It also presents how a variety of commands combined together can showcase an amazing trick. This training will take a lot of time, especially with dogs that are new to obedience training. However, the positive reinforcement strategy used in this training will guarantee you that your dog will learn the steps just as long as you “set it up for success”. Kristin, the trainer, utilizes a clicker and dog treats to conduct the training effectively.
The initial step in this training is desensitizing. You want your dog to become familiarized with the can of beer. Keep in mind that at the end of this training, your dog should be able to distinguish this can of beer and get this from inside the fridge. The second step is teaching your dog to fetch or bring the can of beer to you. You can begin with small distances then gradually increase. The third step is opening the fridge door by using the “tug tug tug” command. You can practice this by teaching your dog to tug on a toy at first. Once your dog gets familiarized with the command, you can then move on to the actual fridge door.
Tie a cloth on the fridge’s door handle so that this will be the thing that your dog will tug on. Keep in mind that some doors have strong suction so it’s understandable if your dog can’t easily open it. The key here is to practice over and over again. The fourth step is to teach your dog to close the door. To practice your dog with this step, you need to train it by almost jumping towards you. Place two hands up and let your dog reach it using its two front paws. Move on to the actual fridge door once the dog gets acquainted with this step. The fifth step is the showcase of distance. With a short distance, you can throw a treat in the kitchen as a lure then click once the dog is in the kitchen.
When it comes to opening the door, your dog will need practice in putting its head inside the fridge and getting the actual can of beer. This would be a very challenging part of the process because some dogs will tend to get distracted with the other contents of the fridge. However, with positive reinforcement and proper training, you can still help your dog keep focused and continue with the command.
The end result should be able to showcase the active behaviors altogether. In the video, you can see that Kristina reviewed each of the steps to her dog with the help of a clicker and treats. As soon as your dog performs and masters each step correctly, you can move on to simply commanding the dog to get a beer. The perfect outcome is to see your dog get the beer by using each step of the process the right way. This is definitely one dog trick that will amaze anyone!