Articles About Obedience and Manners
Primitive dog service dog task training… Does the mere look of this phrase seem complicated and intimidating? Let me tell you why it’s not.
It’s all about what you “do” with your dogs!
The days of “just get it done” are ending and it’s time for us to begin to incorporate a cooperative care lifestyle with our dogs so that we can easily transition into this new standard of care.
There is a war going on... a war against the use of food in how we interact with our dogs. To be honest it's ridiculous and founded on dying ideals of power and obligation.
A marker is a word that you say to your dog the second that they complete the correct behavior in a training exercise.This technique is a powerful part of a trainer’s toolbelt and is a favorite method for teaching dogs new behaviors and reinforcing old ones.
Stations are powerful because they can be used to help dogs get out of stressful situations by sending them to their station aka safe place. They can also be used to help keep a dog away from an open door, waiting to greet a guest, or simply be safe instead of being underfoot. Regardless of the exact reason, station training is well worth the effort.
Training you primitive dog doesn’t have to be a formal affair. In fact when training isn’t scheduled into formal blocks of time, but instead is done throughout the day, your dog learns faster and will be more successful.
The holidays are a time of gathering with friends and loved ones. For your primitive dog, some guests may be more loved than others. Having guests over takes careful planning and many times preemptive training to have the peaceful gathering you are hoping for.
Do you have kids that rush up to your dog or people that insist on petting because “they are dog people?”
The number one fear of every primitive dog owner is that their dog will get loose. You can see the horror flash behind your eyes as I simply bring it up. Images flash of your dog playing tag with a bird under the car across the street. You haven't known what suffocating fear is till a primitive dog gets loose.
The tone is always the same, that these dogs are dramatic and that we should just ignore it and force them to push through the care they are experiencing. For a dog to express itself it is reaching out to you. It could just bite, but it chooses to try and show you the trouble it is having. And we as dumb humans, laugh and say “suck it up”. How sad for our dogs.
One of the greatest fears of Primitive dog owners is their dog getting loose and taking off. Because our dogs love the outdoors, it seems like they will stop at nothing to sneak out the door and be 1/2 a mile into the neighborhood in no time. Before I started training dogs, I had my fair share of white hairs earned chasing a Shiba down the sidewalk. But those fears can be a thing of the past with careful management/prevention methods and some consistent and fun training.
Walking your Shiba, Basenji, Akita, Carolina Dog, New Guinea Singing Dog, etc, doesn’t have to be a hassle. I know the picture well. Either their nose is in the grass trying to find every critter hidy hole. Or they embrace their inner freight train and pull you with the strength of a much larger ancestor. But this doesn’t have to be your normal evening stroll. You also don’t need fancy complicated equipment. In fact, I want you to get rid of most of your equipment.