Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The quick and easy way to train your new dog or puppy

Food has been used for thousands of years as a very effective training reward for dogs. It
Hand feeding helps dogs learn what good dog behaviour is!
wasn't until fairly recently that we started simply putting the dog's food on the floor in a dish while we searched, sometimes blindly for the most effective ways to train our dogs. Whether you have a new puppy, or a new adult dog, there are just so many massive advantages to hand feeding one meal per day as part of his training regimen.  It's amazing to see the lasting results of hand feeding just the morning meal.

Hand feeding is the process of feeding the meal a few kibbles at a time from a bowl placed out of the dog's reach, on a counter or a table.  If you feed a natural diet (raw or home cooked) you can use a teaspoon or a gloved hand to dispense the food instead of your bare hand. It doesn't take as long as you think, to feed a dog this way, and a whole bowl of kibble can be fed in about 10 minutes, during which your dog is learning:

  1. Attention training:  His name means something good is about to happen if he pays attention to you.  
  2. Gentleness: To be gentle when accepting food or anything else from you.
  3. Obedience:  That it's fun to do what you want him to do.
  4. Appropriate Behaviour: That civilized behaviour like sitting calmly is the most rewarding.
  5. Food Source Management: That food comes from you for good behaviour, not a bowl on the floor
  6. Solves Resource Guarding:  He doesn't need to be possessive of his bowl to get food.
  7. Solves Bowl Issues:  A person putting his/her hand in his food bowl is always a good thing, so he will stop resource guarding.
How to begin hand feeding your dog:

Step One:

Leash your dog using a six foot leash and a flat collar.
Begin by measuring out the dog's normal food ration into a bowl on a table or a counter top.
Now take one or two kibbles in your right hand. If you use one, have a clicker in your left hand.
Say the dogs name.
As soon as he looks at you, click (or use happy praise) and feed a few kibbles while he is looking at you, (not the bowl).
Repeat ten times or so.
Once you (not the food bowl) have his attention all the time, you can begin Step Two:

Step Two

Now use the food to lure and then reward a sit, down, stay, or come or whatever else you want the dog to do.  

Here is a video by performing trick dog trainer, Dima Yeremenko, that really demonstrates the technique well.