Puppy Training 101 – 3 Rules To Perfect Skills – Professional Dog Training Tips

Puppy Training 101 – 3 Rules To Perfect Skills – Professional Dog Training Tips

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– In today’s video, we’re gonna take a little deeper dive
into Puppy Training 101, and we’re gonna talk about
some dog training theory. Now if you’ve seen just a couple of videos from our McCann Dogs channel, I think you’re ready for this. We do a lot of how-to content, and in this video we’re
gonna talk about the why. The reason that’s so important is that once you understand
the reason for teaching a certain behavior, a certain way, you can really cater it to your dog and to your specific training scenario. So in this video, we’re
gonna talk to Instructor Shannon, who’s our Director of Online Training, and she’s gonna spell out the three steps that you need to be
successful with your dog, with any kind of skill. I’m Ken Steepe, and welcome
back to McCann Dogs. (guitar music) (dog barking) We help more than 500 dog
owners every single week here in our training facility, to overcome the same
dog training challenges that you have, so if
this is your first time on our YouTube channel, make sure you hit that Subscribe button,
so that I can help you to have a well-behaved
four-legged family member. Shannon, you and I often talk about the why behind dog
training in our podcast, and I thought it would
be a great opportunity when I saw that piece of
content that you created, to talk to our YouTube
audience a little bit about the why behind their dog training. And as I mentioned in our
opening before I came in here, understanding the why
behind what you’re doing with your dog really makes
you a more versatile trainer. It also allows you to
cater what you’re doing to your specific dog. You talked about three
steps to being successful with your dog, and let’s
talk about the first step. What is the first step that our audience needs to be aware of. – Yeah, you bet. The first step would
actually be teaching a skill, so if for example I’m
teaching a sit exercise, I need to spend some time
helping my dog understand how to get into the sit, what my communication methods
are to get him into the sit. For example, if I wanted
to teach him a signal or if I wanted to teach him a verbal, I’m gonna have to make
sure that I spend some time helping to have him
interpret those things, because of course we don’t
speak the same language. So I like to do that
in a quiet environment. I like to make sure that there’s not a lot of outside distractions going on so that there’s optimal
learning taking place. And I will spend enough time
getting repetitions of that that I’ve got the
behavior fairly proficient on whatever I’d like. So whether it’s a signal
or whether it’s a verbal, I’ll make sure that I solidify that in that quiet environment before I start adding anything in. – And what is step two in
the general training theory? – Yeah, well I would say
that the second thing that you need to be very very aware of is management of the cue while you’re still in the teaching mode. So chances are I’m not gonna be able to teach a finished
product in one session. You know, it would be very few skills or it would be a very
very well-learned dog that would be able to complete
a skill in one session. So presuming that we’re
talking about puppies, if I’m teaching the sit, I don’t wanna contradict that. So I don’t wanna now take
my dog into environments and start asking for the sit or start assuming that he’s going to know. There’s a certain amount of management that needs to come into play, so that I can create a skill that is really really solid from that first step. So management is what I’m gonna do to make sure that my
dog doesn’t get it wrong while he’s still in the teaching phase. – Yeah. – So I need to make sure that if I am in a new environment, for example, and my dog is looking
to me for information, that I give him good clear information, and that means probably taking a step back to the beginning of my training set, and in this new environment now starting with that first stage
that I would get through. – To avoid the risk of
getting too abstract, let’s talk about some
specifics for management. You know, fixing problem behaviors or teaching your puppy to be right. What are some specifics for management? – Yeah, you bet. So great management tools
are leashes, crates, you know, all the things that allow you to keep the puppy from
making the wrong decisions in the interim. So for example if I’m
house training my puppy and now I need to go and have a shower, I’m not gonna leave my
puppy loose in the house and just hope he doesn’t have an accident. Chances are, he might make a mistake, so I’m gonna put him in a crate and use that as a management tool, so that while I’m in the teaching phase of house training, I’m not having my dog rehearse having accidents in the house. – For sure, and a couple other examples that I think of, I know
we get a lot of questions on the channel about our using
things like a House Line, being able to manage your dog if they get wild and excited, or if they grab something or they’re jumping up and nipping, whatever it is, having that management
tool of a House Line. And also, eliminating their opportunity to do something like that, to jump up, because you’re proactively training them. You’re working on some of those skills. I also, just struck me thinking about walking on a loose leash. It’s something that you and I talked about earlier today, but when
you’re in the teaching phase, you’re in a very quiet area. You’re managing the
environment as much as you can to allow your dog to be successful and you’re not spending
five minutes on training and then 25 minutes allowing
your dog to pull on leash. – Exactly, we don’t wanna
end up in a scenario where our dogs learn the exact opposite of what we want them to learn, because we’re not in the teaching stage, or we’re not in training mode, let’s say. So as an example, you were
using walking on leads. I would avoid taking my dog
for just general long walks while I was doing the teaching phase of walking on leash, because I know that I can maybe walk around the block or just stay on my street
in front of my house, back and forth in front of my house, and I can get in the perfect
training that I need, rather than trying to take my dog for a big long walk and having him pull me the entire way, and then rehearsing exactly what I don’t want him to do. – Yeah, and we talk about dogs will do what’s rewarding, and I
know we’ve mentioned that on the channel, a fair amount. If we eliminate their opportunity to be self-rewarded by jumping up
on the counter, for example. That’s a real good one, managing your dog so that they don’t have the opportunity to reward themselves. Leading up to that, you’d
be training your dog to sit nicely when you’re
beside the countertop, with maybe something delicious on there. But after that, you need
to really manage them and make sure that they
can’t reward themselves whenever they want to, because then you have a much greater challenge at hand. – Exactly, absolutely,
and dogs being dogs, curious, inquisitive, they’re going to investigate the environment. They’re gonna make mistakes, so what we need to do
until they understand the rules of the house is we need to manage them so they
can’t make those mistakes, and they can’t get reinforced for making the wrong choices. – For sure. The last step in this flow, in the three steps to successful training, is maybe the one that’s the most rushed, the most overlooked, and it’s something that I think our viewers at home really need to take seriously when they’re teaching their dog to have a reliable recall,
come when they’re called, to have a reliable response to name. What is that third step
that is so crucial? And it’s a very fluid process. – It really is, and this is
usually the big disconnect, when somebody says, my dog’s not doing what he’s supposed to be doing, but he does it at home. – Right. – You know, we hear that a lot. He does it at home, and
people are frustrated because their dogs do
these great things at home, and not, maybe not here in class one day. And it’s because the dogs need proofing. They need, they don’t
generalize like we do, so we can, you know, I can get into a
Honda Civic and drive it, and then get into a Ford
Escape and drive it. We can generalize well, but
dogs are different than us. They will go into a new environment, and it’s a completely
new scenario for them. So we need to make sure
that we expose them to all sorts of distractions, whether it’s environmental, whether it is, it’s distractions of food or other dogs or just a new location that you’re working in. Proofing through is the step that’s gonna take much more time, usually, than the actual training itself, and it’s so much more important. So if you find yourself
saying, why is my dog not doing this here, he does it at home, it’s probably because you haven’t taken enough time to help them generalize, to proof through, to acclimate them to different distractions,
and to make sure that my dog can sit in
the kitchen at home. When I go out on the
road, I wanna make sure that my dog can also sit there, but I need to be fair and I need to give him enough repetition
and enough exposure to different distractions, et cetera, in the environment that he is going to be able to perform it, and ignore the bikes, and
ignore the other dogs, and you know, just give you full attention and absolutely give you what you want. – For sure, and I’m thinking about this from our new puppy owners, or maybe you’re about to get a puppy. I mean you can apply this idea. Yeah, it’s a pretty amazing process.
– Get the puppy (laughs). You can apply these ideas to the sit. You can apply these ideas
to walking on a loose leash as we’ve talked about a lot. Maybe you’ve got an adolescent dog, and you feel like you’ve
got a nuisance behavior, and you’ve come to YouTube
looking for an answer. I mean, whatever it is, you can take these chunks of information,
training, management, and then proofing, and apply it to whatever you’re working on at home. Now for proofing, you
talked about distractions, and the three, we talked
about the three D’s when it comes to proofing
some of these behaviors. And maybe explain to our
viewers really quickly the three D’s when it comes to proofing these skills with your dog. – You bet, and these are a big deal. So it’s gonna be distance,
duration and distraction. So with distance, we wanna make sure that for things like stays, I’m not going from a foot out in front to
20 feet out in front all at once. Duration, I need to make sure that I’m not asking my dog for
longer than he is capable of giving me, and then
adding in everything and using those distractions to not only help my dog understand that
listening to me is preferable, but also to help him become
confident in those skills, to help him understand
how to sit, for example, when there’s another dog in the vicinity that he’s interested in saying hello to, for example, or a bike driving by that he might wanna chase. I need to make sure that that exposure is what I spend a lot
of my training time on, so that he has no problem understanding what I’m asking for. – Now I wanna thank Instructor Shannon for joining us here today, and if you’d like to work
with Instructor Shannon, our Director of Online Training, in our free monthly workshop, check out the link in
the description below. And if this is your first
time on the channel, make sure you hit that Subscribe button. We publish new videos every single week to help you to have a well-behaved four-legged family member. On that note, I am Ken. – I’m Shannon. – Happy training, bye for now. – Bye, everybody.

8 thoughts on “Puppy Training 101 – 3 Rules To Perfect Skills – Professional Dog Training Tips”

  1. If u have any chance can you talk about how to train mini dachshund puppies. Would help a lot. Thank u have a great day.

  2. Are you looking for some How-To videos for your puppy training? Then this playlist is for you: https://youtu.be/X4jeJ9W_wm8?list=PL7BBgLulhermagHI8TGO2ztwcdGN_MNQb
    Thanks for watching, Happy Training! ~Ken

  3. Wow so much great info on your channel. Just realized I should be liking and commenting more after watching a couple dozen lol. Thanks for sharing all this.

  4. Thank you so much for all of these, videos! If I was in Canada, you'd have my business in a heartbeat!

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