5 Steps To Getting Your Dog To Come When Called

People Fail their dogs all of the time, because “Come” is not easy!

If we take our time to teach, proof and expect the behavior they will come. Some dogs can be taught in a week most in 3-6 months. If you take the time right now and go through each step until they have it down and you are solid on your expectations of the command they will respond and come. Stop rushing the steps to come, help your dog be successful for a life time, it could save their life. The first thought each of you should have is what does come mean and what does my dogs name mean? For me my dogs name is a connective word, meaning look at me and start coming toward me. I want acknowledgement as well as movement that is my first expectation of their name. Come for me means get connected but you do not need to sit or touch me. I use the word “here” for my recall word. That means stop on a dime, get here and get here fast and sit so that I can make connection with you. Are you feeling the difference? Come = Connect with me Here = I need to connect with you.

Step 1: Keep your dog on a leash and connected to you all of the time. If you are not able to do that then your dog should be outside for some alone dog time, in its dog bed “place” or in its crate. You should keep the leash on until your dog is following you everywhere and getting into the rhythm of the house. Your dog should have connected behaviors such as laying at your feet while you are reading or sitting when you are rotating laundry. You see I hear all to many times “I don’t want my dog following me everywhere” This statement right here is how we fail our dog. Stop sending them away.

Step 2: Go out and start to wander through this world with your dog. This is an activity on following. Your dog should follow you and if they are not change directions. Not back and forth but around, this way and that. Never going in the direction your dog is going in. Turn your back on your dog and ask them to join you! After your dog is always following you start to add more distractions and then if they leave your side is the time to call your dog, stop, face them and call. Remember come=you need to connect with them.

Step 3: Targeting, there are many steps to targeting but the this teaches the command in your home so they understand the expectations. I would encourage you to join www.morethansit.com to find all of the steps to targeting. The concept is that your dog goes away from you to something of value and you call them off of the valued item. Just like in life there are so many valuable things out there to a dog.

Step 4: Proofing; Once you have wandered, kept you dog on a leash with you all of the time and taught targeting and you dog is glued to your side all of the time inside and outside of the house and you feel you no longer need the leash on, start to drop the leash the long line and the short regular leash. If they follow then add more and more distractions to the environment with the leash dropped. This is called proofing.

Step 5: Now that you feel you can go any where inside and outside and your dog is glued to your side you will then start to take 12 inches off of your leash each week. This is the stage people rush! If your dog needs 2 weeks at a certain length then keep it that length for a few weeks. You will find the shorter the leash becomes the more freedom your dog will take. So take this slow and steady, again don’t rush it! You will get to a point that you go out for an off leash hike and all you are doing is hooking a clip to the collar or a small tab and that may be there all summer. Remember we need to keep the picture strong in their mind that they are working and come/here you mean it.

I like to use my regular slip lead and just a 15 foot rope tied onto a clip so that I can cut it off when the time is right. Make it light weight but make sure it is comfortable in your hand.  Stop sending your dog away from you, enjoy that they want to be with you and encourage it all of the time. You are a family!

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Why You Need More Than Sit

Dog training is a journey that never ends. Our dogs will never be perfect, you should always strive to teach them more and continue to create purpose in your dogs.

My Story

From the time I was 12 years old I found a deep love for dogs but it was deeper than that and I was determined to find that journey for them.

We are always telling ourselves that this is good enough because we constantly come up with excuses why we can’t do something. I never took that path in my journey to dog training. Before I was a small business owner of a successful dog training business WSK9CO training my own dogs were never enough. I worked in vet clinics on farms and ranches but there was just something missing. I knew I needed to be a part of something more. I discovered how much I loved and enjoyed people and there it was! I loved the relationship I had and still have with my dogs and I wanted to share with the world that you could have the same amazing deep passionate relationship with your dogs as I have with mine. That is were my journey began. I could help others train their dogs so that they too could have that deep of a relationship. My struggles were to keep people training long after I was out of their lives. We all want purpose in our lives or we move on to something that does create purpose. We should never let our dogs get stuck in a rut, we should always be teaching something new or different to keep that relationship alive, just like in our human relationships. This new journey of mine was the lightbulb for me. I want to share with the world that you can start a dog training journey with your dog, be your dogs dog trainer and never stop training and always have that connection.

WHY DO YOU NEED MORE THAN SIT?

MORETHANSIT.COM

1 – Takes away time as an excuse

2 – It’s custom to you and your dog

3 – You get around the clock coaching

4 – You get professional experience

5 – Opens up new training options and challenges

6 – You will never stop training

7 – You will find a new connection with your dog

8 – You will have the courage to go get a dog

9 – It is affordable for everyone

10 – I get to expand your knowledge of dog ownership

Anyone should be able to have a dog and take it on an amazing journey without excuses of time, knowledge or money. More than sit gives you the flexibility of time,  knowledge and custom to you and your dog. There is no excuse why you can’t have a dog and train it too.

Go to www.morethansit.com and sign up today! I can’t wait to see you there!

7 Myths About Dog Training

We can always come up with excuses why our dog has a certain behavior, the secret is there is no excuses for bad behaviors

There are so many reasons why we don’t train our dogs but at the end of the day we need to create a connection through training!

Myth 1: Old Dogs Can’t learn New Things Our dogs are always learning, just because our dogs are old does not mean they can’t learn new things and even change routines. The biggest problem is our own emotions and our own excuses as to why we don’t give it a try. They may learn slower or you may need to create a different purpose for them but they are always happy to learn new things and have a greater purpose in the family.

Myth 2: They Are Just A Puppy This goes right along with old dogs. Puppyhood is not an excuse for bad behaviors. Your puppy no matter what stage they are in of puppyhood is ready and willing to learn. Your puppies are a big sponge and if taught in a fun and rewarding way they will continue to have a zest for training. Now is the time to train!

Myth 3: Never Play Tug Tug of war is a natural game for dogs to play. The most important thing with this game it that it is a give and take game, if playing tug gets your dog so excited that they can’t work while they are playing then it may be a game you need to work on with obedience so they learn to control impulses. But at the end of the day Tug of war is natural and a fun game to play.

Myth 4: House Train Your Dog by rubbing their nose in its mess Your dog does not need to roll in its mess to learn not to go to the bathroom in the house, you don’t even have to hit them! All you need to do is one keep them on a leash so they learn to communicate that they need to go outside. Put them on a good schedule and routine, and crate train your dog/puppy. A dog does not know that they are getting in trouble for if you find a mess later but they do know it is their smell and if you get disgusted of having to clean up the mess they will understand that leaving their smell in the house creates disruption of the pack and they will stop doing that. Dog training does not need to be mean or aggressive!

Myth 5: You Have To Be More “Alpha” Than Your Dog Owning a dog is
not a power struggle. We don’t try and change our kids personality to be submissive to us, we build them up, we create confidence, we lead them and that is exactly what you should be doing with your dog. Who cares if your dog is alpha as long as you do your part at being your dogs dog trainer your dog can have any personality and be more alpha than you! Be a leader not a dictator!

Myth 6: My Dog Ignores Me Your dog does not have that thought process. If your dog is not responding to you then you have a true connection. You need to train to the environment. Just because your dog responds in a group class in a warehouse environment does not mean they will respond in a new environment. You need to train your dog to real life not to a fake place that your dog will not be in, in real life. Dog’s are not people they don’t have that thought process to ignore!

Myth 7: It’s Just The Breed 98% of all dogs are made up of the same gene. The 2% is what makes up the breed. What that means is yes there are breed characteristics that will help understand your dogs behaviors and how to train but breed is no excuse for bad behavior. Train your dog to you, your family and your environment. If you are having a hard time with your dog and training through some breed characteristics then sign up for our online dog training courses www.morethansit.com

Top 5 Dog Training Mistakes

Stay consistent, use your tools when needed, have the confidence!

Below are the top 5 mistakes that most dog owners make when training their dog. All can be solved with a little help and encouragement. Just because you have a dog does not mean you need to go to dog training but you should have a support group to help you through the journey. That is what More Than Sit is all about. We teach you, encourage you, build confidence so you can take your dog anywhere and not have any issues. http://www.morethansit.com

Mistake # 1

NOT HAVING ANY CONSEQUENCES You can train all day long with treats but once you know your dog understand what you are asking of them there needs to be consequences, you need to be firm. You do not need to jerk and yank or hit your dog for not doing what you have asked but applying firm pressures with your body or your tools would be a consequence. Removing your dog from the activities for bad behavior would be a consequence. Remember corrections are not bad but they need to be firm and done with care and purpose. Your dog understand disgust so act on that emotion. Your dog understands facial expressions so act on that! Be firm and have consequences.

Mistake # 2

LURING if you have to bribe your dog to do something your dog will never trust you. The treat will no longer have value or a positive association. Do not lie to your dog, be honest, teach them, help them understand the expectations, be firm when need be, mold the behavior if you have to. Just don’t lure them into doing something. An example of luring would be to throw the treat in the back of the crate to get them to go in. Put them in the crate and then treat them for being in there. Do not lure your dog in and hurry and grab them to put them in the crate.

Mistake # 3

OVER USE OF TOOLS We get so dependent on our tools instead of teaching our dogs we think that the only way our dog will walk nice is to have their halti on. Instead of using the tools to get the behaviors your dogs collar or simple slip lead should be enough for most dogs if you teach them what they should be doing instead of having the tool tell them how they have to be. Have purpose and help your dog understand their job and they will not need so many tools. You should not have to have an e-collar on your dog to get them to sit, take the time to slow down make training a journey and don’t get dependent on your tools, teach your dog.

Mistake # 4

TREATS  We feel as if we have to have a treat pouch on us at all times for our dog to behavior because you over used the treats, you used them to get the behaviors instead of teaching the behaviors and then implementing consequences. Treats would be considered tools in my rule book. You need to remember that treats are a reward when behaviors are given or treats are used to teach not to get behaviors. Stop using treats so much.

Mistake # 5

CONFIDENCE At the end of the day the biggest mistake you can make is to lack the confidence. Right or wrong you have to be confident in your actions with your dog. You will not mess your dog up by doing something. The only mistake is not doing anything. More Than Sit our Dog-E classes will help with building confidence in you to be your dog’s dog trainer, it will help you understand the proper use of treats and tools, you will understand how to be honest with your dog and not lure them into doing behaviors. We will teach you how to properly correct your dog so that they have consequences too. As I go into home I find that these really are the top mistakes that I have to fix. Become your dog’s dog trainer and sign up for this wonderful support group to help your through your dogs journey. I will see you on the inside of www.morethansit.com

NUTRITION FOR DOGS

What and how much should you feed your dog

Feed them right

How do I know how much to feed my dog?
You need to count calories on everything that goes into your dogs mouth. Snacks, bones, training treats, dog food, left over salmon what ever it is know how many calories your dog is getting and how much they should get. How do you know how many calories your dog should have? Goal Weight / 2.2 x 30 + 70 = how many calories your dog should be getting
There are some great web sites out there to educate yourself about dog food and what is the best food for your dog to name a few (www.dogfoodadvisor.com and http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com). Don’t trust the people at the big chain pet stores to educate you on what is best for YOUR dog. You need to go in with questions about the foods not questions of what I should feed my dog. I am always a big advocate of shopping local and take time to get to know your local pet food store. How do you know how many calories your food, treats, snacks, bones are? You can look up on the internet and you will find it. I challenge you to keep track of what and how much your dog is getting and then calculate the calories and decide if you need to cut back or find a better treat with less calories. Keep in mind a balanced dog needs proper nutrition, proper exercise, plenty of sleep and daily training. Reading a dog food bag: Descending order of dry weight with the ingredient of highest quality being first. Avoid by-products, Avoid fillers, Beetpulp – just a filler no nutritional value and it just adds weight to your dog. Avoid high content of grains. Some spread out corn content but brought all together it is more than the healthy stuff. Educate yourself and feed the best that you can afford.

Questions To Ask A Dog Trainer

Does it matter what the answer is?
Below are a few questions and my answers that from time to time I have been asked. Do they
really mean anything at the end of the day? Does it make me or any dog trainer better than
another? What it comes down to is, people are trying to get to know us without being too
personal so they feel these questions give them an insight of who you are and can they
connect with you.

Questions

If you are unable to answer a question accurately what do you do? I have been training
for 23 + years and at this point in my career I have been able to answer any question. In my
early years I make sure the question is on track to what I am teaching and then tell them we
will address it next week and then talk with mentors or others that would know the answers.

Are you afraid of any breed of dog, if so which and why? There is not a breed I am
afraid of but when I am going into a consultation where the dog is people aggressive it puts
the hair up on my arms but I do my best to be neutral and help the dog be successful.
What is your favorite cartoon character? Scooby Doo! Not sure why I just think he is a
dog in the moment.

What happens in your training program when a dog responds in the way you do not
what them to? I never put a dog in a box to fit into. I am training to the dog and the owner
not them to “my way of training” We are custom to the dog and owner we have many
training styles and we custom the training to you, this is your journey that we get to be a part
of.

What is your training style or philosophy? I teach with food and then reinforce the
behaviors with pressures and fade out of treats. I teach a proper “correction” so the dog
knows how to fix it. A dog should never be corrected in a way that they don’t know how to
fix it and can fix it immediately.

What is your goal with training my dog? My goals are your goals and we will go
through the journey together.

          

Train with connection through the nose, ears and eyes of your dog. Don’t be afraid to connect
with people and their dogs. Get personal let them know who you are as a person and dog
owners don’t be afraid to get personal with your dog trainer, get to know them.

Training With Rules

Structure, Routines,, Expectations and Purpose
The Biggest Challenge
Why do we put our own emotions on our dogs
Own Your Own Emotions

The biggest challenge we have as dog owners is thinking our dogs have the same feelings and emotions as we do. I am not saying dogs don’t have emotions, what I am saying is that we think they should feel what we feel about certain environments, foods, people, routines, temperatures, and even rules.

What we forget is that dogs do have the ability to analyze, think through a process, and have their own emotions. We also tend to forget that they see it all through their nose, ears, and eyes. We have domesticated dogs to the point they can analyze and anticipate based on our behaviors and actions. They have the ability to have and create purpose in our families. Although at the end of the day, they are a dog, an animal, and the most important thing for them is…survival.

That means sleep, eat, play, dogs live in a black and white world where they thrive with structure, expectations, routines and purpose. For example, your dog doesn’t know that crate training is scary and stressful to you, they know that the box in the house causes stress which brings with it a pheromone that you produce, so therefore this crate must be a bad thing. Dogs are not born knowing where they should go to the bathroom. So why do we put pee pads down and then get upset when they go to the bathroom in the house? Dogs don’t know that we, as people, don’t take 3-4 naps in the day like their litter mates do so they keep on keeping on until they just get grumpy and then get in trouble for biting. Do you see a pattern?

Dogs need balance and they need sleep time and, yes, they have the ability to go 4 hours in that scary box to get good sleep. Dog’s have the ability to go outside and use the bathroom, if you keep them on a leash and help them be successful. Dogs don’t think about the walk yesterday nor are the hoping for one today. They will follow the pack (family) and watch for routines and then get excited at 3:45 when we go for a walk every day because the smells change and that means a walk.

As we all know, dogs are not dumb at all so why do we do everything for them and then wonder why they disconnect? The answer is, we take their purpose away. Teach your dog what the rules are, like…we sit at the door, or…we walk nice on a leash, and…we don’t jump. A few more examples, we don’t get on furniture, we don’t pee or poop in the house, and we don’t bolt out the door.

So then how do we teach the rules? We do this by teaching them what they can and should do in each of these environments. Teach to the picture in your dog’s mind. Dogs do better knowing what they can and should be doing better than what they should not do. Guide and direct, do it with purpose, do it with structure, do it to create routines, and create the rules…your rules! And how do we set them up for success??? Have expectations!!