These videos are a brief example demonstrating our training style used to teach basic obedience. The 5 basic behaviors that we teach for obedience are: Sit/Stay, Down/Stay, Place, Heel, and Come.
Basic Obedience Videos
In this video you will see the 5 basic behaviors demonstrated both on and off leash. We always start out using a leash and other forms of communication to teach a dog the behaviors. Once the dog begins to reliably learn the behaviors, we slowly phase out the use of the leash guidance to begin to work the dog off leash. Taylor, a Yorkshire Terrier was trained using a prong collar and a remote collar (or e-collar). You will notice in the video that Linda uses a variety of forms of communication; verbal commands, visual cues with her body, and tactile cues with the equipment (but only briefly by guiding with a leash). In the beginning you will see how Linda corrects Taylor for standing up from place. The place behavior has an implied down/stay, therefore she was breaking the behavior by standing up but responds well to a verbal correction. Once a dog knows the basic obedience our goal is to add distance, duration, and distraction to make the behavior even more solid. You will see how Linda runs around Taylor in place to test her level of distraction. As the training session goes on you will see how focused Taylor is and that she is responding well to verbal commands so there is no need for Linda to use the prong/leash and remote collar to cue the behaviors.
The video below also shows a glimpse of the 5 basic behaviors. Ringo, a Bernedoodle, is being trained with a prong collar and leash guidance. He is still at the stage of training that he needs more repetitions of the behaviors on leash before being able to work off-leash. In this video, Bethany focuses a lot on walking Ringo in heel. Heel is a structured short-leash walk where the dog should be at at the handlers side or even slightly behind. You will notice the eye contact that Ringo is making with Bethany when in heel, this is because heel teaches dogs to focus on their handler and look to them for direction, rather then being distracted by their environment. When cued to sit during the heeling exercises, slight upward leash pressure is applied and paired with the verbal of "sit". With practice, this will then become an automatic sit for the dog, so that when the handler stops, the dog should sit without being told to do so. This video also demonstrates how downward leash pressure communicates with the dog to lay down, while being paired with the word "down". With more time and repetitions the need for leash guidance will diminish and be phased out.
The video below is narrated well by Linda, but shows the progress of one of our Board & Train's learning basic obedience. Ana a is being trained with both a prong and remote collar and is on her 3rd day of training. You will see in this video that Bethany is using a long line (20 ft). Long lines are how we initially teach a dog the "come" behavior so that we can give the dog more distance from us, but are able to "reel the dog in" to communicate they need to come to us. Come is often paired with brief remote pressure and then removed when the dog begins to move towards us. This teaches dogs the concept that when they feel pressure their response should be to go to their owner.