This Archive includes the best of the Training articles featured on Working Dogs Cyberzine since 1996.
Dog Charging Through the Door by Fred Hassen - Master Trainer "Sit Means Sit" Dog Training
I often have problems with clients' dogs that like to charge through doors-----especially the sliding glass door in the back. It is especially a problem if the client has multiple dogs. Let's start with the sliding glass door, and this can be carried over to any type of door. What has caused this problem in the first place?
Electronic Collars??? by Fred Hassen - Master Trainer "Sit Means Sit" Dog Training
First of all, I'd like to state that an electronic collar is no different than a leash-just much more versatile. In my seminars, I have the audience actually feel the collar stimulation - I even place it on my own neck. This alone seems to dispel a lot of myths immediately. With a leash, you have the capabilities of tugging lightly enough so the dog totally ignores it -- or jerking so hard (chasing a cat) that if you are strong enough, have good timing & good technique -- you may stop him in his tracks. An electronic collar is no different. Modern technology has evolved these collars to the point that you can match any dogs temperament. Most people view electronic collars as a last resort for a very problem dog. Yes, the collar does well in that instance, but it is also very effective on the shy timid dog and everything in between.
Remote Collars -- Why They Should Be Left On by Fred Hassen - Master Trainer "Sit Means Sit" Dog Training
Since training people to use electronic collars is something that I do as a profession, I am constantly asked questions such as, "Does the collar have to always be on the dog?"; "Doesn't the dog become collar wise?"; or "Shouldn't I just use it when a problem arises that cannot be fixed by other methods?". Since collar conditioning is a completely different subject, let's assume for argument's sake that the dog is either "collar conditioned" already, or going through the process presently. The first fact that is important to accept is REINFORCEMENT NEVER ENDS! The quicker we accept this, whether we are using an ecollar or not, the better off you will be.
Teaching 'Attention' Heeling With an Electronic Collar by Fred Hassen - Master Trainer "Sit Means Sit" Dog Training
People are constantly wondering how you can teach stuff like this in its infancy stages without a negative association to the electric collar. I want to make it clear that most of the high-tech collars that Tritronics makes are adjustable to suit the dog's temperament. They can be adjusted lower than most dogs can even perceive. The easiest way to start this, is to kneel down next to the dog with a food treat in your mouth.
Crate Training with a Doggie Door by Fred Hassen - Master Trainer "Sit Means Sit" Dog Training
This is what I have found to be the most efficient use of a crate, for those who also have a doggy door. The first thing that I like to do is to back the crate up to the doggy door when the dog is ready to either retire for the evening, or when you are going to be away for a few hours.
Why are some people good handlers? This question is asked all the time. Some people are more coordinated than others, some do many tasks at once, some people can see mistakes or problems and correct them at any given notice or through training, and some people retain more knowledge. All of these things and more make any one person a good handler. Here are some hints on successful showing.
First off, the dumbbell is an incredibly important part to the obedience phase of a schutzhund routine. Out of a 100 point Schutzhund 1 obedience routine, the dumbbell is worth 25 points. In the Schutzhund 2 and 3 it is worth 40 points out of a 100. This just demonstrates the importance of a good dumbbell retrieve.
If you are like most animal owners living in cold-weather regions, you lost your enthusiasm for brisk, early-morning dog-walking right around the time when the temperatures began to drop. But without exercise, of course, animals as well as humans will gain weight, especially if calorie intake is not modified.
Sensory, Emotional, and Social Development of the Young Dog by Dr. Joël Dehasse, Behaviorist Veterinarian. Dr. Dehasse supplements his own exhaustive research with that of some of the pioneering canine behaviorists to illuminate the various phases of canine development and how they may be positively influenced.
Teaching the Out by Master Trainer Tim Tieken; how to build the successful out in the young dog
German Shepherd breeder and Schutzhund trainer Julia Priest provides valuable information for anyone thinking about sending their dog to a professional trainer for foundation work or finishing. In her article When You Send Your Dog Away for Training, Priest explains what to expect and demand from a professional trainer, and what the professional trainer will in turn expect and demand from you.
Read about Karen Pryor's books in our Spotlight feature, Dogs, Dolphins, and Karen Pryor - A review of three books by operant conditioning trailblazer Pryor. Check out our other behavior and psychology titles in the Working Dogs Book Store. Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training by operant conditioning trailblazer Karen Pryor teaches you how to apply the principles of behavioral training to invoke dramatic results in any learning situation.
Two squeakies by Moc Klinkam is a skill building game for puppies. Based on the two hoses game, the exercise builds drive for the retrieve and introduces the concept of the out on command. Two Squeakies -- it's fun, it's educational, and your puppy will love it!
Suzanne Clothier invokes the enchanting imagery of two well-matched dance partners in Dances With Dogs, her introspective examination of the basic techniques for creating a good working relationship with your dog and a clear understanding of each other.
Diana Guerrero provides a four-part series about Unusual Careers With Animals. This is an outstanding series of articles that is a must-read by anyone who has ever considered making their career one devoted to animals.
Dr. P's Dog Training features
Beginners Meet Agility is the delightful narrative of authors Jim and Carole Norris. Share their experiences as they discover the sport of agility and successfully complete the beginner level of training and competition with their rather young and remarkably agile GSD, Keena.
There Are No Problem Dogs - Author and Rottie owner Cary Silver counters the hysteria about "dangerous dogs" with a clearly reasoned and well-researched look at the ramifications of irresponsible dog ownership.
The Intelligence of Dogs - Depending on your own personal breed of choice, you'll either love or hate the results of a dog trainer's survey....
Deborah Palman explores her own transition from traditional, more compulsory training of police and Search and Rescue dogs to the motivational approach. Her illuminating article A Case for Motivational Training demonstrates how her efforts were rewarded and why she has become a confirmed proponent of motivational training for sporting and working dogs.
Nadia Hamza obviously has fun with her dogs, and you can too with her list of 25 dog tricks. Learn how to motivationally teach your dog to jump, turn, weave, bow, crawl, and more!
Dr. Mike Plonsky updates his fascinating page of Common Dog Commands in Several Languages. Thirty commands in eight different languages are featured, including Czech, Dutch, Hebrew, and more. Download the associated WAV files to hear an accurate pronunciation of each command in the native language. You never know.... if your dog isn't responding to your commands, maybe you're just speaking the wrong language.
Training the high-drive Malinois or other breed to think and learn properly is the challenge undertaken by trainer Deborah Palman in her article The Subject is Focus. Teaching focus is an essential part of positive training, and Palman reveals the beauty of positive training to achieve that focus.
"Two squeakies" is a skill building game for puppies. Based on Dildei's two hoses game, the exercise builds drive for the retrieve and introduces the concept of the out on command. Two Squeakies -- it's fun, it's educational, and your puppy will love it!