How A Dog Training Instructor Would Guide You In Class

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How A Dog Training Instructor Would Guide You In Class

by Johannes Tan



Approaching when called, or the "recall" exercise, is an essential step in a dog's training discipline. If the group is working in a circle, it is completed the first time toward the core of the circle and the second time away from the midpoint toward the external walls. To instruct the recall in class, the instructor tells the class:

"Handlers face the middle of the room with dogs sitting at heel pose. Command your dog to stay. Face him to the complete length of the leash. Seize the leash in your left hand. Stand up straight with your feet spaced in distant to avoid the dog from darting off to one side! Call your dog by given name! 'Sparky, come!' or 'Sparky, front!' Collect the lead up with both hands and when he is near, command 'Sit!' Congratulate and pat him instantly! Say 'Stay!' and move back again to the ending of the lead. Call your dog! Keep your tone happy! Persuade your dog to come!

When he obeys, advise him with more power to sit! Praise him! If the dog doesn't react the instant he hears his name and the command to come, break the lead rapidly, but release it at once. It is completed with a movement similar to snapping a whip. You will hear the collar tick when you do it correctly.

Don't drag or pull your dog to you or he will never want to come! Use a cajoling tone of voice following the command and after each adjustment. Use the lead to make the dog sit square and as near as possible, and to avoid a rush in the opposite track. Next, make your dog go to heel position! (The handlers will now have their backs to one another, ready to call their dogs in the opposite track) Tell your dog to stay and face him to the full length of the lead! Now circle back to heel pose. We'll vary the recall with the sit-stay training.

This will lecture your dog not to predict your command by coming before he is called. Inform your dog to hang about and face him again. Stand up straight! If you bend over, the dog will crawl in instead of coming casually. Call your dog! Use his name! If your dog doesn't come on your first command, snap the lead hard and then persuade him in the rest of the way! Keep your hands low down and in front of your body. Gather up the leash in a hand-over-hand motion."

The instructor must observe to see that the command to come is specified first, followed, if needed, by a quick snap on the lead, which is loosened instantly. The dog must want to come of his own free will. Remind the owners: "Stand straight with your feet apart to dishearten the dog from darting off the one side. Gather up the leash as the dog comes to the front. Command 'Sit!' when the dog comes in front and correct him if he sits twisted. Don't forget to pat him."

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