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This past weekend I was in Texas presenting a remote collar training workshop with On The Ball K-9 Training. We had a wonderful group of participants, both pet owners and other professional dog trainers. The dogs ranged from young pups to older dogs with behavioral issues.
Regardless of age or past history, we started at the beginning and learned the foundation skills necessary to build better behavior. The foundation skills of remote collar training include teaching the dog that stimulation can prompt behavior to move toward the handler, away from the handler or stop and remain stationary. Once those three concepts are clear in the dogs mind you can use them to create good manners and manage behavior problems. The handlers worked on a variety of skills to teach those concepts including; loose lead following, recalls, going to a place, learning to heel & sit and how to play red light/green light to work on impulse control and train in drive.
We discussed a great deal about how such skills help us to convey to our dogs that we are the leaders or decision makers and they are the followers. It is a philosophy I feel is essential for having a properly defined relationship with a dog. It is how we keep our dogs safe yet allow them to enjoy being integrated into the world around them.
I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the pictures. I also wanted to give a big shout out to Dogtra Company for their donation of a 300 M collar. We held a raffle for the collar and raised $240.00 for the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation.
Great work everyone!