Homework Practice For After Class 5:

1. Download your homework by clicking the button below! LOOK AT THE CHART AND SET A GOAL for how you want to do on your final challenge test.

Practice for you final challenge. How you do in the challenge will determine if you have made it to Adult Dog II or if you need to take Adult Dog I over for extra practice. Here is a downloadable chart with the homework for this week. Below are the videos that go with this week's practice so be sure you come back to this page after you download your chart.

2. Get a rock solid Leave it- how many levels can you progress through?
Practice “Take it” and “Drop It.”

3. Continue working on Sit-Down-Sit-Stand-Down-Stand with short stays in each position. Get to moving into positions with no lure.

4. Practice Stay. Increase time and duration.
Practice heel, walking loose on the leash and back into heel position. Do 10-20 automatic sits at your side per walk.

Explainations: Leave It

Teaching “Leave It” is extremely useful for instructing your dog not to touch all sorts of things, such as, food on the coffee table, food you’re eating, food that children are eating, used-diapers, the baby, a shy dog, the cat, cat feces, or any feces. Also, by teaching “off” your dog also learns “Take it,” which will facilitate teaching your dog to retrieve and play tug o’ war according to the rules.

Stage 1: Put a treat in your hand and show it to the dog so he will try  to get it. The second he pulls head away- give it to him & give marker (yes or click). Do this until he's pulling his head away regularly and add cue “leave it.”

Stage 2 open hand- just keep taking it away until he leaves it reliably.

Stage 3 on table. Leave it.  If he goes for it take it away- say "uh oh". For stage 2 and 3 be sure to treat using opposite hand.

6. Object Exchange: Take it - drop it:

For a reminder of Take it Drop it watch: HYPERLINK "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO2cxHgIzX0

Get the dog excited about the toy and say “take it,” immediately present the object to the dog and let her take it. Let her have a chance to play with the toy for a few moments. Present an object of equal value. Ignore the old toy and make your new toy look great. When you can see she is about to drop the toy say “drop it” and immediately say “Take it” and give her the new toy. Use a treat at first if necessary, but transition to using toys as the treat ASAP.

7.Exercise/Play with Tug and Take It/Drop It:

Many feel that playing tug teaches a dog aggression. In reality, tug is a fun game for dogs, and offers an acceptable outlet for the dog’s natural energy, and reinforces training skills if you can teach I correctly and the dog responds to “drop it” each time.  If you are certain the dog knows and will abide by the “Drop It” command, you can play tug as long as the dog does not to start acting aggressively when you play.

The rules for playing tug are: you start and end the game, your dog will drop it when asked, and you use one toy for playing tug and put the tug toy out of the dog's sight after each game. If the dog’s teeth ever touch your skin, the game of tug ends. This helps teach the dog to be careful with his mouth.

For the tug toy, select one that has been designed for tugging. Tug toys usually have a comfortable place for the person to hold, and is strong yet flexible. To teach, start with some high-value treats in your pocket. Get your dog interested in taking the tug toy, (e.g. make the toy move away the dog has to chase it, wiggling the toy around on the floor and in the air around and away from your dog), and say “Take It.” The second he puts it in his mouth present the treat. When you see your dog is dropping the tug toy (it should happen immediately) say “Drop.” Once he drops it immediately say your reward marker word “Yes” or “Good” & or Click and reward with a treat. You goal is to present the tug toy, show the treat, say drop and the dog drops the toy and you give the treat. Have patience, this can be a challenging skill at first. The high-value treat must be better from the dog’s perspective than the object he has. Try it again increasing the time the dog has the tug toy in his mouth before you present the treat. Go for one second, then two, then five, etc. Soon you should be able to say drop without showing the treat and your dog should drop it. If s/he continues tugging and will not drop it it means you have let him have it too long without presenting the treat reward. If this happens take their collar in one had and pull them towards you so there is no pressure on the tug toy (they cannot tug if it is limp or they will get board soon.) Wait until he drops the toy, take it away and say, “All Done” and put it away. Do this in many different locations 5-`10 times. It’s a great idea to do a couple of sessions, take a break and do a few more that same day. Once your dog is dropping it on cue regularly you can increase the tugging but only go as long as you can while getting your dog to drop it. If he does not drop it back up a few steps until he will drop it. 

Once your dog is dropping it on cue it’s OK if your dog gets excited during tug (he may growl, tug hard, and shake his head) gradually  fade out the lure (that is, stop presenting the treat to his nose to cause him to open his mouth). Reward with a high-value treat, or start the game again as a reward, as soon as the dog drops the item. You don’t need to use a threatening voice for the “Drop It” cue. Think of “Drop It” as a trade, since you will be giving the dog something in exchange (either a treat or the toy again) for dropping it. Eventually the reward should be playing tug again over and over with no food rewards.