REVEALING MY DOG TRAINING SECRETS 🤫
hey guys natalie here with canine performance and welcome to the video before we get started i do want to let you know this is going to be a much longer video but i recommend that you stick around from start all the way to the finish because it is going to be jam-packed full of information that i typically only give to clients at the go home session so without further ado let’s take a look hey guys natalie here with canine performance and i would like to introduce ruger to our two-week board and train program ruger is a six-month-old german shepherd dog and he comes to us with a little bit of basics of obedience but he really needs a lot more reliability accountability for behavior and he needs to learn how to calm down and be able to function on his own so for the next two weeks we are going to be working on a calmer state of mind some more reliability in those basic obedience commands and building more engagement in between him and his handler hey guys natalie here with canon performance and two weeks ago ruger was dropped off and now his owner mackenzie is going to be here any minute now so i wanted to walk you through what the hands-on portion of a go home session looks like for one of my boarding train dogs i know that they are in a numbered list but one is not more important to the other one because they all have to work cohesively together but the first thing that i am going to talk about is going to be timing so in dog training timing is super super super important so you only have a very minimal window of time where you have to correct or reward a behavior so how much time do you think that you have in order to correct a behavior like he does something and you have to communicate to him of like hey yo dude like you weren’t supposed to do that i would say like three seconds 1.
3 seconds 1.3 seconds i know it’s so short so this is a very very important thing to understand however because there’s a lot of things like i don’t know if you ever heard it but if a dog like poops in your house you’re supposed to like go over there and like stick their face in it right and it’s like i’ve heard of that but it’s been a long time but yeah it’s a very common one that like i hear a lot of people doing but just even for basic things of like say for example that you’re working on obedience with him and he’s holding a down stay over there and you turn your back for a second to go do something right and then he breaks that down stay and then by the time that you turn around he’s already near you you’re way too late to correct that behavior if you correct him he’s going to look at you and be like who peed in your cheerios like what’s going on because he can’t correlate the two right so 1.
3 seconds is how quick you have to be to correct a behavior but also to reward one if he chooses to do a behavior correctly you also only have that small period of time to communicate to him of like hey good job dude like i really like that you did that you should do some more of that so when i tap that button that’s a correction from the e-collar okay so when i am giving communication to the dog through the e-collar through levels 1 through 20 right i’m hitting those numbers all the time like if i’m in a training session it could very well sound like that right so let’s say i say sit he doesn’t sit i say no sit right i gave him that low level communication right at the level that he needs and we’ll go over um how to decide what level to use he doesn’t sit i say no sit and until his butt touches the ground i am continuing to communicate to him right i’m using these levels all of the time correctional level would be say for example that um i’m walking along and i totally miss all of his his body language signals that he’s loading on to another dog right and he starts to break out of the heel position and he starts to participate in a behavior that’s that’s really bad then i’m going to use a much higher level correction for that because his behavior determines what level that we use on the e-collar and i would say no and then that’s it right this would be something along the lines of uh bar biting in the crate if he’s never shown that but if he did that um trash diving counter surfing poop eating really really bad behaviors that you never want him to ever do again that’s where you use the higher levels and you only want to apply that once and then hopefully be done with that behavior forever right so the way that i think about it is that this is just information to the dog right that’s all that that is remember because they learn physical visual verbal so i want to communicate a lot of information to him right out of a day if i were to use the e-collar say a hundred times in a day i am probably going to use this communication level right here probably around like 90 times out of the 100.
i would use my correctional level maybe like eight times and then maybe in a day like i don’t think he’s ever been positively punished for a behavior at all in the time that he’s been with me he would be positively punished like maybe twice okay right so these are things that you’re really really removed with when it comes to the prong collar let’s get my leash we can do the exact same thing i’m walking along right and i’m walking and maybe he starts to get a little ahead of me right and so i’m just gonna give like a quick tap tap on the e-collar to remind me of like hey dude like you’re pushing ahead on the walk right like i need you to be in that heel position right that’s just information to him that’s just like oh yep sorry and then move back right he starts to lag behind i’m like okay let’s go and then i give a little tap tap on on the on the leash and the prong collar and that tells him oh i was zoning out or just lagging behind right he sees another dog and i don’t want him to be staring at the other dog and you know hackles rising and about to bark so i’m going to say nope and then do a harder correction right and then with the prong collar that would be pretty you know extreme that would be like where you’re like no right and there’s really no need for that when you have an e-collar implemented right so think of it less of like you are trying to punish behaviors you are simply providing information you’re simply communicating with the dog the next thing that we are going to go over um is going to be feeling what the e-collar feels like because this is really really important right so the one thing to remember is that this is not a shock collar okay so why is that important for one i think that terminology that we use is really important for one for two is that because this is a tens unit it is a muscle stimulator have you ever been to a chiropractor and you have those patches like put on you to like stimulate muscles well if you ever have muscle soreness you can actually like use this like on your own skin like you can like put this on your shoulder because it is a tens unit um and so that means that you must have skin contact because what happens is in between these two contact points it will stimulate the muscle which means that it will pick the muscle up and then it will set it back down which is how the sensation is felt right that’s why it feels like a tapping sort of sensation right so if it was a shock collar you could just simply put it on your dog and you could just go about your merry way because it’ll just shoot out volts of electricity right it’s just right and we don’t want that so what i want you to do is i want you to put this into your hand like that lightly hold it and what i’m going to do is i’m going to go up by two levels and you tell me when you feel anything at all and i want you to describe what you feel okay so no oh yeah it’s like a little yeah it’s like a tap it’s like a tap right is it painful no no can you see any sort of reaction from your hand at all okay now if i go like this what does that feel like just feels like a lot of them it feels like a lot of them but that’s a really long time that you’re under that pressure right so that’s a level 15.
okay ruger he’ll respond on a level five wow okay right you don’t even have to really get that you don’t have to get that high remember our our little chart of our communication level right you’re at 15 on that communication level you are breaching into his correctional levels do you kind of see what i mean yeah and when you’re providing information to him that’s how it’s it’s not a an emotionally charged thing it’s simply just information right it’s the communication system that he understands the most important part about training and why it’s so important to have a professional introduce a tool like this is because how you introduce it is very very important this is a neutral stimulus at the beginning and so for him he was taught that he is in control of turning this sensation on or off he turns it on by not doing a command he turns it off by completing the command right it’s impossible to have a shutdown dog in the system because the dog feels empowered by the communication right because he’s in control of it and he understands that right it’s not just pure punishment it is communication so really important to always stick with a herm springer prong collar you see how all of these prongs are all facing the same way comparatively to this one where all the prongs are are facing inwards right so this one has an equal distribution of pressure right all of them contract and close at the same time whereas in this one you will actually have a twerking effect so you will torque the skin right and that’s what gives prong collars such a bad wrap is because this is what’s available in pet stores where they’re mass manufactured and so the ends are just chunk chunk chunk and they’re not created equally and so with this they’re very smooth and they’re rounded right so that equal distribution of pressure so first things first is you see how there’s this nice triangle right here so and there’s this o ring right here and then there’s this d ring right here so this one is the one that swivels and what happens to my triangle when i give a correction is that it has that nice open and closed right what happens if i put the leash here what happens to my triangle it’s all sorts of up right like you can’t really give a correction right so it’s important that when you put the prong collar on that this isn’t twisted you have that nice triangle right here and it looks just like that and that you put the um the leash onto this d-ring right here right um also for the other thing is that where the center dividing plate goes is also important so the reason why prong collars were designed is because even though it looks horrifying like i’ll give it that it looks like a medieval torture device right the reason why it’s really important is because the prongs lift it up off of the skin right so it is lifted up off of it if you had a normal leash then it would be directly on top of the skin right and you can actually suffocate your dog or a flat collar which puts all the pressure right onto the trachea this center dividing plate it goes on top of the trachea right so it actually protects the dog and their physical integrity by when this is put onto the trachea right here no pressure is put onto the throat right which is really really really important you’ll see a lot of toy breeds get um tracheal collapse because they’re constantly pulling into the their collar you know with little dogs you just you know pull them all over the place um and so that’s how it like destroys the dog’s throat so prong collar we use it for safety but also for communication now the way that it was designed is not for pulling right it was made to be an annoyance tool of negative reinforcement so that’s the other thing to understand like for you what you were talking about about sometimes it’s hard to be emotionally removed from things like giving corrections to the prong caller right so remember that when we give communication it’s just a very quick and that is it right it is not a pulling sort of thing of like hey come over here when it comes to loosely schwalking which is what we use a lot of the prong collar for you’ll see a lot of people try and like pull dogs you can only slack a dog back to you right slack is made for annoyance tool or you can do tapping through the e-call you know how i was tapping on the e-collar a lot you can do the same thing with the prong collar as well so the prong collar i typically only use it for walks it goes on before we go on a walk it comes off afterwards so that’s just like the the tool itself that goes on to the dog but where the magic truly truly happens is what happens with the leash and the leash is probably the number one most abused tool in the world probably because a lot of people think of the leash as a tool of restraint of just like i have my dog you cannot get away from me whereas the leash should actually be used as a communication tool right so the leash for one should always have slack in it right if i am trying to communicate i can’t communicate through something that’s taunt like that right can i communicate through something like this yeah absolutely right because when i do this i can open and close the prong collar okay so 90 of our information is passed down through the leash so let’s pretend that ruger is here on the leash what are you looking for you are looking for the buckle to go down and a small letter j shape that’s what you’re looking for right and because he’s like kind of tiny even if you had it like this that’s totally okay but the most part is that you want to have that buckled down once your buckle starts to do this you got problems in your line of communication right you’re going to have some points of contention with your dog so you need to find a way whatever it is to relieve that tension and bring back your loose leash with your dog okay so that’s what you are looking for now let’s travel up the leash a little bit more your left hand and your right hand what should they be doing the way that we hold our leash is super important the leash should be resting on our thumbs just like this and just hold it over just like that just like you’re driving a car or you’re riding on a bicycle right just like this right resting on your thumbs just like that so just like that the leash should be almost like it’s feeding through your hand right so with your left hand you don’t want to give your dog too much slack just enough to have that little j shape in it but if you have too much slack in your leash if heat starts going forward in the heel position and you have the leash just like this you got to swing your arm all the way back like that to give any sort of communication right so you want to only have enough that as you’re walking your arm should be able to comfortably swing just like this and if you need to give a correction all you have to do is give a quick flick of your wrist just like that to give a quick pop on the leash right so just enough your right hand is what i like to call your anchor hand right so the leash almost never moves out of this hand so you can hold it just like this you can put it over your wrist whatever it may be and then you just take the slack up just like that right so when you’re walking your dog what you should look like resting on your hands just like that enough slack to him but not too much leash leash and here is what you should look like and you should just be able to walk down the street just like this really comfortably right just like that alternatively and especially if you got one of these biothane ones one of the really easy things that you can do is also you could just loop it like that right you still have enough slack for him buckle down letter j just like that but all of the leashes in here you’ll probably see in a lot of my loose leash walking videos like where i’m walking like the leash is curled in my hand like that so just like that okay so now here’s the first hands-on portion where for you you’re going to so rest it on your thumbs just like that bring it down to your side just like that and then remember to take up the slack so do you want do you want this in your wrist do you want it just in your hand however just like that perfect and you go just like that right now when it comes to walking your body language is very important right because 90 of the information is passed down through the leash you want to be relaxed so relax up however you would stand right pretend you’re staying at the at the grocery market right so you’re staying at the grocery market and you need to have an air of confidence so confidence is going to be shoulders down and back and you’re going to be head up and you’re going to be tall and you’re going to be confident right that’s how you should present yourself right and you should be really smooth right it’s not an uptight thing of just like oh my god i hope my dog doesn’t move from position it’s just like he knows what he’s supposed to do if he goes out totally fine i’ll just provide information of like hey dude you got to come back right so you should be able to comfortably swing your arms as well when we start walking that’s one of the things i’m going to tell you have a little swing in your arm be confident right how much correction you give through the leash is exactly a lot of it remember like i said like 90 times that i use the leash i’m going to be giving that like little bit of of information right of just like hey like slow down a little bit speed up like no you can’t sniff over there like whatever it is and just like quick little taps on the leash which we are going to practice we’ll take a big loop around the neighborhood um and then if he does something that requires more of a correction that just requires a little bit more of a pop right and and that’s really key is just it’s a pop on the leash it’s not like a a yank right because just to demonstrate so if you were to hold that and hold it tight right if i go like this what are you doing yeah you’re like pulling and i’m we’re both like right now right so this is opposition reflex but if i do this and hold on and you hold on to that tight and i go stop barking stop pulling stop lunging right yeah so that right so this is this is like hey right this is your communication this is correction okay and then positive punishment right does that make sense isn’t he so big hey you’re cute hi buddy yeah and it looks like there’s doggies up ahead hey guys so that will be perfect so um when it comes to the walk i try and be really nitpicky with the walk so what that means is that um if like for example he was looking back at those people there there’s no reason for him to be looking backwards right so if he looks at things behind me or he’s pulling ahead and he’s looking see those ears up so level four there we go and now relaxed ear position right relaxed right so the ears tell a lot and as he gets older it’ll be a lot easier for you to see that but what you’re looking for is for that really relaxed head position that his head is in a neutral neutral position and he’s really calm and he’s really relaxed right when those ears come up and forward that means that he has see how he’s good boy he’s really distracted by something primarily you which is fine which usually happens so when it comes to walking gonna have my leash in my hand going to have my e-collar all the slack on this side and he’s pulling ahead so leash pops backwards and all that i was doing i was giving a few of them so back just like that because remember it’s an annoyance tool right so leash taps backwards and then just going to heal and then when we get up ahead i will go ahead and demonstrate some of those different loose leash walking drills that we’re going to be doing so just keep on going straight and if he so he looked over there to see what the kids were doing and i just gave some taps on the e-collar for that one and for me i can tell that he’s really excited because he’s responding a lot better to a level 12.
so you can you can know how excited he is when it comes to different situations by what level he’s responding right if he’s on a walk and he’s responding on a level five he’s he’s pretty chill he’s in a good state of mind right but because you’re here matt’s walking in front of us there’s a lot of things happening nope then he wants to go and do a bunch of different things so he wanted to go into the grass right then and i just simply said no you’re not going to do that use the leash to bring him back into the heel position but i am going to check to see if he needs to go potty really fast up ahead and i’ll show you what that looks like he is really good go potty that’s his cue that he can go off he can tinkle so we’re gonna go ahead and stop right here and you can stop right here what i’m going to do sit good is i am going to demonstrate just right here back and forth what that 180 degree turns look like and then the l turns and everything else okay so i’m gonna put the e collar away this is just going to be leash and prong collar work at the current moment okay so when i walk i’m going to go in a straight line and then pivot and come right back and i’ll narrate sort of what that looks like ready so i’m going to walk straight and then i’m going to do a right-hand turn and he followed me so no leash correction needed right he may try and go to you pop on the leash and then back to me good boy and then 180 degree turn no leash correction needed and then let’s see if he tries to go to you again which yep pop on the leash and that’s it and it wasn’t a hard pop right did you see it was just a very pop and then let’s see if he tries it again nope sit down good alrighty so those are the kind of drills and then how to apply the leash correction too also notice one of the things that when i gave the leash correction that it was with my anchor hand and i was more horizontal when i did it right i didn’t give a correction upwards when i was turning away as i turn i kind of bent over a little bit and i was horizontal with his body with the leash and gave a quick pop on the leash and i continued to move right because dogs want to follow that movement so the next thing that i’m going to demonstrate is your left hand turns right um you also notice that i did i haven’t said heal a lot of times right a part of the criteria of behavior this is a working command right it’s something that continuously goes i expect you to yield to my body pressure and continue to follow me the times that i would use heal is if we are in a situation like this where you are in a down or a sit or a climb whatever it is and then i begin on the walk because he like he doesn’t know when i’m going to go right i want to be i want to be courteous to him and let him know that i’m about to start right instead of just like giving him corrections on on the leash right so ruger heel good boy so i’m going to do a left-hand turn right here in this driveway and watch what i do with my left arm that if he was in my way i’m just simply going to give a leash pop with my left arm so this is going to be a hard one for him leash pop leash pop and i’m using my left leg to hurt him into the right position right so i know that this is more of a circle circles are also fine doesn’t have to be a left hand but but the point of the matter is is that if he was pushing forward if you were in the wrong position i would run right into him right sit down good all of the commands also have an implied stay right so i don’t use stay in my training it’s just simply i give the command i give it once and you must continue to do that command unless i do one of two things i say i say cup or i say right so those are the those are the two things um now when it comes to e-collar pressure you can also substitute the e-collar and substitute it for the leash right so as i was walking if i had done that 180 degree turn and he had not turned with me i’m just simply going to turn on pressure right until he yields to it right because it’s just a tension it’s interrupting right so i’ll kind of demonstrate and kind of show what that may look like here good boy so if i turn no pressure needed let’s see if i turn again because matt’s right here oh no pressure needed i won’t unnecessarily correct him but should i had turn and he continued to go that way i’m just going to tap tap tap and then continue to move away from the screechy scratch um and then continue to move um and then once he turns back to me that’s when i would stop tapping on the e-collar right alrighty and then that is all you right and then keep going there you go nice and relaxed cool cool perfect nice yep arms are swinging right you’re nice and relaxed and you should check in with him intermittently right you don’t need to be staring at him but it’s good that you check in with him because he should also be kind of checking in with you as well can i like talk to him and that kind of thing yeah you can do whatever you want hey bud she’s like okay cool she’s got the food you’re doing so good one of the things that i practiced with him a lot is uh what i like to a lot of dog trainers do this but it’s called poop downs and so if you go poop i am going to put you on the sidewalk i’m going to put you in a down and you stay there while i go and clean up your poop oh that’s super helpful so really yeah just because there’s nothing worse than trying to like fight with a leash as your dog is like you know and you’re trying to pick up poop yeah so poop downs and it’s a good way to like reinforce downs um he’ll probably look at you expectantly nope good boy um he’ll probably look at you expectantly in the morning of like he’s in a down and he’s like waiting for something because i usually like gave him like some of his like a pretty big chunk of breakfast um whenever he was in in that down so in the morning when you’re training are you using his food to train him okay cool yep so he usually gets his entire breakfast when we’re out on a walk and he got used to having about like a 20 to 30 minute walk which is usually about a mile that’s about what we do in the morning perfect yep like i was talking about before it is now your job to scan the environment it’s no longer his job let’s continue on this sidewalk here so you need to be looking at different things in the environment and judge his reactions to them right like before he probably would have noticed that and started to stare at them right so it’s your job to notice that and the second that those ears come up and that attention goes forward you need to give a tap tap on the e-collar to break his attention off of that right right now but that’s also something of just like if you give that much and you don’t see any sort of change in behavior then you no need to go up if he has a big reaction then you just scroll down right he’s doing great such a big change and he looks i mean he looks huge dude it’s like now but look at how his face is good um see how the ears are back there’s no wrinkles on the forehead see how his head position is like kind of lower so this these are all all very neutral signs like that is like a happy content and like really well balanced dog right the moment that those ears go forward and the head comes up and the eyes locked in and the wrinkles appear on the forehead that’s when something’s happening in the environment and you need to change his response right so what we’re going to do is we’re going to go back into the garage and what i want you to do is i will bring the elevated dog bed up i want you to walk up to the elevated dog bed and i want you to say climb and use leash guidance to bring him onto the elevated dog bed and when he goes on i want you to then say good and give him some affection okay cool you’re killing it bud and also sometimes when so not only when i am stopped and then i start walking do i say heal but also when i have a sudden change of direction right he thinks we’re going to keep on going straight until we keep on going straight but now we’re going to turn left so you’re going to say heel feel good job that way just to give some consideration to our dog that we are going to be changing direction right because this is our walk and so he is going to be a part of it so he’s probably going to start pulling ahead because i’m going ahead as well and if he does just give him those general corrections backwards and now you’re going to say climb later climb good boy down good boy good blown away that he’s like like for me to put him in a down he would never like lay down yeah like his down is like okay i’m down but i’m not like relaxed right and that’s a lot of you know teaching your dog obedience is super great super beneficial but unless you actually change their state of mind then no amount of obedience is really going to do anything right so i’m but because i gave him a down i do have to hold him accountable to that so those bicycles went by and matt was moving behind him and if he had popped up from that i just would have said no tap tap and then down so with all of my commands if i say good i then do you see his little head tilt he knows that a reward is coming i want to say good first and then i want to reach and then i want to deliver because if i then if i say good and i reach at the same time i have to reward that one um then your word doesn’t actually have power it’s it’s your physical moving that has power so he’s on the elevated dog bed one of the things i’m gonna do is i’m gonna practice going 180 degrees it’s hard for dogs to have things behind them so i like to practice that he’s going to shift that way he can keep his eyes on me and keep focused and then i’m just going to come around and i come around again maybe i come out and i’m going to good ears come forward he’s like i know what that word means right so i like to practice going out good coming back in giving that reward moving around whatever it may be being really exciting good boy right and these are really good drills to practice at home which he’ll get a lot of practice on just that way you can utilize this when you have guests come over when the doorbell rings when the cats are running around whatever it is right um good so two questions one do you put him in a climb while you’re like out and about like if we were to go to like a coffee shop or something and there’s like a bench do you like can you put it heck yeah heck yeah yeah um usually if you don’t have that just like a down stay down stay that for in the car as well sorry i didn’t mean it sorry i kept cutting you off go ahead uh the other question i have was how long are you generally it’s like 30 minutes is where he’s at right now minimum is 30 minutes but like he he’s gotten up to like four hours totally fine i recommend if you could like 30 minutes is a minimum but if you could do an hour and a half to two and a half hours that’s a really good and you don’t have to do it in like that like okay i have to have two and a half hours to dedicate to this dog no like do an hour and a half session in the morning do an hour half session like at night right you’re watching a movie like awesome put them on a climb like and like you see my entertainment center i usually have like a dog bed there like put him on a climb and you know he’s just on there right yeah i guess i was wondering like if i get into a meeting and a meeting is running over and i’m like oh my gosh this is like a 30 minute meeting he’s good to be like there for an hour oh four hours five hours like he’s good right good yep he’s killing him away right now he’s a good boy you