THE COMPLETE VISUAL GUIDE TO “GOOD DOG” TRAINING

Contents
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Section 1
4 The Complete Visual Guide to Basic Commands for a Good Dog 4 The Balanced Way Means Using a Lot of Gentle and Effective
Training Techniques Developed Over 35 Years

Section 2
4 The Complete Visual Guide to Tricks for a Good Dog
Chapter 6

4 Good Dog Training is Achievable and Fun 4 How this Book Brings Professional Dog Training Classes into
Your Home

4 Step-by-step Sit-High Class
Chapter 7

Fun and Silly Play with Your Dog that Will Impress

4 Good Dog Housebreaking Techniques that Save a lot of
Housecleaning Chapter 1

4 Step-by-step Speak-Your-Arithmetic Class
Chapter 8

Teach You Dog to Count in Barks—Even Add and Subtract

4 Step-by-step Heeling Class
Chapter 2

4 Step-by-step Spin-and-Dance Class
Chapter 9

The Balanced Way Starts with Good Walking so the Dog Pays Attention to You

Agility Moves for Your Good Dog

4 A Note on Treats
Chapter 10

4 Step-by-step Automatic-Sit Class
Chapter 3

Give Puppies Treats but Just Love to Adults

Keep the Dog Out of Traffic When You Stop

4 The Equipment You Need for Success
Choosing the right collar

4 Step-by-step Sit-Stay Class
Chapter 4

The Ironclad Method to Keep Your Dog Where He or She Should Be

4 Step-by-step Down Class
Chapter 5

The Balanced Way to Keep Your Dog Happy and Comfortable when You’re Not Playing

4 Step-by-step Come-When-Called Class

Tried and True Techniques to Get Your Dog to Come to You in Any Situation

Chapter 1

Step-by-step Heeling Class
It all Starts with Good Walking so the Dog Pays Attention to You
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The First Step to a Well-Behaved Dog
The first class in our good dog training is getting your dog to pay attention to you. Sounds fun, right? But it has to be the right kind of attention, not the playful and loving kind. We save that for great achievements, which will happen soon. In this class, you teach your dog to listen for communication using your voice, body language and leash. We do this by teaching them to walk well at your side, following your speed. Then they learn to change direction with you eventually without hitting the end of the leash. This interaction has a larger importance. It defines how your dog will interact with you and how much he or she listens and watches you. Simply walking well with its owner builds mutual trust and bonding between you and the pup. It becomes the solid foundation for the rest of the classes so I recommend focusing a lot of attention on this class.   In general, be careful to reward good behavior and correct (gently, see sidebar page xx) or ignore bad behavior. While this may sound simple, people have a tendency to feel sorry or nervous when a dog, especially new to them, doesn’t respond, so they naturally try to comfort their pet. However, this is the moment to be strong and stay on message rather than picking up and hugging your cutey, even though that’s you want to do. Hold out for the bigger reward when the dog does what you want, and you both are excited and proud of it.  

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Note that different dogs learn at different speeds so much of your success will come from patience, repetition and staying consistently on message. You will see this happening as each class builds on the next one.

The First Heeling Lesson

Number of Repetition: xx How Long To Do The Exercise: xx How You Know Your Dog Is Getting It: xx

We start this lesson by repeating the proper leash hold.  

Loop goes over your thumb. 

Double the leash back and hold the loop so there is slack in the leash between you and the dog.  

Don’t hold the leash taut. It should have a nice droopy curve to it.  

STEP-BY-STEP HEELING CLASS

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Here is the natural starting position with your proper leash hold. If your dog won’t sit by your side, you should stand there for a bit and let the dog wander around on the leash. If you ignore him and don’t move, after a while he will sit naturally. Try a light upward tug on the leash to bring his head up which naturally brings his behind down. If he doesn’t sit in five minutes, move to a place with fewer distractions, and he should take a seat. When he finally sits, you can move to his side (him on the left) to start.  

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Make sure the dog is on your left, and you consistently keep the dog on your left for all your walking. (You can keep your dog on your right. Just exchange all the “lefts” in the instructions to “rights.” Be consistent whatever side you pick so the dog gets used to where he needs to look.)  

Now pat your thigh so it makes a good noise and start walking left foot first (the one nearest him). He will follow the foot and associate the sound with starting to walk.   

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PROPER CORRECTION TECHNIQUES
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When You Know Your Dog Got It
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Always start walking with the foot nearest the dog. For most people this will be the left foot. This gives your dog a visual clue about what he is supposed to do. It is good to take a strong, confident first step and assume in your head that the dog will be following you. A nice long first step gives the dog a solid lead to follow.  

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STEP-BY-STEP HEELING CLASS 15

REWARDING YOUR DOG
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Soon, usually in a matter of xx days/tries, your dog will be walking by your side well. Occasionally he or she will forget the drill. Be firm but understanding. Try carefully to never reward the dog if he or she makes a mistake. Success in this lesson will make walking your dog pure joy everyday for both parties.

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