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Ultimate Puppy Program

Ultimate Puppy Program

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  1. Gloria Oh

    Hi Steffi!
    When do we start putting the verbal cues in after getting to this point? 🙂
    Best,
    Lori

    1. Steffi Trott

      Hi,
      If your dog is where mine was at at the end of this video, it is a good place to start putting a cue to it 🙂 Just make sure the dog follows the lure every time reliably 🙂

  2. Jacob Jones

    I don’t think there’s a sit lesson in this course, even though it says “our puppy can already sit like a star” at the beginning of this lesson.

    1. Steffi Trott

      The puppy should have learned to sit in two lessons of the first module – Every Day Is Training Day and Attention Is For Everywhere – did you see those yet?

  3. Christian Winnitzki

    How do u train a dog to stay when asked? Every time I ask my dog to sit stay and I step away he comes after me or jumps up. I have 7month old puggle

    1. Steffi Trott

      What exactly is the “critical distance” right now at which he comes after you? Is it when you take one step away, or further? Do you go back and reward him in the position as in the video frequently?

      1. Christian Winnitzki

        When I step back one step or even in the motion of a step he comes after me

        1. Steffi Trott

          So we always want to “explain” more at the point at which our dog is stuck. If one step right now is where your dog is getting stuck, let’s start with just moving your feet a few inches. You can even start with just a weight shift on one hip, then immediately deliver a treat to your dog in the correct position. Another weight shift, another treat. Find that sweet spot at which your dog is still successful, and go from there 🙂

  4. Christian Winnitzki

    When I say heal he stays and doesn’t come after me how can I change that to a stay or can heal be used I’m stead

    1. Steffi Trott

      So usually the exercise and setup are more meaningful to the dog than any verbal cues … perhaps you have a different hand motion associated with heel? If you want to “transfer” the meaning of the cue, you can just say ‘Stay … heel” one after the other and then do the exercise. Though I would guess that it is not the verbal cue itself but something about your body language that your dog responds to currently 🙂

      1. Christian Winnitzki

        Can u send me a video of how to properly cue a dog to stay?

        1. Steffi Trott

          So as described in the cue lesson, you need the dog to first offer the behavior and only then you should name the behavior. You introduce the cue for a stay exactly like any other cue, but from what I hear your dog currently is unsure about the behavior itself. If this is the case, using a cue is not going to be of any help in explaining the behavior itself to the dog – the reward placement and reinforcement history need to explain it.
          Here is another video on stays that might help see how to use the rewards to show the dog what you envision:
          https://vimeo.com/410798850/63ed4cfaa1

          1. Christian Winnitzki

            So u first tell the dog to sit and then what do u exactly do or say to make dog stay ? Or do u tell dog sit and take step back and then go back and reward him and as u give him the treat u tell him that’s stay?

          2. Steffi Trott

            I explained this process in the lesson on cues, I think if you read back there this process will become more clear.
            You cannot say anything to make the dog stay, because in order to explain to the dog what the word Stay/Wait/etc means, we need the dog to stay in the first place. We cannot initiate a behavior the dog doesn’t know with a cue that the dog also doesn’t know.
            We get the dog to stay in the first place by rewarding in very high frequency in position while veeeeery gradually adding motion and distance.
            Then when the dog has enough reinforcement history for staying and stays on his own account, you can add the verbal cue after you say Sit, but since you said your puppy is getting up currently when you take even a step away – it is much too early to introduce that cue right now 🙂

  5. Christian Winnitzki

    Oh so u saying when I tell him sit and he doesn’t move I should reward him constantly and then eventually cue stay so he understand that him waiting is stay

    1. Steffi Trott

      Yes, just like I showed in the videos 🙂

      1. Christian Winnitzki

        Ok thank you

      2. Christian Winnitzki

        What’s difference between heal and stay?

        1. Steffi Trott

          You said above that for your dog they basically mean similar things in the same situation. Of course, every cue only means whatever we teach the dog. Dogs don’t speak English – so heel and stay can have any meaning you want! You can even name a Sit “heel” (though that would be pretty confusing 😀 )
          But in general, heel would mean come and walk by my (left) side, and stay means resume the position until released.

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