March 2014: Secrets to Dog Training Success: Redirect, Substitute, Reward
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Secrets to Dog Training Success

Redirect, Substitute, Reward

The dog is playfully grabbing your pants, tugging and growling, having the time of his life. You, on the other hand, aren’t enjoying this at all. You’re saying “No! Get off! NO!” to no avail. The dog is still hanging on, tugging harder even. Everything you do seems to make the situation worse – the dog seems to be enjoying himself even more. What’s a good dog owner to do?
I’m here with the answers that will solve 80% of your problems. There are three things you need to do: redirect your dog to do something else, substitute what he has in his mouth to something more appropriate, and then (this is the part that most people forget, yet is just as important as the other two things) reward the dog for doing the right thing. Let’s break these three elements down into smaller pieces, so you can use each of them to make your life a little easier (and your dog’s, too). 

Continue reading about how to use these three tools for a well-behaved dog who listens...

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Our goal at Smart Dog U is to help you have the best life with your dog. To that end, we're producing high-quality, short, easy to follow videos to help you have a well-behaved dog you enjoy hanging with. 

Each week, we'll post a new video on the Smart Dog Blog. Here's what we posted in February:

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I'll be teaching the program all over the U.S. this year. Check out the locations and dates and enroll today!

Maryland (Baltimore metro)
Workshop 1: 4/12/14 - 4/13/14
Workshop 2: 5/31/14 - 6/1/14
Workshop 3: 7/19/14 - 7/20/14
Workshop 4: 9/6/14 - 9/7/14

Georgia (Atlanta metro)
Workshop 1: 5/3/14 - 5/4/14
Workshop 2: 6/14/14 - 6/15/14
Workshop 3: 7/26/14 - 7/27/14
Workshop 3: 9/20/14 - 9/21/14

Missouri (St. Louis)
Workshop 1: 6/7/14 - 6/8/14
Workshop 2: 8/23/14 - 8/24/14
Workshop 3: 10/18/14 - 10/19/14
Workshop 4: 12/13/14 - 12/14/14

Cincinnati, OH - dates coming soon!
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Reunited with Schooner

It had been a month since I'd turned him in, and the reunion was oh-so-sweet! 

He sang hello to me while he wagged his entire body. It was a grand occasion and I'd be lying if I said it wasn't bittersweet. 

I loved seeing him again and hated leaving him when it was time for me to head home with Levi. I'll get to see him again this month when I take Levi back to Service Dogs of Virginia for a training check-in. Those days are the highlight of my month. 

Service Puppy In-Training: Levi

Levi's making great progress in his second month of training. 

Here's what we're teaching Levi this month:
  • Walking past/ignoring food and toys on the floor
  • Polite greetings (sit to greet people)
  • Coming when called
  • Go through a door, then turn around and wait for me
  • Settle on his mat quietly 
  • Fast sits at my side (not in front of me)
  • Sitting automatically when I stop walking
  • Touching his nose to my hand (and to a margarine lid taped to the wall)
He's a smart, sweet boy and enjoys his training and his outings in public. Keep your eye on the Smart Dog Blog, he appears there regularly!

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