Monday, January 9, 2012
KPA Tip: Warm Up Your Dog Before Training
KPA Tip of the Day: Warm Up Your Dog Before Training Session
By Dawn Gilkison on 01/09/2012
Courtesy of Karen Pryor Academy
Your dog needs to be alert and focused on you for learning to take place. Try this test before you start a training session. Click and drop treats at your feet. Does your pup eat them readily and look up at you? If the answer is yes, then ask for an easy behavior, such as a sit. Click and treat a correct response. Repeat a few times and notice your dog’s body language. What tells you that your dog is ready to work? Wagging his tail? Ears slightly forward? Eyes on you? A bounce to his step? Now he is ready to start learning something new!