• Allie Dellosa

    February 17, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Teaching a command (like you are starting to do) is good. Definitely practicing intentionally, first, will help him be more successful in the moment. This way you are working towards true obedience. Most importantly, before focusing on obedience, is understanding leadership and how to practice it with out conflict.

    Also, are you scheduling play? Playing tug in a productive manner can be very useful in building relationships with working dogs and helps you bond while controlling the game. The bite building video is great to watch. Being male or female (as a handler) doesn’t matter as much as the dogs prior associations with body language, punishment and their emotions in that moment. While clickers can be useful I prefer to use my voice and a natural, loving tone to mark behavior and build relationships. Dogs are emotional animals and thrive on the appropriate relationship being built. Especially working line dogs. Here are some good videos to watch.

    Leadership is key!