• Teresa Stanczak

    January 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Hi Maxlee,

    In Phase 3 training, we use the “NO” as a conditioned punisher just as we do in Phase 2. This is to remain fair to the dog making it predictable when the correction will come. We never correct on the “No” but always correct when repeating the command after the “No” if the dog does not respond.

    If you have followed Phase 2 correctly , you will find that your dog gets very few corrections if any. When you apply the remote to the same commands and structure you will find the same results. If you have to correct your dog each time you give a command you should do some troubleshooting:
    1) are you using the proper command structure
    2)are you following the command structure quickly- where there is no more than 1/2 second in between
    3)Is the dog properly motivated and understanding the correction

    In the instance of the second example you gave about chewing the shoe, the remote would be used in a different way. For any command that requires you to be present , ie coming when called, sit, heel etc. you should use the command structure. If you are trying t accomplish a proper correction for housebreaking like preventing the chewing of furniture or shoes, you would not give a command at all.

    In this instance we would use the remote as an environmental correction or “Dog God” correction. The correction would come automatically if the dog is engaged with the object or behavior we wish to prevent. No command is given, in fact, not even eye contact or acknowledgement that it has occurred. This is to prevent the dog from associating you with the correction and therefore only making it reliable when you are around.

    I hope this helps clarify things for you 🙂