Obedience Training Articles


Remote Trainers and the Obedience Dog: Remote trainers compared to "shock collars." The history of electronic collars. A step-by-step system for collar conditioning. Basic principles for Remote Training, which are: 1) Train to develop willingness to obey. 2) Make training enjoyable for the dog. 3) Teach the command first. 4) Guide the dog while its a beginner. 5) Select the correct intensity level. 6) Start the Three-Action Introduction. 7) Give the dog a comparison, simplify right away. 8) Don't create a "collarwise" dog. Front & Finish, Feb. '95


Introduction To Remote Training: Fitting the collar. Avoiding signal overload. Selecting the correct intensity level, correct timing of stimulation. Front & Finish, Mar. '95.


The First Action-Moving Towards the Handler: Use of low level stimulation, timing of stimulation, escape training, avoidance training, use of momentary; when to turn off stimulation, when to use higher levels, bending, staying with handler, and walking with handler ("rough heeling"). Front & Finish, Apr. '95.


Preventing Lagging on Heel and Adding Momentum on the Recall: Using the correction for lagging. Teaching the dog to speed up on the recall. Front & Finish, June '95.


Using the First Action to Prevent Problems in Obedience Exercises: Preventing slow recalls, preventing anticipation of the drop in the Drop on Recall, teaching the Utility recall signal by chaining, proofing. Front & Finish, July '95.


Using the First Action to Prevent Looping On the Retrieve: Change the style of dogs that loop wide on their return from a retrieve. Front & Finish, Aug. '95.


The Second Action-Leaving the Handler: Platform introduction, sending to the platform from the handler's side, go-outs with the turn and sit on the platform. Front & Finish, Sept. '95.


Help for Short "Go-Outs"-The "Remote Send": Teaching the dog to move away from the handler from a remote location. Using this knowledge to correct for short go-outs, slowing down between jumps, or slowing down on the way to make a retrieve. Front & Finish, Oct. '95.


Directed Jumping Exercise: Using platforms as targets in the directed jumping exercises. Dealing with refusals in the directed jumping exercise. Front & Finish, Nov. '95.


The Third Action-The Stationary Commands: Using point of contact with stationary commands. Sit; Sit from motion; Putting a "stop" on a moving dog (using the platform); sit at a distance. Front & Finish, Dec. '95.


Correcting During the Sit-Stay: How to correct during the sit-stay for the dog that gets up or leaves, lies down, or fidgets around. Front & Finish, Jan. '96.


The "Down" Command: "Talking them through it" for experienced dogs. Using the ground stake for problem dogs. Front & Finish, Feb. '96.


Proofing Against Moving During the Stand: Using low-level stimulation to teach the dog not to move his feet; preventing sitting or lying down. Front & Finish, Mar. '96.


Stand Up On Command: Teaching the "stand up" motion from a sit or down. Using the collar and platform to prevent creeping forward. Front & Finish, Apr. '96


Using the Training Platform for "Down": Shaping the "folding back" drop. Putting a "stop" on a dog for the drop from motion. Front & Finish, May '96.


Introducing "Environmental" Corrections: Selecting the right intensity level, solving problem behaviors, teaching the dog not to run around the jump. Front & Finish, June '96


Tips for Training the Dual Purpose Dog: What is a handling dog? Selecting casts. Making the back cast and the utility drop signal look different. Adding "Body English" for the field dog. Front & Finish, July '96.


Competition Heeling-The Chronic Forger: Using an environmental correction followed by a positive comparison to correct the chronic forger. Front & Finish, Aug. '96.


Competition Heeling -Quitting on the "Fast": Reteaching using positive motivation. Using a "safety response" to motivate the dog that quits on the "Fast" exercise. Dog must understand the "First Action." Front & Finish, Sept. '96.


Adding Speed to the Finish: Limiting options and maintaining a good pattern as you speed up the dog's "Finish." Front & Finish, Oct. '96.


Reshaping the Finish Motion: Using the platform as a target to shape the Finish motion. Corrects crooked sits caused by the bad habit of not going far enough behind the handler while finishing. Front & Finish, Nov. '96.


Using the Training Platform with the Broad Jump: The platform is used as a target to keep the dog traveling straight until he completes the jumping portion of the exercise. Front & Finish, Dec. '96.

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