Taking advantage of environmental cues

Hi dog blog readers 😊 I want to talk today about environmental cues, because it’s something I’ve been playing around with a bit recently. First of all, when we talk about cues in dog training, we’re talking about a trigger that results in the dog taking a certain action. Obedience is teaching a dog various cues. The word “Sit” is a cue for the dog to sit. The word “Shake ” is a cue for them to raise up their

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Teaching your dog to roll over

I briefly mentioned my experiences teaching Betsy to roll over when I wrote that post about dogs learning to learn, and I thought I’d follow up with how I did it 😁 The key to teaching this trick is rewarding in increments; you can’t just get them to do the entire roll right off the bat. The steps: Hold a treat to your dog’s nose and lure them to the ground. When they lay down, give them a treat. Yay,

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Teaching the Hand Target

Oh hey, thought I’d publish a little dog trick how-to. Hand targeting, or, “touch,” is the first trick I taught Betsy. It’s one of her favourites. It’s also useful! I use it as… A fun alternative to recall, so I don’t overuse my recall word. A way to grab my dog’s attention when something distracting is going on. A way to say, “please,” when we’re playing fetch (my hand is like a button – she touches my hand with her

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