Train Up a Dog – Results #ILoveMyk9

Last week I talked about some of the treats we got to train our dog, Winston {aka Mr. Stone}.  We got a variety of things that we thought would be good for him, as well as tasty, and set out to teach  him to spin.

The Results

 

Well, he can’t spin…  Babydoll wanted to be the one to train him to do this, but she was scared of him snatching the treat from her hand, and it just wasn’t working out.  Winston likes to think he can bully Ava sometimes, so it’s generally best that she not test him unless she’s ready to show him who’s boss.  That hasn’t happened yet.

The good news is that we have made significant progress with something else we were trying to teach him to do:  stay.  We haven’t really worked much at getting him to stay, other than what Vince does when we’re bringing Winston back inside.  I took this opportunity to work with him on just staying when we asked him to, and he’s getting much better.

What I Used

 

Winston liked both the Pup-Peroni and the Milk-Bone® treats.  We haven’t broken into the other two items {the Milo’s Kitchen treats} because I didn’t want to have four bags of treats open for one small dog.  He doesn’t get soft treats often, so I think he really enjoyed the Pup-Peroni ones.

To train him, though, I used the Milk-Bone® Healthy Favorites treats.  I break them up into a few pieces when training since he’s so small {10 pounds}.  Otherwise, he’d be getting tons of little biscuits!

This time around, I called him over to me, had him sit, and then had him do something else we’re working with him on:  up.  Apparently Havanese used to be circus dogs and it’s easy to see why; they look very entertaining when they’re doing things like begging.

 

These are fairly easy for him; he learned to sit right after we got him, and he generally begs {up} anyway.  The real test for a dog like him that gets super excited about everything is to have him sit and stay when he knows you have a treat.

He knew I still had more treats in my hand, so he was very attentive.  I had him sit again…

…and then I slowly backed away.

Score!  It took a few tries, but we successfully got him to stay while we continued to back away.  I even walked back over to him to give him his treat and he patiently sat there until I gave it to him.

This was a lot of fun to do!  I used some of the tips we got when he went to puppy class, such as starting by rewarding with a treat every time, and then slowly expecting more out of him before he got a treat.

Also, I think the best piece of advice is to stay “Good ______!” instead of “Good boy/girl!”  This helps them learn the command and know what it is they’re doing good.

Do you have any dog training tips?

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