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THE TRAINING MAGIC PILL

June 16, 2009

Rescue Dog Jasper

People are increasingly busy these days and don’t have the time to train their dog. What people don’t know is teaching a dog doesn’t take up a lot of time and it can easily be incorporated into the time you spend with them. For years I’ve recommended to my clients to do between 1-2 minute training sessions.

When I trained animal actors, sometimes the director wanted the dog to do things they weren’t trained to do. I would have very little time or only a few days to teach the new complex behaviors. I found that sessions kept under 2 minutes and doing 3-5 sessions per day is better than the 15 to 20 minute twice a day sessions prescribed by many trainers. On a weekly basis I will be posting training tips and “how to” videos that will teach you the techniques that I use and recommend.

Malibu Dog Training is the home of the 1 minute training session. There is no magic pill , but the whole training prescription just got a little easier to swallow.

To see what a 1-2 minute session might look like, click on the link below

How to teach the “Sit Command” watch?v=0d5Yiz8ryM8

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2 Responses to “THE TRAINING MAGIC PILL”

  1. Julie on July 15th, 2009 8:13 pm

    Hi Robert. We miss you in Malibu! Two weeks ago we added another golden to our home. He, George, is now 11 weeks old. As we expected, Duke is very gentle with him. The question I have now is when and how to introduce a leash?. The collar doesn’t bother him, but he struggles and bites the leash when I try it. Since there is no magic pill, do you have any advice?

  2. Robert on July 16th, 2009 3:30 am

    Hi Julie,

    Good to hear from you,
    In some ways I miss Malibu too. Moving to another country has been very interesting, although I like it here- it’s the little things I miss.
    A new puppy, Ahh, how cute. Duke must be thrilled. With George you can start walking him on leash, just practice putting the leash on and distracting him with his toy or a treat. Encourage him to walk to you by clapping or crouching low, as you put just a little forward pressure on the collar, when he moves forward even a little, praise or give a treat, have him walk further each time (think baby steps) before rewarding. If he grabs the leash, you can either spritzer him with water, tap on his front paws, slide the leash sideways thru his mouth (that takes technique), use a loud sound to distract him to let go of the leash, when he does praise then toss a toy or ball for him. You’ll need to desensitize Duke from these sound markers your now going to use on George. Do you have Skype? I would recommend a Skype lessons. I can demonstrate some of these things I’m telling you. talk soon.

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