Patches came from Ginger’s Pet Rescue Saturday 17th at Petco 17200 Southcenter Pkwy Tukwila, WA 98188. Training is provided by Crystal Clear Pet Training.
As you can see, there is a great deal going on with just stepping out of a crate. Here, for once, he can choose to stay or go. To control his body and his environment, Patches must come out of the crate on his own. When he does, it’s a good idea to be right there to call to him and offer some food. We will be working on “come here” very soon. Also, it’s important to establish pack leader right away. Feeding Patches communicates to him where his food comes from. By waiting for him to come out on his own, Patches has some control and by then calling and giving him food, a foundation for dominance can be established as well as an introduction to the command “come here”.
The process won’t be more than just a min or two. But for this to work Patches must come out and stay out, on his own. After Patches comes out of his kennel and gets a treat, food/water is available anytime he likes, but he must find it and eat it himself. This important process is actually very fast. With something to eat and some time to explore the new yard and maybe pee, Patches seems alert and rested. After Patches has eaten a dinner the night before and now breakfast, his next meal will have to be earned.
Patches has explored the yard and house. As he finds a comfortable spot to rest, he will be able to pay attention. At this point things go very quickly. Earning his meal is an easy way to use Patch’s desire for food as a way to get him to want to do training. Teaching the commands “come “sit” and “stay” only takes about 10 min.. We try to work in 10 min increments throughout the day. Food and treats are not critical but they sure do make things go faster. We can drop them out anytime. At the end of the day Patches will have access to all the food he can eat.
Getting down to the dogs level and physically making him sit while saying “sit” gave Patches an idea of what was expected. The first time he did it without resisting, was the chance try without touching him. After just a few min., some persistence, and a little reminder (tapping his backside) here and there, Patches now sits on command. In the end Patches has to follow a command because he wants to. However, he must first be shown what to do before he can do it on his own. Right? When Patches is willing to sit on his own he gets control back, if that makes sense.
During the times Patches is not directly in training he still manages to keep himself busy. He really needs to be watched for about a week or more. In this way we can teach Patches the rules just by doing everyday life and having expectations for him. He must not pee in the house, for example. To learn this, he needs to be praised for going outside and firmly corrected when he tries it in the house. These lessons are really not avoidable. It’s easier to plan for bad behavior and correct it right away, than let it go- in the long run.