Basic Manners Orientation Videos for Private Students

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Basic Manners Orientation Videos for Private Students

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A dog is a living, breathing sentient being with physical, mental, and emotional needs, some of which are very different than those of a human. In some ways, dogs learn similar to us, but in others, they are very different. While we primarily use our mouth and hopefully our ears to communicate, dogs use their eyes, bodies, and nose. Living with a dog and teaching them is not as easy as setting up your smartphone, resetting the microwave clock, or teaching a child. Based on over 25 years of experience, we know that teaching you about canine behavior, canine and human communication, the principles of canine learning and training, in addition to teaching you how to train your dog basic behaviors like sit, down, and walking on a leash, will help you and your dog become best friends for life.

We have developed the following three presentations, which you can watch on a desktop computer, a tablet, a tablet, or a smartphone, via the internet at your convenience.   Access to all three are included as part of our Basic Manners in-person group classes. They are available in a separate package for those that wish to enroll in our private training program. We recommend you view them in the order listed.

Best Friends for Life-ONLINE-Basic Manners- Module 1-Fundamentals of Canine Behavior –This is the first module of our Basic Manners online orientation. In this 63-minute presentation, we will discuss why your understanding of normal and abnormal behaviors is essential to a quality life with your dog.  We will review the many myths about dog behavior and discuss the facts of what we know based on current science.

Best Friends for Life-ONLINE-Basic Manners-Module 2-Introduction to Human & Canine Communication – In this 82-minute presentation, we will teach you how your dog communicates with other dogs and how they will try to communicate with you. If you want to teach your dog, you need to use signals they readily understand. Just because you speak to communicate with people does not mean that it is the best way to cue your dog to sit. Likewise, you need to know how your dog “talks” to you if you wish to understand them. Many of the problems between a dog and their people are due to a simple failure to communicate.

Although your dog makes various vocalizations, most of their communication occurs through visual signals they make with their body.  Before listening to what you say, they are most likely to look at you to determine what you want. We know that dogs also use scent to communicate and touch briefly how their sense of smell can play a role in training. We will explain how the dog uses various parts of their body to speak, and it’s not all about the tail.

Being aware of your dog’s emotional state is especially important if you wish to train them successfully. Like with a person, if your dog is stressed, whether due to excitement, anger, or fear, they will not learn effectively. This presentation will review subtle signals your dog will give you when they are not comfortable, allowing you to change your training strategy.

Lastly, we discuss how your body posture, movement, and facial expressions may affect your dog in ways you might not expect.

Best Friends for Life-ONLINE-Basic Manners– Module 3-Fundamentals of Dog Training  – In this 126 -minute presentation, we will:

  • Explain Green Acres Kennel Shop’s dog training philosophy, which is the foundation for everything we teach you.
  • Review what will be covered in the in-person portion of the class and what is not covered.
  • Define dog training and discuss how your dog learns and the most efficient and effective ways to train them.
  • Introduce you to clicker training, a form of operant conditioning used to train everything from insects to humans.
  • Introduce you to three training exercises (Handfeeding for attention, the name game, and gentle collar control and restraint.

Best Friends for Life-ONLINE-Basic Manners-Training Gentle Collar Control & Restraint-06OCT20 – This 5-minute video is a supplement to Module 3-Fundamentals of Dog Training. In this video, we address training your dog to allow you to gently control and restrain them by their collar, the first step in teaching the recall behavior.