Routine and structure - guidance, oversite, and supervision. Make "life" training and teach the dog how to learn. Give the dog a task. At Ridgeside K9 we are big believers in using day to day routines as self capping drills for the pups.
Have a special dog - we are a special place! House pets to working dogs, we train them all. How can we help you?
Part of the routine at Ridgeside K9 is fitness, we are super fortunate to have a gym in the kennel. So during workouts we cycle dogs in and out of kennels and have them do place work. Place work during these cycles has a two fold benefit. One - hold the place while I'm slamming weights around, focus through distraction! Two - do not go visit your friends. Hold your place and stay focused on task.
These routines are not part of the official training for the day but they reinforce foundation and transfer into everything else we do. I know some will disagree - but I truly believe dogs do absorb information (learn) through observation. These simple place drills in a "non-training" environment has truly helped dogs that struggle at place move forward.
The most exciting picture in this mix is the Dogo (center pic) - he has been here for 3 weeks to address some aggression and dominance issues and is going home tomorrow. Look how relaxed and at ease he is in the presence of all the other dogs. He has come a long way!
As well - the GSD top right corner. He has been here for a few months - addressing dangerous behavior towards both man and other dogs. Look at him now and how relaxed he is!
Both the Dogo and GSD would fence fight like wild men the first week here. They learned a new way! Proud of both!
Two week board and train is all that's needed for 90% of dogs, however, when dealing with aggression often it requires more time for a true transformation. The difference between 2 and 4 weeks of training in regards to behavior modification is tremendous and truly supports long term success!