Basic Training :: Before Using an E-Collar

I'd have to say the worst day for a dog
owner, and I don't know if anybody would disagree with me, is that last day, when
you have to decide it's over. You know there's a reason it's called man's best
friend, and you'll know that once you complete the journey. Training is a part
of it. The experiences that you share in the field, you don't share those with
just anybody. You may have your hunting partners, but
when it's all said and done, that bond is extremely strong. Puppies, they're seven weeks old, you're not going to put them on a leash and be
making them do things, so as soon as they'll take a treat out of your hands,
you're gonna start working obedience and the most natural one is come, because
they're gonna be coming to that treat.

But literally, within a ten day span,
these puppies will be able to know to come, sit, stay, heel, down, place, kennel, and the neat part about this is that you're not demanding them to do something.
They're working on their own, so their desire to wanna achieve is great. So
you're building a foundation. Now later on, we'll work our way from treats onto
treat and leash, and then to off leash obedience. You can either have control, or
the dog can have control.

So really 99% of the time, any problems you're gonna
have with your puppy or your dog later on is a result of the foundation that
you already started when they were young. Well now that we've done some treat
training and the dog is complying with the commands, we do need to have the
leash. Up to an earlier stage, the dog was complying because he was working for
himself for a treat, but you need to be able to manually control your dog for
him to understand what to do. So when we give the command, now we start
reinforcing a command. What we're gonna do is we'll have our training chain and
our leash.

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So all that is, is when we, let's say, do the sit command we pull up
and as soon as they sat down, which they already know, then just release. So this
is just pressure on and off. Every one of your commands is gonna be the same.
Pressure when the dog starts complying with the command,
pressure comes off. So it is really this easy because your dog already knows the
commands. So this is just your way of being able to manage the dog in an
environment where later on you're gonna go to the remote collar and have total
off-leash obedience.

All your basic commands are gonna be used with this
particular type of equipment. Come, sit, stay, heel, down, place, kennel, and if you
have a pointing dog, you do want to omit one of these commands. You wouldn't teach them to sit. You teach them to stand up, or we call it "woah" and this isn't
something that you want to hurry. I want to make sure that my dogs know all of
these commands by heart, and we'll do it on the leash before I go to the remote
collar. The remote collar is not a teaching tool it can only reinforce what
we've taught with the leash. Every dog wants to run with the wind in his face,
happy. If you don't have that, if you don't have that off-leash control, that
dog is relegated to be on a six-foot leash the rest of his life. That's not
freedom.

We're delivering freedom to that dog..

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