It’s Time To Switch From Puppy Training To “Dog Training”

Now on this channel, we've been working on a lot of
great puppy training with Five. And if you've been following our series, you would've seen all the great
things that we're working on. We're at the point now, though, that we're ready to start working
on more advanced training, it's really common when people get to
this exact point in their training, that they make a lot of common
mistakes. So in this video, I'm gonna talk to you about
how to smoothly transition
from puppy training into a little bit more advanced training so
that you have less bumps along the way. I'm Kayl McCann. Hup. Yeah. <Laugh> This is Five Alive
welcome back to McCann Dogs. Here in our training facility, we've helped more than a hundred thousand
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button so that we can help you to have a well-behaved four-legged
family member. Now, how do you know when you're ready to
start working on more adult things? That really depends on what the puppy
stage has been like with your dog up until this point, because when we
start to work on, you know, things that are a little bit more
related to walking and recalls and stays, there's a really important
foundation that you need to lay.

That's gonna make the next leg
of the training a lot easier. Now what I've been really focused on and
what you should be focused on at this point in your puppy's training is all
about teaching your puppy, the basics, and this is gonna sound really silly. But my goal for the first couple of
months was to teach him how to learn. How to problem solve, how to understand
when he's right, how to be okay, when he's wrong and to try other things
and just be a good problem solver. So basically just all of the easy
stuff, learning how to, how to learn. The way that I accomplish that and the
way that you're gonna do so with your puppy is allowing your
puppy to be right. A lot. My goal was to set him up so that he
was mostly successful in all aspects of his life, whether it would
be his experiences on a leash, his experiences in and out of the
house, his experiences in the crate, how he was, you know, using the food,
how he's interacting with people, other dogs, all of those things
were very highly structured.

So that most of the time
they went really well. What happens is when dogs rehearse things
properly over and over and over again, well, that becomes the
way that they do things. So then flash forward months later, most of his experiences have been
great ones and I'm able to bank on that success as we get into a period now
where I'm gonna start testing him more, I'm gonna start asking for a little
bit more independence and reliability, but I have a really great foundation to
kind of set me up for the next the next step.

So for us, before moving into
some of the more advanced skills, we wanna work on things like, does
he know how to follow food reliably? Does he know how to hold position for,
you know, a certain length of time? Of course, without distance, without
distractions just working on reliability. Does he know how to respond to his name? Does he understand that looking at me
for rewards is a really good thing. So if you're able to sort of create a, a good foundation is
the perfect word for it. You're gonna find that as you go into
the harder things that maybe are a little bit more complicated or more challenging
for your puppy to be really successful at, it's gonna be a lot easier when they
understand sort of how the process of learning works. And you already
have a young puppy that says, I like doing things for you.
I like paying attention.

I like practicing exercises. And then
the rest is gonna be a lot easier. Now, what things should you not be doing
with your puppy at this stage? Well, it's a bad idea to let your puppy go off
leash and play with other dogs at this stage right now, the most important thing that you wanna
be working on is building a relationship between you and your puppy. And if you let them off the leash and
you let them go and play with other dogs before they really have a reliable
recall, and they know to choose you, you're really gonna weaken
your relationship because
they're not even gonna remember that you're standing outside
with holding the leash in your hands. So that's one that I
would definitely avoid. The other thing you wanna be careful
of is I wouldn't be taking your dog for long walks at this point. Think about all of the distractions
you're going to come across when you're going for a walk. And at this point you're probably not
ready to deal with all of those things really easily.

A lot of people get
really excited about their dog, getting to the age where they can start
to take them off leash and take them for long walks. But what you need to remember
is that you don't wanna be, you know, accomplishing or working on kindergarten
stuff and then flash forwarding and all of a sudden expecting your dog to nail
these university level types of things. The goal is to make sure that we have
progressions and steps all along the way. Big picture here is that as we're
going from point A to point B, we wanna make sure that we have a lot
of success in, in our dog's choices. And sometimes that means going
a little bit slower. Now, what are these advanced
skills that I'm talking about? We actually have a lot that we do, but I'm gonna talk to you today
about some of my favorites. Now, the first one is teaching our dogs to
sit in a controlled position at our left hand side.

Now, this one is, seems so
simple, but it's super, super critical. And it's one that I've used in all
kinds of situations to help Five Alive, stay a little bit more focused. Now
his job is to sit at my left hand side, specifically nice and tight beside me
with a loose leash. And in this position, he understands that I'm in control. Now, I'll admit he's not
completely perfect at it. So if I'm talking to you
and he makes mistakes, I'm gonna dog train at the same
time here.

But when he's here, I can work on him, not jumping up on
people. I can have him sit like this. When the Amazon guy walks up our driveway
and he learns not to pull towards any person that he sees. I've also
used it around distractions, like traffic going by. He understands
that when he's sitting here at my side, he needs to be attentive and he needs to
remain in position until I release him. So you can actually take this pose
and use it in all kinds of scenarios.

In fact, I used it the other
day at a competition I was at, there was all kinds of dogs and people
around there was chaos around actually. And we just found a little corner and
we worked on just sitting calmly at my side. So he understands how to be focused. Even there's a lot of action
and busyness going on around me. One of the most important skills that
you can teach your dog to do is come when they're called and have a reliable recall.
Now, at this point in our training, when I'm transitioning from
puppy training to adult training, you have to be really careful that you
don't put your dog into a scenario where they can learn that, that come
responding to come is not an option.

And this is where a lot of
people make their mistakes. They go from making it really easy, maybe practicing in the house with
lots of treat in their tug toy. And then they flash forward to a big open
field or a place with a bunch of dogs, or they let their dog off the leash and
go for a walk in the forest. You know, that's just too big of
a leap at this point. Now you've seen a lot of the foundation
training that we've done with five in our earlier videos. Things like restrained
recalls up and down the hallway, or recalls to a tug toy, outside all opportunities
where he hears the word come, and then he associates it that it's
fun to chase me and to come to me.

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So if I wanna start working on
something more advanced with my recalls, I might take something
that I already know. He knows how to do like a
retraint recall, for example. And I might try it out here where there's
maybe a little bit more distractions. Now I'm out here by myself,
which is a great way to start. Just changing locations
is gonna be enough. And I'm gonna see if I can get him to
respond to a recall. Ready? What's this? I'm gonna do exactly the same
thing as I did, you know, inside where there was no distractions. I can start by making sure I have a
leash on. I can get him excited.

Ready? Set come. Yes. Good boy. It's all about getting a lot of great
repetitions in of success with making it really easy. Good boy. Okay. Good boy. And I could maybe build more distance
by using a long line instead of a leash. There's lots of things that I can do. What you wanna do is make sure that as
you make it harder, you make it harder, gradually. I'm not gonna go from being in my kitchen
to all of a sudden going to something that's really over distracting. And my dog just fails over
and over and over again. The next advanced skill I wanna talk
to you guys about is the stay. Now, this is one that a lot of people
underestimate the importance of, and also they think that
their dog is really good at, but I want to talk to you about some
of the really key points that make this exercise a really, really important
one to work on with your dog, because it really teaches your
dog about emotional control. Being able to understand they have to
hold position for as long as you want them to until you release.

So it's also really
good for leadership. Now I will admit, Five is just learning this. So
he might not do perfect at it, which is totally okay. But the goal is that he's able to stay
in position and I'm able to get some distance and I can implement
a few distractions, but he understands to hold
position. Oops, until I say, okay. Now if he gets up, I can simply
place him back into position. And it's important that
I get in there. Yes. With some rewards to make sure that most
of the time he's doing it successfully. Good boy. Good stay. Yes. But the idea here is that he holds
position until he's released. And right now I'm practicing outside,
which is a really great way to start.

Okay. Oh boy, buddy. But I also could utilize this
when there's more distractions. Maybe I'm gonna practice by the
school when the kids are coming out. The important piece about this
exercise is the emotional control part. It's not really about holding
position, although that's a great part. It's about them understanding that
when they're excited and they wanna go towards a distraction, they're able to have enough self
control that they can hold position. And this is really important because a
lot of young dogs really naturally lack this. And if it's something that you
can implement while they're younger, you're gonna find that they're able to
calm in situations that you wouldn't normally expect them to simply
because they understand how to stay.

The big one that everybody always
wonders about is walking on leash. Now at this point, the
puppy training that, that we've done with our walking on
leash so far has been in the house. It's been with very little distractions.
It's been basically with a food lure, like right on his side, so that he has a lot of value for
walking at my left hand side. Now, again, I don't wanna go from that style of
puppy training where I'm really making it dead, easy to going for a walk around
the neighborhood where there's lots of distractions. So I might start
in a situation just like this. I found a quiet place on the property
here. There's not much going on. I'm gonna try and start with the
same steps that he's used to, but I've just changed location and
added a little bit of a distraction. And of course, a change
of, of environment.

And I'm gonna do exactly the
same thing as I did before. I'm gonna reward him at my left hand side. I'm gonna encourage him to
move with me on a loose leash. I'm not going to expect that
he does this independently. So I have some food ready.
Good boy. Let's go. Yes. Good boy. Let's go. This way.
Yes. Good boy. Let's go. Yes. So if he's not walking well at my side,
I'm just gonna use the food to help him. I'm not gonna use any type of leash
corrections or anything like that at this point, because he's a,
it's just a young dog. He's just learning exactly what I
want him to do. Yes. Good boy. Sit. Yay. My goal is that I can get lots of
rewards in while the leash is loose. Now I don't wanna be putting the food on
his nose forever while I'm practicing.

So as he starts to get better, I
could wean off of that a little bit. And I could just start to reward
it a little bit more randomly, or I could introduce
some more distractions, but I need to make sure I have a nice
stepping stone from working on puppy stuff to eventually working towards being able
to take him to for long walks around my, my block or for a hike eventually. And he understands that his
leash needs to stay loose. We hear the excuse all of the time that
people can't practice this step because they're unable to find any
place that's quite enough.

There's distractions everywhere. Now we have students from all over
the world. We have students from, you know, downtown cities
to people, you know, people out in the middle of nowhere. So it's really important that you just
work harder to find a place where you can practice. It might mean that you have
to throw your dog in the car and, and drive away from your property or your, or your backyard to find
something a little quieter. Maybe it's as easy as going in a
different time of day. If you live in a, in a survey or a city, try
to go at quieter times. So there's not as many people in dogs
out so that your dog can have an easier time doing this.

Remember if you want
success with your dog, walking on a leash, you need to set them up for success. And that means bridging the gap between
zero distractions and a whole bunch of distractions. So it's important that you are able to
find a location where you can ease into it so that your dog is mainly performing
the act of walking on leash correctly. We've talked about teaching your
dog to walk on leash in this video. And there's actually a lot of common
mistakes that people make when trying to teach their dog to walk on a loose leash
so that you can avoid those mistakes, click that card right there.

If you're looking for some
more help with your training, all of the skills that we talked about
today are covered in our online program called life skills. You can work with me the rest of our
McCann team to help you get some success with your dog. The link for that is in
the description below. On that note, I'm Kayl. This is Five
Alive happy training..

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