Teach Your Puppy To Listen With 5 Simple Training Changes!

When you first bring your puppy home, is this the most adorable thing
they'll follow you just about anywhere. Everywhere you go in your home,
they're right there with you. Everything you say, they'll check
in with you. Over time though, puppies will get more confident and
comfortable in their environment and if you're a first time puppy
owner, there's no need to worry. This is actually a pretty good thing that
your puppy is getting more confident. What you do need to keep in mind though
as a puppy owners that this is a very impressionable time for your puppy
and you need to be giving them good information. In today's video, I'm going to give you five tips that puppy
owners often overlook for maintaining some of that attention, for keeping some of that
focus and listening skills
from your puppy so that you can keep them safe and maintain your
sanity throughout their training process.

I'm Ken Steepe and welcome
back to McCann Dogs. Here in our training facility we've
helped more than a hundred thousand dog owners who are just like you to overcome
the same dog training challenges that you have. So if this is your
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so that I can help you to have a well behaved four legged family member. We often talk to puppy owners
about the value of using a crate. Now you know that a crate is a great
way to keep a puppy safe when you aren't able to supervise them. It's also really important way to give
them a consistent location that's just their own, whether they're eating in there or they're
snoozing in there or chewing on their own little bone, whatever. But what's important about using a crate
is having a plan for when your puppy comes out of their crate
using a crate in your puppy's Training is also a really important
way to instill some listening skills.

Having a plan for when your puppy comes
out of their crate doesn't need to be complicated. But boy, Oh boy, can
it be impactful for your puppy. Think about this. Every time your
puppy comes out of their crate, you're there to train them. You're there
to entertain them, to engage with them. So now, not only are
you the bringer of food, but you're also the bringer of fun. Let's take a look at what
that might look like for you. So it's time to take your puppy out
of their crate, you pop them out, you immediately go and
take them to potty. Now, whether that's outside or
to a grass mat or whatever, what you were trying to avoid is
them having an accident indoors.

This is especially important for those
of you who are maybe struggling with, are still working on potty training,
but once they've done that, you bring them back inside or you bring
them to whatever location you're at and you can do things like
playing tug with them. You can maybe do some
short recalls in a hallway. Maybe you can do some luring exercises
with your puppy and not only are you teaching them something, you're really showing your puppy that
every time they come out of their crate and they pay attention to you, they
engage with you, they work with you, they play with you. It's a lot of fun. Now if you're working on
crate training specifically, this is even more important because when
your puppy comes out of their crate and you're getting them physically active, you're exercising their brain a little
bit at the end of your training session.

When it's time to go back for your
puppy to go back into their crate, they're ready for that. They're a more
relaxed mindset. Maybe they're tired, they can't wait to go and lie down and
rest up and recharge for the next play or training session. And keep in mind some really common times
for puppies to have accidents is when they first come out of their crate during
or after a play session after eating. And you need to take your puppy out
before they go back into their crate. So after you finished this
short training session, make sure you take your puppy back to
have to go potty and then they can go back into their kennel.

But for those of you who are struggling
with potty training or crate training, this is going to be the
formula that moves you forward. If you're the kind of person that
considers yourself a good multitasker, think about all the things that
you've just checked off the list. Potty training, crate training,
play exercise, some skills training. But more importantly, you've just set
your puppy up to listen. They came out, they came out of their crate,
you went out, did their thing, you brought them back in. They,
they did a focus session with you. You worked on something.
They go back out to potty. They go back into their kennel where they
can shut their brain off a little bit, but the entire time
they're out of their crate, you've taught them that paying attention
to you will bring you something that's really valuable. This is the first way I want you to
start thinking about how you're going to take advantage of your puppy's time out
of their crate and how you're going to teach them that. Listening is
a really, really great thing.

When you're a puppy owner, you need to be ready to reward
your puppy all of the time. Now, we talked a little bit earlier about
bringing your puppy out of their crate and keeping them focused on you and making
sure that they're successful and keeping them engaged. But I also want you to be really ready
for some of those moments where your puppy makes a great choice. The
other thing that you can do, and we've talked about
this in a previous video, I'll drop a link in the description
below where you can use some of their breakfast to start their day
off with a training session.

And what's so great about doing something
like that is that not only does your puppy's food come from you, but your puppy's food can now come
through you if they offer a little bit of effort and teaching your puppy
those kinds of things that you know, putting in a little bit of work gets them
something great is a really important skill or a mindset that I want
you to establish for them. Always being ready to reward your puppy
may mean that you are pulling your laundry out of the dryer and discovering
that you've just laundered a pocket full of tuna treats or
something gross like that.

If you're a first time puppy owner,
don't feel bad. We've all been there. But what's really important is that you're
ready to reward your puppy. You know, maybe in different
locations around your home, you can put little tiny piles up at a
location where you can get at them quickly in your home so that if your
puppy makes a great choice, you're able to quickly
reward them. You know? The other thing I want you to keep in
mind is that I know a lot of people are using kibble for treats
and kibble as a, you know, something to reward your puppy with. And I actually talked a little bit about
that when using part of their breakfast or, or one of their meals, but
also have a variety of treats. Maybe there's a couple of different
flavors of treats that your puppy likes.

Maybe it's some of last night's dinner. Maybe you cut up some cooked chicken
or maybe some steak. I don't know, whatever your puppy loves.
But I mean I love pizza. But if I knew I had to have
pizza every single day, I'm not going to work very hard to get it. So to keep your puppy attentive at this
point in their training and at this level of understanding for them might
mean that you need to switch your treats up a little bit. Maybe you know, if they or every third treat is a tiny
piece of cheese that can be really helpful for your puppy getting a little
bit more motivated and wanting to pay a little bit more attention cause
maybe this time they get the jackpot. The other thing I really want you to
be aware of is that in between these training sessions, so you've
probably come out of their kennel, maybe you've done some training or you've
played with them or done something. You're going to see these times
when they make some great choices. And for your puppy, maybe
that is just sitting, just they happen to sit when normally
they would have jumped up or maybe they go in, lie on their puppy bed, you know, maybe you've got a dog bed out and
they just go happen to lie on it.

Having treats available is so
important for you to be able to yes. Then step over and reward that
puppy. You really want them, because in this instance, they might not even know exactly
what they're being rewarded for, but you're reinforcing some
of the good stuff. You know, you're capturing these moments when your
puppy makes a great choice and you are letting them know that
that's exactly what you want. You want them to be looking for more of
these opportunities and by reinforcing some of these great choices, you're much more likely to get them
to make those same choices. Again, you may notice in some of our videos
that the dogs are checking in with us. They're literally looking at our face. And a great example of this is a Labrador
retriever that instructor Steve did a video with something about at least
respect. He just met that dog, you know, a few minutes prior to starting the
training video and the dog was already checking in with him.

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Now this has everything to do
with how you reward your dog. We from the very beginning will
reward our puppies for looking at us. We'll capture that moment
that they look at us. But what's really important
is how we reward them. When you're rewarding your puppy and
they're in a stationary position, like maybe a sit could be a stand, doesn't matter what it is and you catch
them looking at you, I want you to yes. And then reward in a direct
line from your face to theirs. Make very clear that when your
puppy is checking in with you, especially early on that they'll
get something great for that. I talked a moment ago about rewarding
your puppy for going to their bed.

Imagine how valuable your puppy will think
you are if every time they're looking at you or you catch them,
you know, staring adoringly
up at you, you, yes them, and then reward in that direct
line from your face to theirs. Now, this doesn't just apply to how you're
rewarding when your puppy is looking at you. There's actually some
positional things that you can do. Some ways to reward your puppy to really
reinforce that you are where the good things come from that will make them
be more attentive and will make them listen.

You're trying to get your puppy to want
to listen to you a little bit more than create a rewards zone around your body
that's really close for exercises like response to name or you know, here, here, here or whatever you might be working on. I want you to be really clear about the
puppy only getting a reward when they're in nice and close. If I were standing up, I might reward the puppy with
my knuckles touching my shins. Really getting them in nice and close. There won't be any question about where
that food reward is coming from and maybe you've done this now maybe you
can think of a time that you know your puppy was pointed away from you and
you're rewarded them for lying down or whatever. The thing is. I want you to be very clear about where
that food or where that value is coming from and even to guide your puppy, turn them toward you before
you get that reward in.

This is a really great way to
work on exercises like handling. It's a really great way to teach your
puppy that taking their color is a really valuable thing, but it's also really great for getting
that puppy to know that getting close to you where you can easily take them
up is a rewarding place to be. One sure fire way to teach your puppy
that you're not worth listening to is allowing them to fail over and over again.

Whether it's calling your puppy to come
over to you and they're not listening or asking them to stop jumping
up and it's not happening. Being a great leader means sending
your puppy up to be successful, but also showing them how to be right if
they aren't successful training through those moments. Let's hear from kale for a minute about
how you can show your puppy that you're worth listening to just by
being a great leader for them. Now let's talk specifics. Let's talk about non-confrontational
ways that you can teach your dog that you're a good leader and to listen to you
without you having to be a big meanie.

So first things first is say what you
mean and mean when you say so when you ask your dog to do a behavior and
they deliberately ignore you, it's really important
that you follow through. And it could be something as
simple as asking your dog to sit. So if you ask your dog to sit for example, and they're too busy sniffing the floor
or barking at you know, a distraction, all you need to do is repeat,
sit in the same, you know, kind and neutral voice you did the first
time and then follow through by helping them to move into position. But often
what happens is people will start to say, sit, sit, sit. And they'll get louder and angry with
each time that they ask the dog until the dog finally, you know, gets
overwhelmed and learns to listen. Well, I don't know about you, but I don't want to have to scream at my
dog in order for them to listen to me. I want them to learn that if
I ask them to do something, they need to follow through.

So my follow-through needs to be really
calm and collected so the dog's not getting worried or stressed.
They basically just learn. If mom tells me something to
do, I really need to listen. Sometimes you'll want your puppy to just
be a puppy and you don't want to worry about what exercise you should be working
on with them or what skill you should be teaching or training. And that's really important and it's
actually an important part of the bonding process and as well as
the leadership process. But there are some really common mistakes
that people make during this time that teaches their puppy that they don't have
to listen as an invested puppy owner and somebody who's looking to teach their
puppy to listen and be attentive and be motivated.

I want you to think about your puppy
being in one of three modes at any given time. They're either training,
they're being entertained, or they're resting in their crate. Now any time that your
puppy is out of their crate, you want to be invested in either
training them or entertaining them, but that doesn't mean that your puppy
can just wander around freely and you know, sneak around the
corner away from you. You're really closely paying attention
to what they're doing because you really want them to learn that you are
someone who's worth giving to and worth listening to. Anytime your
puppy is out of their crate, I want you to be really attentive to them. These are the times when your puppy can
make the biggest mistakes when they can sneak away and they can have an
accident in the corner of the room, or they can chew the TV remote or pick
up a sock from the laundry or whatever.

If you're really focused in, you're
either training, entertaining, or they're resting in their crate, it's going to set you up and set
your puppy up to be more successful. But it's also gonna really bring
along that bonding process. Something that we'll often do with our
own puppies for that entertainment time is I'll bring them out of their crate
and maybe I'll sit down on the floor with them and they can chew a bone
while I hold it or they can, I can pet them and work on
some handling exercises. Maybe I'm sitting down to watch TV. I've got my puppy with their
house line on and I can you know, handle their feet and just reward
them for that. I mean, you can, you can start to integrate these short
training sessions as well as like bonding time into your daily routine.

I want you to really think about, especially if you're struggling
with attention and listening, is what does your puppy find rewarding? And I want them to think and feel that
you are the most rewarding thing in their world. Now, if you're looking for some specific
exercises to work on with your puppy, make sure you check out
that video right there. It's our puppy training schedule by age.

And if you're looking for
more personalized training
that's specific to your puppy and specific to your needs,
and you'd like to train with us, then make sure you check out our puppy
essentials program that's listed in the description below. On that
note, I'm Ken. Happy training!.

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