The 5 Steps To Follow When Teaching Your Puppy ANY Skill!

In this video I'm going to tell you about
an easy to remember acronym called the T.R.A.I.N Principle. It's basically a five step teaching plan
for all of your puppy training basics. Now, training will give you reliable
results, but following our T.R.A.I.N. Acronym, we'll give your puppy reliable results
no matter where they are and no matter what kind of distractions are around. I'm Ken Steepe and welcome
back to McCann dogs. In our training facility, we've helped more than 90,000 dog
owners to overcome their dog training challenges.

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applying this acronym to each step of your training is going to get
you reliable results. So many times on the channel I'm answering
questions or comments in the comment section about a dog who has
reliable recall in the backyard, but as soon as the person goes to a bigger
environment, that dog doesn't listen.

Someone who has a puppy who will
sit on command on a verbal command, great in the kitchen, but as soon
as they go to the front yard, it's a little bit less reliable. And applying this train formula to your
training is going to get those reliable results. So let's jump right into it. Now, the first letter in our
train formula is teaching. You would have seen that
one in the thumbnail teach. The teaching phase is the first step
in teaching our dog a new skill or behavior. You're going to use
whatever method you want to show them, ultimately how to be right.

You're going
to be luring your puppy into that set, for example. So let's just
use "sits" for example. You're gonna show them ultimately what
the position is or what the behavior is that you want from them. Now, something that you need to be really
aware of is that you're doing this in a distraction free environment
to begin. You are, uh, being very cautious and
aware of how you're rewarding
them when you're rewarding your puppy. But this is the point where you're going
to start to show your puppy how to be successful. The other thing you need to
be very aware of is the, at this point, your puppy is really going to be
picking up on all of your cues, so be very aware of what you're doing
with your body that your timing is great.

Remember it's sit, then
show your puppy how to sit. This is the stage that is going.
You're going to build on an actually, this is the stage that most people stop
training and that's why we need the rest of the letters in the
acronym. Next up is the R, so the R in our train
acronym stands for rehearsal. Repetition is so important
with your puppy training. This is often why we suggest doing several
five minute sessions over the course of the day. Maybe while you're
getting your tea ready in the morning, you can do a short training session
with your puppy and then at lunchtime or after you get home from work, you can spend a few minutes
doing the same thing as, because repetition is widely accepted as
the best way for teaching your puppy to have a reliable skill and have a
reliable understanding of that skill.

Uh, puppies don't generalize like humans do. So it's really important that we really
show our puppies that every time I say this word, this is the expectation for you that
you're going to do this behavior. So rehearsal is so important. The A and R train acronym stands
for adding distractions. Now, if you're training your puppy, uh, with the expectation that they're
going to do the same behavior, regardless of the environment
is there, you know, you, they're going to sit in your kitchen,
they're going to sit in the backyard, they're going to sit in the park. Then you really need to add distractions
for your puppies so that they understand how to be successful no
matter what's going on around them. This is something that I struggled
with as a first time dog owner before I became a dog trainer because I had Degan
my black lab and she loved to go on her crate when I'd say, Hey
Dee, go to your crate.

But when I had some friends
and family over and I said, you guys are going to
think this is really cool. Hey d could go to your crate
and she didn't know what to do. What I realized now is that I had never
practiced the skill with any other distractions around. This is where things seem to
fall apart for a lot of people. Don't underestimate your opportunity
to set up some distractions.

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So if you're teaching your
puppy to sit, for example, maybe you can set their favorite toy at
a distance where you can be successful, you can ask them to sit and then
you can rehearse the behavior. Use some of the things in your puppy's
environment that they like or maybe at some point that they love to increase
the challenge for them a little bit. And that brings us to the, I now is a dog owner who loves to
teach their dogs new skills, tricks, behaviors. The eye in the train acronym is going
to be probably the most exciting. I think it will be the most
exciting for you as well. The eye in the train acronym stands for
increase expectations and increasing expectations for your puppy
means that you can have some fun. You can be creative with your puppy
training and I love this point. You know, maybe your puppy, let's go
back to the [inaudible].

Maybe your puppy understands the sit now
and you've practiced it lots of times and they're starting to do a really great
job when there's some distractions in the room, but can your puppy
sit when you're crouching? Can your puppy sit when
your sitting on the ground? Can your puppy sit when
they're on carpet tile? Maybe you can ask them to sit on a
park bench. Whatever the thing is, now's the time to, you know, really start to get creative with your
puppy training so that there's a deeper understanding of that word. Maybe I have the expectation that my
puppy sits a little bit faster and if they don't sit as quickly as I'd
like, I'll just praise them. But if they offer a really fast sit, I might jackpot reward
them with multiple treats. Maybe I can increase the expectations
by making the distractions even more challenging.

They did great when
a tennis ball was 15 feet away, but can they sit and remain in position
when I roll a tennis ball by, you know, you're really gonna start to see your
puppy's confidence start to build at this point. This is where you're giving them the
opportunity to make a choice and you're rewarding them like crazy
when they make the right ones. So increasing expectations,
uh, not only is it fun for you, but there are so many important benefits
to your puppy training that it's really an important step. Here's where the wheels fall off
for most of our puppy trainers. I would say the majority of the comments
on our youtube channel and a lot of the questions that we get asked in our puppy
training school is about the end in our train acronym that n
stands for new places. And that doesn't just mean practicing
the same skill in a few different environments. Now one element of new places is
working on these exercises in different locations. You know, take
your show on the road, maybe you can go to your local pet store
and work on that sit scale that we've been talking about.

But the Anand new places is something
that you can do with your dog for the duration of their life. This is really where you're going to have
this opportunity to work in the skill and remind your dog exactly what your
expectations are, no matter where you are. Uh, you know, no matter
what the environment is, dog skills are kind of
like use it or lose it. So you may find over time that you recall
is just a little bit slower that your cit doesn't really happen
as snappily as it did. This is the opportunity for
you to identify a training
challenge and then work on it a little bit. This
is where, uh, you know, your dog may have had lots
of opportunities to not
respond to their name, so you take two minutes
and you just work on it. This is something that cal and I will
often do with our dogs when we're out in a wide open environment.

Maybe we're walking around the McCann
dogs training facility and we'll bring some treats with us. We'll call their names and we'll
reward our dogs for coming in. We'll call their names. And
if they aren't successful, if they're still distracted, we'll put a long line on them and
we'll work on that very specifically. But the end is the opportunity for you
to make sure that your dog has a great response each and every single time
dog skills are use it or lose it.

So really focus on practicing.
Okay. Finally, some of these skills, this is where your puppy is going to be
that amazing off-leash dog that responds reliably because you've had
the opportunity to really, um, reinforce the great choices that they
make. And if they make a mistake, you're there to give them the information. If you're using food in your training, then you need to have great timing so
that you don't become dependent on using food in your training.

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