Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bud Gets The Phone

Bud has had good training for years. To keep him in training I work with him every day. Bud loves getting treats or the ball thrown for him to retriever. Shown here are some job he does, and one of his very important jobs is to get the phone for me. Bud learned to bring me the phone when he was still a puppy. You can teach your own dogs to get the phone if you make it play time. First you need a phone that sits up so the dog can grab it with mouth. Then you get dowl from a hardware store. Then you work on the dog  hold the dowl in his mouth to get used to bringing items to you. You have the dog hold in his or her mouth for one second and then add more time to get to 40 seconds or so and go slowly so the dog has fun. Throw it and have the dog bring to you but each day for a week have the dog hold the dowl in his mouth to get use holding a hard item. This is called "Shaping." Then you have the dog carried from longer distances. Each time you practice only do for 10 minutes or so. If the dog holds the dowl in his mouth he gets rewarded. End your session when the dog feels that he has been very smart and special. Plan on at least several weeks to a month for this. Eventually they can do what Jetta and Bud have done is when asked, Get the telephone  they can get the phone for you from outside or in the other room. Its pretty cool to show to your friends. Don't give up. Working with you dog great for the both of you. Take time out several times a day. Please let me know how your doing with this. One day the dog can put all his toys away for you and bring you a water bottle a towel, if you drop silverware under the table the dog can get it. Our dogs love to do play and the more you play and train your dog the happier he will be.

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