What does the gift of positive training mean to us at My GBGV Life? For us it means training with a friend. We practice some of our sports like tracking and nose work with friends and we know it is much more fun for Mom to train with other humans. The same applies to dogs working on training.
Bailie is in Puppy Einstein class for young puppies. The idea is to introduce them to a class environment, other puppies, some basic obedience, and other challenges like wobble boards and tunnels. Every week she has homework. I don’t need to tell you that homework is boring, but if you add a friend, it becomes a lot more fun and turns it into a positive training experience!
Three years ago when Bailie was having problems in Obedience 1 mastering the down command, Mom had Katie and I do it with her so she could learn by example. It worked so well, she had the best down in her class! Since Bailie and Madison get along so well, they started doing Madison’s homework together.
What are some advantages of training together?
- Learning by example.
- A dog learns to focus on the task at hand, not on play.
- Understanding waiting for your turn and for your reward.
- For us it helps to learn to do the same command at the same time for photos.
- It is good reinforcement for the older dog who may not otherwise work on basic commands.
Points to keep in mind with training young puppies:
- Always make it fun – you can see how excited Madison is to get going.
- Keep it simple.
- Be patient with the little one.
- Train for five minutes or less a few times a day to keep puppies interested.
- Practice training in different places as puppies don’t always get that sit means sit at home, outside, or pretty much everywhere. They need to learn that.
- Use tasty rewards in tiny portions for tiny pups.
- Remember, for young puppies it is more about exposure to training than being perfect!
***Madison is proud to mention she has the best stay in her class at school. She has been working hard on stay since the day she arrived and for a young one, she is awesome! Mom can walk away, walk around her, and Madison stays for up to about thirty seconds. Not bad for sixteen weeks old.***
Bailie and Madison love to train together and it definitely makes for a positive training experience for both of them! They are ready and waiting for the next training set to start! Madison even has her game face on!
Bailie and Madison are joining the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop, hosted by Tenacious Little Terrier and Rubicon Days. The hop happens on the first Monday of every month, and is open for a full week. Help spread the word about the rewards of positive training!