On Cue Communication Development for Dog Training

On Cue Communication Development Training Approach Wisteria Goldens English Cream Golden Retriever Dog Training Getting Lifestyle Right seriesOur Dogs develop an ability to respond on cue when we have taught them what each of the cues mean. Dog training would be better referred to as Communication Training as the quality of the relationship and communication skills we have with our dogs becomes most evident when we are attempting to direct them.

The following are basic cues. As we discussed in our previous post (“Teach Your Dog the “Down” Command”) beginning is a process of watching for behaviors you want and teaching the cue when you see the behavior. For example:

Scenario: You have been watching your dog playing for awhile, but, now she is lying down. Depending on the level of your dog’s training one of the following examples would be your immediate response.

  • You will click/reward (Novice)
  • You will click/reward/voice “Down” (Beginner)
  • You will click/voice (Intermediate)

Important Note: These are examples to provide an understanding of how to build upon the Clicker Training process. The level of your dog’s training may not look exactly like this example. In general the goal is to move to the most desired cue. These include but are not limited to:

  • Clicker
  • Rewards (treats, toys, activity)
  • Verbal Cues (saying the command out loud)
  • Motion (hand and/or body signals)
  • Facial Expressions (eyes looking in direction desired)

It is important to know the cues you will be using for each desired behavior. When you know them then you can gradually communicate them with your dog by watching for opportunities to teach.

On Cue approach We Prefer

Explore our training guides and use this approach. Rather than show your dog what you want, watch for what you want to happen, and then provide the cue correlating with the behaviors immediately as they happen.

Remember English Cream Golden Retrievers naturally want to please us. When you are

  1. Clear about the behaviors you want,
  2. Take the time to practice daily training the cues of communication,
  3. Be consistent (practice time, cues used, behavior you want), and
  4. You will find your dog is motivated to learn.

Think things through: Today you may celebrate your puppy has come to you when you arrive home, and he has jumped up on you to say hello. His front paws are just above your ankles now, but, in a few months that same behavior may knock you off balance.

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Teach Your Dog the ‘Stay’ Command

Teach your dog the stay command a training by wisteria goldensTeach your dog the “Stay” command to build upon your communication and relationship building process. This is an important foundational training to build self-confidence and provide guidance ensuring safety.

Click here to see our Training Guide.

Teaching your dog to “stay” works best when they have already mastered the sit or down command.  We use stay most often with the down command knowing we want our dog to down/stay for a bit.  We use the “wait” command when we want them to stop immediately and not move forward until we “release” them, most often when we open a door.

Teach Your Dog the Stay Command

  1. While your dog is in the ‘down’ position say “stay.”   You want to work on duration vs distance at first. So, if he doesn’t move from the place you have given the down command in a couple of seconds — click and treat, adding time slowly.  Once you know your dog understands what is being asked, slowly back away a few steps and if your dog doesn’t move forward to come with you click and treat.  This is “capturing” the behavior of staying still and not moving or coming with you as you back away.  Increase your steps and time in 15-30 second increments.  Click and treat as the behavior is given.  If the dog gets up and follows, walk (without talking) back to the mat or place you want him and ask for down.
  2. Increase the time you would like him to ‘stay’ by short increments (15-30 seconds). A puppy’s max maybe two minutes and increases as he matures and gets older.

Add distractions to your training routine, so that your dog learns to listen to your voice and commands vs what is happening around him.

Using the ‘down’ and ‘stay’ commands are intended to be routine practice dog training guides to insure you are able to communicate when you are having dinner, company, or a situation where your dogs needs to stay in a certain area or on a bed/mat.

We use the “wait” command when there maybe a safety issue arise. Mastering an immediate “wait” can provide you the ability to stop your dog immediately.

When you have successfully learned to communicate down, stay, and wait be sure to find opportunities to practice it in daily routines.

These are some examples:

  1. Have her wait 15 seconds between the time you open the door and you walk her outside.
  2. Have him wait for 30 seconds between the time you open the car door and he gets out.
  3. Use the ‘down’ and ‘stay’ commands when you need him to lay quietly beside you, stay on this mat, or in another room.

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Teach your dog the ‘Down’ command

Teach your dog the down command a guide to dog training from wisteria goldensTeach Your Dog the ‘down’ command is a guide to communication and dog training. The down command is one of the communication words which will build upon others and provide a foundation for your dog’s basic training.

The next training will be ‘stay’ to companion with the ‘down’ training. Click here to read more.

Training Tips: Teach your dog the ‘Down’ command.

Clicker Training is about “capturing” a behavior you want from your puppy/dog and then clicking and treating that behavior.  This is done until the dog purposely does the behavior knowing he will receive a click/treat.    Teaching down can be completely by “capturing” the behavior.  You can do this by sitting down and ignoring your dog until your dog settles and lies down — click, treat, repeat.

Or you can do this by “luring” your puppy/dog down into a down position with a treat and once in the down position, click and give the treat.

Once the behavior is done purposely and knowingly, add the command “down” (or whatever word you choose) with a hand gesture (palm flat with a slightly raised arm moving down)  You click and treat when the dog is in the complete down position.

The next step is to “wean” off the clicker and then the treat.  It is important to practice this command in different areas of the house and outside in different locations and distractions.   After the “weaning” off of the clicker/treat you will provide occasional/random treats for doing the command when requesting it.

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After mastering the the “down” command, you can then add the “stay” command. Watch for Teach your dog the ‘Stay’ command in two days.

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The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

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Puppy Photos — Tips for Getting a Great Shot

We take lots of puppy photos around here and trying to get good ones can be challenging. I need to create a photo album of all the “outtakes.” When taking six week pictures sometimes I have over 200 photos just to get 4 good pictures of 8 puppies!

We have learned a few tricks for capturing good ones, but it does require a bit of patience, something that Billy has more of than me.

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Taking pictures of English Creme Goldens is even more challenging due to their coloring. If the sun is shining just right, the puppy’s coat can looked washed out. If the flash goes off in the right angle, the puppy can look like it has “gold” on its coat and there is none to the eye.

We have found taking the pictures in the shade or on a cloudy day the best lighting — early morning and evening works as well.

  1. Have a squeaky toy! This helps the puppy to “stop” for a moment with their ears perked up.
  2. Set your camera on “action” shot.
  3. It takes two people — one to set the puppy, one to take the picture. If you are doing it alone, plan on extra time to just “hang” out so that you can catch the puppy exploring, squeak a toy and be ready to take the picture.
  4. “Throwing” a white cloth up helps to distract, but be ready to take the picture.

Different things work for different puppies (just like our children) Some immediately run to play, when using the squeaky toy, instead of stopping. So, experiment. Different noises also work — the “Shhh” sound also works well.

Video taping Billy and I taking pictures of the puppies — now that would make some funny entertainment.

Happy Picture Taking!
Debbie

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The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

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Qualifying for Therapy Dog Certification

AKC Therapy Dogs Testing and Application Requirements

Some of our Wisteria Golden families have been interested in training their puppy to eventually become a therapy dog. This page discusses Qualifying for Therapy Dog Certification and where to find out more. The dog must pass a certification program in order to be allowed to visit hospitals, nursing homes, or other places where therapy dogs are needed.

AKC Therapy Dog Emblem

The First Step: How to Earn Therapy Dog Titles

The first step in qualifying for this certification is for your puppy to pass a skills assessment test included in the therapy dog assessment administered by an authorized therapy dog organization. A list of authorized organizations is found on the AKC Therapy Dog Program page.

To earn an AKC Therapy Dog™ title, you and your dog must meet the following criteria:

  1. Provide verification that your dog has been Certified/Registered with an AKC recognized therapy organization.
  2. Select the Therapy Dog Title you would like to apply for (see list in the application excerpt below). Have your dog’s AKC Registration Number (or PAL/CPN listing number) to provide on the application form.
  3. Perform the required number of visits for the title for which you are applying. Keep track your visits. The AKC has provided a sheet you can use to keep records of your visits Therapy Dog Record of Visits Sheet.

July 2015 Revision: A Canine Good Citizen title can be applied at the time you submit your application (without taking the CGC test). When you have qualified for AKC Therapy Dog title you will also have met qualifications for your dog to receive the official Canine Good Citizen® title. Be sure to check the last box on the Title section when you are completing the application. (See Image Below)

This is an image screenshot of the Title section on the 7/15 revision of  the AKC Therapy Dog Application

AKC Therapy Dog Program Requirements

Therapy Dog Program Title List

AKC Quotes and Notations

Keep these thoughts in mind while you are completing your application:

  1. “Therapy dogs are not service dogs. Service dogs are dogs who are specially trained to perform specific tasks to help a person who has a disability.” Each specialty (therapy or service) has specific requirements to qualify.
  2. “All dogs are eligible to earn AKC Therapy Dog titles, including purebreds and mixed breeds.” (see AKC.org for instructions regarding mixed breeds and purebreds who do not have registration).
  3. “For each day/date at a facility, no matter how many clients one sees, this counts as 1 visit.” You will need to provide verification of visits with the application. (see AKC.org)
  4. “These visits must be documented with time, date, location, and a signature of a staff person at the facility (e.g., school, hospital, etc.).” Documentation must meet the requirements. Refer to the listed documentation options (see examples of how to calculate and how to keep recognized records of visits on AKC.org).

Qualifying Tips for Therapy Dog Certification

When you decide to begin qualifying your dog to receive a Therapy Dog Title these are some skills he/she should have. Each of these may be included in the therapy dog assessment tests administered by an authorized therapy dog organization. Contact the organization you have chosen (based on the list at the bottom of the AKC Therapy Dog Program page) to ask for specific test preparation topics.

These are a few we feel are important:

  1. Current rabies and required vaccines
  2. Microchip registration information current
  3. Accepting a Friendly Stranger
  4. Sitting Politely for Petting
  5. Appearance and Grooming
  6. Out for a Walk (walking on a loose leash)
  7. Walking Through a Crowd
  8. Sit and Down on Command/Staying in Place
  9. Coming when Called
  10. Reaction to Another Dog
  11. Reactions to Distractions
  12. Supervised Separation — Practice being around medical equipment, such as a wheelchair, crutches, cane, walker or other devices ordinarily found in a facility.
  13. Say Hello

In order to be a good therapy dog candidate, the dog must be able to work well around all types of people, including children. The dog will be observed for their reaction toward children playing, running or in the general presence at the testing site. Each visit will apply toward your Therapy Dog Certification and will need to be verified by the facility you visit.

To learn more about AKC’s Therapy Dog Program visit the AKC Therapy Dog Program page

We would love to hear from our families that have achieved either of these rewards and showcase them on our website.

Maintaining Good Weight – Is My English Golden Retriever Overweight?

Maintaining Healthy Weight Weight Chart and Healthy Food Large Breed Puppy Food is formulated with select ingredients to help your puppy grow and thrive. With Life’s Abundance, you can be confident that you’re feeding advanced nutrition to help your puppy achieve and maintain optimal health.As with people there are lots of health issues with allowing our dogs to become overweight. Maintaining good weight is important for your pet’s heart health, as well as their joints and hips, especially in any large breed dog, such as the Golden Retriever.

What is the ideal weight? That depends on the individual dog. Here is a chart to give you some guidelines on what to look for in helping to maintain a good weight for your Golden. A VISUAL WEIGHT CHART

I also want to share a video with some great information from Dr. Sarah with “Pet Talk.” She walks you through what to look for to determine if your Golden is overweight, as well as giving you tips for a weight loss program. She discusses food, exercise, as well as the importance of family involvement.

High Quality Dog Food

High quality dog food is very important for the growth and development of your puppy. But, proper nutrition is important at any age for a long and healthy life of your dog.

Grocery story brand foods, use lots of fillers, which “fill” your dog up, but do not provide any nutrition benefits. It also makes for more waste to clean up in your yard. Plus, you have higher quantity of feeding requirements per meal in order to increase any nutritional value.

Higher quality dog food, does cost more in price, but in the long run it is cheaper. Providing better nutrition keeps your dog healthier, which means less vet costs. Higher quality food also means you feed less per feeding, due to the greater nutritional value you are providing and there is less clean up!

Food Quantity Guide

IMPORTANT: Remember, the suggested feeding is just that (a suggestion). Dogs, like people, sometimes will require more, depending on activity level and metabolism and other will require less.

If you feel your dog is underweight or overweight, talk to your vet about what your pet’s ideal weight should be and develop a plan to get there.

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Dog Meet Dog World

Dog Meet Dog World Dr. Jane’s Welcome Home article Dr. Jane’s Welcome Home article includes a section she calls “In a Dog Meet Dog World” discussing how to invite an additional pet into your home. She explains the importance of welcoming your new pet with personal items (their own bed and their own toys for example) while also making your new addition to the family feel a part of. The article shares how to welcome home your new puppy.

We have welcomed several new families into our Forever Family heart. We have also delivered puppies to Forever Families who already have an English Cream Golden Retriever from previous litters. We love Dr. Jane and Dr. Sarah’s articles and want to share them with our readers as well.

We want each of our Wisteria Golden Forever Families to enjoy their new addition to their family and we are devoted to providing resources and information to help you be a success!

Read More Here: Welcome Home, New Pet! Now What! By Dr. Jane

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Grandmas Sweater Bed

Grandmas Sweater BedWe saw a video about making a dog bed out of a sweater and the idea for the article Grandmas Sweater Bed was born. Our dogs love to be with us everywhere. When we are apart (while we are running errands for example) we have seen how comforting it is for our dogs to have something of ours with them. This may be a toy we have played with together that day.

This is an especially fun project to make a bed for a puppy. The lovely thing about a sweater puppy bed is we can choose a sweater which has been one of our favorites and up-cycle it into a dog bed. Our dog will sense it is ours and provide comfort while we are not close at hand. The video instructions are included below.

Grandmas Sweater Bed Video

The project is a great idea to work on with the whole family.

  1. Select a sweater ,
  2. Gather supplies,
  3. Watch the video (below) once through before you begin,
  4. Watch the video again while you work and pause often as you create,
  5. Introduce your puppy to his new bed!

The completed bed size will vary depending on the size of the sweater. Make this bed for your English Cream Golden Retriever puppy to provide her with a place she can retreat for nap time in the area where you relax during the day.

Set the bed out of drafts and traffic areas but within view of a family area (living room or den for example). This can be a daybed for your puppy to rest during the day while still being ‘part’ of the family area.

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The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

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Cabin Fever Might Affect Dogs As Well

Cabin Fever There are many reasons people and pets may experience what is commonly called ‘cabin fever’ and this article is for pet parents who question if cabin fever might affect dogs as well. We will discuss some of the conditions contributing to cabin fever and suggestions about how to alleviate the intensity of the symptoms.

First… Yes. Dogs can have symptoms of cabin fever. The conditions contributing to cabin fever are primarily routine changes, environment change (scent, temperature), and empathy for their pet parents.

Cabin Fever Conditions

Some of the conditions in our lifestyles which contribute to cabin fever for dogs include:

  1. Spending more time than usual in closed quarters,
  2. Build up of environmental aromas,
  3. Reduction of activities usually included in daily routine, and
  4. Empathy for the people who are also experiencing cabin fever.

The reasons for cabin fever conditions vary and are often a result of weather changes, pet parent’s health, or routines which depend on people or places which aren’t available.

Suggestions for Symptom Alleviation

There are several suggestions which often align with how we as pet parents address our own symptoms. Here are some ideas to lift the cabin fever mood:

  1. Bundle up and go outside at regular intervals (even if only for a few minutes),
  2. Twice a week plan ahead to open a screened window or two for 10-30 ,minutes (even a crack for ventilation),
  3. Plan daily indoor games (low energy games and cuddles), and
  4. Address your own symptoms (if applicable) so you can interact with your dog with a fresh bright attitude.

Make time to evaluate your home and how variables like air quality, build up of scents (dogs are highly aware of scent), and temperature. Address any conditions with the potential for contributing to cabin fever so you can provide the optimal conditions for your family, yourself, and your dog.

Our dogs depend on us for their health and well being. They are intuitive, interested, and want to please us. When we are affected by the world around us, and our enthusiasm level drops, they may interpret this change in our joy about them as a sign they aren’t pleasing us.

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The brand you feed is the most important decision you can make as a pet parent.

Visit our resource page: (http://wisteriagoldens.com/lifes-abundance/) and let me know if you have any questions.

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