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Dog Skills Training Guide


Different dogs have different talents. Some dogs can do simple jobs like house-sitting, while some dogs are very good learners, such as German Shepherds and Labradors, which are trained to do a great job in helping people with disabilities. Therefore, for those dogs with spirit, dog skill training is very necessary.

1. Identifying objects

This training is carried out after the dog has the ability to articulate objects, with the owner's scent, and easy to pick up the items as a source of smell, let it pick out the owner's from several items.

dog Identifying objects

The method is to find 3 to 5 small items without odor, place them on a clean floor, then give the dog the items with the owner's scent as the source of smell, and then place them in front of him. If the dog can correctly pick out the source of smell, say "yes" to encourage it. If the dog is wrong, order him to spit it out and let him retrieve it. At this point, the owner must be patient and encourage the dog to pick up the sniff once it finds the source, no matter how it expresses itself.

It should be noted that the training of identifying items should not be too long, otherwise the dog will have the illusion, that usually 2-3 times a day can be practiced. Later, you can change the source of smell frequently to keep him excited about the training.

When the dog can identify the owner's items skillfully and accurately, you can play a game with him to identify the scent of different people. Get a few friends in a line, sit or squat 1 meter apart, and ask one of them to take off their shoes and use them as a source of smell for the dog to smell, then put them on. At this time, the owner leads the dog to these people to sniff one by one to identify. When the dog sniffs in front of the person who took off his or her shoes, he or she shows excitement, immediately says "yes" to encourage the dog, and orders the dog to pull the person out of the line, but not to hurt him or her by mistake.

The problem with this training is that the dog's sense of smell will be confused by the presence of food or other things that induce a smell in the dog, and the game will not be played properly.

2. Find the item

If you accidentally lose items such as purses, clothes, or documents, you can train the dog to help find them. Take out an item that the dog is familiar with and let him sniff it, then send the item to a place far away from where he can't see it and return, wait for 5 seconds and then point your finger to the location of the item and give the command of "link", if the dog quickly links the item back and gives it to you, give him a food reward. Repeat several times to initially develop the dog's ability to find hidden objects.

dog Find the item

Then, you can play a game with your dog by taking out his favorite toy, such as a ball, and tossing it into the grass in the distance for him to find with his keen sense of smell. At first, the dog is eager to find the thrown item and wander around, then you go over to guide him and order him to pick up the item and exchange it with the food in his hand.

Then further develop the dog's ability to search for the owner's belongings. Take a few small objects to let it sniff, hidden in several locations at least 50 meters apart, and then lead the dog close to one of the hidden items, pointing a finger at the item, the command "search", if it grips the item out in time to encourage and praise, but first do not reward, because there are other items not looking for it. You can also order the dog to "bark" when it finds a hidden item, so barking to prompt the owner of the hidden location of the item is also an ability that the dog should have. When the dog is excited to find all of these hidden items, reward him well.

This training is prone to two problems: first, repeated training in the same place, so that the dog will only search in this place, not in another place; second, the search for a single item does not really develop the dog's ability to find things.

3. Passing objects

This training is usually carried out by two people, who must be familiar and attached to the dog. Family members are the most suitable candidates for this training because they spend a lot of time with the dog and have developed a strong bond.

dog Passing objects

The initial training starts with getting the dog used to running between two people on command.
① One person holds the dog, and the other person walks to the dog to pet or feed it and then leaves, calling the dog's name as they walk to cause excitement. Walk to a distance of 50 meters to stop, continue to call the dog's name, and beckon it to come.
The person holding the dog should let go of the leash, give the command "go" and point to another person with your finger.
③ When the dog runs to your side, we must give praise or reward, and pull the leash to make it stay for 2 minutes, then release, give the "go" command, and let it back to the opposite side.

So repeated training, when the dog can listen to the command to quickly run between the two, you can carry out the next round of training.
① the items to be passed to the dog grip, the other person in front of the dog to take away the pass, standing 50 meters away.
②You order the dog to "go" and point to the other person, while the other person is shaking the object at a distance to tease the dog and call it "come here".
③When the dog runs to the other side, you give a food reward and give it the object in your hand to hold or put into its carrier, and then make the dog go back.
④You receive the item passed by the dog, and exchange it with food.
This skill, if applied to life, allows the dog to go to a designated place to pick up things like newspapers or milk and do chores for you.

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