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SWIPE TO SEE TRAINING VIDEO!
In this video I am giving a positive “charge” to Yuka’s name. Many dog owners use their dogs name incorrectly, excessively, or with a scolding negative tone. We’ve all been guilty of the scolding name call, but unfortunately this typically only results in our dog having a negative association with their own name, further resulting in a dog that ignores their name completely. We don’t want our dogs to shut down when they hear their own name, and the following training technique can help.
. If your dog is doing something you don’t want, it is much better to teach them commands that tell them specifically what you want them to do instead. For example if your dog is getting into the trash, instead of yelling their name and saying NO! Try teaching a “leave it command”. For the first several months of Yuka’s life she never heard the word “no”, because we were teaching her useful commands instead. To this day, we rarely say “no”, and instead try and use a command to tell her what we DO want.
. Never use commands in a scolding tone or paired with negative reinforcement(unwanted physical touch, or vocal intimidation) , as that will teach them to fear and ignore the command just like they’ve learned to ignore their name. “Leave it” very quickly becomes a frustrating and negative experience for dogs when their owners start using it to scold them instead of redirect them. The result is your dog no longer obeying the command. [______________________________]
. Here I am reminding Yuka that the sound of her name means good things are coming! I say her name, and when she looks at me I mark the look with a clicker (a vocal “yes” works too). I then immediately follow with a treat within a “one one thousand” time span. This is conditioning her to love her own name, and to come running towards me with a sparkle on her eye when she hears it! This technique can also be used to teach a dog a new name! #yukaislearning