Training Sequence

Training Sequence


give the command

When working on any command there is a beginning, middle, and end. Begin by asking for the command, verbally. If your dog produces the command give affirmation followed by reward. If your dog does not produce the command, then give shaping to get them to produce the command. If your dog is unable or unwilling to produce the command after 10 – 15 seconds of shaping, release them from the command with “Ok!” or “Free!” and try again in a slightly different context.

If at first you don’t succeed, try again! The experience of dog training is fulfilling when you allow yourself to be flexible enough to respond to the demands of the context to best shape the  experience of your dog. 

This includes releasing them from the command if they hit a wall and are not making advancements in the present moment. After a short reset they will likely be willing to produce the command.



The specific steps to take when your dog isn’t producing the command. Use commands and

boundary setting to shape an undesirable behavior into a desired one. When your dog is not producing or maintaining a command, give shaping for the command. Shaping includes interrupting the behavior with a verbal cue and then following the specific steps for shaping that are unique to the command.



You need to let your dog know when they do good, engage in desirable behavior, and successfully produce a command. The moment they produce the command, give affirmation: “Good + (command)”. Then give reward with praise, treat, or playtime.



Every dog has different motivators. Some enjoy food while others enjoy toys, affection, play, or sometimes even space. Whatever you observe your dog to be motivated by, use that as payment for their efforts during training.

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