We’ve had this strapping young man in for his training session to go over all things puppy.
Frank’s only real issue was the typical mouthiness that comes with puppies, but especially with larger breeds who’re oblivious to just how strong and powerful they are. We introduced Frank to what and when to bite, helping his owners to direct him towards suitable toys and away from biting them.
After going through some engagement principles we covered the necessary basics for how to lure, mark and reinforce behaviours that are applicable to any future training they may need. We also covered the importance of not poisoning the cue by adding and repeating verbal commands when the dog doesn’t understand them.
Lastly we touched up on the importance of focusing on confidence building with Frank due to identifying some nervousness (typical of his breed) that may stick around after maturing if not addressed. We exposed Frank to different toys, being handled, small pressures, loud sounds and one our stooge dogs and he quickly came out of his shell.
Some of our favourite training sessions are working with young dogs like Frank and helping to bring the very best out of them. A lot of people assume issues will just fix themselves and in most cases they won’t without the right guidance and structure.
Good job today big man!