It's Time to Sign Up for Your Next Class!

While we are in social isolation now, it will not last forever. We hope to be back together again in the beginning of June. With that said, even in the unlikely event it is extended, online learning will continue, as well as new options. We are looking into using Zoom meetings so there can be more interaction and real time feedback!

 

Precision Rally

Tuesdays starting July 7th at 6pm. 
Take your Core Manners skills to the next level! This class is taught with pet owners & seasoned exhibitors in mind. We will teach you how to execute the Rally signs with precision and flair, all while having FUN! We take Rally to a whole new level and show you how to get the most animated and FOCUSED performance possible! Click HERE to sign up!

 

 

 

 

 
Thursdays starting July 9th. Two times offered - 6pm & 7:15pm.
This class is a great balance between structure and fun! Teaching tricks establishes a pattern of learning, teaches skills and focus, and promotes a bond between canine and human. Click HERE to sign up!

Congrats Core Manners Graduates!

Click the photo of your graduation certificate below to see your printable PDF file!

 

If you'd like a printed copy of your certificate, we can issue you one when we reopen.

Welcome to Week 8!

You all have put in the work with your dogs over the last seven weeks, now let's put that to the test! The following exercises are all things you should now be able to do with your dogs without luring them (except where noted).

Click and reward throughout these exercises is encouraged!

Warmups!

All great workouts, including mental ones, begin with warmups! Let's put our dog's thinking caps on!

Spend a good 2 minutes working on your foundation, including:

Foundation recalls
The exercise with the funny noise 😉

Puppy Pushups
Sit, Down, Up-Sit.

Focus Trees
The exercise where you make a "T" with your body.

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Sit & Down on Command

Goal: Your dogs sit and down on command without a lure. Do click & reward them! They should also not need excessive commands (no sit, sit, sit, sit, sit) to perform the command. 

Exercise: 

1) Command your dog to sit. As soon as they sit, click and reward them.

2) Command your dog to down. As soon as they lay down, click and reward them.

Accepting a Friendly Stranger

Goal: Your dog remains mannerly by your side while you exchange pleasantries with another person.

Exercise:

1) Get your dog into a nice stable sit-stay position without using a lure.

2) Have your partner approach you and have a little chat with them.

3) Have your partner look at your dog and compliment them.

You may find it helpful to repeat "stay" to your dog to remind them of what you'd like them to be doing.

Sit Politely for Petting

Goal: For your dog to remain mannerly by your side while someone pets them. No jumping up on our partners!

Exercise:

1) Get your dog into a nice stable sit-stay position without using a lure.

2) Have someone approach you and your dog and ask to pet your dog.

3) Allow that person to pet your dog as long as your dog remains four-on-the-floor (they should start seated, but may stand when the petting has begun).

You may find it helpful to repeat "stay" during this exercise to remind your dog what you would like them to be doing.

Object Exchange

Goal: For your dog to remain mannerly by your side while someone approaches you, hands you an object, and you hand it back to them.

Exercise:

1) Get your dog into a nice stable sit-stay position without using a lure.

2) Have someone approach you and your dog and hand you an object.

3) Hold the object for a moment and then hand it back to them.

Mannerly Walking Past a Person

Goal: Our dog remains mannerly walking with us past a person, without a lure.

Exercise: 

1) Have your partner stand still with their arms tucked in and for the most part ignore your dog.

2) You and your dog heel past your partner, without luring them. Use vocal engagement to keep your dog's focus!

Be sure to keep your dog's focus on you and not on your partner!

Handling Exam

Goal: Our dog accepts us handling them during a Snout to Tail Exam. 

Exercise: 

Examine your dog's face and take a look at:

  • Their eyes
  • Their ears - and smell them!
  • Their mouth - check out their gums and teeth
  • Their nose

Feel down your dog's spine all the way down to their tail. And check out their tail. Make sure everything feels and looks right.

Touch their belly (as long as they haven't been spayed or neutered recently) and feel for any out of place lumps and bumps.

Feel down one of their legs and touch one of their paws. Touch the toes on that paw too.

Mannerly Reaction to Another Dog

Goal: For your dogs to remain focused on you while you interact with another team.

Exercise:

1) Have another handler-dog team approach you and your dog (dogs on the outside, humans on the inside) and pause next to one another.

2) Get your dogs into a stable sit-stay position without a lure.

3) Both of you put up body blocks (put one leg forward).

4) Exchange pleasantries and then part ways. When parting ways, be sure to call your dogs to ensure they come with you and not the other team.

You may not be able able to practice this exercise exactly this way at home, but you can replace the other dog-handler team with some sort of other distraction like a stuffed animal!

Confidently Walking Over an Object

Goal: For your dogs to put at lease one paw on a strange - but safe - object. You may lure them here!

Exercise:

1) Find a strange - but safe - object around your house.

2) Lure your dog up onto this object.

Bonus points if they walk all the way over it!

Out for a Walk

Goal: For your dogs to walk mannerly by your side without a lure.

Exercise:

1) Set up an L-shaped heeling area around your house/yard.

2) Heel with your dog along the heeling area and be sure to halt & sit them at least once.

Stay in Place

Goal: For your dogs to stay in place on either the ground or a towel/yoga mat while you walk 20 feet away and back.

Exercise:

1) Set up a stay area in your house/yard with 20 feet away from your dog marked in some way.

2) Get your dog into a nice stable sit-stay or down-stay position with using a lure.

3) Walk 20 feet away from your dog and back to them - no hesitation when you leave! 

Coming when Called

Goal: For your dogs to come when called while you are 20 feet away from them. 

Exercise:

1) Have someone help keep your dog in place while you get 20 feet away from them.  

2) Call your dog excitedly!

3) When they come to you, squat down, and grab their collar/harness.

*In this video, you'll see Togo and I do this task off-leash. However, I highly recommend practicing this one with your dog on a longline, so that you can ensure they come to you and do not get to blow you off.*

Walking Past Distractions

Goal: For your dogs to remain focused on you despite the distractions present.

Exercise:

1) Have someone try to distract your dog from 15-20 feet away.  

2) Keep your dog's focus on you and not the distraction for at least 3 consecutive seconds.

Use things like focus trees, foundation recalls, puppy push-ups, etc. to keep your dog's focus on you. Remember - no luring!