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Old 05-25-2005, 08:38 AM   #1
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Default Training advice needed

I've had Chewy for 3 weeks and I am now going to really start seriously training him. I know I have my work cut out for me. This is my question: How do those "show people" train their dogs so beautifully? I read here somewhere that someone got their puppy already trained to be stacked. I am not going to show Chewy but I still want him to behave well and not get freaked at the vet or groomer. Are there special trainers for this or is regular petco training sufficient? Any help will be appreciated.
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I don't show in conformation but I don't think Petco's training is sufficient. I know there are classes available at dog training clubs or center just for conformation. You might check with your local obedience club around your area.
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Old 05-25-2005, 09:18 AM   #3
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What is conformation?
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you could ask your vet for a recommendation for a trainer in your area.
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Old 05-25-2005, 10:12 AM   #5
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PetSmart's classes I think are stickly obedience such as stay, sit, roll-over..but I know that the dog club by me has agility training and they rent their show ring for people to practice with their dogs...also they have books to help owners with this kind of stuff...I am in the process of reading my dog training for dummies so I am prepared for the Petsmart class..but ehere is some stuff on agaility I believe (I didn't get that far yet..between work and school..lol)..hope this helps
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I have two yorkies, one is a year old and the other 9 months. Both are well trained. I used a basic reward good behavior approach. And I started when each puppy came to my home, at 10 weeks. For potty training, I did not start with a puppy pad, but I did plan to devote the needed time to take them out every 30 mins or so to start with. Notice I said, take them out, unless you go and encourage and see that he is going potty, you do not know if he is. Yorkies are very smart, so if you are consistent, they will respond. Expect accidents, use a crate that does not allow enough room to potty inside it and don't yell or punish. Pet/caress your dog every day, particularly around the face and feet, this is to get him used to being handled so when you need to start brushing teeth, bathe, brush, etc., your yorkie won't put up a fuss. Also, I never allowed my hands to be used as "toys", just say, I'm not your toy and show him your hands, palm side out, get your toy and we'll play. Get it for him to start, eventually he'll go get his toys when it is play time. This keeps my yorkies from thinking that it is ok to bite at or jump up on someone. Now, if you let him jump up on you or do as my husband, play with his hands, the yorkie gets a mixed message. To leash train, put the leash on and then step backwards a few feet. Encourage with a treat and a little tug and reward as your dog walks toward you. Repeat until he gets it. The same with other tricks, like sit, down, etc. Show him and then reward. Use very tiny amounts, like break a Cherio in half. I use Cherios, a little sliced apple (peeled) and sometimes small pieces of cooked geen beans. I usually don't use their regular food when training. Your puppies do not need a lot of variety, though, so please use treats sparingly. I'd just go with the Cherios at first, I'm talking two or three, broken. Yorkies can also have a problem with barking. While at the dog park, a lady with a beagle would call her dog to her everytime he barked and would whisper in its ear, "we do not bark, no barking, ok". I tried it my yorkies and it worked. I use the same technique to keep them from begging. I bend down, whisper that we do not beg for food and then reward them by putting a small treat in their bowl if they behave. By giving them a lot of love and attention, consistently giving directions and reward, they became great dogs. I could go on but one last hint, feed and send him night night at the same time each day. I do not allow them to sleep with me, they stay in their kennels so I can sleep and they can too. I started with a blanket and a stuffed animal, of course, food and water. Now, I just say it is night night time (8:00) and they go to bed. Hope this helps.
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What is conformation?
Conformation Dog Shows are the pageants of dog shows, measuring dogs against their breed standards, in physical appearance, temperament, and movement. It's what people think when they think of "show dogs". There are classes available to teach these people how to stack their dogs or to walk/run with their dogs to show their best feature.

I show dogs too but not conformation. What I do is agility, flyball, and obedience. I can also say I show my dogs but in companion/performance events.

I should add: Conformation dogs are bred for conformation. When you hear "bred for show" or "show quality dog" they are talking about dogs that are bred for conformation. Pet quality dogs probably will not compete well against show dogs bred for conformation.

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Chewy surprises me, good and bad. Last night he was walking around his cage and I opened the door and left him. He immediately crawled in and went to sleep! Today though, I have found out that he might be peeing somewhere other than his potty pad. I took him to potty and wiped him off. 20 mins later I picked him up and his pecker was wet and no new mark on the potty pad. Now I can't find where he went potty! I must be more diligent and reign him in. I am going to look into conformation training as well. Thanks for great advice and if anyone has more, keep it coming I can use the help.
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10 days ago I started clicker training my 5 mth old Benji. I had a reputable woman come to the house to show me the basics. By the time she left (1 hour) she had Benji sitting and coming to her. After she left I added the voice command. He now sits, comes to me, and last night I started the lay down command. Next it's the stay command and so on.

Use this site: http://www.clickerlessons.com/clicker.html

It has all the procedures. I alternate using the clicker and a 'bridge word'..I use 'Good Boy'.

Other poster is so right, Yorkies are so smart and want to make you happy. Good Luck,
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Someone mentioned clicker training to me but we got sidetracked and I never got the full info. Will research this too. Your success has inspired me. Thanks
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I think no matter what method of training you use the key is consistancy. Show dogs are worked with a lot so their training is ongoing so to speak. They are worked with about every day(I would think) in situations that are really distracting for a dog.

We took our bloodhound to a training class that our park and rec offered and it was great. We absolutely loved it and they showed us a lot of things that we wouldn't have though of. They taught us how to teach our dog and we got to work with Auburn in an environment that had a lot of distractions (mainly about 15 other dogs not to mention their owners). I wanted to take her at an early age because I heard the breed has a tendency to have aggression issues. We don't work with her as much as we did when we were actually taking her to class (last Oct) so she has lost some of it. She knows what to do she just doesn't do it all the time.

My point in this is that no matter how you train your dog initially keep it up. If you decide to take your dog to a class don't think that once the classes are over your done. Or if you send your dog to a trainer this doesn't mean you won't have to work with your dog at home.
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Old 05-25-2005, 08:33 PM   #12
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I made it my mission to accomplish something today. We worked on come and althogh it's not perfect he will come out from a hiding place when I call him. Also I have been petting his head all day and putting him up on the desk and brushing him and he seems more submissive. For the next few days I will continue with these two things and see how it goes.
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I don't know how to prevent Coco's pee accidents. She goes on the pad but throughout the day she will just squat and pee anywhere. I take her to the pad every 30 min. but she will just stare at me and then eventually lay down on the pad. The minute she runs off, she will go. That's not always the case, many times she will just go on the pad by herself and other times she'll go when I take her there. I need to learn how to prevent the accident pee's. Any suggestions?
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