Your clients have called upon you for help training their dog. Why not wow them with a “bonus” training skill you can teach in just a few sessions? Below is a collection of how-to training videos for skills you can add to your training repertoire.
Bonus training skill #1
Sit to get things you want
Although we trainers are interested in asking our dogs do perform a variety of behaviors, our clients don’t always feel the same way. Many times, clients are looking for ways to reduce unruly or unwanted behavior from their dogs. Replacing a dog’s attention-seeking behaviors with a default sitting behavior, when appropriate, can go a long way to improving a client’s relationship with his or her dog. And, with this success under your belt, your client is likely to call on you to solve more training issues.
Bonus training skill #2
Go to a certain place
Whether a dog is asked to leave the kitchen while dinner is being made, or a puppy runs into a crate on cue, clients will love being able to ask their dogs to move somewhere else — and stay there. Training this skill in context is key! Your clients will have the best success if you first train the dog, then assist them in creating true-to-life environments to polish the behavior.
Bonus training skill #3
Wait for a release cue
Clients often struggle to teach behaviors that dog trainers find easy to train, such as waiting inside for a release when the front door, or a car door, is opened. Not only will teaching your client’s dog this skill come in handy for clients, it may save the dog’s life one day!
Keep track of your training skills
In your work training dogs, you will likely come across client requests for trained behaviors that can apply to more than one case. Keep a list of behaviors you successfully train clients’ dogs to do, and refresh it often. In this way, you can go above and beyond for clients by training skills that you can teach dogs in your sleep!
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