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Curriculum - Obedience Level 2

  1. Introduction on the phases of dog training
    • Learning, Correcting, Generalising and Maintenance

  2. Learning to deliver an effective and appropriate leash correction to reduce undesired behaviours

    • Including how to use different dog training equipment safely and effectively

  3. Improving on the five basic obedience commands:

    • Sit (sit upright), Down (lay down), Stay (remain in position), Come (when called), and Heel (to follow you by your side, walk when you walk and sit when you stop)

  4. Three new commands

    • Place (to go to and remain on a mat), Leave It (to ignore something), and Drop It (to let go of something)

  5. Generalise behaviours and incorporate into daily life

    • Teaching your dog how to perform the basic obedience commands at home and in different places, as well as incorporating them into your daily life is the start of your dog learning how to be a well-mannered individual.

Special Features

  • Verbal markers

Dogs do not speak our language. A simple fact, but sometimes we humans seem to forget and get upset when our dogs do not do what we ask. It is our job as the leader to help our dogs better understand what we desire, and a common language between you and your dog is critical to do just that.

Verbal markers are words or sounds that communicate to the dog that it is doing something correctly or incorrectly. In this class, you will learn how to teach a Negative Marker (to tell your dog that it is doing something incorrectly).

  • Structure and boundaries

We will provide advice and tips on inculcating clear boundaries and structure, including physical boundaries like crate training, which are essential building blocks for a healthy relationship with your dog. Established boundaries in your dog’s life provide safety, clarity and support relaxation in a dog, whereas a lack of structure and boundaries can lead to behavioural issues such as stress, anxiety, fear and aggression.

  • Problematic and undesired behaviours

We will provide advice and tips on curbing problematic and undesirable behaviours such as jumping, barking, nipping, picking up trash, running out the door and stealing food from the table.

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