Training

If you require help training your Dalmatian, please get in touch with us and we will direct you to a Positive Reward Trainer in your area, alternatively go to www.apdt.co.uk

TIPS AND POINTS TO REMEMBER WHEN TRAINING – Consistency, Patience, High grade treats to hand.

PARALLEL WALKING is great for getting a dog comfortable with the movement of another dog/people. It helps to keep the dog calm because dogs tend to be less explosive when moving versus holding still.

  • Please make sure the dog’s remain on the lead, walking with a distance between them.
  • Walking parallel  (dog’s walking in the same direction) with each other, walk as above, praising your dog’s using a marker word such as “good “and rewarding with treats. (Only use food reward’s if both dogs are comfortable around food – no resource guarding issues).
  • If the behaviour between both dogs is positive (no signs of fearful or threatening behaviour), you can slowly start to close the distance between both dogs so that eventually they are walking side by side.
  • Next work on up-close greeting, still walking parallel close to each other, let both dogs sniff from up close for a second and say something like “let’s go”, move away, praise and reward.
  • Repeat a couple of times and then call it a day.  Always try to end on a positive note!!!

LOOSE LEAD WALKING – The aim is for our dog/puppy to walk nicely beside us on a loose lead and not pull.Decide which side you would like your dog/puppy to walk on (ideally both sides should be taught as this will be useful when walking along a roadside. (It’s safer for the dog on the inside)

Place your dog on the left hand side (reverse instructions if you wish your dog to walk on the right side).

Method 1

  • Hold your lead in your right hand and treats ready in your left hand.
  • Get your dog’s attention and lure him into position with a treat (standing beside you on the left hand side).
  • Using the treat in your left hand, lure him forward a step or two and reward marking the behaviour with your marker word YES or GOOD. (making sure the lead remains loose) and repeat
  • If you dog pulls forward after receiving the reward, stand still and wait till you get his attention again and lure back into position besides you.
  • Once you have achieved two or three steps of loose lead walking, increase the distance between treats and build up until you have reached about 10 steps.
  • Once we have reached about 10 steps we can introduce a signal word. You can use the words: – walk with me, stay close, walk close, walk nicely as your signal word.

Method 2

  • Standing still, wait for your dog to stop pulling with no tension on the lead.
  • Get his attention and reward when he’s beside you. Take a step forward (your dog will no doubt shoot out in front of you). If this happens stand still and wait for your dog to stop pulling again and get his attention.
  • After a few repetitions your dog should come back to your side quicker.
  • Once you can take a step without your dog shooting forward on the lead you can take 2 steps forwards. Repeat this until you have reached about 10 steps.
  • When you can take about 10 steps without your dog pulling on the lead you can start to introduce the signal word.

DO NOT INTRODUCE THE SIGNAL WORD TO EARLY.

REMEMBER: – Stay calm and positive. Don’t yank your dog into position, be patient and wait. If you have a very hard puller, it may be helpful to use a head collar or harness to aid your training.