Basic training for turning your pet into a service dog

Hi everybody, in this article I’m going to be demonstrating the first thing to teach your dog to become a Service Dog which is “Watch Me,” and a combination of “Sit,” “Down” and “Stand.” Very useful for service dogs and pets alike, I think they’re very often used commands, so it’s quite easy on how to teach it, and even though she knows it I’ll definitely walk you guys through on how I taught a puppy that has no idea what I was talking about. For “Sit,” you’re going to show them the treat, and you’re going to pull it up above their head * CLICK * and as soon as their bum hits the floor you’re going to click.

For “Sit,” you’re going to show them the treat, and you’re going to pull it up above their head * CLICK * and as soon as their bum hits the floor you’re going to click.

Practice this literally fifty times a day, I don’t care what you’re doing, if your dog’s off somewhere, say their name – can be off playing and I’ll say “dog Watch Me,” * CLICK * and as soon as she looks I click and treat her.

Now, if your puppy is having problems, you can help them out by “forming,” which is: you’re using your body and pushing their body to where you need it to be, gently, so while you’re pulling their head up, push their bum down, * CLICK * and click as soon as it hits the floor. Now, we’re going to teach D-O-W-N What I do is, I show the puppy the treat or the adult dog if you’re teaching them, and I curl the treat underneath their chest * CLICK * and they’ll fall Into themselves.

So, Watch Me! * CLICK * Good! Now I don’t need a treat in my hand, she knows when I say “Watch Me,” I want eye contact, and she’ll get a treat afterwards or some praise or something like that. Okay, well, I hope this video has given you more insight on how to teach your dog “Sit,” “Down,” “Stand” and “Watch Me.” Very useful commands for service dogs and pets alike. So, feel free to reach out and ask any questions you may have.

How To Train Your Service Dog
Basic Service Dog Training

The way I teach this is, I take the treat show them the treat, point to my * CLICK * forehead As soon as they’re staring, it doesn’t matter if they’re looking at the treat when they start, as soon as they’re looking at your face, * CLICK * treat.

So you show them the treat, pull it above their head, * CLICK * Good girl! Now, if your puppy is having problems, you can help them out by “forming,” which is: you’re using your body and pushing their body to where you need it to be, gently, so while you’re pulling their head up, push their bum down, * CLICK * and click as soon as it hits the floor. Then you can start introducing the word once they consistently get the body behavior right. Harlow, stand and * CLICK * Good girl! Very good! Your puppy has – sit down. Sit! My hand signal I use is I just bring my hand up. Now, we’re going to teach D-O-W-N What I do is, I show the puppy the treat or the adult dog if you’re teaching them, and I curl the treat underneath their chest * CLICK * and they’ll fall Into themselves.

Watch me! * CLICK * Good. Now, if you have a dog that’s going to jump for food in your face and knock you over, instead of pointing in front of your face, point to the side, where your eye is said “Watch Me.” That way, if they jump, at least they’ll go over your shoulder, instead of just right in the middle of your face. So, now. Eventually, you’re going to wean out the food, but it’s going to be very slow for some dogs. Practice this literally fifty times a day, I don’t care what you’re doing, if your dog’s off somewhere, say their name – can be off playing and I’ll say “dog Watch Me,” * CLICK * and as soon as she looks I click and treat her. It’s meant – the more you practice, the more they’re going to get it. If they’re not interested, use a higher value treat, okay? And high-value treats, I use her kibble, and it could be hot dogs or string cheese. So just practice that as much as you can and really it’s that easy. Eventually, you can wean out the treats and it’ll be a lot more convenient.

So, one more time, they’re in a sitting position curl it under their chest * CLICK * and they’ll fall Into themselves. Sit! Now if your puppy’s having – ah if your puppy’s having trouble, you can use forming again, where you bring it down and slide their feet out for them. * CLICK * Good! As soon as their chest hits the floor, that’s when you click. When they get the behavior down, start adding the word “Down,” or “Leg,” whatever word you want to use. Now, we’re going to do “Stand.” Wait … Stand is quite easy, all I do is show her the treat, and I bring it away from her * CLICK * See? Ta-da! That was easy, right? So one more time – well, not one more time, I’ll show you a couple times, I just keep saying that. Put it flat, four fingers together, between your thumb and hand, show them the treat, * CLICK * Good girl! Now, if your dog won’t move up from a sitting or laying down position, this is where the leash comes in handy – wait she wouldn’t get moved from her “Sit” or “Down” when I first started teaching this, so I hold the leash.

Visually seeing the leash is also moving is a good Incentive for your dog to move. So I just hold this * CLICK * Good girl! As soon as your dog stands up is when you would click. Down! And then you can practice all three together. Stand! Sit! Down! Good! Sit! Stand! Stand! * CLICK * When your puppy gets good at all three, I suggest mixing it up, go from “Down,” to “Sit,” to “Stand,” to “Down,” to “Stand,” to “Sit,” all over the place, so they get really good at all of them. Thank you, Harlow. Okay, now we’re going to do “Watch Me.” This is my most used command by far, it’s great for getting your dog’s attention around distractions or reining in their focus no matter what the reason. So, the way I teach this is, I take the treat show them the treat, point to my * CLICK * forehead As soon as they’re staring, it doesn’t matter if they’re looking at the treat when they start, as soon as they’re looking at your face, * CLICK * treat.

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