Your instructor: Laura Pakis Davis of ACME Canine

DOG TRAINING – teaching commands

  1. Walking politely on leash   – teaches dog boundaries: necessary to learn in order to establish you as a leader (dogs respect leaders and will listen to them)
  2. Sit – teaches the dog stationary self-control (self-control necessary to focus on harder commands)
  3. Heel with automatic sit – teaches the dog self-control in motion
  4. Down – builds respect and trust with owner (very difficult for a dog to submit to someone who they don’t respect or see as a leader)
  5. Recall – this almost comes naturally if you have built a strong foundation of obedience

Learning a Command

One theory of dogs learning trained tasks as stated by Extreme K-9.

For The Average Dog

24 hours:  If not repeated; the memory is absent.

1 to 5 Days: repeated daily; the task is in short term memory.

1 to 30 Days: repeated daily; the task in long term memory.

Improvement in performance continues as training is effective.  Of course the environmental factors (trainer effectiveness, task complexity, etc.) influence the time frame, as do the dog’s genetic factors.

Another statement of expected learning curve:

Average student and average dog – 12 weeks for a task to be 85 % reliable.

Good student and good dog – 10 weeks for 85% reliability.

Poor student and average dog – 16 weeks for 85% reliability.

Each command is taught encouraging success in the dog but also increasing the standard of what is expected by using the three “D’s”

  1. Duration – dog should be able to hold the command for 2-5 minutes without breaking (no distraction)
  2. Distraction – think of distraction on a scale of 1-10 where 1 may be just bending over to look at the dog and 10 may be throwing treats over the dog’s head
  3. Distance – once the dog has achieved 1 & 2 you can add moving around the dog and away from the dog.