What is practice?

Companion teaches practice sessions when your dog has just graduated a behavior. While in regular training your dog will focus on one behavior at a time, in practice sessions he will work on all the behaviors he has learned so far. For example, if your dog has learned sit, down, and recall, your dog will work on all three of these behaviors in practice. Your dog has to be attentive and listen to the cues to perform the right behavior. As a result, practice improves a dog’s focus and helps them learn the difference between verbal cues.

How does Companion work on practice?

Companion alternates the different cues your dog knows to foster focus and verbal comprehension.

Companion remembers all the behaviors that your dog has already learned, and will practice them all within the same session. Companion will issue a verbal cue and only reward your dog if he performs the right behavior. Your dog will graduate when they respond with the right behavior to 20 cues in only one training session.

How to practice at home?

Let’s play Simon Says!

Practicing at home aims to increase or maintain your dog’s responsiveness to known cues, and to help her discriminate between verbal cues. The perfect game to practice these multiple behaviors is Simon Says!

1. Get set up

As always, make sure your pup does not need to go potty, grab her favorite treats, and pick a quiet room to start practicing. 

2. Say the cue

Say the verbal cue to the behavior you want to practice first. Pay attention to your body language: are you giving a hand signal? Arching one way or another? These might all be additional cues to your dog of what you want her to do. For increased difficulty and to work on verbal cues, try to keep your body language neutral. 

3. Wait!

Wait for your dog to perform the behavior. If she does not respond after 10 seconds, do not repeat the cue, but instead help her with a hand gesture or with a lure.

4. Reward and Repeat

As soon as your dog performs the behavior, say “yes” and reward her with a treat. Then repeat the process with another behavior she knows!

Tips

Revisit tips from previous behaviors to keep your dog responsive and to keep training fun!

Treat Shower

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