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Jr Trainer proofs off leash control with an 8 month old Malinois puppy

Junior Sit Means Sit Hawaii dog trainer Celia, proofs a clients 8 month old Malinois for off leash control. Our Jump Start programs offer an immersive learning arena that is personally tailored to suit your real world needs with your dog.

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German Shepherd Puppy training day # 3 all raw footage

German Shepherd Puppy training day # 3 Off leash using treats and Sit Means Sit collar all raw footage

This will be the beginning of a series of clips as we follow this young puppy through it’s training. We hope you enjoy the progress as much as we enjoy working with puppies. Feel free to email us or call with questions about training your puppy

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Heel to Front Learning Progressions

We all enjoy off leash fun with our dogs and sometimes it’s exciting to add a little spice to even the most basic skills. This clip demonstrates how we are always looking for creative ways to help our dogs learn a new skill. A pillar for this principle, is found in using our resources in creating boundaries to ensure the highest probability of a successful outcome as quickly as possible. Here you will see how we use cargo boxes and the tops, to help ensure a defined area is set to perform the skills of a “Heel” and “Front.”

Naturally we begin with a leash as a simple guide and we quickly remove the leash and make the progressions seen here in the video. Our Sit Means Sit teaching language is clearly demonstrated in this clip. As the old saying goes “it’s not the plane it’s the pilot” The same holds true with Sit Means Sit and that is why we teach you how to pursue the potential of your dog with our one on one training classes.


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Example of High level control and awareness.

This is a clip of Sit Means Sit Creator and Ceo, Fred Hassen’s young dog Rex. Here Fred once again reinforces the value of solid foundational control of the dogs desire and the dogs ability to be aware of his body related to the handler and later the decoy. While this dog is young and has low volumes of bitework, he is advanced in many other areas of his work as you can imagine form this clip.
This just shows the very beginnings of having a dog both steady, but yet biting and barking with desire. This will transition into a solid bark and hold from anywhere, and stopping out of movement away from decoys, and going right into a bark and hold. All barks in this video are on command, as he already knows that.

We want him to bark when we tell him to, but we do not want him going crazy and just barking anytime he sees a bitesuit, or in a police situation where he has to be quiet as well. Having the dog aware of his body and confident in all of his movements, brings all of the energy forward into what you want the behavior to be, or a chain of behaviors in succession. This dog is a little over a year and a half, and has very little bitework, as he has been just a competitive dockdog (www.dockdogs.com) thus far.

While this clips looks simple enough, the reality of the difficulty is when you begin trying it out, be patient the rewards are great!


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Sit Means Sit Collar Question

Ashton Fitz-Gerarld one of our Master Trainers from Las Vegas provides answers to the common question regarding our collar. Do increased levels produce faster results?

“I would like to get a quicker response to commands like you and Fred get from your dogs. Should I increase the level on the remote? My dog works on level 1 & 2 right now.”

Levels are all relative to the dog and to the situation. Increasing the intensity on your remote may result in a faster response, but it is a very one sided approach. There is also a good chance that the opposite of what you want could happen. The dog may slow down. My guess is the latter would be the most likely to occur.
The main reason you see our dogs performing commands so quickly is two-fold:
Firstly, our dogs have a clear understanding of the collar language and what it means in terms of performance. If your dog doesn’t have this understanding, then even if the collar is set to the highest level he won’t respond the way you want.
The second reason is the dogs have a high level of desire to perform a given task. Our dogs are not robotic creatures that work without reward. We always offer the dogs a release to break them out and encourage animation, speed and focus.
There are also genetic factors that come into play, and a slow dog genetically is never going to be a blazing-fast dog. The limitations of the dog are always a factor.
All in all, it comes down to understanding on both ends of the leash. The dog must understand what you want clearly, and the handler must understand how to motivate the dog properly. Pressure simply impels the dog and enhances clarity.
We have many great videos demonstrating the clarity and understanding that our dogs demonstrate, but the video below in particular is great for showing just an average day of training at the dog park with my two dogs.

In this clip you’ll see that in every sequence I have my dogs do, there is a toy involved of somewhere. This is their release. My dogs love toys, food, interaction, ANYTHING. They are high-drive dogs, and as such I tap into that drive in training. By linking commands with something of desire to them, they develop a strong desire to perform certain commands. Obviously I’m using a Sit Means Sit Dog Collar with my dogs in the park. This is my attention tool, which enhances anything I do in any other avenue.
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