Watch This Video and Learn How to CALM a HYPER Puppy OR Excite a Lazy Dog Using FOOD
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Do you have a pushy dog, a hyper puppy, or a dog that likes to jump all over you? Does your dog lack focus, not listen or pay attention? If so, then this video is for you!
Two Powerful Ways to Use Food in Training
Learn How to CALM a HYPER Puppy using food. In this video, I’m going to teach you how to take the hyper, pushy dog and get him to calm down and start using his brain. And I’m going to do that with food and the least amount of punishment possible. You’re going to see me doing not much at all, I’ll be sitting while training and I’m going to use food as a distraction. So, not only am I going to be getting this hyper dog to start thinking and to start doing alternate behaviors to get what he wants, but I’m going to be distracting the dog with food at the same time. You’ll learn the whole process of how you can use food to actually calm a dog down! I’ll also so you how you can use food to get a dog more jacked up and excited.
The main purpose of this video is to show you there are multiple uses of food. I think you’re really going to enjoy it; especially if you have a hyper puppy or even a lazy dog.
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How to CALM a HYPER Puppy Using Food OR Excite a Lazy Dog Using Food.
- A lot of people, including dog trainers say “I don’t use food in training because it makes the dog too crazy.” This is a common misconception. When food is used properly you can actually calm a dog down and even create a thinking dog.
- The weak dog with a low drive must become pushier to eat and the high drive, the pushy dog must calm down to eat. Nature teaches us this. Puppies learn quickly that in order to eat, they must have become pushy enough to get a spot to nurse amongst the littermates. If it’s too aggressive and bites mom’s nipples, she’s going to correct that behaviour. If a puppy is weak and unmotivated there will be no food.
- How do you calm a dog down using food? Make him think!
- The dog must learn: Ignore the reward to get the reward. What I look for is behaviour; the dog must ignore the food in my hand and look into my eyes to get the food. Offer predictable “room service” and feed the dog for the desired behaviour of sitting and being calm. This is referred to as a direct reward.
- Why are dogs pushy and jumpy? It’s because you reinforce it by making a game of it by pushing them down.
- It’s better to train a dog that is thinking not just reacting.
- This training is not a quick fix method but it will develop a solid, strong behaviour while still maintaining a good, solid, happy dog.
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How to CALM a HYPER Puppy Using Food OR Excite a Lazy Dog Using FOOD
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Hey everybody, it’s Duke Ferguson, owner, CEO, and master trainer of Unleashed potential K9 and creator of Dog Training Genesis. If you have a pushy dog, a hyper dog, a dog that likes to jump all over you and steal things and not focus and not pay attention and not listen – just outright crazy. Then this video is for you! In this video, I’m going to teach you how to take that type of dog and get them to start thinking using the brain. And I’m gonna use that with food and the least amount of punishment possible. And while you watch, you’re going to see me doing not very much at all, talking to the camera and the food I’m going to use as a distraction. So not only am I going to be getting this hyper dog to start thinking and to start doing alternate behaviours, to get what they want, but I’m going to be distracting the dog with food at the same time. And I’m going to explain to you the whole process of how you can use food to actually calm a dog down. And I’ll actually explain how you can use food to get a dog more jacked up and excited. The main purpose of this video is just to show you there are multiple uses of food. And I think you’re really going to enjoy it, especially if you have one of those dogs. Alright, see in the video.
So a lot of trainers, and a lot of people, not just trainers and people may say, “I don’t use food because it makes them too crazy”. Right. And you must understand, actually, can you come over here? And we’re going to flip around for a sec for the board.
Using food. Okay. Do you have a high dog? Not a pot high but a strong pushy food-drive And this is the balanced line that you want of a medium, like level-headed or even a weak dog, right? Uh, just kind of like a low, weak, uh, this weak dog must become pushier to eat. The high crazy nutbar needs to calm down and use their brain to eat. This isn’t “bro” science. This is mother nature. If this dog comes rambunctiously in there at the little puppy age, bites mommy’s nipples. She’s going to tell him, hey, you’re not eating today. If the little one is too weak, doesn’t get in there. Maybe there’s how many nipples and how many puppies you don’t eat today ’cause you weren’t pushy enough. Does it make sense? And food works for this and works for this but some people are like, no, it makes them too hectic this dog wants food, right?
It’s begging for food. And people say, Oh, never reward begging behaviour. bull, I say reward begging don’t reward this. So what I need to do, I can do lots of stuff. Most people are going to ask, how do you correct that? How do you punish it? And you could, you can do kinds of things. It’s a nine-month-old dog, so you can do that it’s not a puppy actually. So, you see, we teach certain things. So I’m going to just try something, for example, bring him some food, right. And I’ll amp the dog up. It’s not hard. That’s what the dogs learn. But that’s a drive, and a lot of people say, how do I friggin calm him down? Right. Okay. Make him think. So he’s already kind of had a little process of thinking just with my free videos. So if I sit here and I have the food. I can make him calmer by making him think, okay. Now I can either let him do this and be pushy, pushy, pushy, pushy, pushy. Right? And he learns being pushy I’ll starve to death. So he thinks, how do I get the food, but I’m not going to let him starve to death in a sense, but he will if he’s not paying attention, this is not paying attention. This is going by all the reinforcement that he’s had. And he’s learned to do this, to get what he wants. Now, the other thing I can do is I can do what’s called negative punishment. What’s an evil thing, right? Which I just don’t pull away. Bring it back.
I can make him calmer by making him think
Until he’s calmer. If he paws at the hand, I pull it away. And I come back. What I do look for is behaviour. I want you to look into my eyes, look at him, he so focused on food, how am I going to look in my eyes? Right? This might take a while, but this dog, he’s never had any training ever in a sense. High food drive builds up. Maybe he sits there and calms down. Maybe I don’t get him so that he’s calmer. Did you see that? Break! See he looked into my eyes. I don’t have to do anything. Lazy dog training, positive training is lazy dog training. He lays down, “Break”. Get him to think, how do I get the food? Do I jump to get the food? No, I won’t go hungry by being pushy, pushy to get the food. No! So when he does that, look, he’s already learning
I’m not doing anything. I’m talking to the camera. I don’t have to punish him. If he jumped on me, I could stand up and say, don’t touch me. So let’s do something a little deeper. This is deeper practice. Now his freaking brain is working. I’m not luring nobody needs to do that cheerleading crap. He’s all over me and I say “hey” That’s a little bit better. Nice and calm. There’s your food. There it is there. What are you going to do to get it? He’s already starting to lay down. I want him to look into my eyes. So he’s exploring options. Why are they pushy? Why are they jumpy? Because you reinforce it by pushing them down and playing games. I’m going to reward this since he’s calm. “Break” He’s calm, you see that part? his mind was thinking. I’ll up the criteria later. So you still got that emotion so that every other day that goes by. “break” Dog uses his brain and gets smart. Do nothing.
Why are they pushy? Why are they jumpy? Because you reinforce it by pushing them down and playing games.
So just sit there and do nothing. Sometimes, you get the patience to do it. I want eye contact. I don’t care if he sits or down, I want eye contact. I’m going to get them all amped up again. Right? Just to see it. See how people could be. It gets worse. If he stays crazy long-term this is what he’s used to doing. Give me that, give me that, and he gets what he wants for the most part he’s right in there. Right? Pushing. And like I said, pulling away is negative punishment. Butt on the ground gives food. Paws – pulls things away. When you go for it, you push it away. When your ass is on the ground, it comes to you. It’s just a hot coal game. Okay? So I am doing a little bit of activity saying break and releasing him. And that actually keeps them active and high sometimes. If I want him super calm, if I want him just to sit there and be calm, I will give room service, which is a direct reward. Alright?
We’ll get him to do a sit or down and then I’ll show you what I mean by direct reward. This is predictable. It will be predictable. Every time I use it to get to that safe, predictable reward will calm him down because he knows. I’m not creating a break in the activity. I want to happy high drive dog. I want a dog thinking, look he’s not jumping on me anymore. I want to throw it and have him come back for it. I just liked the activity with the dogs.
So feed, feed. “Good” means stay in behaviour. You don’t have to use that word. A lot of people are like, Oh, you’re just baiting the dog. I just want to be calm. So just pause for now. As I talk to you, let’s be calm. I’d rather that than getting raked (clawed), know good Lord. See how he’s coming around and I’ve got the food right there and he’s not even jumping for it anymore. And he’ll forget. I don’t care if he moves, I didn’t tell him to lay down. I didn’t tell him to sit. I want him to calm down and I have food. I have high-value food. Watch, I’m going to actually. I’m going to get him going because I want him to learn every time I get crazy
I’m not asking for obedience. I’m asking to use his brain, that’s it. Negative punishment. Right there folks. if you think punishment is bad, oh, poor boy. I don’t ask for obedience. I’m asking for him to use his brain. He’s not jumping on me anymore. Isn’t that funny? Here’s food. Here and here, and this side and this side. It’s crazy.
I’m not asking for obedience. I’m asking him to use his brain, that’s it.
Notice the pushiness is less and the wheels are turning, “Good” Predictable, direct room service calms him down. Now I’m going to do some active training. Okay, to tire him out. I’m not going to step on the leash. Now, does that make sense? Jumping on it comes back to me. Now I can start training a recall if I want to. He’s now, sees, me I like to train a dog that’s actually thinking, not just reacting. I’ll react to the dog. He thinks he’s the one in control. He’s not. “Break” And that’s the release that will keep him a little stimulated, that keeps them happy. That builds dopamine and builds a love for the behaviour. So if you want a calm dog – room service – predictable, for now. You don’t do this constantly forever. He’s going to learn to be calm. You might have to give high rates of reinforcement or else if you are too slow he will mess up like that.
Me, I like to train a dog that’s actually thinking, not just reacting. I’ll react to the dog. He thinks he’s the one in control. He’s not.
High rates, high rates, then – slow it down. Instead of every second, every two seconds, then every three seconds and every four seconds. See that? Pulling away for Sarah but the only way you eat today or tomorrow. Get his attention. He’s crazy, I love it! Just make sense. The leash is only there so he can’t get away. I just made my fish tank smaller. See this harness? Throw the thing away! That’s why he pulls like crazy on the leash. When he hit the end of the leash there with something on the neck it will give him a little bonk and gets him back to me and smartens him up to pay attention. Now I can start training him to think do whatever I want. I’m actually not training him in any obedience, I’m not giving any commands, I’m just saying use your brain. “Break” He looks in my eyes. There’s food here. If he goes after it, he doesn’t eat, he sits and thinks he looks at my eyes. Here’s the thing. Ignore reward, think about something. Do, to get the reward. Ignore reward in order to get the reward. I don’t lure a lot, you know, I lure a little bit when I need to but it’s not needed. Simple.
Ignore reward in order to get the reward. That’s how you calm a hyper puppy using food.
Okay. I hope you enjoyed this video as much as I enjoyed making it for you. And I hope you can take something that’s relevant out of there, a nugget or two, just replay the video if you want to and start applying that to your dog right away, you will see the dog start to think and the dogs start to respond. Provided you’ve got, I’m going to give you some three extra tips here provided you have three keys that are really important and your training, your timing’s gotta be good. You gotta be very consistent in a lifestyle with this, how you live with your dog trains your dog and the dog needs to be motivated to care. It needs to be motivated by what you have. Okay. Now you don’t have to distract your dog as I did in the video. I just want to show you an example.
This video is not a quick fix method. Okay. But I do find that it is rooted really deep in getting a really solid, strong behaviour and still maintaining a good, solid, happy, positive attitude with your dog. And it’s less risky. Okay. There are other methods that I can apply and show you. And I will do it in other videos of how you might be able to do this a little bit quicker, but this one, this one’s hard to screw up and it’s really tough to cause problems in your training if you will. All right. So thank you for watching. And if you’re looking for a trainer to help you with your dog an Unleashed Potential trainer or trainer you can trust, just check out our website unleashedpotential.ca I have trainers in Canada, in the United States. And we would love to help you. If there’s no trainer, Unleashed Potential trainer in your area.
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