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Probably the most unheeded secret in dog training is TIME and PRACTICE. See how to plan it and get things polished up. **** Download the FREE Simpawtico Basic Gear Buyer’s Guide here:

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About this video: In this video Ian Stone from Simpawtico Dog Training talks about how a lack of planning and intelligent practice often leads to frustrating results. This “dog training secret” isn’t really much of a secret, as much of a spotlight on the steps most dog owners are missing. Take a look, and see if we can help you rethink your work with your dog!

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31 comments

  1. It never occurred to me to teach targeting before the whole walking shebang. I'm going to try it! We're having the most trouble with recall, but he also doesn't pay one lick of attention to me when we're walking. He's small, so the pulling is minimal. It's just obvious he has no awareness of where I am. I zig, he zags, I walk, he stops…you get the idea. I think targeting might work.

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  2. Our dog just doesn't want to listen or obey vocal commands…of any kind. …sigh….

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  3. Love your videos. Quick question. We just adopted a 7-month-old West Highland Terrier. She gets excited when someone comes in the door and has little accidents when she greets them. Would teaching her to sit for petting like you mentioned in your video help with this?

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  4. Do you check your social media mailboxes? I'm having a pup related training problem and I'm working really hard to reslove it (using all your tips) but I thought maybe you could give me some insite so I DMed you on Instagram and nobody ever got back to me. I understand you're busy though.

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  5. Hello ! Very very nice video😍! I have some questions:
    What is the difference between practice and repetition ?
    Also, when teaching a very energetic nine yo labrador to walk on the leash, does this means he cannot be walk outside except for potty ? I live in a appartment, 6th floor, he doesn't play fetch, tug, when given a ball, he plays all by himself and struggles really hard to concentrate when not exercised enough… so any tips on how to get him tired?
    I really want to teach him loose leash manners, and then move on recall… (he's a runner and run run without paying attention to us, i already had to go get him back in the shelter where i adopted him because he run away and someone brought him back…
    ID tag is my best friend)

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  6. My dog loves people but is very hand shy. I think if we tried this sitting for greeting, she would do well with a known person petting her, but when we upped the stakes to semi-known people or strangers, it could turn into negative reinforcement. I am separately working with her on her shyness with hands, so I don't want to derail that by using it as a reward while we work on sit for greeting.

    Would a good alternative be to have people she knows do the pet and maybe start with treats if it is a more unknown person?

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  7. So recently we adopted a one year old lab Shepard pit mix. He is great on the lease but when he sees people or dogs he gets excited and wants to play with them. How can o help him to not get distracted by people or animals on our walks

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  8. Awesome video! I have one question though regarding leash training my 6 month old dachshund – what do you recommend for luring him correctly? His nose is nowhere near my hand/lure as he's still petty small, but from what I gather from the video and the leash training material on your website (super informative, by the way!) his nose should connect with my hand. I'd need to bend my knees for that to happen 😬 any advice?

    Apart from that, so many thanks for your videos, my husband and I binge watched all of them before getting our little one and are going repeating them as we proceed with his training.

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  9. Thanks for your videos. They are packed full of useful information. Question: I have a 6 year old male Coton de Tulear who will not relax in the car. He shakes all over, pants, and stands for as long as possible. He scratch’s the door to keep the window down, which is not always possible. The dog sits in a harnessed dog seat and only in the back seat (the front seat yielded no change). The majority of rides are for his benefit, not just trips to the vet or groomer. When we arrive at our destination he starts yelping like a hyaena. He’s loud and inconsolable. My interpretation is excitement but he will not listen or stop. I’ve tried a long walk prior the ride, thinking he needs to be “empty” but no change. What progressive training may I use to alter this behavior. Thanks. Lisa M.

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  10. My seven year old Golden Retriever, surrendered by second owner 3 months ago, has two habits I cant live with: (1) addiction to tennis balls (2) digging in my yard. I am making progress with the tennis balls by teaching "lets play" ,retrieve, and wait for me to throw again. Not easy but better than before. Digging seems to be erratic: generally when I have not initiated the tennis ball retrieve game. Ideas?

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  11. Thanks so much for these videos. You’ve really helped me during my journey with my first pup!

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  12. If your teaching your dog not to pull on a leash in a "comfortable" environment does that mean no walks in an uncomfortable environment during teaching period.
    For example if you have a high energy dog that you walk daily but would like to teach to not pull does that mean you stop the daily walks for the 3-4 week teaching period?
    If so how else would you "De-energise" the dog without the daily walks using a leash ?

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  13. SUCH a good video – you really help to explain things in a novice-friendly way while remaining accurate in your information! You give real life examples and then motivate us to act! Thanks so much for all your work

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  14. Nyla my gsd dog does great at home when training her and is to excited when i take her to drop off the kids at school. She is getting better. It takes time and patience. She used to pull like crazy but i bought a prong collar and she dont pull anymore. When training in the house i have a loose leash but outside i need the prong collar. Recovering from a successful back surgery.

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  15. y0, i'm struggling with my bullterrier(male).. when he sees ball, balloon or cat – it's not good(wants to kill them)! also he is not friendly with other dogs (mostly male dogs)

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  16. Our big struggle is to stop/control the excitement when he sees other dog. When he sees other dog, no matter if he has leash or not, he runs towards to play. The problems are: not every dog is friendly, not every owner feels comfortable with that and he stops to pay attention to us, to the environment… He backs to us, if he gets scare, if we are not close, or after kills his curiosity about the other

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  17. Thanks so much for another great lesson. I am getting my lagotto in 5 weeks and you and Dr dunbar are my gurus. I just hope that if I need some help I will be able to find a trainer with the same philosophy as you to help me . (Just guessing that it's a little too far for you to do house calls in new zealand!)

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  18. Our struggle is jumping to greet friends/family who come over. He’s learned not to jump on us mainly because we take him outside shortly after arriving home, but family and friends he knows he gets really amped up.

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  19. Haha! Drop kick scenario…🤣 This is an awesome video! Great job relating to other professionals. Thank you!

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  20. Reaction when walking, counter surfing, and digging. We also struggle a bit when she is jazzed up with mouthing/jumping but a verbal correction usually puts her back on track. This video definitely gave me some new things to consider. I have been trying to phase in more distractions. We are at 1.75 years and I would have thought that her manners would be well in place by now. It's going a bit slower then I had hoped.
    How do you suggest you walk the dog or go anywhere in public while working on these issues?
    Do you suggest working on just one problem area at time?

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  21. I'm struggling with "hold".. I had already taught him to "get" toys out of my hand when playing tug and now he tries to play tug every time and drops the object when I let go. I've temporarily given up on trying to teach it. 🙁 This is a great video though!

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  22. Hooray, a new video!!

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  23. Awesome video…back to practicing for me. Thanks

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  24. what do you do with daily walks while still on firsts stages of traning and you practice inside or on driveway for days or weeks?

    do you just let the dog to pull outside then?

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  25. Awesome video, thanks for sharing 🇺🇸 now that we have moved to a place that is more practical for 3 dogs to be worked with I'll be watching more, and catching up on a few. Thanks for the video again, God bless, have a great day 🇺🇸

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  26. This vid came at THE perfect time. My 6 month old GS and I are working on proper manners when approaching people/dogs. We need to practice more around known people and get our rehearsal in check! Whew! There’s hope! 😉

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  27. We definitely are having a really hard time with pulling on leash. It's so-so with just us but then you add – another dog, another person, bunnies! Then it gets really bad… Which is hard because she is already 65lbs and I'm only 5'3" so I've had to get stronger just to hold her down. Also, I would just LOVE to have a dog that I can bring everywhere without being pulled in every which way and embarrassing myself.. So thanks for the tips! I think I'll try dialling it back down and doing more at home leash training. But here's a question, if you're starting from the beginning with an at home walk, does this mean they should not be walked outside at all during that time?

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  28. Thank you!

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  29. I have just the opposite problem. My GSD is perfect everywhere but within our complex. I can take him to street fairs with elbow to elbow people and dogs and he walks by my side on a loose leash perfectly. However, if I take him for a walk around where we live, he's constantly barking at every dog he sees and pulling on leash to try and chase after them. Same with people walking past the front door. He's earned his AKC STAR Puppy, CGC, basic, Intermediate and Advanced Trick certifications, passed therapy dog certification and now working on Agility. Just a good thing he doesn't have to be tested at home. 🙁

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  30. I've worked with my dog a lot to teach her how to walk without pulling, and she usually does great with it. But when I am walking with someone else, she pulls like she hasn't had an ounce of training in her life. I usually walk by myself. I wonder if the novelty of walking with someone is exciting, or she wants to be in front, or what?

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  31. That's my puppy!! I thought it was a distraction problem!

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