Key points: Getting Dog's Attention; Loose Lead Walking; Sits & What is Reward Based Training?

The following is an overview of the training exercises and discussion topics covered during Week 1:


  •     How to settle your dogResponsible Dog Ownership Attendance Certificate
  •     Check dog's training equipment and record attendance
  •     Welcome and introduction
    •         ESDTC Responsible Dog Ownership program and objectives
    •         What is "Responsible Dog Ownership"?
    •         Attendance requirements to gain Achievement Certificate
    •         Training method is used - positive, motivational reward based training
    •         Instructors give time freely and their only reward is to see your dog improve
    •         Reminder, Instructors can give you advice on how to train your dog but the main task is yours
    •         Time and effort you put into training over next 6 weeks will show in the way your dog improves.

New exercises:

  •     Name Recognition and Watch Me: Use name (voice tone) and lure, to gain attention - don't tug on lead
  •     Sit: Use food lure, right hand signal and voice command. Working towards automatic sits whenever owner stops.

Discussion - How dogs learn:

  •     Dogs learn by repetition of pleasant experience
  •     Dogs learn best by positive reinforcement
  •     Behaviour which is not reinforced or rewarded gradually disappears.

Discussion - Reward based training:

  •     Use food as a motivator and reinforcer with praise
  •     What foods to use, the higher the value the more willing your dog will work
  •     Use food as a lure to gain and teach behaviours
  •     The appropriate way to use food in training and management of your dog's food intake to avoid over feeding. Do not feed your dog prior to training
  •     Use a treat pouch when training with food
  •     Goal is to fade treat out to visual and/or verbal cue and replace with praise.

New exercises:

  •     Loose Lead Walking: Use lure, left hand signal and voice command. Working towards close Heeling, with dog beside your left leg. If dog pulls, stop and wait for tension in lead to slacken and/or use food to lure dog back to your side before setting off again.
  •     Right About Turn: Use dog's name to gain attention and food to lure as you turn right about and bring dog (clockwise) around you.
  •     Sit on halts: Lure into position, use hand signal and voice command

Discussion - Club & Centennial Park Rules and facilities

Summarise and homework:

  •     Members to settle dogs beside them
  •     Recap the use of food as lure & reinforcer
  •     Recap all exercises and how much to practice at home – 10 minutes a day
  •     Remember, be patient and don't get frustrated. If frustrated, ask for a behaviour the dog knows and end training session on a positive note. Try new exercise later on that day or the next
  •     Remember: Training should be fun for you and the dog! Introduce play time before, during and after training. Dogs love play!

New exercise:

  • Take Dog Over Inspection Table: Lure dog onto table and straight off – do not force, halt or sit. Okay if your dog does not want go over – just let Club Helper know next week
  • Reminder: Inspection Line opens from 8:30 and training begins at 9am next Sunday!