– My name’s Michael Garden. I’m the head trainer at Eastern Companion Dog Training. I also run the dog boarding school here at Abba Boarding Kennels in Dandenong South in Melbourne, Australia. In the dog boarding school, one of things we train for is what we call real life obedient. We want a dog that’s obedient in real life, not just under certain circumstances and all our commands are taught until they’re told not to. I’ve placed Arwin into a sit and she’ll remain there until I tell her free, that she’s now free to go. She can sit there if she chooses, but she’s now free to go. When I’m ready, I can re-command her, ZA, which is a sit command. She then goes into that sit position, and I tell her how good she is.
She’ll now remain there even if I try and pull her and drag her out until I tell her free. It’s a clear end signal to say to her that she doesn’t have to do it any longer, that the dogs do it from the moment I tell them to do it until I tell them not to. A clear start and an end to the exercise making it much clearer for the dogs to understand what is required, and that they’re to do it until they’re told not to.
You’re very good, aren’t you? You’re such a clever dog, such a clever dog.
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