How Susan Garrett Makes Dog Training = FUN!

Susan Garrett’s entire dog training foundation is built on one philosophy:  You can achieve great and effective training by simply playing with your dog.  It is her mission to teach the world that training can be fun, for both people and animals!  Dog training shouldn’t be a chore.  It should be a time that you enjoy with your dogs; and time that they enjoy spending with you!

It is this philosophy that Susan Garret practices with her own dogs at home, and it is this philosophy that has helped her win 2 World Championships, 15 US Championships, and 10 Canadian Championships in the sport of dog agility.  Susan’s success in the agility ring can be attributed to the special bond she shares with her dogs.  She understands their needs, she analyzes the reasons behind their actions, and then she caters her training to support those observations.  She determines what the dog values, and then she uses games to show the dog that he can get exactly what he loves most, just by playing with YOU and making the right choices!

Susan Garrett teaches her training methods through online courses such as The 5 Minute Formula to a Brilliant Recall (a.k.a. Recallers), Puppy Peaks, and Say Yes to Contact Success.  Click the titles of the courses to learn more about the next course start date.

 

Give this Easy Game a Try: It’sYerChoice

All of Susan’s dog training is based on two key principles: Value & Choice. Use this easy game to prove to yourself how dog training with play & mutual respect can be.

1.)  Find something of great value to your dog (a few pieces of cheese, his favorite treat) and create an environment that will eventually encourage him to make the right choice (which is what you want) before you give him his reward (which is what he wants).
2.)  Get comfortable.  Grab a cold drink and a chair and settle in to wait until your dog offers the behaviour that you want from him. Close your hand around the “treat” and hold it out so your dog can sniff your hand, lick your hand, nibble at your hand but NOT get the treat.
3.)  Wait until he stops TRYING to get to the treat, and then you can give him a peice of it.
Lesson One is a very zen-like lesson for your dog:  In order to get what you want you must first do what I want!

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