Clicker training is a great form of communication between you and your dog (or other animal you are working with)…it’s a way to let them know when they are doing the right things or what is expected of them.
If you have a dog that is trained to go potty outside only, there are many options for you to choose from when deciding what to do onboard a boat.
My preferred option for giving your pup a place to go that will seem natural and meet your sanitation needs is the Pup Head™ by Pup Gear, available at www.YachtDogs.org.
The slapping water against the hull of your boat, as you rock back and forth in the bay, lulls your mind to a quiet, peaceful place. You’ve anchored down for the night, the kids are all snuggled safely in their bunks and your spouse is snoring softly beside you.
It is always a lot of fun and laughter when we take the dogs swimming! We usually end up soaked even more than the dogs do!
One of the places I hold classes at, BowWow Fun Towne, a great doggie daycare in Kenmore, WA
One of the exercises on the first week of class is to sit and observe your dog for 3 minutes. The point is to be more aware that of what behaviors your dog is doing at any given moment. As trainers, we refer to this as “splitting” behaviors as opposed to “lumping” them together.
Sean, a sixth grader this year, has Autism and is extremely smart, but lacks focus. The calm way he approaches and confidently practices sits and downs with Brooke is 180 degrees different than it was last year.
Six months ago, he would barely participate in training. When he did he would be waving his hands wildly or tossing treats around sporadically, confusing poor Brooke and getting little results.