Phone Book Exercise / Training
PHONE BOOK- OR it can be anything that won't really move- a hard back large book is fine
too to start. You will eventually want to get an old phone book, duct tape it and then it won't
move and you can take it anywhere!
CLICKER TRAIN GO TO THE PHONEBOOK OR LARGE BOOK. The first session plan
1/2 hour of training time.
Get your dogs cookies ready in a bag or bowl. GET YOUR CLICKER. (can use dinner /
kibble for this if needed but do when dog is hungry only) Limit the distractions in the
environment (no other dogs working, no toys for them to reach, or put a longer leash on
them) Put phone book down about 6 to 10 feet away from the couch. The instant I set
down the phone book the dog should sniff it- CLICK TREAT THAT if they do!!!! Go sit on
the couch- you are no longer moving!!! Click and treat anything and I mean anything at first
that is looking, moving towards the phonebook. Start with very small behaviors- a look in
the general direction or even just looking away from you. AFTER dog does behavior then
toss cookie about 1 foot away from you towards phonebook. Start to gradually increase
what they need to do in order to earn the click. Be generous at first and then increase your
criteria. One foot movement gets a click cookie, two feet moving, two feet, three feet, three
feet, four feet, five feet, four feet (make it easier sometimes) six feet moving.......(SIX
STEPS OR FOOT MOVEMENT) YOU CAN NOT LURE THEM TO THE PHONEBOOK BY
THROWING THE COOKIE TOWARDS IT> THAT WILL NOT WORK!!! SO DON'T DO
IT!!! The dog will train you faster that way!!! YOU ARE IN CHARGE and you are the
TRAINER!!! Make them do something first!
Keep a training journal- write down what happens or email me with your questions.