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I’m always down for a challenge. When Abigail Witthauer‘s “No Cue November” came across my Facebook Page‘s newsfeed, from Positively.com, I was compelled to click. It’s a well thought out article.

Abigail points out how rude we are to our dogs. We tend to bark orders at them in short, choppy, sentences (hopefully using friendly voices). Between requests or cues we insert more one or two word phrases – “Yes! Good Boy! Okay. No. Wait! Whoops!”

We would not dare talk to our loved ones or coworkers the way we bark at our dogs. We mean well. We love our dogs after all.

I like to assume that I talk to my dogs more than most people. When I use complete sentences to direct my dogs I always try to keep things short, sticking to words my dogs already know. I also use a lot of hand signals with my dogs, pointing and sending cues silently.

Dog trainers tend to get stuck in this mechanical loop more than anyone . . . request – praise – request – correct – praise… It becomes automatic as working your dog becomes second nature.

There is a lot of communication going on. In addition to throwing hand signals and giving cues, I watch the dogs that I’m working with very closely. Every movement and facial expression means something. I try to pay careful attention to the shapes of dog’s faces as we’re training.

It seems as if there is no shortage of dog training methods out there. Poke around the internet long enough and you will find endless amounts of contradictory information. Moving away from the doggy dark ages, modern dog training methods encourage dog owners to have a positive and fun relationship with their dogs.

The methods in this article help to enhance the dog owner relationship by improving communication. More and more people are learning about the power of building their dog’s coaching plan around growing a rich relationship.

Abigail gives instructions on the Positively website, but to oversimplify the rules are:

Throw out all your traditional cues.
Give your dog requests and feedback in complete sentences.
Demonstrate tasks you want to teach, trying to encourage your canine student to mimic your actions.
It seems like a stretch, drawing out simple cues like “pick it up” and “sit“, lengthening them considerably to “Can you please pick it up for me?” or “Would you like to sit?” I know I was surprised at how receptive my own dogs were to this new way of making friendly requests.

When I ask dogs for behaviors using complete sentences, the smile on my face is automatic. Dogs are much more receptive to smiling faces then tense ones. It’s a fun exercise for everyone involved.

As I participate in this month’s “No Cue November Challenge” I look forward to seeing my own dogs in a new light. I strongly encourage you to check out Abigail’s original post on the Positively website and possibly even take this month off of your normal training routine to learn something new.

Stay tuned to CenTexDogs on Facebook to keep track of our “No Cue November” adventures.

Check out No Cue November here - https://positively.com/contributors/no-cue-november/

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As I lie awake, staring at the ceiling in our bedroom, feeling powerless to help, something became extremely clear to me. I can help. I have a skill that can save lives – dog training, but I also have access to quickly share my skill with the world – the internet.

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I make free dog training videos because well trained dogs are less likely to end up in shelters.

Check out more on my website at http://www.centexbalanceddogs.com
or my YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/centraltexasbalanceddogs
I am also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/centexdogs

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