Dogs often get stressed and go down in drive when their owners grab their collars. The fact is owners often need to take a dog by his collar in a number of the various dog sports: Agility, Obedience, Schutzhund, Mondio etc.
This short DVD shows how to teach a dog the collar grab using markers. It results in the dogs looking at the owners grabbing the collars as a positive thing.
I've taught my dog this command as well as shelter dogs I've worked with as a volunteer. However, this video was helpful in refining the training technique and I believe it is more effective than what I was previously doing. It seems to take a good bit of coordination and timing on the handler's part but Cindy makes it look easy. I appreciate being given two separate approaches: luring and shaping. Most trainers are almost religious in their advocacy of one or the other. It's always good to have as many options as possible. Thanks!
Written on March 12, 2012