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Cueing Routines from Engagement

Cueing Engagement

Putting engagement on cue is one of the most useful tools that any trainer can develop. This simple skill allows you to let your dog know when it is time to work and when it is time to just be a dog. In essence, you can create an on/off switch for your dog. This is especially important when it comes to sport dogs.

While a verbal cue such as “ready” works great for training, you are not always able to use verbal commands on the trial field. For this reason, we use different things within the environment, such as the equipment that your dog must wear during a trial, to cue engagement. We train our dogs that when certain equipment goes on or comes off, it is time to work. Being able to let your dog know when it is time to work by simply taking off a leash or putting on a harness could be the leg up that allows you and your dog to be standing on top of the podium at the end of the day.

In this short video taken from our online course, Engagement Skills with Forrest Micke, you will learn the basics of how and why we put engagement on cue and use that cue when walking onto a trial filed.

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Question: I have 2 German Shepherds and my female is scared of the male. She hides and barks when he is out. Any tips?

Hello. Sure love the information you all provide. It has helped me establish a solid relationship with my German Shepherd dogs. I have a question about having 2 German Shepherds at home. My 45 lb. spayed female is scared of our 90 lb. intact (but soon to be neutered) male. She hides and barks when he is out. As a result only one dog can be out at a time. Any tips for settling the female down? Thanks

Cindy's Response:

How old are both your dogs and how long have you had them?

Cindy Rhodes

More Information:

The female is 10 months and we have had her for 8 months.

The male is 9 months and we have had him for 2 months.

Cindy's Response:

I'd suggest going back to basics with the new dog as if you just brought him into your home. 
I would read the article Ed wrote on introducing dogs. Here is a video about this as well.  

I would not allow the newer dog to be loose, I'd work on teaching them both that you have certain rules and expectations of them. I'd suggest the video Pack Structure for the Family Pet.

Cindy Rhodes


Will do.  Thank you very much!!

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Introducing Dogs.

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