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Level 2 Manual

Level 2 Obedience Manual

 

Level 2 Obedience is for non reactive dogs over 16 weeks of age.  The following manual is a guide to successful running of this course.  Key commands are used to prompt clients what they are supposed be doing during the command.  Activities such as weaving can be incorporated into class if time allows.

 

What is covered in this course?

* Stop * Come and Go to the Mat * Drop from the side with a Hand Signal * Sit from the side with a Hand Signal * Stand from Sit on the side * Stand from Drop on the side * Heel Focus * Sit from in front with the hand signal * Drop from in front with a hand signal * Stand from sit in front * Stand from in front from drop * Leave it * First aid Level 1

 

Equipment Required

 

* 6 Business branded XL Training Mats

* Training Lead

* Water Dispenser

* Access cards to access the training videos

* Level 1 First aid Booklets

* Safety Pack (Spray and Cattle Prod) in side pack

 

 

Prior to Start of Class Week 1 only

 

* Send a text to all class clients ensuring they know the start time and location – what they need to bring including their dog and that you look forward to meeting them.  This is to ensure there is no misinterpretation of the automated message/email that goes out to clients when they book.

* There is information collected at the time of booking about each dog – preview prior to the start of class.

* Once the first class has finished if you are a company trainer you will need to enter any stock sold into XERO for admin.

* If you are a franchisee ensure all payments stock payments have gone through your own payment methods as you have already purchased the stock.

 

 

 

Class Starts – Week 1

 

* Do a site check to ensure a safe environment – complete site check form and submit to the office for filing.

* Set up class site ready for clients.

* Greet clients as they arrive and check dog’s equipment that is on them – We do not allow any other halters than the ones we use due to safety concerns and damage to neck muscles.

* Once all clients have arrived start class.

* Each command will need to be demonstrated by using your own dog or a client’s dog.

* Ensure each client gets the appropriate Video Card and your Business card.

 

 

In depth Description of Week 1 Commands.

 

Stop

 

Key command used in class

“Releasing your dog with the free command – then say STOP”

  1. Whilst remaining holding the lead give your dog the free command so that it can move freely.
  2. Ensure there is plenty of space between clients!
  3. As the dog is moving forward give a little “pop” on the lead whilst saying the word STOP.
  4. This should get the dog to stand still momentarily
  5. Reward this behaviour
  6. Build duration and speed by using successive approximations and rewards.

 

Come and Go to a Mat

 

Key command used in class

“On the Mat”or “Free” – but at a distance.

  1. This is the same as in Level 1 Obedience except that now we are building distance.
  2. Start at distance from the mat and move toward the mat.
  3. Slight momentum should build, and you will stop before you get to the mat but not the dog.
  4. Your arm will be pointing to the mat and the momentum for the dog should be enough coercion to continue to the mat.
  5. If the dog stops short correct the behaviour. You may have started to far out and need to start closer and build distance.
  6. To Free the dog from the mat – you will be at a further distance from the mat.
  7. You will give the dog the free command and if they have practised from level 1 the dog will leave the mat and move to the owner
  8. Reward for the correct behaviour – if the dog does not then give a quick pull on the lead to indicate the required behaviour.
  9. Practice at close up the same as in level 1 may be required.

 

Drop from Side with Hand Signal

 

Key command used in class

“Drop from the side with a hand signal”

  1. The dog should already be proficient at drop with one finger on the collar.
  2. From the sit position the left hand will be on the collar whilst the right hand will be in front of the dog’s face – palm down and horizontal to the ground.
  3. The two hands need to move at the same speed downwards whilst you say the word Drop.
  4. Reward the dog for the correct behaviour.

 

Sit from Side with Hand Signal

 

Key command used in class

“Sit from the side with a Hand Signal”

  1. The dog should already be proficient at the sit command.
  2. From walking you will be lifting the lead up with the left hand as you say the word sit.
  3. At the same time your right hand will be making a scooping motion upwards in front of the dogs’ face – the palm needs to be upwards and horizontal to the ground.
  4. The movement of both hands needs to be coordinated at the same time.
  5. Reward the dog for the correct behaviour.

 

Class Starts – Week 2

 

* Do a site check to ensure a safe environment – complete site check form and submit to the office for filing.

* Set up class site ready for clients.

* Greet clients as they arrive and check fit of halters on dogs.

* Once all clients have arrived start class.

* Each command will need to be demonstrated by using your own dog or a client’s dog.

 

In depth Description of Week 2 Commands.

 

Stand from Sit at the Side

 

Key command used in class

“Shorten the lead in the left hand in front of the face – move it forward with the command STAND”

  1. Once the dog is in the sit position – shorten the lead in the left hand so that it is wrapped over the hand.
  2. The palm of your hand should be facing outward and be horizontal to the ground and in front of the dogs’ face.
  3. The dog already knows stand from Level 1 so as you move the lead forward it will pull on the dog and coerce them forward as you say the word STAND
  4. Do not let them continue to walk forward – the movement should be just enough to get them to be upright.
  5. Reward for correct behaviour.

 

Stand from Drop at the Side

 

Key command used in class

“Shorten the lead in the left hand in front of the face – move it forward with the command STAND”

  1. Once the dog is in the drop position – shorten the lead in the left hand so that it is wrapped over the hand.
  2. The palm of your hand should be facing outward and be horizontal to the ground and in front of the dogs’ face.
  3. The dog already knows stand from Level 1 so as you move the lead forward it will pull on the dog and coerce them forward as you say the word STAND
  4. Do not let them continue to walk forward – the movement should be just enough to get them to be upright.
  5. Reward for correct behaviour.

 

Heel Focus

 

No Key command used in class – Demonstration required

  1. This exercise is to teach the dog to watch the owner’s legs. Heel the dog off and as you change direction to either side you will be giving small corrections on the lead.
  2. This can be counted out 1 – 2 – 3 for every 90 degrees of turning and needs to be fast and succinct.
  3. Humans tend to pull, and this must be avoided.
  4. Once the human gets better at this the dog will start to respond.
  5. Then we give a little more slack on the lead and give the dog a one second opportunity for the dog to voluntarily turn with the human. It is important to do this slowly, so the dog can succeed.  If the dog does then reward if the dog does not, then correct the behaviour and try again.
  6. You can use poles or any series of upright objects to practice around in addition to just turning.

 

Sit from in Front with a Hand Signal

 

Key command used in class

“Placing the lead in the palm facing upwards – Lift the lead up with the command SIT”

  1. This can be done from the drop or stand. With the dog in position then you need to be out in front of your dog.
  2. Your left hand will be holding the lead.
  3. Your right hand will move from beside you upwards with your palm facing upwards out in an outstretched position. As it connects to the lead it will coerce the dog upwards into a sitting position.
  4. You will need to say the word sit at the same time.

 

Class Starts – Week 3

 

* Do a site check to ensure a safe environment – complete site check form and submit to the office for filing.

* Set up class site ready for clients.

* Greet clients as they arrive and check fit of halters on dogs.

* Once all clients have arrived start class.

* Each command will need to be demonstrated by using your own dog or a client’s dog.

 

In depth Description of Week 3 Commands.

 

Drop from in Front with a Hand Signal

 

Key command used in class

“Standing in front of your dog – Get them to drop using a hand signal”

  1. This can be done from the sit or stand. With the dog in position then you need to be out in front of your dog.
  2. Your left hand will be holding the lead.
  3. Your right hand will move from beside you downwards with your palm facing downwards out in an outstretched position. As it connects to the lead it will coerce the dog downwards into a Drop position.
  4. You will need to say the word DROP at the same time.

 

Stand from Sit from in Front

 

Key command used in class

“Standing in front of your dog – Give them the hand signal at your side with the command STAND”

  1. From the SIT position. With the dog in position then you need to be out in front of your dog.
  2. Your left hand will be holding the lead.
  3. Your right hand will move to form a little stop signal to the side of your body with your palm facing the dog and your hand horizontal to the ground.
  4. As you do this hand signal you will say the word STAND and gently pull the lead forward with the left hand enough for the dog to move upright.
  5. You will need to be close enough to the dog that the dog does not walk forward.
  6. Reward for the correct behaviour.

 

Stand from Drop from in Front

 

Key command used in class

“Standing in front of your dog – Give them the hand signal at your side with the command STAND”

  1. From the DROP position. With the dog in position then you need to be out in front of your dog.
  2. Your left hand will be holding the lead.
  3. Your right hand will move to form a little stop signal to the side of your body with your palm facing the dog and your hand horizontal to the ground.
  4. As you do this hand signal you will say the word STAND and gently pull the lead forward with the left hand enough for the dog to move upright.
  5. You will need to be close enough to the dog that the dog does not walk forward.
  6. Reward for the correct behaviour.

 

Leave it

 

Key command used in class

“As we walk along past the object give the command LEAVE IT”

  1. This is supposed to be an emergency command only – the default behaviour should not be touch stuff unless instructed or in free time.
  2. Place the object of desire on the ground ie food.
  3. Walk the dog past the object if the dog goes to consume then give a short sharp correction on the lead and say the words LEAVE IT and continue walking.
  4. Repeat this exercise – when the dog does not go to touch the object and walks past then significantly reward the behaviour.

 

Class Starts – Week 4

 

* Do a site check to ensure a safe environment – complete site check form and submit to the office for filing.

* Set up class site ready for clients.

* Greet clients as they arrive and check fit of halters on dogs.

* Once all clients have arrived start class.

* Each command will need to be demonstrated by using your own dog or a client’s dog.

 

 

In depth Description of Week 4 Commands.

 

First Aid Level 1

 

  1. You will need the information booklets for Level 1 First Aid to give to the clients
  2. Sit down with the clients and go step by step and demonstrate with a dog the basic first aid.

 

Graduation

  • Photo time with dogs and owners.
  • Ask permission for photos to be taken and uploaded particularly when children are in photos.
  • Caps, Certificates and Magnets
  • Clients often ask if their dog is ready for level 3; the only criteria is the dog must be able to do these exercises as we start moving commands in Level 3.

After Course

  • Once class has finished if you are a company trainer then
    • Photos are to be Uploaded to dogtraining101 Facebook page.
    • Names of dogs and location in 1 must be with the photos on the post
    • All stock must be paid for on the 1st week of training.
    • Remember to ask all clients for a review.
  • If you are a Franchise Owner then email the above details to admin and they will upload them Monday morning and ask clients if they would like a copy sooner which you can text to them.
  • Ask for a review also on the dogtraining101 page or on google.