Attention All Puppy Owners - Please Purchase / Read
I highly recommend this book! It explains how puppies speak to us, if we understand that then we can better speak to them in a way that helps them figure out what their person needs from them. The book can be ordered via google search - there is a link below to Amazon.
Attention All Puppy Owners - Please Purchase / Watch
As mentioned multiple times on this website, I highly recommend Absolute Dogs as a great training resource. They offer a complete training package with DVDs and downloadable videos, books and have an informational training and resource website.
Tom and Lauren have developed some outstanding games that are also fun, quick and they really work! Their training videos are worth every penny as the 3 minute games make teaching and developing so much fun for both you and the puppy. Ditching the food bowl and playing a 3 minute game seals the bond between family members and their pup and adds consistency to all handling in the family.
Trainer Nancy Tanner of Paws and People, lives in Bozeman, MT, does Freestyle Dancing, Herding, Triebball and Agility with her Border Collies. This is such a great way to teach a puppy manners without butting heads....great for active puppies. She has a school in Bozeman and does private and group classes. Her website has hundreds of articles on health, vaccines, diet, and training. You can find hundreds of training videos on her YouTube channel. She has a great approach, kind and fair.
Link to Nancy Tanner's video "CALM gets everything, PUSHY gets nothing" on YouTube:
John Pilley says that Chaser understands two concepts: (1) that objects have names and (2) she has learned cues (find, chase, shake, and put ...into tub) that associate names to object.
John Pilley uses play/fun/praise as rewards to strengthen Chaser's memory of the name. And he employs a structured way of giving cues. He will say "Chaser, this is _____", then he'll say the name of object. He'll spend 2 days per toy in 3-4 minute training sessions (which are essentially play with the dog and the toy). All other toys are put away during this time. He repeats the 3-4 minute sessions multiple times each day for 2 days. Chaser has learned over 1,000 names (of toys I believe). She's tested monthly with random toys from the total # of toys and has a high rate of memory. Pretty interesting way to train to connect emotion with memory through play (instead of treats). Then it's good bonding time and great mental stimulation for the dog.
I also randomly look for sheep herding videos on line and found this one by Thomas Longton. He has a nice way of explaining things in a quiet relaxed manner.