This month we continue our WHOA command training program with Lesson # 3 from Paul Long’s, “Training Pointing Dogs”. If you missed the first two lessons, go to March and April’s tips respectively.
Your dog should now be on the 30-foot check cord. Start by spending a few minutes on Lesson # 1 then proceeding to Lesson # 2. You should always start your WHOA command training with the previous lessons to remind the dog what he has already learned. Now after heeling and whoaing, step to the front at a 45-degree angle. If you step directly in front of the dog, he most likely will follow you as you have trained him to do so in Lesson # 1. In going 45 degrees to front shows him something a new. Use the procedure learned in Lesson # 2 until the results are achieved. Then you can proceed to walk straight in front of the dog. Keep repeating until you can walk all around the dog. Repetitive drill is all that is needed to make your dog stand at the command WHOA, no matter where you move. Now, with check cord on ground, move out 25, 50 to 100 feet. Your dog should remain in place until you give him a command to move. If he doesn’t, go back to the previous lesson.
Now is a good time to add the recall (HERE/COME previously learned)) command to your drill. You are now beginning to get complete control of your dog. Stop by again next month for Lesson # 4. See you then.
CJ, Shawnee & Duchess