• Hi, my name’s Alpha!

  • I love playing fetch and squeaking the ball!

  • I’ve been stay at Club Pet Resorts for a while now, but have just started dog training.

  • My dad wants me to learn how to play dead!

  • I also have a tendency to bark at other dogs when I’m excited. The Club Pet Academy is teaching me to ignore my urges and focus on my handler (who gives me tasty treats!).


Alpha's Dog Training

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Dog Training Log

Dog Training Session 1

  • Alpha did absolutely fantastic today.

  • He progressed significantly faster than I had expected, so we will likely begin working on his leash reactivity soon.

  • We started by working on a down stay with Alpha. He is very familiar with this.

  • Next we worked on Alpha rolling on his side while laying.

    • To do this, gradually draw a treat from Alpha’s nose to his hip.

  • Alpha also learned the word “alive” for his release command from the down position.

Dog Training Session 2

  • Alpha did awesome again today!

  • We worked on him holding still while on his side.

  • We also started adding the word “bang” to when he lays his head to the side.

  • Finally, we removed treats for the “alive” release command. He caught onto this very quickly.

  • For fun, we also worked on a release command for the ball, out. He enjoyed playing fetch for little breaks during his sessions.

Dog Training Session 3

  • Alpha did really well today.

  • We focused on prolonging his stay when he was on his side. This was difficult for him, but he really enjoyed it.

    • He is at the point where you can stand up straight and take a half step away.

  • He was also able to almost automatically roll to his side when he laid down. This is what we are looking for!

  • Finally, we worked on his head placement. Making him lay it fully on the ground by holding the treat past his head, so he would have to look up at it (laterally) while laying down.

Dog Training Session 4

  • Today we focused on teaching Look and leash manners

  • Alpha is really smart going to pick up on it quickly.

    • Right now Alpha will look 90% of the time with treats present

  • Alpha pulled a lot and likes to jump when on leash

    • A gentle leader may be a good option if this continues as he progresses.

Dog Training Session 5

  • We had a great time training today!

  • We worked on look, again.

    • With treats present, Alpha was looking 90% of the time

    • Without treats present, Alpha was looking 80% of the time!

  • We continued working on his leash manners as well

    • Beginning in a low distraction area, he pulled a lot in the beginning of both session, but with a few “whoops’” I was able to regain his attention.

      • Every time he would pull, I’d say “whoops” and change direction. When he followed, I rewarded him with verbal and treat reinforcement.

    • He did a lot less jumping on the leash today as well!

    • While walking, I would ask Alpha  to look and he did 50% of the when asked.

      • This is really good for his 2nd leash manners session.

  • We will begin to add more distraction as he progresses

Dog Training Session 6

  • We had a great session!

  • We spent about 10 minutes on play dead. He now lays on the floor while I’m one step away until I say “alive” every time.

  • He looked 100% with treats and 90% of without treats.

  • I made sure not to let him out of his room until he was waiting calmly.

Then, we practiced leash manners. In the Club Pet Resort’s Penthouse Hallway.

  • Right out of his room he started biting the leash and jumping. I just started walking, gently pulling on the leash and rewarded when he started walking with me.

  • He definitely pulls at first but it only took me about a minute or two and a few circles to get him focused and walking at my side.

  • He looked 70% of the time when walking! He doesn’t hold it for more than a second yet though.

  • I started adding in a heel command when I turned away from him because I feel like Alpha needs a “job” while walking on top of eye contact.

Dog Training Session 7

  • We had a good first session of play dead but I think by the second session, he was over it. He was more interested in playing with his ball and I struggled to get him to down.

  • Overall, play dead looks great! I worked on keeping his head flat on the ground when “dead”. I rewarded when his head was on the ground and slowly tried to stand up straight without him lifting his head.

  • His leash manners were great! He understands heel and whenever I turn and say it, he follows.

  • We focused heavily on look, stationary and walking. He looks 100% of the time but needs practice with duration.

Dog Training Session 8

  • During today’s session we introduced the Gentle Leader (GL), we sized it, practiced putting it on and taking it off

  • Alpha did great for this! He wore it for 2 minutes straight without pawing!

  • Tonight I will feed him dinner wearing the GL to develop a positive association with it.

  • We continued working on Alpha's look

    • With treats present and bringing my hand up to my face he looked 100% of the time

    • With no treats present and bringing my hand to my face, he looked about 90% of the time.

  • Alpha got very distracted with his toys in the suite so we had to remove them in order to continue training

  • During our 2nd session we continued putting the GL on and taking it off

  • Again, he did great for this wearing it for about 2 min without pawing

  • We added the weight of the leash and he walked 12 steps without pawing!

  • I fed Alpha with the GL on, he pawed at it for the first 3 seconds or so before he started eating. Once he was eating he could care less about wearing it!