• Hi, my name’s Ella and I’m an adorable Standard Poodle puppy!

  • I love to jump as high as I can and steal objects out of human’s hands.

  • True to my breed, I am very intelligent and a fast learner.

  • The Club Pet Academy is teaching me how to sit, lie down, come, and stay on command.

  • They are also helping me walk politely on leash.

Ella 

Ella's Dog Training

Ella’s Dog Training Photos and Videos

Dog Training Log

Dog Training Session 1

  • Ella did absolutely fantastic today!

  • We started by working on some basic manners. We completely ignored her jumping when she greeted me. We also worked on waiting at each doorway. While in training, she will learn how to wait at every doorway until released to go through.

    • Please practice this at home. This will help Ella learn how to respect you and create a stronger bond with her.

  • We mainly focused on gaining Ella’s eye contact on command. She was a very quick learner and has excelled rapidly!

  • We also touched on Ella’s sit, which was fantastic!

    • Try working on sit in new environments, testing her abilities everywhere.

    • Start saying “okay” when Ella stands up. You are setting the foundation for her to stay sitting until released.

  • Finally, we worked on down, which Ella is very good at as well. She can only stay in a down for about 2 seconds before she springs back up.

    • Start saying “okay” when Ella stands up. You are setting the foundation for her to stay in down until released.

  • For any new commands Ella will be learning, start in a low distraction environment (such as a room) and gradually work your way up to a high distraction environment (such as the park).

Dog Training Session 2

  • Today was my first training session with Ella and she’s amazing to work with! Very smart and fun!

  • We practiced basic manners which we will every training session.

    • When she greeted me, she only jumped on me for 30 seconds until she sat and I rewarded her. That’s great! Keep it up with that tree pose!

    • Her door waits were awesome! She tried to sneak through my legs in the first doorway but I took a step forward and asked her to sit. She immediately sat and made eye contact so I said “OK” to allow her to pass through. She nailed ALL the door waits after that!

  • We worked in a medium distraction area where a few people and dogs walked by.

    • She barked twice but I was able to quickly redirect her attention back onto me with look.

  • Ella’s eye contact (look) is stellar! She looked 100% of the time which is so impressive for her second training day!

    • She’s at the point where you don’t need to hold a treat up to your eyes. She understands the word look.

    She’s nailed sit! Please rely heavily on rewarding with praise instead of treats since she understands the command and we want her to respond every time with or without treats present.

    • Please keep saying “OK” to free her from the sit.

  • Her down is coming along great.

    • To practice, keep luring with the treat and say “down” AS she hits the ground to make the association between the command and action.

    • Don’t forget to say “OK” BEFORE she hops up from the down. This will help with stay soon!

  • We started leash manners today since she picks everything up quickly!

    • She will be trained to walk on your left side.

    • I want to practice with her on the easy walk harness before passing along the guidelines. We will do this next time, size it for her and send it home then.

    • To practice for now, every time she pulls ahead of you, say “whoops,” turn away from her (to your right) and walk the opposite direction. Reward with a treat when she walks at your side or behind and makes eye contact. You may get dizzy at first but she’s a fast learner!

  • Keep practicing at home. Your hard work shows!

Dog Training Session 3

  • I love working with Ella! We had a great session today.

  • She only jumped on me for about 10 seconds which I ignored (stand straight up, arms at your side, no eye contact, no talking to her, no petting). Once all four paws are on the ground, reward her with lots of love!

  • She was good with all her door waits!

    • The couple times she tried to slip through I took a step towards her, put her in a sit, waited for eye contact then said “OK” and let her through, always after me.

  • Ella’s eye contact is perfect! She is SO attentive.

    • She understands the association between the word “look” and action. Yay!

    • From now on, say “look”, wait for her to make eye contact and then reward.

    • If you notice she is not looking within a few seconds of saying “look” then go back to the previous step. Only say the command once, not multiple times until she does it.

  • Ella sat 90% of the time without treats!

    • The few times she didn’t sit on first command, I said “whoops, sit” and lured her with a treat.

    • Then, reward with a treat after saying “OK” to free her.

  • Since Ella did so well with sit, we started sit stay.

    • Her best today was 10 seconds at 5 steps away. That’s impressive for her first day!

    • I’ve attached the instructions for practicing at home.

  • Her down is better!

    • She still needs to be lured with a treat but she’s so close to understanding the association. Keep saying “down” as she lays down.

    • Don’t forget to say “OK” before she gets up.

    • Her best was staying in the down for five seconds!

  • Ella is learning leash manners very quickly!

    • We started on the easy walk harness today and she did awesome with it.

    • Give her a treat every time you put the harness on to help her make a positive association.

    • She will walk on your left side.

    • I’ve attached instructions for how to practice at home. Please start in a low distraction environment like inside your home.

  • She reacted twice to dogs in the lobby today but was easily redirected. If she starts barking at another dog, keep walking (gently pulling on the leash if she’s distracted), say “look” (hold a treat at eye level if you’re struggling to get her attention) and reward when she makes eye contact.

  • Thank you for practicing! Keep it up!

Dogs Training Session 4

  • Ella is quickly becoming one of my favorite training students! Each session gets better and better.

    • e only jumped on me once before running to the door to get to work! Is ignoring her jumping at home helping?

    • She looked 100% of the time. Awesome!

      • Please challenge her by asking for eye contact in high distraction areas like our lobby. I suggest always carrying a little baggie of treats with you because you never know when the perfect training opportunity will arise!

    • When practicing sit and down, only reward her after you say “OK” to free her. Both look great!

    • We practiced sit stays in the lobby.

      • Please keep practicing this at home, trying to increase distance and duration.

      • A good time to do this is at feeding time. Put her in a sit, take one step back (if she gets up say “whoops, sit”), make the high five motion and say “stay”, then put her food bowl down and say “OK” AT THE SAME TIME. Over time, you’ll be able to put the bowl down, keep her in a sit stay from a distance, then free her to eat. But for now, we want to take it one step at a time.

    • We practiced leash manners with her easy walk harness and she did amazing!

      • She seemed tired out from daycare so that helped and she walked mostly behind me.

      • I will email a video of us practicing together.

      • How is it going at home?

    • I look forward to the next time I train with Ella! Please let us know if you’re ever struggling or have questions or concerns.

Dog Training Session 5

  • We had a good time training today!

  • Her door waits are awesome. It only takes her a couple seconds to give me eye contact before I let her through.

  • We practiced leash manners in the lobby and outside on the sidewalk.

    • She walked with a loose leash 80% of the time.

    • She occasionally slowed down so I changed my pace from slow to fast and fast to slow to try and keep her engaged.

    • I started teaching her stop. I’ve attached instructions on how to practice this at home.

    • Please reward her when she stops and sits as well as when you say “let’s go” and she starts walking at your side.

  • Her sit stays are improving!

    • Her best was 10 seconds at 5 steps away.

  • She understands down.

    • I noticed if she’s lured with a treat, she takes it and pops right back up.

    • When practicing, put her in a down and stand up slowly. If she gets up, say “whoops” and put her back into a down. Then, once you stand up, free her (OK) and reward.

    • If you can consistently stand up without her getting up, wait one second then free her and reward. Only reward AFTER she is freed. Then, gradually increase the duration one second at a time.

    • This sets a solid foundation for down stay.

  • She reacted (barked) to a wet floor sign, people’s voices that were out of sight and her reflection in the front door. If she reacts, use look to get her attention. Continue to reward her as she holds eye contact and disregards what she initially reacted to.

    • Try to note what causes her to react. This will help you get into the habit of redirecting her before she has the chance to react.

Dog Training Session 6

  • Ella did amazing in training today!

  • We went outside to challenge her around high distractions.

  • Leash manners were nearly perfect!

    • She stopped (stop, sit, look) 100% of the time! Your practice shows!

    • When she would fall too far behind me, I’d hold a treat at my knee until she caught up, say “yes” and give the treat.

    • By the end of our session, she was actually running at my pace right at my side!

  • Since her eye contact is fantastic, I wanted to test her skills in a busy setting.

    • I sat her near the corner of Airport Blvd and asked her to look every time she was distracted (looking elsewhere).

    • She looked 100% of the time! A couple times I had to wait about 3 seconds for her to look but that’s still counts!

    • I took a video of this that I will email to you.

  • Her sit stays and down stays are improving every time I see her!

    • Please keep practicing these as impulse control is so helpful to instill in young dogs.

    • Keep rewarding AFTER she is freed from the stay.

  • We started recall (come) today. She came 100% of the time and we were working around distractions outside!

    • I’m sending home instructions to practice this at home. We practiced the third option today.

    • Always have her come, sit at your feet, and make eye contact. Then, reward.

    • Don’t forget to say “OK” to free her after.

    • Please practice with her harness and leash on so you can gently pull on the leash if she doesn’t come when called.  

  • One of our daycare attendants commented on how far Ella’s training has come so far. They are impressed! Keep up the awesome work!

Dog Training Session 7

  • Today was my first day working with Ella since her first day. I can’t believe how far she has come!

  • We worked on just about everything she has learned.

  • Her eye contacts are looking spectacular. She was able to perform them while we walked about 5 feet away from another dog that she really wanted to play with.

  • Her leash manners were perfect! We walked inside and outside with low, medium, and high distractions. She was 100% perfect. When there were other people or dogs around, we used the eye contact command to redirect her. A couple times, I did have to show her the treat to gain her attention.

  • She was able to stop on command 100% of the time. Keep working with her on sitting and giving eye contact each time.

  • We worked a lot on her biting today. I will send you home a guide on how to work with her when she nibbles on you.

    • When she is chewing on the leash, her harness, or something else undesirable, swap whatever she is chewing on for a toy. You can also use the eye contact redirection to get her attention off of her chewing and do something else instead, like fetch.

  • Her sit stay and down stay were at about the same place as last session.

    • I noticed she ducks her head out of frustration when you as her to perform a sit stay. Make sure not to advance to quickly; we want her to enjoy staying.

    • Work on standing up straight when practice the down stay and releasing her with an “okay”. She is struggling a little bit with holding it.

  • Keep up the good work! She is doing fantastic and so are you!