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FE460: Training Levels -- Level 2

Instructor: Sue Ailsby

Course Details

If Level 1 was kindergarten, Level 2 is all of elementary school.

Everything you and the dog learned in Level 1 now becomes more solid and more useful. You'll both be introduced to many new behaviours, with all training resting firmly on the basics from Level 1.

The "4 Ds" - distance, duration, difficulty, and distraction - will now make up a large part of your training. You can make any behaviour stronger by working on any or all of those 4 parts, and thinking about them as separate parts of every behaviour will help you remember the need to split everything you teach her into the smallest possible lessons.

Every behaviour the dog learns teaches her the actual behaviour, but there are also incidental lessons built into each Step. You AND the dog will learn to trust each other, to have faith in the performance of your partner, and to see that you can accomplish anything if you approach it in small enough steps and don't lose your cool.

In Level 2 you'll also start to see the enormous potential each behaviour has to support what the dog knows about other behaviours.

Sit and down may be different, but they each teach the dog to assume a position. Sit, Down, Zen, Focus, Lazy Leash, Go To Mat, Crate, Relax, and Handling are all behaviours that require duration - the dog must not only perform, but CONTINUE to perform for a period of time.

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If Madrid can learn to retrieve, your dog certainly can! We're getting a firm foundation in Level 2!

Come, Sit, Down, Lazy Leash, Go to Mat, Distance and Jump require distance - she'll have to respond when she's a specified distance away from you, or go a specified distance to perform.gabe.jpg

If Gabriel can learn to walk on a loose leash, it shouldn't be a problem for your sensible dog, eh?

Communication encompasses several behaviours, starting with keeping the leash untangled. All the behaviours will get harder and more useful as you work through the Steps.