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Train with Michelle Huntting

I have earned two nationally recognized
certifications in professional dog training.
Over the past decade, I have worked with
thousands of pet owners and dogs and
am so grateful for all those experiences.
I was named the top five “Best of
Dallas” dog trainer two years in a row
while living there. I am currently located
in Austin, Texas. I am no longer doing in-home
sessions, but have made all my courses
available on-line for your convenience.

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In these clips I am teaching Lola “Kennel Up” Cue based on my game, detailed in Gotta Go!”

This game uses a process called shaping” (taking a complex behavior and breaking it down into smaller pieces). Shaping is a solid technique for teaching cues because dogs have to think for themselves. You can see from clip 1 to clip 2 the progression. I am using the clicker to “mark” very small behaviors like gradually increasing the amount of Lola’s body in the kennel, even leaning forward, and sometimes duration in the kennel.

Ideally I would keep sessions 3 minutes or less when you are working with a shaping exercise and always end on a good note.

When teaching dogs to use the “doggy door bell” as an elimination cue, I also use the process of shaping. It is key to mark (or click) very small behaviors, rather than waiting for a large “ta-da” type behavior, like the puppy moving toward the bell, slightly touching the bell (with any part of his/her body), etc. Then you are can start fine tuning what behaviors you are marking like the loudness of the ring, for example.

Please note when teaching the doggy door bell as an elimination cue that there are steps in the training process and must be followed to experience success with this cue. If the pet guardian doesn’t follow through with all steps, the dog can associate ringing the bell with going outside to play, not eliminating. Please follow the step-by-step process in my book, “Gotta Go!” I want to be sure to set you both up for success!


Don’t you love it when new and better things are coming?! I am updating the clips on teaching the “heel” cue using a target stick and “let’s go” cue. Check back soon!

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