Don’t Touch Command

Here is the second part of the first in-home class with a dog from the Anaheim Hills of Orange County.

Teaching The Off Command
Teaching The Off Command

The video starts with teaching my new tail wagging friend the “Off” command. In the beginning we will use a two second hold between the command and the dog getting a food reward. By teaching “Off”, the dog will learn to focus and not touch during the holding period. After the holding period is over the dog need to hear the “Take” command before it can take the food. For future training it’s important that we count out loud. I try to put each part of the exercise on a verbal cue. By doing this you’ll have better command control of the dog.

There is also a part in the video where I show and explain a very helpful form of touching that can be used to calm an active dog.

So you can hear what the owner thought of the drill I included a little of the owner’s commentary. In this part, one of the owners talks a bit about how they think the exercise will work compared to what they have been doing.

The last part of the video is where I go over how to use positioning and touch/petting to get a dog to quit jumping. While I go over using the touch/petting technique for this drill you can also use food as the reward. As a bonus tip I also included an important safety procedure that should always be done when implementing the step back positioning drill.

Are you wondering about the potty conversation that was started and interrupted at the beginning of the positioning part of the video? To answer the burning question what happened, yes the dog did potty in the designated spot. Yay!

If you learned anything at all or find this post and video at all helpful could you please give it a G+ if you have a Google account? It would also be nice if you could share it on FaceBook especially if you don’t do Google.

Wishing you the best in dogs and the best in life,

Andrew Ledford
So Cal Dog training
I mainly serve Orange County, Long Beach, the San Gabriela Valley, Los Angeles Westside, South Bay, and the LA metro area

6 thoughts on “Don’t Touch Command”

  1. Very good information Andrew. When I was training my golden retriever, the off command was one of the most important. To this day he will still waits until I say take it before he takes food out of my hand. He is 13 years old now. I noticed this command also stops him from accidentally biting fingers, as it slows him down.

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