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Pitbull dog training at the Beach

Here is a video of the first time I did any training with a friend’s new pit bull rescue. We were at Dog Beach in Long Beach, California. While this dog is wearing a pinch collar I don’t like starting the training process with this type of collar. In this video I try to use the leash and collar as little as possible. I do this by keeping the leash as loose as possible.

I wasn’t planning on doing any dog training on this trip to the beach. You may have read the post on planning and dog training. If I had planned for this training session I would have been better prepared.  In our daily lives we often find ourselves in a position to teach or train when an opportunity presents itself. I recommend that the novice dog owner/trainer avoid impromptu and unplanned training session until they have the skills to be successful in less than ideal conditions. These skills are a combination of training technique and theory combined with dog handling skills. Whenever engaging in an unplanned training session it’s still best to have some kind of a plan.  So even though I was running very low on food rewards I still developed a plan. By having a strategy I was able to accomplish some control that can be built on later.

One plan would be to start working the dog and use the pinch collar to make corrections. I imagine this would work okay, it’s just not what I would prefer doing. Instead we let the dog run and burn off some excess energy and then we started training with what little food I did have with me. Even with a small amount of food rewards it’s still possible do some dog training without using corrections. I am not against using leash and collar correction, but I did feel it wasn’t the right thing to do with this dog.

Pitbull Running off energy at Dog beach before dog training

Pitbull Running off energy at Dog beach before dog training

While working an active dog in a distracting environment is possible, it’s not ideal or necessarily easy. This is one reason for starting dog training in the dog’s home. Beginning the training in the dog’s home is especially helpful if you want to start the training process with softer techniques. After I worked at getting the dog to turn with me when it heard its name I began working on left circles. I saved a couple very small rewards to use at the end of the training session. One reward was for the last sit and one for an unforeseen event.

Dog Training Dog Beach Long Beach CA the last sit

Dog Training in Long Beach CA. at Dog Beach After the training sessions last sit

Labrador and Pointer at Dog Beach

This is a tale of the Labrador and the Pointer at Dog Beach. I have owned a few German Shorthaired Pointers and have trained a whole lot more. As far a Labradors go I’ve owned at least 13 of those dogs. One of my Labs was trained for theatrical work and was in a few movies and commercials. But above all else my Labs and Pointers were my best friends and pets. Just wanted to let everyone know I’m not taking sides here, I just happened to capture the playful antics of these two dogs.

Labrador Retriever at the beach

Labrador Retriever at the beach

German Shorthaired Pointers Swimming in the ocean

German Shorthaired Pointer Swimming in the ocean

Labrador Retriever with its ball

Labrador Retriever with its ball

German Shorthaired Pointers moving in

German Shorthaired Pointers moving in

German Shorthaired Pointers positioning

German Shorthaired Pointers setting up the big grab

German Shorthaired Pointers the first grab

German Shorthaired Pointer’s the first grab but he fumbles the ball

Pointer second grab is successful

Pointer’s second grab is successful and he takes the ball

Pointer takes ball the getaway

Pointer takes ball and makes his getaway

The thrill of victory!  Touchdown for the Pointer.

The thrill of victory! Touchdown for the Pointer.

More Dog Beach Pictures

Here are a few more pictures from my dog beach excursion. I am always pleasantly suppressed by the wide variety to dog breeds one can see at Orange County’s favorite dog beach.

I found it interesting that many of the people I talked with at the beach had done some training with their dogs. It appeared that most of the people I encountered had done training with food.

Enjoy

Dogs On the Beach HB

Dogs On the Beach – HB

Bulldog on a Surf Board - HB

Bulldog on a Surf Board – HB

 

Bulldog with flying disc

Bulldog with flying disc

Malamute at Dog Beach in Huntington Beach

Malamute at Dog Beach in Huntington Beach

Dog riding in a basket at dog Beach

Dog riding in a basket at dog Beach

Golden Retriever climbing the cliff at Dog Beach

Golden Retriever climbing the cliff at Dog Beach

Schnauzer posing for the camera

Schnauzer posing for the camera

Rhodesian Ridgeback Posing for the camera at dog beach

Rhodesian Ridgeback Posing for the camera at dog beach

We'll end with a dog in the water and a girl on the beach

We’ll end with a dog in the water and a girl on the beach

Dog Beach German Shepherd Pictures September

I had a mix up with a dog training appointment in Huntington Beach so I had a few unexpected hours. I decided to use those hours to visit dog beach. Fortunately I also had my camera with me. Here are a few pictures from my dog beach excursion.

Here are a few of pictures of the German Shepherd Dogs that I saw.

Enjoy the GSD pictures

 

German Shepherd at Dog Beach

Two German Shepherds at Dog Beach

Two German Shepherds at Dog Beach

Young German Shepherd at the Beach

Young German Shepherd at the Beach