Thursday, March 12, 2015

Col. Potter Training Tips: Nothing in Life is Free!

Contributed by a Col. Potter Volunteer

A nice "Sit!" is a small price to pay every day for a yummy treat, yet the dividends accrued in terms of ongoing excellent behavior are priceless!

Are you thinking about adding a new Rescued Cairn to your family?  There are many things to consider, and lots of planning to do.  You can expect to get many great tips to help you integrate your New Cairn into your home, so it is good to know that some of this advice will also will apply to your current resident dogs.  Learning to establish and maintain your Alpha placement is a great example.

Before your new dog arrives, it's important that you understand that your new dog must accept YOU as the leader of the pack in order for there to be peace and harmony in the home.  Follow the great advice in It’s Always Best to Start at theBeginning!and add to it with this very easy training tool: Nothing in Life is Free!”

How to Establish and Maintain Harmony at Home!

Are you looking for a good, easy way to develop peaceful, harmonious relationships among your dogs? 

Ask and you shall receive!


Every day, throughout the day, however you choose to set the pattern, you simply need to Ask the dogs to respond to a simple command, offer praise, then reward with a high value treat.

Nothing in Life is Free!

When you ask your dog(s) to “Sit!” for a treat - and make them wait just a bit for the treat - you are really saying “I am Alpha!” and when you are Alpha, you will ease any tensions in the pack.  Also, give all treats directly from your hand.  It is an easy, easy way to reinforce your dog's understanding that all good things come from your hands.  Toss it on the floor* and you have thrown away a valuable tool.

Do not ever give a treat of any kind without Asking your dog(s) to do a simple task.

The list of possible commands is long:



"Here!” or “Come!"

“Look at Me!”




Anything you can ask your dog to do – that he or she will understand – is a great and easy training tool for harmony.   It establishes a calming pattern that carries over into other aspects of their life.

This is not to say that there won’t be dust-ups from time to time, but as a strong Alpha leader, you will find it easier to anticipate and diffuse any issues that might naturally arise.

Just remember, Nothing in Life is Free!  

Doing simple training exercises, every day, you will keep things clear as to who is in charge, and if you are in charge, harmony will reign!

**NOTE** Great training treats are small bits of block cheddar cheese or high quality grain-free kibble.  You should factor your training treats into your puppy’s daily meal portions so you don’t accidentally end up with an unhealthy weight problem.

*Tossing treats on the floor also communicates to your dog that it is perfectly OK to eat off the floor.  Don't expect that your dog will differientiate between what you toss and anything else he might find down there.  You can not 100% prevent having your dog swallow something harmful, but think twice before you encourage them to think that scavenging food is a good thing from any place other than directly out of your hand or the bowl you set down at meal time.

Good luck! And thank you again for opening your heart and home to a rescued Cairn!

Rescuing one Cairn will not change the world,
but it will surely change the world for that one Rescued Cairn

Read More About It:

It’s Always Best to Start at the Beginning!

I’m Not Sure we’ve been Properly Introduced!

There’s No Place Like Home!

Easy Housetraining Tips!

Toto: The Other Side of the Story!

Col. Potter Needs a Few More Beginnings! 
Please Volunteer to Foster and help us help give a new start to every Cairn in need!

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