My Everyday Dog Training Tools 2
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November 12, 2016

My Everyday Dog Training Tools 2

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Reading The Situation (Tool: The Energy Meter)

One of the most important tricks of the trade in dog training is learning to pick up
on the very subtle message that your dog

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is giving you when you are working with
them.
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– just like humans – have emotions, however they are unable to communicate
the way we are used to. So when they are stressed, bored, frustrated or scared they
exhibit signs expressing these emotions but obviously can’t use spoken English. This
presents a problem for them if we simply ignore them and plough ahead regardless
with our training.
Learning to read your dog

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means that you are able to adjust anything you do in
training to suit their specific situation. Now this may sound quite straight forward
yet one of the big issues that I have found with people’s training routines is that the
dog is simply not coping with the situation.
When your dog

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becomes too excited, fearful, or focused, something happens that
means that nothing that you do is going to work. Put very simply, you could say that
the adrenaline kicks in.
Adrenalin is produced in your dog’s brain during stressful times leading to the fight or-
fight response that they have. Either they will try to run away or it’s time to stay
and fight. Neither of which are very helpful when you are trying to train your dog!
So one trick when working with your dog or puppy

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is to avoid this state no matter
what. And one way that helps is if you think of what I call an Energy Meter, which
goes from 1 up to 10. I call it the Energy Meter because when your dog is asleep they
are down at a level 1 and when adrenaline kicks in they are up at around 8-10. Now
the problem is, in many situations people are trying to train their dogs and alter their
behavior when the dog’s energy level is up at around 6-8. This is simply too high.
As soon as your dog gets a blast of adrenaline everything goes bang! Breathing rate
increases, heart rate increases, muscles tighten and go to work overtime… The leash
goes tight and you are almost pulled over, their eyes are on stalks, they start barking
and running around out of control. If you are inside the house your dog could be
barking madly at the window, barking or shaking under the bed…

The bottom line is that their behavior is not good. It has suddenly changed. This is
their fight or fight response kicking in. If your dog

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is not on a leash at this point
then they are of and out of control.
As you can imagine, none of this is pleasant to watch. So what happens? Well we
start to become frustrated, angry, and annoyed with the situation and sometimes our
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and our reactions simply make things worse. It is a viscous cycle and our training
goes nowhere or backwards.
Understanding that you need to keep your dog

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well away from level 8 where the
adrenaline kicks in is crucial. And here is the secret. When you take things slowly to
start with, and your dog gets used to things at a slightly slower pace then the pay of
later on is huge.
Learn to work with your dog in the calm zone from 1-5 and take things slowly to
start with. If you are in this zone and your dog

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sees something that gets them excited
they will be aware of it however they will only end up at say a level 6 or 7. Since no
adrenaline kicks in they will calm down really quick again for you – ready to carry on
with your training.
If you are really serious about helping your dog

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, learning to read them in every
situation and setting them up to win in every situation then I recommend you take a
look at my video series on the Energy Meter, which will help you do just that:
All of this is inside my video website which you can take a quick tour around from
here… CLICK HERE

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