Teach Your Dog A Trick: Get Me A Tissue

Step by step instructions on how to teach your dog to fetch a tissue and bring it to you.
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

In this class you will learn the step by step process of teaching your dog to fetch you a tissue on cue and how to get it to be a reliable behavior. For most dogs, the training should be completed in about 4-6 weeks if you work on regularly. Please allow for variations.

Why should you take this course?

Training tricks like this provides a great activity for you and your dog during poor or seasonal weather. Training sessions can be just as exhausting as physical exercise.

If your dog has a fascination with tissues, teaching them this skill can curb it but you must see the training to completion to reap the full benefits.

This is a great impulse control exercise.

Fetching a tissue on cue is what is called a back-chained behavior which can teach the elements of backchaining by example. (Backchaining as theory is not covered in this course.)

You should NOT take this course if your dog exhibits signs of possessive aggression which includes but is not limited to:

Growling or showing teeth when you approach your dog with novel items.

Has a bite history that includes bites to humans when removing objects from mouth.

Growls or shows teeth when they have a paper product such as tissues or paper towels.

YOU MUST address this behavior first with a qualified professional Canine Behavior Consultant, Applied Animal Behaviorist, Veterinary Behaviorist or another EDUCATED and experienced dog training professional) before teaching this to your dog.

What are the requirements?

  • Treats that are higher in value. We will go over what that means in the first lesson.
  • Several boxes of tissues (plain tissues with no additives) of different box sizes and colors..
  • A quiet place to train.
  • A dog that is not possessive aggressive regarding paper products.
  • A dog that can complete a sit or down stay for 15 seconds.
  • A clicker (optional)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course, your dog will be able to fetch a tissue on cue and bring the tissue to your hand.
  • You will learn how to break a larger behavior into smaller behaviors.
  • You will learn how to use reinforcers (treats and other rewards) correctly for this process.
  • You will learn how to refine the behavior to make it more reliable.

Who is the target audience?

  • Dog Owners
  • Dog Trainers

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Section 1: Looking At The Behavior
Looking at our goal behavior.
Training Do's and Don'ts
Section 1 Quiz
6 questions
Section 2: Choosing the Right Treats
Choosing the Right Treats
Section 2 Quiz
10 questions
Section 3: Introducing The Tissues
Introducing The Tissues
Introducing The Tissues Quiz
4 questions
Section 4: Putting The Behavior On Cue
Adding The Cue
Adding the Cue Example
Section 4 Quiz
7 questions
Section 5: Tissue To Hand
Tissue To Hand
Tissue to Hand Video Example
Tissue To Hand Quiz
4 questions
Section 6: Impulse Control
Impulse Control
Stay's WIth Tissues Video Example
Impulse Control Video Example
Impulse Control Quiz
6 questions
Section 7: Refining The Behavior
Refining The Behavior

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Instructor Biography

Elizabeth Mattei-Miller, Premium Instructor

I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA) with fifteen years experience working with animals. I am the author of two books First Class Puppy: A Guide to Your Puppy's First Year and Canine Life And Social Skills: A Guide For Teaching Skills Necessary For Your Dog's K9-BA. I am the member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the Pet Professional Guild and a licensed presenter for Family Paws Parent Education. I am the owner

of First Class Canine, a canine behavior consulting and training buisness in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

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