there are Basically two different ways to deal with a dog. The usual method is to use it on a specific learning objective. This begins with simple Exercises like “sit” and “place” to so-called behavior chains, for example, the daily newspaper from the letter box, get into the house, and on master’s Slippers drop. The dog will be reliably rewarded when he shows the desired behavior or sub-steps of what to join him animated again.

A different approach is not a specific learning goal, but tasks which require the dog to solve a Problem. In the problem-solving behavior of the character of the dog is revealed, because he gets more space for your own ideas. How inventive and creative he is? What are the tactics he developed? He is persistent, independent, self-confident or more insecure? He goes to the difficulties of the way? He is a team player or a loner? What is the behavior he shows in situations of conflict? You don’t make the tasks as possible so that the dog comes through learned pattern to the destination, but either through skill and strategy, or through cooperation with his people. The following exercise suggestions are no instructions, but offer suggestions on how the talents and skills of your dog and promote. Creativity and ingenuity are in demand – human and dog!


you Know the old children’s game in which a bar of chocolate with knife, fork, and with gloved hands unwrapped? Something Similar you can play with your dog: pack a bone or his favorite toy.

Nervous four-legged friends

How do I get my dog to rest?

Pack of newspaper lobes are as well suitable, such as old socks or washing. Or do you collect empty egg cartons, insert dry food or sausage slices into the wells and stack the egg boxes back into each other. Your dog biting down on the boxes, or he’s trying to separate the individual layers? Is sent, who will manage it with the use of mouth and paws, to remove the eggs cardboard from each other, in order to get the reward. The impatient types, the boxes are sold “as is”.

sausages fishing

Some breeds such as the poodle, Border Collie and German shepherd are considered to be particularly intelligent. But even within a litter there are very bright minds and those that need to no longer think. How can you recognize? Here are two Exercises to test the intelligence of your dog: Take a piece of sausage or cheese, in any case, something like your dog very much. Place it on a towel and slide the towel under a Cabinet, a piece of cloth sticking out. Your dog realizes that he needs to grab the towel with the paw or the mouth and to pull down, in order to get the Treat? Give him time, to tackle the Problem. If he can’t do it, help him by showing him the solution. Dogs learn through imitation. This has proven a team of researchers from the University of Vienna recently. If you want your dog to use the paw, to take the Hand. If you want to teach your dog that he can pull the piece of fabric with the teeth under the Cabinet, you need to it to him in the same way, fool. Give it a try.

version for outside: The proposal comes from the behavior of Dr. Immanuel Birmelin biologists. If you have a fenced yard or when walking the dog will come to a fenced-in Meadow, which offers a slip, you throw a toy or food dummy behind the fence. What makes your dog? He realizes that he has to go a detour to get to the booty? Help you gesture to him with a direction.

food bowl

Serve your dog and his meal is not easy, but you can store his food in an inaccessible place. No matter whether you fill out a Dummy, or just a bowl, dogs love to work hard for their food. She let the dog dismount or tie him. You take the filled bowl or the food dummy and show your dog what you have Tasty for him. Then they disappear in another room. Place the lining under the Sofa, in the shower or in a Cabinet, the imagination has no limits. But keep in mind that your dog might scratch, for example, to doors, to enter the room. Go back to the dog, give him free and let him search.

Play, play, play

Martin Rütter explains why you should fool around with his dog

Start with a lightweight to Hide and increase the level of difficulty of the search, if your dog has understood the task. You observe how he behaves when he has discovered the lining: How persistently he tries to get to his food, he develops strategies? When he involves you with? He looks at you, or is he barking? He comes to you running, in order for you to help him? How is he to understand? Praise your dog if he involves you. Go then and help him. He is very self-confident, do not hide the food so that your dog comes without your help. He is unsure of, and select tasks that he can solve on their own, this strengthens his self-confidence.

you can Vary the task and increase the requirement: place the food in the morning, unnoticed in a place to hide, but so that the dog comes over in the course of the day several times. Wait uninvolved, if he discovers at some point that it smells of an unfamiliar place, and how he communicates them. To increase the difficulty, place the food in a different floor, so the dog must independently search. Or, choose a windowless room and let him out in the dark. Or you can hide multiple food bowls in a room. The smell is mixed, the various odour sources to be developed for the dog harder. If you do not have time for a common search, scatter a Ration of dry food in the garden, in the basement or in the Garage. It will take a and very tiring, until your dog has collected his meal.

As an Alternative for the office in 2008, the deceased trainer Gabriele Niepel recommends in her book “my dog is the friend” the following Exercise: Take a large cardboard box or a paper. It is great, if the dog can even climb inside. You crumple up newspaper pages and fill the paper in the Karsound. Then sprinkle the dry food and let your dog his pleasure.

memory training

Retrieving your dog? Then take a Dummy with me to walk the dog, throw it in the car so that your dog hears it, but not afterwards allowed to go. Turn after ten minutes and go back the same way. You will make your dog attentive, but watch what happens when you come in the vicinity of the dummy. If your dog has no trouble to remember, and the Dummy to look for the starts, you can increase the number of dummies or the duration of the time. Both at once, you should not increase.


you Have a Spurgeher? One that sticks in everyone Gasssirunde with the nose on the ground? You pull a piece of Laundry or a fabric dummy.

tips from a dog trainer

Power and powerlessness in the dog training – how to consistently we need to be?

If you go through a Meadow, you can Orient your dog in the Grass that you step down. You mark the start point with a stone or a stick. You pick up your dog, and you start to look in a bowed attitude, as if they had lost contact lenses, or key in the Meadow. Your dog starts to search with a deep nose? Praise you and let him work. As soon as he has found the object, it treats and Stroking.

difficulty: Try the same Exercise on Asphalt or in a busy environment.

chairs backs

you Sat your dog on an office swivel chair? The ideas of the following Exercises, had Edith blechschmidt of the “dog with a human school,” the dogs in her work with rescue and assistance very much value on accuracy. If your dog is one of the more uncertain individuals, make it first, with the swivel chair familiar, until he has no fear, even out and drive slowly. This can take a few days. Initially, you can also place food on the seat.

next, you invite him to climb with his front paws on the chair and push the chair forward slowly. Since dogs don’t put their hind legs aware, you must learn your dog is likely to move it without the front feet are involved. Perfect this Exercise is when the dog is standing with the legs to the seat and the chair in a goal-directed pushing.

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For perfectionists and Detail. Set of four building blocks or bricks on the ground. You leave your dog with front paws up on the box, by pointing with the Hand on the blocks and look at books. Praise him when he is quiet, and you help him put hind feet on the other stones. Avoid pushing your dog physically. Let him at least 30 seconds on the pads.

difficulty: Replace the blocks or bricks through sticky notes. If you like, you can also extend the duration of the resting. But caution: do not Overwhelm your dog!


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