> I have recently got a five year old springer spaniel dog from a place that
> rescues springers. He is lovely but he is very interested in my two guinea
> pigs. When he sees them in there hutch or run he jumps up at them (they
> a large tow story hutch). Does anybody have any ideas of how I can stop
> doing this?
> Alex Pimm
Just ask me if you need help with the method.
The Wits' End Dog Training Method
Jerry Howe Copyright 1998
TABLE OF CONTENTS
HOW IS WITS' END DOG TRAINING DIFFERENT? 5
1. METHODOLOGY 7
1A. Common Misunderstandings 8
1B. Learn Today! 10
2. GETTING STARTED 12
2A. First Things First: Proper Lead Handling 12
2B. What is a Conditioned Reflex? 14
2C. How to Install a Conditioned Reflex and Teach Any Command in Minutes 14
3. The "Hot" and "Cold" Exercise 20
4. The "Family Pack Leadership" Exercise 22
5. Practicing the "Recall" or "Come" Command 24
6. Teach Any Command Through Conditioned Reflex 25
7. Use Sound to Break UNDESIRABLE Behavior! 27
7A. Other Examples of Sound to Correct Undesirable Behavior 29
7B. Unacceptable Expressions of *** 31
7C. More Subtle Examples of Unacceptable *** 32
7D. How to Correct Mouthing 32
7E. No Dogs on Beds! And Other Problems 35
8. HOUSETRAINING: THE BASICS 37
9. Roll-Over on the Alpha Rollover 39
10. SEPARATION ANXIETY SURROGATE TOY TECHNIQUE 41
11. THE WITS' END DOG TRAINING METHOD 43
TABLE OF CONTENTS (CONT.)
1. OBEDIENCE 51
2. ASK YOUR DOG TO WORK 53
2A. Back to Work 53
2B. Stay 53
2C. Sit From the Side 54
2D. Heel vs. Return to Heel 55
2E. Sit From the Front 57
3. THE HEELING PATTERN EXERCISE 59
3A. Down From the Side 63
3B. Leave Your Dog on a Stay Command 64
3C. Returning to the Heel Position 65
3D. Down From the Front 66
4. PRACTICING LONG STAY COMMANDS 67
5. STAND 69
6. DOWN ON MOTION (ON HEEL OR RECALL) 70
7. CONCLUSION 71
The Wits' End Dog Training Method is the fastest, gentlest, most effective,
comprehensive behavior modification/obedience and protection training
technique available anywhere... And now, it's FREE!!! It's copyright 1998
information, so be advised: use it wisely, and use it often. Use, copy,
and distribute it in it its entirety or none at all.
Our no force, no nonsense, no negative re-enforcement approach is
unique, systematic, and unconventional, which means no dog is too young, too
old, too large, too small, too stubborn, too stupid or too bad, to train.
Specializing in problem dog behavior compelled us to research new methods to
instruct humans as well as canines.
? Not everyone needs formal obedience training, but you do need a dog you
can live with, starting today, not after lengthy training, not after your
dog matures, not when it's too late! This requires a basic understanding of
how your dog thinks and learns. That, and the "Family Pack Leadership"
exercise, coupled with teaching the "recall" or "come" command, are all that
one needs to effectively control the companion dog.
? The mistakes your dog makes are neither mistakes nor accidents. They are
instinctive challenges to your leadership and authority. Wits' End Dog
Training anticipates these impending mistakes inherent to each phase of
training, and relies on them to turn the tables psychologically on your pet
to convince him you are his appropriate leader, and make him want to do
anything you ask. Wits' End Dog Training is easy, quick, and foolproof, and
works with every time, with every canine, even wolves!
The ability to think, rationalize, and solve problems are learned qualities.
Our enlightened methods challenge the learning centers in your dog's brain.
These centers develop and continue to grow exponentially. Wits' End Dog
Training capitalizes on praising split seconds of canine thought, strategy,
and timing, not mindless hours of forced repetition, constant corrections,
This manual will provide all the tools you will need to learn properly to
handle and train your dog. We will address the most difficult behaviors
with effective tools, real answers, and common sense advice. Successful
completion of our program means you will never need another dog-training
We train you to use the most effective, positive, intelligent formulas,
based on scientific, psychological, and behavi***principles, and
accelerated learning techniques. We will teach you how dogs learn, and how
to apply our thirty-six years of knowledge and experience to convince your
dog to do anything you ask, the first time, every time!
How is Wits' End Dog Training Different?
Wits' End Dog Training methodology is not concerned with "training," but
rather teaching the development of the thought process, molding and
safeguarding the proper development of personality, stable temperament, and
The first thing you may notice is the lack of confusing psychobabble. Sure,
it's almost impossible to avoid any use of psychobabble, but there's no need
to complicate learning new information with unnecessary technical jargon.
Wits' End Dog Training is accustomed to criticism from a variety of pet
professionals. Holding different values is not a crime, although sometimes
it might be considered a sin. Consider how you would feel if you'd spent
years studying at our best universities, only to be shown by a simple,
uneducated dog trainer, that your education is obsolete, that you've missed
the point? You'd respond, "What degrees do you hold?"
Thirty-four years ago, this trainer chose no longer to train dogs according
to the techniques available. It simply wasn't worth doing. One experience
of souring the spirit of a beautiful, troubled dog, while following the best
advice available from the most accredited sources anywhere, was enough for
Fortunately, this trainer's family, being in the kennel business, provided
many more troubled dogs that didn't have the alternative to decline
training. Necessity, being the mother of invention, prevailed. There had
to be a better way. I was at my Wits' End, still am, and now you can be
We will never recommend seeking outside assistance or books, abuse or use of
unnatural, artificial, or abusive training aids like electric shock collars,
***collars, spiked collars, scolding, staring, glaring, shaking,
reprimanding, finger pointing, gourmet food recipes used for ***,
threats, intimidation, physical force, sharp commands, punishing sounds,
punishment of any kind, or deviation from the Wits' End Dog Training Method.
It only takes one lapse of judgment to subvert the deep trust established
through our work.
Food bribes, or treats associated with training, although generally endorsed
by traditional trainers, is strictly against everything we are trying to
impart through our unconventional approach. Getting results at the expense
of the higher attributes of learning is, we think, ignorant and dangerous.
Any time your dog is more concerned with his gut than your desires, you
could be the next course on the menu. We're training companion animals, not
For obvious reasons, there are very few training aids we can endorse. The
head halter is good if used properly. There are many more reasons that we
cannot endorse any books or publications regarding training tips. We
recommend not reading other training guides until you fully comprehend this
? Dogs, being pack animals, not unlike the human family, have rules dictated
by nature. We will capitalize on their natural instincts, and, knowing the
nature of the beast, be prepared to anticipate all of your dog's options to
cooperate or subvert your efforts to control him. Your dog's job is to
oppose you. Your job is to negotiate, then compromise; ask for more, then
give up; move to one of the appropriate defaults, and then return to your
original desired request.
? Our methodology is dictated by canine logic and strategy. Everything has
a rational outcome that is arrived at through the process of elimination of
undesired possibilities through a default system. Using this approach we
eliminate stress, confrontation, and otherwise negative influences in the
All we need to do is to establish a smooth flow of information and allow
thoughts to flow fluidly, maintaining an open dialogue without becoming
focused on the desired command, or getting stuck in a confrontation.
You are going to teach your dog an entire concept, not just a simple, trite
command. We are going to obtain strict discipline without giving the sense
of being strict or disciplinarian. The Wits' End Dog Training Method breaks
ordinary dog training rules, not a dog's spirit.
There are a few prerequisites to obtain results that will last a lifetime.
In other words, nothing will be accomplished without first building the
foundation. Addressing behavi***problems without establishing these
fundamentals will waste time and further entrench misbehavior.
Causes of failure may be:
? Over training, or practicing training sessions longer than directed. Our
weekly (later monthly) training session is no longer than 15 minutes. Daily
training (may be every other day) sessions take only four minutes.
? Training your dog in his backyard (don't make him work in his "free
? Not taking the time to be certain of your next move.
? Not taking time to plan your best move.
? "Telegraphing" your next move.
? Misreading your dog's intent.
? Interrupting your dog's thought process.
? Physical contact of any kind while he's thinking.
? Failure to praise every eye contact your dog makes with you (every time
your dog glances over toward you requires spontaneous non-physical praise).
? Generally not understanding the psychology involved with teaching your dog
to think, learn,
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