Introduction To The Whoa Command

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Introduction To The Whoa Command


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0:38 Whoa. Good. Here. Whoa. Good.

0:46 Hi, I'm Jennifer Broome with Quinebaug Kennels, New England's premier dog training facility in the Northeast. Today, we're working with a six month old Brittney Spaniel named Freedom. And we're doing some simple whoa drills with two slip leads.

Let me show you how this works.

1:04 We have just a simple nylon slip lead around her neck. I like to place it in the letter P. P for puppy. Not too important right now though, I just want the effect of a slip lead around her neck. Put it up high, effectively behind her ears. Then we have another slip lead here, that I have around her flank area, the back towards her belly, over her belly area.  And the purpose here is to create the sensation of having some pressure to teach her the whoa command. I can control her front end. I can control her back end. So I can clearly teach her the whoa command which is the standing stay for a pointing dog.

1:40 I teach this to puppies, anywhere over three months of age and like all of our drills, it's based on repetition, consistency and patience and persistence.

1:52 So let's do a couple whoa drills here with Freedom. I might tap her on. Freedom here. Whoa. I like my command to be clear and concise and the idea is mild pressure, instant release of pressure when she freezes. To move her on, I'll tap her head. Freedom here. Whoa.

Now, I don't like to give their name when I use the command of the whoa, because to me, whoa is a standing stay and when I use a dog's name, that's often in a release. Such as if I wanted her to do a retrieve, I might tap her head and say, Freedom, or if I wanted her to move on. Usually when we use a dog's name, in training, it's often to get their attention or to call them. So in this case I don't want to use her name for a stay or a whoa command. I'll use it to move her on. Freedom here. Whoa. Here's our pressure. Instant release of pressure.

2:50 So what we're trying to create here is the sensation of pressure around her belly which is going to be our precursor for doing some e-collar conditioning around her belly to enforce the whoa command. She's a little camera shy right here and that's okay. It could be a distraction like a bird. So instead of me holding tight pressure if she's a little worried, whoa. What a great distraction the camera suddenly became to her. Whoa. Good. So if she goes to move, whoa, good, notice I am not holding steady  pressure. It's pressure, instant release of pressure. The instant release of pressure is her reward. Whoa. Good.

3:30 Freedom here. Whoa. Good. Now like all commands with our gun dogs, it takes nearly 100 repetitions with patience, persistence and lots of repetition to enforce any command with our pups. So we only did it about six times here. I only have 94 times to go before I can assume she's starting to get a clue about this. We have worked Freedom on this. She's been in our training program for a bit. So she actually is ready for the e-collar around her belly. And I'd like to show that to you next.

4:04 Good girl.

4:06 [Closing]

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