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January 14, 2020


– As professional dog
trainers, we get asked lots of questions in classes, and this week we thought we would answer some of the questions that
you guys are asking us in our videos, and that’s
what we’re gonna do. So I’m Ken. – I’m Kayl. – And welcome back to McCann Dogs. (guitar strumming)
(puppy barking) Thanks for joining us here at McCann Dogs, where every single week, we help you enrich your dog’s life, and help your dog to become a well-behaved,
four-legged family member. Let’s get right into the first question, so the first question comes to us from Ruff House Dog Training
& Behavior Modification, and they ask, “How do you fix the curving “when they start to back up?” And that’s from one of
our walk backwards videos. So what do you think,
Kayl, do you wanna answer? – Yeah, I’ve actually had
that problem with my own dogs a couple times, they seem to
curve one way just naturally, so one of the things that I
have done to correct that, or to help them, is when
I’m initially teaching them to back up, I use almost
like a channel or a shoot, so with my last puppy,
when I was working on it, I had worked in the
hallway, and I just put a couple chairs up along the side, so I left a little bit wider
of a space than her body width, so that when she backed up,
it sort of channeled her to back up straight in
the correct direction, and then I would yes and reward
and throw the food to her, so that she would be
reinforced for going straight, and then I sort of gradually
moved the chairs away, and then another method that I also used was teaching the dog to back up until they could put
their feet on something, whether it be linoleum
to a mat, or something to a little raised plank
or something like that, and then I could place that behind the dog so they’d have to back up
and almost reach behind them to find it, and that would also control their direction of the back up. Of course, the dog needs
to know the back up quite well to do this, but both methods seem to be successful. – There we go! Alright, next question, actually, we’re gonna put
two questions together. Our Teach Your Puppy to Love Retrieving and Teach Your Puppy to
Love Bringing the Toy Back to You, yeah, Beeline’s
really cute in this video, but we had a couple of questions on, and they’re kind of along the same lines, so we’re gonna bring them together. So the first question from redsherbet, “Will any dog enjoy fetch?” – I would’ve said redsherbert, only because I love sherbert, but it is definitely sherbet.
– I think it’s sherbet, or is it sorbet? – I don’t know.
– Yeah, I think the name is redshertbet. They also have a very
cute profile picture, but, so, “Will any dog enjoy fetch?” And secondly from EssieGirl85, “When my Border Collie was a pup, “he loved toilet roll tubes. “He didn’t seem to like
any other toys much, “but he loved these. “He’s now into frisbee, but he ends up “biting his tongue quite often,” so these are strangely
related, these two questions, so why don’t we talk
about that a little bit? – So first off, will any dog enjoy fetch? No, actually, not all dogs enjoy fetch, some dogs naturally are born
with a lot of food drive, or a lot of toy drive, and sometimes, depending on how they are raised, a dog that had a lot of
toy drive to begin with, if that’s not sort of
nourished and encouraged from their owners and their family, that toy drive can
diminish and can go away, or the opposite can happen, if you have a dog that doesn’t
have a lot of natural drive for toys, there are lots of
techniques that you can do to build that drive for dogs, but there’s certainly some dogs that are just crazy in love with toys, and love to play fetch,
and they could just do it all day long, and other dogs that do it for the sake of pleasing their owner, or just because it’s a trained trick, but they don’t necessarily find
it as internally rewarding, so it comes down to a bit of training and some different strategic things, which sounds like a great video. – Absolutely, it’s
something that we’ll cover in the future, but I think you
can teach any dog to fetch. Whether they will enjoy fetching or not is all about the currency of reward, if you can find something
that they really love as a reward, or for fetching, or that they love to fetch,
I think it’s perfect. And when we talk about,
I see Girl85’s comment that her Border Collie
puppy loved to fetch toilet roll tubes, that’s really
part of finding that thing, finding that high-currency reward, or valuable thing for
your dog to retrieve. Now, going onto the second
part of EssieGirl85’s question, “He’s now into frisbee, but he ends up “biting his tongue quite often,” it’s something that I
know both Kayl and I love as a fetch toy, or as a retrieve toy, is the soft frisbees,
or the fabric frisbees. Love them!
– Yeah, I really like them, I find that they stay, throw quite nicely, and the dogs can grab them really easily,
I always teach my dogs to play frisbee initially
with a soft frisbee, because it’s really
easy for them to catch, it’s not as difficult as something that’s a bit harder
plastic, or harder material, and no biting tongues, it’s
much, much safer for them, I mean, if you’re into disc dog, they have really good quality frisbees that fly really nice,
they go a long distance, and the dogs can catch those really well, but you wanna stay away
from the promo-type frisbees that they often hand out, they’re great, they’re cute, but they’re
not really super great for your dog’s mouth. – Absolutely, so keep that in mind. – Okay, this next
question is Rachel Batta, I’m hoping I’m saying
her last name correctly, it’s more of a comment,
actually, rather than a question, and it’s in reference to
the thunderstorm video that we put out on ways and suggestions to help your dog be
calm, or be less stressed during that moment, and
she said some of the things that she’s done with her
dogs, which are excellent, so she says, “We let our puppy hear sounds “off YouTube off our TV, “very low, then gradually
increase sound level, “things like thunderstorm,
traffic, fireworks, “barking dogs, crowds of
people, musical instruments, “beach water store, shore, excuse me, “even Halloween scary sounds,” she really covers all bases, I think, “even helped with kids at
the door,” which is awesome. “Daisy has no issues
with any of these now, “she is three years old and still sleeps “through night storms,” so,
they’re great suggestions. – Yeah, that’s a really
great way to help your, to desensitize your dog
through any of these problems, and one of our suggestions
that we made actually in the video, so from any
sort of environmental sounds, taking music, again, these sounds, playing them while you’re gone, really, really great
ways to help your dogs through any of these scenarios, so that was a great job by you, Rachel, for helping your dog through
these environment sound issues. ‘Kay, next is actually a comment, comes from Davis Tran after watching How to Stop Using Food in Training. And he says, “I already
understood the sequence “of saying the command
right before the action “of luring in order to get the dog “to predict the action after
it hears the verbal cue, “but I never thought having
food in front of the dog’s face “as you say the verbal
cue as a distraction,” and it really would slow
down that aspect of training, but why don’t we talk
about why we do that, like how there is a distraction, if you have food in
front of your dog’s face, why you say the command. – Yeah, I think two things happen, number one, if the food is
in front of the dog’s face, some dogs, especially if
they’re highly food motivated, they tend to focus on the food so much that they go through the motions
of what you’re luring them, or showing them to do,
but they’re not actually comprehending the word that
you’re putting with it, because they’re so focused
on getting the food, where other dogs sometimes become very dependent on that step, so unless you show your hand with the food before giving them a command, you can tell them, “Sit, sit, sit,” or whatever you’re saying all day long, and they just sort of wait and anticipate for the hand and the food to come forward, so those are the two
most important reasons why we try to eliminate that step, so give the command clearly, and then within that one-second timeframe, add the signal and the
food one second later to show the dog what we want. – Yeah, which is why
timing is so important. – You bet! – Next question comes from,
Is Tugging With Your Dog a Bad Idea?, from the video there, it comes from The Light Up North, and why don’t you read
the question for us, Kayl? – “Thanks for the tips. “If your dog’s teeth do touch your hand, “what is the best way to teach
them that that’s not okay?” So this is during playing
tug with your dog. “Will they connect pausing
or stopping the game “with the action of their teeth or mouth “contacting your hand or skin?” And yes, they absolutely will, especially if your dog finds playing and interacting with you very
motivating and rewarding, so if you’re having a game,
and your dog does anything that you don’t like, and
it could be something more than biting your hands,
it could be jumping up or scratching you, or
whatever it might be, anything that you don’t like,
you can basically let your dog know that by stopping the game altogether. I will say one common
error I see people do is when they go to stop the game, they often try to pull the dog’s
toy out of the dog’s mouth, and that actually, for a lot of dogs, is like the most fun
thing that you can do, almost as, like, you’re
continuing to play the game, so one of the better strategies is to actually make the
toy go completely still and very, very boring,
you can even brace it against your leg, and stop all of the fun, so your dog’s not so stimulated anymore, so that they sorta go,
“Oh, this is really boring, “whatever I just did didn’t really seem “to make the game very engaging,” and when the dog sort
of stops and settles, then you can start the
game again, as if to say, “I like that behavior better,
now let’s try it again,” so that can often be
a good way to stop it, provided that the dog’s
pretty cooperative. – Yeah, for sure, and marking
the behavior with your voice, like that oops or ouch or something, but rather than pulling the toy again, just making it much less interesting. – Absolutely. – The next one’s actually a
comment rather than a question, it comes from K9crazy. – And it’s from our video that had to do with how to deal with
a lost dog emergency, so her question was,
“When we rescued our dog, “the RSPCA told us that
we shouldn’t put her name “on the tag because she
responds to her name so well, “so it would make it easier
for someone to steal her “because they would
respond to them as well.” And Ken and I have a
little bit of a difference of opinion on this one, I agree with this, when I travel, I purposely
do not put my dog’s names on their collars, on their tags, I just have my email address
and I have my telephone number, just because my dogs
are really well-trained, and if somebody was to
start calling their name, they would probably go right
along with them perfectly well, but they would also
respond to normal commands like come or here as
well, so, I don’t know. – So it provides more
backup to my opinion, which is that, I mean, it
depends on where you live, but I feel like I wanna have
my dog’s name on their tag because what’s the likelihood that someone is going to find him? I think it’s more valuable to
have their name on their tag so that if they were lost,
someone were to know their name and be able to better
assist them, and you, in getting them back, but it’s so unlikely that someone would want to steal your dog and would be close enough,
if they’re close enough to read their tag,
they’ve already got them, so that’s my opinion–
– This is true. Yeah, so I think the moral of the story is that it doesn’t really matter what you do, you can put whatever you
want on your dog’s collar, but hopefully you’re not in
a scenario or a situation where something that
terrible would happen, but I think it’s good if the
dog will respond to somebody, because if that somebody
can get ahold of them and get them safe, then
that’s your best bet, and I’m hopeful that whoever gets the dog will check their microchip, and then that’s gonna lead
them back to me as well, which is why it’s important
to microchip your dogs. – For sure, and I have no further comment, because I feel like I actually won. Next question, or comment
comes from World Towning, and I actually subscribed,
we actually subscribed to these guys, World Towning,
they have a very cool family vlog that teaches families how to travel all over the world, and live in a different
time, it’s very cool. And it comes in our How To Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up video. World Towning says, “Is
it normal to have a dog “on the leash all the time? “I’ve not had a dog in a while, “but that is not a practice
that I usually did,” and this is a great point. – Yeah, this is something
that we do normally do, we sort of do the opposite,
so when we have a young puppy, we start out with them on a leash, or even just a light line so
it’s not quite so invasive in the house, and then we started that on so that when the puppy
is bound to make mistakes when they’re young and they
don’t have much life experience, we can redirect them really easily and help them to not learn
bad behaviors in the house, and this particular one was stopping them from jumping on people when
they come in the house, so the leash is a really, really great way to prevent a problem from developing into something that happens
and becomes a habit, versus waiting longer for the dog, and giving them a chance
to jump on people, or chew things in your house,
or whatever it might be, and then you’re trying to
run around and catch them and get control because
you don’t have a leash on, so basically what we do with our dogs is, when they’re young, if we sort of see that they’re starting to listen well to their basic commands,
then we might graduate to like a shorter leash
or something really small, and then eventually, we work
to being able to be off-leash, but then we’re also ready
to put the leash back on if they go through like a
little terrible two stage, where they sort of become
a bit of a adolescent, like six, seven, eight months. Luckily,
(knocks on table) knock on plastic, Beeline
is at that exact age, and she’s been really good lately, so. – Yeah, she’s been really great, but again, if you start
taking care of any problems, you can always take a step back and put the dog back on
a long line, or a leash, just for safety’s sake. – The next question we have is
from our other back up video that we made, a little bit different one, Teach Your Dog to Back Up,
and it’s from Macy Lundin, “What do you do if your
dog doesn’t back up “when you walk towards them? “My dog will sit when I walk towards her, “and I don’t know how to change that.” – Yeah, and that’s a pretty common problem that people encounter
when they’re training the back up trick, and
there’s sort of a couple steps that you can do, and probably
one of the most important is your hand position, where your hand is as you’re backing up with your dog. A lot of times, if you
increase the social pressure, allow your dog out of that sudden increase of social pressure by
moving a little bit closer, your dog will naturally back up, but if you encounter the situation where they sit and it
looks like a hard seat, and you can’t get them out of the sit, then watch where your hands are. It’s helpful if you get your hands down to sort of their spine level, and in line with their
neck as you step into them, they’re less likely to
feel like it’s a sit lure, and feel like you’re trying to get ’em into that sitting position,
so watch your hands, keep them at the same line as
their collar or their neck, and step into them to
encourage them to back up. – Yeah, which means if
you have a small dog, and I can see a picture of a CKC Spaniel on her little profile here, which means that dog’s that like, need love
are the sweetest dogs ever, so you would need to bend right over in order to get that dog
to keep its head straight. When you have the food high, the dog often will naturally lift their
head to look up at the food, and when you step into them, they will put all of the weight into their back end, that’s actually a
technique that we have used to teach sit in front after a recall, so keeping the head lower,
and keeping the hand sort of so that the spine and head line up will often fix that right away. – So good luck with your back up training. – Cute dog. – Alright, next question
comes on How to Teach Your Dog to Jump Up Into Your Arms,
and it comes from kayxx, it looks like, “My dog
doesn’t listen to words, “they don’t get words,
if I say hup every time “they do it right, I
think they should get it, “but when I say hup without helping them, “they don’t get, they
don’t understand me,” I’m paraphrasing a little bit, but, so let’s talk a little
bit about trick training, and if you’re moving head too quickly, and you’re using a command
and it’s not working, what should our viewers do? – Well, basically, any time
with, whether it’s tricks or any skill that you’re
trying to train your dog, if you’re starting to use a verbal command and you’re not getting a
response from your dog, you need to consider why, is it that the dog’s being a bit of a brat and they’re not responding because they would rather do something
else, or is it confusion? If it’s confusion, then
definitely what we wanna do is go back a few steps, and
help the dog to be successful and go to whatever step the
dog is responding reliably. What I always like to say
about training specifically, though, is that tricks aren’t a test, so, if you use a verbal command and
then have some body language and some encouragement as well, there’s absolutely
nothing wrong with that, one of the things that we
love about trick training is that the way we do it is
purely positive training, so, if the dog’s struggling,
we just use more tools to help the dog to be successful,
to build their confidence, and to let them have a lot
of fun, so I think it’s great that she wants to have things
just on a verbal command, I think is what she’s getting here, but I also don’t think
it’s the end of the world to help the dog a little bit more, and again, consider if
the dog’s struggling because they’re unsure, or
maybe they’re just distracted and she needs to change the environment that she’s practicing in. – For sure, all of these skills are built on a solid foundation of success, so you need to be successful
before you move forward, and if you encounter a
situation where it’s too hard, then just take a step
back, and help your dog a little bit more.
– Absolutely. – Next question comes from GelderHooves from our 8 Fun Tricks You
Can Teach Your Dog to Do, the video’s got almost
1/2 a million views, like 350,000 views or something, yeah. – Mr. Hummer.
– It features, yeah, a Border Collie cross named Hummer, and the other Border Collie cross, a Canadian named Funky Monkey, but GelderHooves asks, “Why is there a dog “sitting in a chair in the background?” (Kayl chuckles) – I think this is really funny. – Yeah, I don’t know what
else you do with chairs. You want him to sit on
the floor like an animal? – I know, why on Earth
would you ever leave a dog on the floor?
– Absolutely, but Kayl’s actually got a
really great reason for that. – Yeah, I, often if I’m
training more than one dog, I ask one of the dogs to
sort of wait somewhere, whether it’s up on a chair, it happens to be what’s
there and convenient, which that, was the case
at the time of that video, or like a dog bed or something like that, or sometimes I’ll have them go in a crate, but I’ll leave the crate door open, and the reason why I do that is, I like that dog that’s waiting its turn to have to show some type of self-control while I’m training another dog, and then I’ll often switch them, so, my dogs are pretty funny, so
if I’m working them in a group, I can actually say to the dogs, Grand Slam’s turn, and
he will leave the pack and come and work, and
everybody else knows that that’s not their name,
and they have to wait at whatever they’re doing,
and then I can send him back, to a chair or to a table,
and then I can call another one out to do training. It definitely allows me to train more dogs in a much smaller amount of time, but there is method to my madness, and that is so that the other dogs are sort of having to use
their brains at the same time– – Teaching them to be mindful. It’s really an impressive trick– – Yeah, I actually didn’t really realize that it was that unique,
’cause I’m so used to doing it, so I think it’s really funny
that someone watching the video would notice that, so, pretty cool. – And on that note,
we’re gonna wrap this up. Wanna thank you guys for joining us, if this is your first time with us, make sure you hit that subscribe button, we publish new videos
every single Thursday to help you enrich your dog’s life, and to help your dog to
become a well-behaved four-legged family member,
and we’re gonna be doing these comment answer question
things more frequently, because I think it’d
be good for our channel to give back, and answer questions– – Yeah, there was great, great
questions and great comments, so hopefully if we can clarify things, or even come up with new
ideas for more videos and things that you guys wanna see, we would love to hear it, that’s perfect – Absolutely, so post your questions in the comment section
below, and on that note, I’m Ken Steepe.
– I’m Kayl McCann. – Happy training, bye for now.

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  1. What questions do YOU have about dog training? This is your opportunity to ask 20-time world champion, Kayl McCann, that training question that's been on your mind! We will be doing these Q & A videos more often in the upcoming months, so be sure to post your questions on your favorite video on the McCann Dogs channel, or ask them here! Happy Training!

  2. Hi, I have a question about my two dogs, but you might need a little bit of background to answer, I guess.
    I have 2 female Chihuahua mix, one is 10 years old and I've had her since she was a puppy, she's very well behaved, and socializes quite easily; the other one I adopted from a shelter in March this year, and she's 4 years old. She seems to never have experienced much dog interaction, she doesn't really know how to play, and she's submissive with me but not with my other dog. I'm getting a little confused, though, trying to understand who, between the two, is the "leader". I would expect my first dog to be, since she's older and slightly taller than the other, but she started changing her behavior with me as well. For example, when I call them both, the younger one comes immediately, and the older one waits at a distance and looks at me, as if she's not sure if she's allowed to come as well. She lets the younger one through doors first, but then she also marks the spots where the younger one pees. She often licks the younger one's mouth and private parts, and recently, even if I place down the bowl with food for her first, she waits for the other one to start eating, before she does as well. Sometimes she show her teeth, if the younger one calls for attention while she's on my lap, for example. The younger one doesn't really interact with the older one, she literally only wants to be with me the whole time and often sends away the other, showing her teeth. The older one instead, checks on the younger one often. Sometimes they fight, if for whatever reason they are both excited or agitated and they bump into each other. So, I would think that the younger (and recently adopted) one might be the leader between the two, but it doesn't make much sense to me…is it possible? Shouldn't it be the other way around? What are the signs or body language I should pay attention to? And is it true that I should feed the "leader" first? I'm not gonna lie, I kinda feel bad for my older dog 🙁 I'm worried that I might be doing something wrong. Thank you, and sorry for this never ending message!

  3. Hi, Thanks for all your lessons! I'd like to know for how long you should train, and how many things you can teach your dog at the same time, in the same session and in general. Thanks again

  4. Hello🙃

    I’m a new subscriber 🙌🏽, my question(s) is

    1. how do I get my 2 three month old puppies to listen when they run around in the kitchen freely?😳

    2. How do I get them to not bite? (When i tried to remove a shoe or eating something they are not supposed to) 😖

    3. How often do I continue to lure them to sit or have them lay down? ( they refuse to do it if no treats are given) 🤦🏻‍♀️

    My dogs are 3 months old they are mini golden doodle/Pom. They are liter mates, and totally look different from each other😂. One loves to cuddle the other hates to cuddle😊

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