7 Terms Every Pup Parent Should Know

May 24, 2022 | Tips and Tricks

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I’m constantly working with Jake And Maggie to make sure they don’t forget how to heel, focus on their “recall” and to make sure they don’t act like crazy dogs out in public :-). Here are 7 Terms Every Pup Parent Should Know.  Have you ever heard of the terms “Capturing” and “Jackpotting”?  I have not so I found these interesting.  We have fun every morning going over their tricks that I have taught them but I’m always curious about new training techniques.  

One happy puppy

After a day of playing in the yard, Maggie is ready to chill on the porch with us.  What a happy puppy she is!  

7 Terms Every Pup Parent Should Know
I found this information on www.pupford.com and found that searching the internet, many posts say the same thing.  During our puppy and adolescent classes, I was curious to see the different training techniques of the instructors.  One recommended (see my post on choke collars here) choke collars while other’s recommended no pull or gentle lead harnesses (see my post on Are Gentle Lead Harnesses Effective).  We spent so much money buying leashes, collars, training material and ended up finding 2 Hounds Design on Instagram who saved the day.  Yes, we used it all but now only use their regular collars and leashes.  When taking them anywhere we use the 2 Hounds Design harnesses.  I bought Jake And Maggie harness that fit perfectly and now make walking them a breeze.  But the one consistent training technique among all the trainers was to be consistent, positive, patient, and to use high quality treats!
 
Whether you are a new dog owner or an experience pet owner, these terms will be helpful to you and your pup!

Jake helping me paint!

The pups are with me no matter what I’m doing.  On this day I was getting ready to paint a table and Jake was right by my side 🙂

7 Terms Every Pup Parent Should Know
7 TERMS EVERY PUP PARENT SHOULD KNOW

TERM #1- RECALL

Recall is interchangeable with ‘come when called’. So basically, recall refers to your dog’s ability to come back to you when you call him/her.  Recall is one of the most important behaviors you can teach your dog!  Make sure you use high quality treats while training your pup on Recall.  This will show them at coming back to you when called can be very delicious 🙂 

TERM #2- MARKING/CLICKER
 
If you hear the term ‘mark the behavior’ that simply means to give your dog a distinct indicator of exactly when the correct behavior occurred. 

So for example, if you are teaching your dog to sit you would ‘mark’ that behavior the instant your dog’s butt hits the ground.

Marking can be done by using a ‘marker word’ like “yes” or “good” or by using a training clicker. A clicker is a simple tool that gives a distinct “click” noise when pressed.

By using a marker word or clicker while training, you can more clearly help your dog identify the exact moment they did a behavior correctly. And when they understand the timing of when they did something right, the more likely they’ll be to do it again in the future!
 
Using the Clicker was very hard for me.  Trying to hold and train two dogs at the same time plus learn when to click and not to click was too confusing for the dogs.  I clicked too late, too soon, or not at all.  We bought clickers and I ended up giving them to the animal shelter.  (Just an FYI…the shelters love getting donations of training tools, leashes, collars, etc).  If you’ve got any of these items laying around, a trip to your shelter might have to be put on your list of “to-do’s”. 🙂

TERM #3- ZOOMIES
 
While this isn’t a “technical” term, it’s one you will hear quite often. 

The zoomies are essentially when your pup gets a burst of energy and runs wildly around. It can involve running back and forth, spinning in circles, overall just acting a little wild.

It often happens right before your dog is getting ready for bed, when you come home, and/or after a bath.

The only cure for the zoomies is letting your dog zoom around 😅

Jake...you are never gonna catch me! Love, Maggie!

At 5 years old these two still get the “zoomies”.  They love playing in our shrubs.  On this day we were trimming and mulching and the dogs enjoyed a game of hide, seek, and chase!

7 Terms Every Pup Parent Should Know
TERM #4- BITE INHIBITION

Bite inhibition is your dog’s ability to control the force of their mouth/bite. This is sometimes referred to as “soft mouth”, while those terms are slightly different generally.

Bite inhibition is best learned by doing proper training when your pup bites. 

But the most effective way to teach bite inhibition is by having your puppy play with other dogs. Dogs have a natural way of letting other dogs know when bites are too hard and painful.

Don’t skip out on puppy play dates!  This is where we went wrong with Jake And Maggie.  They were sick when we got them due to a poor breeding.  Yes, we saved them from a very bad situation.  So having them around other animals was not safe.  We also spent too much time training them with just the four of us and not taking them around other puppies their age.  We learned our lesson and quickly made the necessary changes in our training to help acclimate them to new environments.

TERM #5- CAPTURING

Capturing is simply a technique of ‘marking’ a behavior your dog naturally does.

For example, if you’re trying to teach your dog to lie down you might wait for them to lie down on their own and then ‘mark’ and reward that behavior. After doing that a few times, you can start adding a cue word (lie down) so your dog pairs the behavior with a term.

Capturing is a very effective way to turn natural behaviors into behaviors you can ask for on cue!

TERM #6- JACKPOTTING

A big part of dog training is keeping your dog guessing and WANTING to listen to you. And jackpotting makes that happen!

Jackpotting is simply giving your dog a better reward (think real steak vs normal treats) or giving your dog more of their normal reward.

For example, instead of just giving one or two treats like you normally would you could give 4-5 treats when your dog does something you really want from them.

Jackpotting is a great way to more strongly reinforce behaviors!

TERM #7- INTERMITTENT REINFORCEMENT

Similar to the above, keeping your dog guessing can be a very valuable tool when training!

Intermittent reinforcement is simply giving your dog rewards at a random interval.

So, instead of giving a treat every time your dog does a trick, you only give a reward/treat every 2 or 3 times. Of course, at the beginning of teaching a new behavior, you’ll want to reward each time.

But as your dog progresses with that behavior, you can start to randomize the reward interval to help keep your pup guessing and wanting to listen!

Playing ball is Maggie's favorite activity!

I say the word “ball” and Maggie’s face lights up!

7 Terms Every Pup Parent Should Know

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