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Stop whistle

To get the dog to stop when it’s busy doing what it enjoys the the most – hunting – can be very difficult, but it can be done! Here you’ll find all our blog posts about how we clicker train our dogs to get very good “brakes” – namely to stop at the stop whistle or the stop command. The stop whistle for spaniels means that the dog stops; standing, sitting or laying down. The spaniel doesn’t have to look at you, but if it does it facilitates directing it to find the retrieve. If it looks forward (where the game landed) it will be easier for it to retrieve the game since it then more easily will remember where it landed. The stop whistle for a retriever means that the dog should stop and look at you, standing or sitting (or laying down, but that’s not very convenient because the dog won’t see you as good then).

The stop whistle and distraction training

Here’s another entry on my favorite blog topic – the stop whistle! This time I’m posting a video that shows how I begin proofing the stop whistle. Tassla was five months old at the time and if you want to know how I began working on the stop whistle, you can read...

More stop whistle training

Stop whistle training is always something that we get lot of questions about and therefore I will showyou  a short video of a smart stop whistle exercise I learned in Wales last summer. It’s easy to get stuck on an exercise and always (or several times)...

Sit, sit, sit

Above all sitting must be the most important behavior a spaniel with hunting ambitions could learn. Then I don’t just mean to sit down, but also to remain sitting – no matter what happens. And to sit and be steady is of course very important for retrievers...
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