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Multi dog tricks! How to train multiple dogs



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Hey everybody! The topic of this video is training multi dog tricks without the

use of physical or psychological intimidation. Now a lot of you might know

that in the past circuses used lots of different methods

that weren't so nice to train some very amazing multi dog tricks as well as

other animal acts and these days a lot of people want to do training with their

dog but they want it to be a two-sided relationship where the dogs are also

having a good time as well as the owner. Firstly I want to mention that if your

dogs are uncomfortable with each other in any sort of way or you're just not

sure what might happen if you train your dogs at the same time or in the same

room it's important to go and hire a professional trainer who doesn't use any

forms of physical or psychological intimidation to train your dogs and then

you can follow along the tutorial with the help of the trainer because the

trainer can help you notice if your dogs are showing any signs of discomfort

along the way. Step 1 Teach each dog a calm settle around food. The first step

is teaching each dog separately one at a time a calm settle for food like this

one and I'll link a video in the description on how to train this. Step 2

Teach take turns for treats. The second step is teaching the dogs to take turns

taking treats and I'll link a video below of how to train this. But basically

you're teaching the dog that when you have a treat and it moves towards one

dog it means it's not for the other dogs. This can greatly reduce frustration

when working on multi dog tricks because most likely until now you've been

working with the dogs one-on-one so when they see a treat moving they naturally

think that it's for them and what you'll have if you hold a treat out is a whole

bunch of dog faces right on the treat and that can cause frustration for

everyone involved. Step 3 Teach take turns for training. The third

step is teaching the dogs to take turns during training sessions as you might

have seen in some of my videos when I'm working one dog all the other dogs are

relaxing on the couch so by teaching this first you're actually teaching your

dog that if they don't get a treat fast when working with another dog they won't

feel stressed, over-aroused or punished by it. So you can work with this dog a

little bit and that dog isn't going to be like "hey where's my treat?". So that's

why I like to train that first, before then working with the dogs together. And

I have a full tutorial on how to train that and I'll also link that in the

description below. Step 4 teach and proof behaviors before adding

dogs together. The fourth step is teaching and proofing the behaviors that

you're going to be using in the multi dog trick separately with each dog until

they're nice and strong before adding dogs together. And then when you do add

the dogs together you can make criteria extremely easy so that when the dogs are

added together they think suddenly things become much easier and working

with other dogs means more treats and more fun. So she can walk around on my

feet like this for a long duration and she finds it really fun and

easy because we worked on this trick a lot and it's a strong behavior now. I've

also trained and proofed a very strong leg wave behavior with my

Terrier. Tug go legs! Good boy! For a trick where you

might want one dog to circle around another dog that's in a stationary

position, like a sit or a sit pretty position, you could work with a prop, add a really

good verbal cue for the dog and then build that behavior to be really strong

and you could even proof for different situations before then adding a dog. Step

5 Teach the dogs the concept of working

together by first asking for behaviors near each other. If you're going to be

using Luring to train your multi dog trick, it's important to teach the dogs

the concept that you're Luring two different dogs at the same time. So I'm

going to do that with Halo and Kiko over here. So it's easier at first when one

dog is in a settle. So halo is focused on this treat being his and Kiko is focused

on this treat being hers. So I'm going to lure Kiko around in a circle like

this. Good! And then both of these dogs are going to get a treat. Practice

luring both dogs at the same time and drastically reduced criteria so they're

just following the lure for like a second before you mark and reinforce.

Ready? Good!

You can then practice having one dog do a behavior while the other dog waits so

I'm holding my hand out like this for Halo and then I'm going to lure Splash

in a circle like that. Good And now I'm going to hold this treat for Splash to

sit and have Halo go in a circle. Good!

Ready? Good! Splash sit. Good. And you can turn those into hand signals. So I have

no treats and I can have this hand cueing Splash to sit and this hand

cueing Halo to move. - Twirl. Good. Sit.

Ready? Good Sit Down Stand Sit

Splash twirl and Sit, Halo Twirl and Sit. Most dogs are accustomed to working

directly in front of the trainer, so you can utilize a target like a mat or a

platform to teach your dogs to stay the appropriate distance away from each

other when working in a group. A lot of dogs find it punishing or stressful when

another dog moves in close proximity to them while they're training. So here you

can see I'm conditioning a positive emotional response in Halo to the

movement of the other dog while he's working for food. So I'm getting splash

to move in front of him and marking the moment Splash moves and giving both dogs

a treat. It might seem like I'm being overly careful when training my dogs but

the end result is dogs that are happy to work with each other. Ready? Tug, go legs.

Tug go legs. Good Good job. Go Circle Good

Go around. Good

Ready go Circle, good, go around. Good Splash sit pretty, Halo go circle Halo go

round. Good get it good job. Step 6 Drastically reduced criteria when

working with multiple dogs and pay attention to the dog's body language to

see if the dog is showing any signs of stress or discomfort and adjust your

training plan accordingly. If you're not a professional trainer who

studied canine body language and stress signals you should not work with your

dogs in too close proximity or work on tricks where the dogs

touch each other because what can happen is things can look great

to an untrained eye but what's happening is over time the dogs are starting to

have an aversion to doing the trick and at some point because you're not helping

them out they might have to tell the other dog off for touching them or they

just don't feel comfortable touching the dog that's giving them these warning

signs to go away. So what I suggest is hiring a trainer to help you with

training the tricks and assessing if the dogs are okay doing the tricks together.

Tug go around. So as you can see for Tug this behavior is really easy for him and

he can do it multiple times. So when I add another dog into the picture I'm

just gonna have him go around one time or even a tiny bit of a circle around

the other dog before a mark and reinforce and then he'll start to see

that when working with another dog things become extremely reinforcing and

fun. Now when I add the dogs together I'm going to use an extremely high rate

of reinforcement and I might revert back to blatant luring. Tug get it.

So I'll hold the treat here for Wish and hold

the treat down here for Tug so that he learns to weave through her legs.

Tug go legs. Good.

Here are some signs of stress or feeling

conflicted. All dogs are different and they will exhibit different signs. Ears

move back, gaze shifts, body leans away from other dog, licks lips (not after

eating a treat but during the behavior), yawns, dog lifts a paw, dog begins

panting after no exercise, tension in the body, submissive behaviors,

frustration related behaviors, or the dog simply refuses to do the behavior or

offers an incorrect behavior. Don't panic if you see your dog lick his lips

because dogs do lick their lips when they're eating treats. So if you notice

it happens after a treat, don't worry. Aso when working on a new multi dog

trick a dog might offer a glance away or lick his lips to be polite to the other

dog so it's not the end of the world. It just means you need to go back and

make both dogs feel comfortable with that exercise. To review here are the

steps in order. Step 1 Teach each dog a calm settle around food

Step 2 Teach take turns for treats. Step 3 Teach take turns for training. Step 4

Teach and proof behaviors before adding dogs together.

Step 5 teach the dogs the concept of working together by first asking for

behaviors near each other. Step 6 Drastically reduced criteria when

working with multiple dogs and pay attention to the dog's body language to

see if the dog is showing any signs of stress or discomfort and adjust your

training plan accordingly. I hope you found this video helpful for your

training. Don't forget to Like comment and subscribe to channel Kikopup! See

you later guys! Bye!