Watch video: How to hand feed your dog effectively (full video)

Dima Yeremenko has trained dogs to participate in most activities you can think of, has appeared on TV with his 'dancing dogs' and regularly performs at dog shows and events. Each day, Dima walks a pack of over a dozen dogs - all off lead and all incredibly well behaved, despite the fact that most aren't even his, and new dogs are joining the group all the time.

Dima puts his success with dog training (especially with dogs with behaviour 'problems') down to his handfeeding regime. Every dog that Dima looks after spends around 2 weeks receiving their entire daily food ration from Dima's hand. This quickly encourages them to want to 'work' for every biscuit they get - allowing Dima to reward them for good behaviours 100's of times per day.

0:00 Introduction
2:06 How to start hand feeding - moving to get the treat
2:56 Adding commands / cues and tricks
3:44 Wean the dog off the food lure (so the dog works for you, not the food)
5:19 Teaching the dog to stay
6:50 Teaching the dog to 'not' do things - like leaving a treat
8:24 Keeping dogs lean, but not needing them to be hungry
10:06 Getting the dog used to being handled / groomed all over without forcing them
12:26 Teaching the dog to leave temptations alone (like the cat!)
12:53 Obstacle training - training with props
14:33 Desensitising to sounds
14:50 Training tricks and fun things
16:14 Weaning the dogs off food - ask more for fewer treats
18:00 Training at a distance
18:40 Do I have to hand feed forever?

In this video, we find out from Dima how to use the 10 steps that he outlines in his book 'Dima's Dog School' The 10 steps include: Session 1: A fresh start Session 2: Playing conductor: Clicker training Session 3: These boots were made for walking Session 4: Cool dog moves Session 5: Cuddling up Session 6: Gimme five! And other funky moves Session 7: Rejection - who needs it? Session 8: Lazybones activities Session 9: Obstacle training Session 10: Distance control commands Dima explains how he uses handfeeding for the first few weeks and then steers the dogs away from working purely for food, towards working for the handler.

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