Dog training, dog obedience training, and dog behaviour training made simple and easy with remote dog training.
To start we will learn about basic commands that involve teaching
your dog to Sit, Down and Break!
These commands will help your dog to be safe, better behaved and
more reliable around guests. These simple commands also offer you the
opportunity to solve a number of common problem behaviors that may be
undesirable to your family, neighbors and friends.
Perhaps the most important command is the release command. This
command can be a word that you choose such as FREE!, BREAK! or OK!
For the purpose of this video we will use “Break” as the release
word. This release word tells your dog that it is OK to move about.
With an effective release command, there is no reason for the
command “STAY”. Your dog will simply stay lying where told and move
only when released.
After learning the three basic commands your dog will move to the
more advanced commands that requires your dog to learn “Obey
Commands” from greater distances. Such as;
* Come – used to call your dog when he’s off-leash; and
* Go To – used to direct your dog to their spot or place
Memorize these five basic commands and use them consistently and
you’ll be on your way to training your dog to associate each command
with a specific action.
Whether your dog is a companion pet, or your best hunting buddy,
these five basic commands will cover the most common behavior
One thing to remember. We recommend that you do not use different
words interchangeably, such as “Off!” one time and “Down” the next,
you’ll just confuse your dog.
Choose a word and stick with it.
Throughout the training process you will want to use plenty of
praise, playing with toys, treats and lot’s of attention for
Discourage the wrong behavior by withholding attention, play and
treats and wait for the first opportunity to lavish the attention
again for the appropriate behavior.
The Innotek remote trainer comes with several different levels of
stimulus. Regardless of how many levels your remote trainer allows,
always use the lowest level of stimulus that produces the desired
result. With the proper level, your dog reaction should be a little
shake of the head, twitching of the ears or a look to you. Your dog
should never be fearful of the tap as it should simply be a
distraction from one behavior to a better behavior.
Innotek remote trainers feature patented microprocessor technology
that prevents other transmitters in the area from interfering with
Most Innotek hand controllers will automatically synchronize to
the training collar when you turn your unit on, however, in some
cases it will be necessary, before using your remote trainer for the
first time, to “synchronize,” or “match up,” your hand controller to
the dog’s training collar. Please refer to your owner’s guide to
ensure proper operation.
Depending on your Innotek model, the hand controller may also have
other useful features such as tone and click options. For operating
instructions for your specific collar and transmitter, refer to your
The first command you teach your dog will take the longest to
accomplish. Your dog has yet to understand the learning process, so
everything you do and say will be new.
Don’t loose heart! With every command, and passing day you spend
training, it will become easier and faster once your dog understands
what to expect.
- First, attach a six foot leash and do not attach the leash
directly to the electronic collar’s neck-strap. Attach the leash
to a separate nylon or leather collar. If you choose, it is
helpful to have a treat in the hand holding the leash.
- With your dog on the leash and by your side, grasp the leash
by the buckle under the dog’s chin. Pull up on the leash and push
down at the base of the dog’s tail in a gentle movement. Give the
command SIT. Hold your dog in position for 5 to 10 seconds and
then release by giving the dog your release command and rewarding
with the treat and plenty of praise. For the purpose of this video
we will use BREAK!
- Perform a number of repetitions, but only as many as you have
your dog’s full attention. Resist the urge to push your dog to the
point of resistance. We have found that 10 – 20 repetitions are
optimal for any single training session. Have two training
sessions per day with your dog on this command. You will know it
is time to move on to the next phase when your dog anticipates the
“sit” command and your prompting by sitting before you can pull up
on the leash.
- The next step is to reinforce the sit command.
- With the training collar ON and your dog on a six foot leash,
press and hold the hand controller button as you give the command
“sit”. Keep holding the button until your dog is sitting.
Immediately release the button. Praise your dog calmly while
- Release your dog with the “break” command and enthusiastically
- Should your dog break from the sitting position prior to
giving the release command, immediately press and hold the hand
controller training button and help your dog into the sitting
position again. Repeat this step until your dog remains in the sit
position for 10 seconds or more.
- Repeat this exercise two times per day until your dog sits
without you having to use the hand controller button. Use treats
and lots of praise.
- Once you determine your dog has mastered the “sit” command
without using the hand controller or your assistance, you’re ready
to work with your dog “off-leash” and add increased distractions
to your training environment.
- Now we’re ready to move on to “sit” training without the
- When your dog is obeying the “sit” command without prompting
from you or the training collar, take the leash off and repeat the
“sit” lesson in a controlled and secure area.
- Gradually add distractions, such as petting your dog, people
approaching, other dogs walking by and tossing a toy. Should your
dog break the “sit” position prior to your release command
“Break”, immediately press and hold the hand controller button
until your dog self-corrects into the sitting position.
- Ok. We’re ready to move into the next phase…the “down”
- There are several different ways to teach your dog the meaning
of “DOWN”. There are several different methods and much will
depend on you and your dog which method provides the least amount
of resistance from your dog.
- With your dog in a sit position by your side, grasp the leash
with one hand and place the other hand on your dog’s shoulder
blades. With firm but gentle pressure, pull down on the leash
until your dog is in the down position. With this method it is
helpful if you are on a slippery service such as tile or linoleum
that helps your dog slide into the down position. On courser
surfaces, take your leash hand and “sweeping” your dog’s legs
outward and guide your dog into the down position. Or, for
resistant dogs, present your dog with a favorite treat in front of
his nose. Slowly move the treat to the ground. Do not relinquish
the treat until in the down position. As with the sit command,
keep your dog in the down position for 10 seconds and use your
- Play and praise enthusiastically.
- Repeat this step 10-20 times, two times per day. You will know
it is time to introduce the training collar stimulus when your dog
anticipates the down command and lays down with little guidance or
- With your dog sitting by your side, give the command “Down”
and immediate press and hold the hand controller button. Help your
dog into the down position if necessary and immediately release
the hand controller button.
- Repeat this step 5 to 10 times, two times per day. Move on to
the off-leash step when your dog immediately lies down to avoid
the training tap from the collar and does not break prior to your
- When your dog is lying down without prompting from the leash
and training collar, take the leash off and repeat the sit lesson
in a controlled and secure area.
- Gradually add distractions such as petting your dog, people
approaching, other dogs walking by and tossing a toy. Should your
dog break the down position prior to your release command “break”,
immediately press and hold the hand controller button until your
dog self-corrects into the down position.
- Should your dog appear confused and unable to self-correct
into the down position, help your dog back down with the leg sweep
and go back and review STEP 1.
- Teach your dog the “down” command, with distractions, until
you are satisfied your dog knows what is expected.
GO TO COMMAND
- Now, you’re ready to move into some more exciting part of
training. The “go-to…”
- You will need a marker that will identify the particular place
you would like your dog to “go to”. A dog bed or blanket works
- With the leash attached and you standing with your dog in a
sit position two or three feet from your dog’s place, give the
command “GO TO YOUR BED”. Immediately move forward, guiding your
dog onto the bed and into a sit or down position. Do not repeat
the “sit” or “down” command. GO TO your bed will mean, find your
bed and lay down and your dog should rapidly anticipate that is
- Use your release command after 5 to 10 seconds and make sure
you play and praise. Gradually increase the amount of time you
require your dog to stay on the bed prior to the release command.
- Repeat this step 10 to 20 times, two times per day. If your
dog should become distracted or resistant during this step reduce
the number of repetitions in each lesson. As with other commands,
you will know it is time for the next step when your dog moves
toward the bed with little or no physical prompting from the
- Next step…reinforce the “go-to…” command.
- Press and hold the controller button when you give the command
“Go To your bed”. Your dog should right away move towards the bed
and sit or lay down and upon doing so, immediately release the
hand controller button.
- Should your dog move off of the bed without the release
command, immediately press the hand controller button and guide
your dog back into position.
- Remember, should your dog appear to be confused on what action
causes the collar to turn off, repeat the early teaching steps.
- We’re now ready to train the “go-to” step without the leash.
- With the bed a few feet away, take the dog’s leash off and
repeat the “go-to” lessons with increasing distractions and
temptations. Roll a ball, ring the door bell and have people walk
through the area. Your dog should not move from the bed or any
other initital position.
- You will also need to practice the “Go to” command from
greater distances. As your dog perfects going to the bed when it
is insight, move the bed to a location around a corner. This will
most likely baffle your dog at first because the bed is not in
sight, so help your dog to the new location before you use the
remote training collar.
- This request is like a totally new command for your dog and
you may need to start with the first step; teaching.
- As you add new commands, you will find that your dog is moving
through the steps with increasing speed. Learning is a process
that dogs will grow accustomed to very quickly.
- You can teach the “come” command on a 15 foot lead or
retractable leash. Attach the leash to your dog’s collar and put
in a sit position. Walk to the end of your leash, turn and face
your dog. Give the “come” command, give the leash a snap and jog
backwards a few steps. Your dog should start to return to you.
- For added reliability and safety, the come command should end
in a sit. Do not give the sit command when your dog arrives,
simply put your dog in a sit with lot’s of praise and petting.
Give your release command when finished.
- If your dog should get distracted, repeat the command “come”,
give the leash a snap and jog backwards a few steps.
- Do not approach your dog. Your dog should come the entire
distance to you. Put your dog in a sit position and praise
enthusiastically upon reaching you. Release your dog from the sit
and spend a few moments playing with a favorite toy.
- Repeat this step 10 to 20 times, two times per day. You will
be ready to use your remote training collar when your dog
anticipates the leash pop and you running backward by racing to
you on the come command.
- With the training collar turned on and the retractable leash
attached, repeat the training steps in step one of the “come”
command. Instead of snapping the leash and running backwards,
press and hold the hand controller button until your dog covers
the 15 feet. Immediately release the button when your dog gets to
you and sits.
- Don’t forget to release your dog from the sitting position
when the exercise is finished with lots of praises and petting.
The final step of the “come” command is the off-leash.
- In a confined and controlled environment, such as a fenced
backyard, take the leash off your dog and repeat the training
steps from Step 2.
- If your dog should get distracted from the mission of getting
to you and sitting, immediately press and hold the hand controller
button and release the button at only on the successful conclusion
of the “come” exercise.
- Similar to the other commands, gradually increase the distance
your dog needs to cover on the “come” command and distractions
they will encounter on the way. Your dog should ignore every
temptation such as children, rolling balls and other animals.
- At first appearance this might look like more distraction than
any dog could ignore or maybe even unfair to ask. However, it is
this exercise that keeps your dog out of harms way. Unfortunately,
all too often there is a busy road between your dog and an
- The time spent perfecting this command is literally a
- Putting an end to common problem behaviors requires a
different use of your remote training system as compared to the
training process covered in Part I where there are teaching or
- To solve most problems, it is only necessary for your dog to
associate the zing of the training collar with a particular
problem behavior. Your dog’s actions cause the collar to activate
and ceasing that behavior turns the collar off.
- Keen observation on your part is required to get the timing
- Before you start to solve a digging problem, consider why your
dog is digging. Some modification of your dog’s living environment
may be required to fully solve this problem.
- Dogs dig for three primary reasons:
- A cooler or warmer place to lie.
- Make sure that your dog has plenty of shade and shelter. In
the heat of the summer, a small wading pool may be just what the
- They smell or hear something interesting.
- Particularly prevalent in Terrier breeds that were bred to
dig. Give these dogs an area to dig in that is acceptable and out
of the way.
- Terriers appreciate sandboxes just as much as the kids do.
- Entertainment--Your dog is bored or lonely.
- Increase your play and exercise time with your dog. The
training exercises outlined in this video will fit the bill. For
more mental stimulation, take your dog out on more errands. The
new sights and smells will give your dog more mental exercise.
- Even with these changes, some dogs need some firmer persuasion
to find a new way to entertain themselves.
- To do this, select a stimulation level one or two levels
higher than your standard training level then let your dog out in
the yard and observe closely, preferably out of sight.
- Make sure there are no people or other animals in the yard for
your dog to associate the collar’s correction.
- When your dog starts to dig, press and hold the hand
controller button until the digging stops. Watch carefully for
some time. The dog will usually associate “that” hole with being
the culprit and will challenge several other areas before deciding
it is “digging” that causes the problem.
- The training lessons covered in Part one should have solved
most of your jumping problems, as you would choose to have your
dog sit and then be petted by visitors. Should your dog not be
able to contain enthusiasm, you may have to address this problem
- Use your dog’s normal training level. If you find this is
insufficient due to the level of distraction, select the next
highest level until you reach the level that gets your dog’s
- When your dog jumps up, press and hold the transmitter button
until all four paws are on the floor. Tell your dog to sit and
enforce as demonstrated in part one of this video. Repeat as often
as necessary for your dog to sit when visitors arrive.
- Again, it is necessary for you to use a number of different
people in different situations for your dog to associate that the
zing from the collar will happen no matter where they are, or, who
they are jumping on.
- You’re probably getting the idea how to effectively use your
Innotek remote training product to introduce a negative
consequence for your dog’s misdeeds. The same method is used to
discourage other behaviors such as rummaging through the garbage
and even the most determined counter surfer.
Let’s review how to approach common problems around the
- Most temptations that your dog can’t resist will usually
require a higher level than the training level that you
- Although you are pushing the hand controller button, no other
corrective action on your
- part is required. Your dog will soon learn that it is his
behavior that causes the collar to turn on and off.
- You will need to catch your dog in the act a number of
consecutive times to be successful. Otherwise in your dog’s mind,
sometimes the correction happens and sometimes it doesn’t and they
will continue to challenge the theory.
- After correcting for one unacceptable behavior, it is helpful
to redirect your dog to an activity that will earn a reward such
as, “get your ball!” Play with your dog for redirecting his energy
to good behavior.
- If you have any questions not answered in this information
please do not hesitate to call the Free Professional Training
Support hotline included with your system.