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3 Awesome Training Tools (So Your Dog Isn't One)

An excerpt from Heroly's Canine Club podcast Ep. 7

· Training,Podcast,Behavior

Crating, loose-leash walking, and recall may sound like the redheaded stepchildren tools/commands of dog training. However, Heroly’s behavior modification specialist Jonas Black believes that these tools can save a dog’s life as well as your sanity. Below you’ll find how Jonas approaches the application of all three of these essential commands as well as how you can personally apply them to your pup.

Note: You can also listen to the full episode of Heroly’s Canine Club podcast on iTunes, Podbean, Spotify, Stitcher, and more.

Our Topic of the Week is actually a question that I get asked quite often, and it's, "Hey Jonas. What do you feel are the three most essential commands in dog training?" That's pretty easy for me. I think that the three most essential tools are:

  1. Crate

  2. Loose-leash walking

  3. Recall

All dogs that have these have a far less probability of developing any sort of behavioral issues (aggression, fear, etc.), because it gives structure and predictability in their environment.

Command #1: Crating provides a translatable tool

I believe wholeheartedly that crating should be talked about first, because crating sometimes gets a bad reputation.


Crating is not: ‘locking up your dog’, and, ‘being mean to your dog’ or whatever.

Now, you can misuse a crate. You can misuse an apricot.

Absolutely. You can misuse anything, but a good crate command is going to give you something that's pretty irreplaceable. That would be a variable, translatable command which will allow your dog to decompress in new environments.

Whenever people ask, "How do I introduce a new dog on leash or off leash?” I say neither, and they need to be next to each other in a crate for decompression.

Listen to the podcast to hear how Jonas rehabbed two Doberman that were fighting by utilizing crates and pack motion.

Crates will also let you transfer environments. Whenever people ask, "Hey, we're moving. How do I properly introduce the dog to the new environment?"

Well, you start off with the same structure that you had before, right? You go crate, loose leash, play a little bit. That's where the recall comes in. So crate is super essential (I've also seen dogs get completely reacclimatized to cars while traveling in the crate, as long as the crate is associated positively).

Overall, crating is an amazing tool if it is used responsibly. It's a great way for your dog to earn free roam eventually. It's a great way for your dog to be able to have its own space. It's like their own room, and that's pretty great.

It's pretty crate. Crate training is just the crateness of crate training is so great. It's ridiculous. Sorry for all the puns, but I am a dork, and you're gonna have to get used to that.

Command #2: Loose Leash = structured walks and relationships

The next topic or the next command that I want to talk about would be the loose leash. The loose leash, the walk, is the most essential part of your dog's day period.

You should be giving your dog a minimum -no matter what type of dog it is- a 45-minute walk daily at a structured pace, right?

What that means is the dog walks at your pace, not at its own pace. The dog should be at a heel, and there's no marking, no sniffing, and no stopping unless we deem it. Okay, we're obviously going to let our dogs mark, and go potty, and piss on on our walks, but make sure that your deeming it.

If you don't, you're actually transferring who's in control of the law. I hope that makes sense to everybody. That's not so you can be alpha or be super, super dominant. What it's really about is just making sure that you have control of your walk. It's really that easy. Keep your walks structured.

This structure will transfer into your relationship with your dog, given that this walk with you is the most important time of the dog's day, minimum of 45 minutes. And what that's going to lead to is just the dog looking to you for what to do.

The more time that you can spend in a structured environment with your dog, your dog is looking to you for what to do. Actually, the more the dog will look to you for what to do in general, right? That's Occam's Razor. It's very simple, and it's very probable.

Therefore, you're going to decrease reactivity naturally, because you will be the dog's environmental advocate.

Command #3: Recall as life or death

And the third command that I want to talk about, which is super, super important is the recall command. Recall is ‘come’. Recall is ‘come here’. Recall is life or death, and I mean that.

I don't teach a non-bulletproof recall. My recalls have insurance policies on them, and I will teach you in a later podcast down the road how to actually train a bulletproof recall no matter what environment you're in and no matter how high of distraction levels there are.

Listen in to see why Jonas believes that recall determines life and death situations.

Make sure that your recall is bulletproof if you're going to take your dog off the leash, period. Period. That is the number one failed command ever. I can't even count the amount of times that I have walked a dog, another dog comes charging out of a house and the owners go, "Oh my gah Albert. Come back Albert. Come!" And the dog would rather bark at my dog, or charge at my dog. That's a failed recall command, and you're putting everyone in jeopardy at that point.

Y'all get your dog ownership in check, and get your dog ownership shit together, and get a solid recall command.


It's so simple to teach. We'll be going into that once we launch our YouTube channel. We'll have step-by-step guides, all my secrets given away for free. Make sure you hang on and make sure you stay tuned, because that's all on the way.

Talk about some foreshadowing right? The three most essential commands? Crate, loose leash, recall? Foreshadowing? Foreshadowing? For what's coming for the YouTube?

Thank you for listening. Remember: I got your back, and I sure as hell got your dog's back. See you next week.

Above: Jonas Black, Austin's number-one canine behavior modification specialist and premier smart a**

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