Violet’s first training session on finding the rats, or “Look at That”

Watch the video below!
Okay, now’s the time to get up and take two minutes to train your dog, can you do it?  You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in two short minutes!
Pick something you want your dog to Look at.  The goal over the next couple week is for them to “find” the object, person, whatever.
You’re going to use the training method of Shaping. Shaping is basically where you think of what your end behavior will be (finding the object) and then you reward baby steps to get there.  You don’t tell your dog initially what you want them to do, because, well, dog’s don’t speak english and right now hearing something would only confuse them because they can’t associate it with anything.
Think about it. If I want my dog to find something, the first thing they are going to have to do is know what I want them to find, right?  That is the base of the first step. Then the first part of THAT will be to recognize what the object is. So…  The first thing my dog will have to do (to understand what I want) is to look at the object and KNOW that is what I want them to be looking at. Make sense?
Reward for every little baby step of looking at the object. You’ll see with Violet in this video that initially she just looks in the direction of the object, and that’s totally fine, great in fact!  Once she’s looking in the direction of the object I can start to refine my behavior.
Watch the video to see the amazing progress over two short minutes!
Watch the amazing progress over two short minutes!

Watch the amazing progress over two short minutes!


–Giene, Violet, Axl, Bacon & Sausage

About Dog Face

Giene Keyes, CPDT – KA Owner & Founder of Dog Face, LLC & Shooting Star Portuguese Water Dogs Giene started working with dog behavior in 1990 when she adopted a 4-year old Greyhound from the racing track. To date he is the most severe separation anxiety case that she has seen. He taught Giene about the psyche and learning process of dogs. It wasn’t until Giene was training her little pot-bellied Labrador puppy in 1995 that she really became interested in the actual training process of canines. Starting her small training business in 1997 she developed her own methods and ideas of positive reinforcement. She took what she had learned from her Greyhound, as well as positive methods she used to train horses, to create what is now the base of our training methods in the classes we teach today. Giene is a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist in Southern Wisconsin. After winning Best of Madison for two years in a row, Giene sold her Madison Dog Daycare to devote her time to dog behavior and helping owners create harmony with their pets in their homes. Specializing in aggression and difficult dog cases, Giene also works with rescue groups and shelters, evaluating dogs for adoption, developing Canine Aggression Management programs, and educating staff on dog language and behaviors. She has provided behavior consultations for service dog organizations, rescue groups and dog daycares throughout the Midwest. She is often contacted by police departments to work with individuals that have dangerous dogs. As a mother of 3 young children, Giene also realizes the importance of family dog training. She incorporates realistic training methods and helps to incorporate dogs into the family. She is an Instructor with the American Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid, a Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator with the American Kennel Club, and a Licensed Judge with the WI Dept of Ag, Trade & Consumer Protection. Giene routinely presents seminars on Dog Behavior, Training, and Operant Conditioning as well as educating her staff on dog body language and pack mentality. Giene is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer. Giene has been a regular guest on popular Madison radio shows and interviewed on numerous evening newscasts. Giene has also been featured in a number of local magazines, including the cover for Wisconsin Woman in 2010. Giene has also been highlighted in the Wisconsin State Journal for her work with Chicken Clicker Training, improving dog training skills along with timing and observation, and recently interviewed for a Nationwide Podcast. She enjoys holding training workshops across the state. If you would like to learn more about Giene, Dog Face and the services they offer, please go to the Dog Face web site at Please feel free to contact Giene of any member of the Dog Face Behavior Team anytime!
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