Dog training videos are not just fun, they are really helpful too. Pippa has chosen a great selection here for you today.
There is only so much you can learn from the written word.
These dog training videos are all invaluable to anyone training a dog at home, on their own.
They enable you to bring the help of an experienced instructor right into your living room
Free dog training videos
There are some good dog training courses available that you pay for, and that are well worth the money. And sadly many that are not.
If you want to invest in a full dog training course, take a look at the courses run by Denise Fenzi. These have a good reputation for quality content. And we’ll be reviewing some of them later on the site.
The videos recommended here on this page are free.
We’ve looked at a range of dog training topics, from dealing with problem behaviours like pulling on the lead, to teaching tricks that will entertain you and your dog on a rainy day.
Click on the links to view the video.
You’ll find a description of what each one involves below, with an idea of how long each one takes, and what skills it will help you with when it comes to training your own dog
Some are very brief, and can be watched while the kettle boils for your cup of coffee – others are longer and will keep you occupied while you enjoy your drink!
1. Chirag Patel – Food manners
This is one of the longest videos I have chosen, but it is a really important video to watch if you are just starting out with training.
Modern dog training uses food a great deal, especially in the early stages and with puppies.
But it is very difficult to train with food, if your dog doesn’t know how to behave around training treats and just goes nuts every time he sees you get them out.
This video will fix this problem and get you started with training your dog
It is well worth fifteen minutes of your time, especially if you have a small puppy, a rescue dog, or a dog that is excitable around food.
You can find out more about Chirag on his website Domesticated Manners
2. Emily Larlham – Loose leash walking
Pulling on the leash is a universal problem. Emily never disappoints and we love this.
Emily’s Kikopup channel is loved around the world and is packed with wonderful, free, dog training advice.
At three and a half minutes this video is great value for your time. Just press play next time you put the kettle on.
You can find out more about Emily on her website Dogmantics
3. Donna hill – Teach your dog to push a ball
This is a really in-depth look at quite a complex topic.
The idea is to give you some insight into what can be achieved and how a more complex task is put together.
There is a lot crammed into this 7 minute video so make sure you’ve got time to give it your full attention!
You can find out more about Donna on her website – Donna’s Dogs
4. Emily Larlham – Leave it!
‘Leave it’ is one of the most popular commands that people like to teach to their dogs. And one that many dog parents struggle with, and end up getting cross over.
Here’s Emily again, teaching you how to get your dog to ‘leave it’ without using any kind of force or intimidation.
This is a seven minute video.
5. Pamela Marxsen – The Collar Grab
There will almost certainly be times in your dog’s life that someone grabs his collar quickly. If your dog is not ok with this, he might be frightened.
He might try to avoid a helping hand, put himself in danger, or even snap.
Make sure your dog is comfortable with a collar grab with this short little video from Pamela Marxsen – it only lasts a couple of minutes.
Pamela also has a great library of free videos for you to explore
You can find out more about Pamela on her website Pam’s Dog Academy
6. Treatpouch – teach your dog not to bark
Treatpouch offer a range of paid dog training resources, but this useful seven minute video demonstrating the bark/no bark training technique of teaching your dog to be quiet, is free.
Even if your dog isn’t noisy, this is one to watch.
It gives very precise training instructions and is a good, clear explanation of the principles involved and demonstration of the dog training process.
7. Kristin Krestejo – understand your dog’s body language
A good knowledge of canine body language will make you a more successful dog trainer and help keep you safe around dogs of all kinds.
Spend nine minutes with Kristin and learn to understand your dog a whole lot better.
You can find out more about Kristin on her website Modern Canine Training
8. Donna Hill – clicker training principles
This is a very useful video for those just starting out in dog training.
It teaches you some important principles that you’ll need to understand as you set out on your dog training adventures.
Don’t adjust your sound if you can’t hear anything to start with – there is no sound at the beginning
9. Susan Garrett – Force Free Training
Agility star, Susan Garrett demonstrates some of her force free training techniques with her six month old border collie puppy.
Susan also offers paid dog training courses, but this video is free
You can find out more about Susan on her website Clicker Dogs
10. Chirag Patel – Teaching your dog to stay
Here’s Chirag again. In this five minute video, following a class of young handlers and their dogs, Chirag Patel demonstrates nicely how we should teach the stay in tiny, achievable steps.
Watch out for the young lady with the springer spaniel two minutes in.
This is the right way to do it!
11. Pippa Mattinson – Teaching your puppy a hand touch
Here’s me showing you how to teach a puppy to touch my hand.
The hand touch is not just a fun bonding exercise to play with a pup, it is a useful training tool too.
And the cocker puppy is irresistible!
12. Nana the Border Collie – Just for fun
No instructions here, pure entertainment
Just for fun, and inspiration, spend four minutes watching internet star Nana the Border Collie!
13. John McGuigan – on dominance
On a more serious note, this video is for those of you that are worrying about dominance.
If you are concerned that your dog is trying to dominate you, be the pack leader or generally take charge, this is an important video to watch.
If you like John’s style, check out his training channel (and don’t miss his neat little video on How to Use a Pet Corrector)
You can find out more about John on his website The Glasgow Dog Trainer
14. Tab Shamsi – teaching your dog to come
Tab explains the principles of recall very clearly at the beginning of this six minute video.
If you enjoy his style this more recent video is an updated and improved programme of early recall training
You too can have a reliable recall, these videos will help get you off to a good start.
You can find out more about Tab on his website Training Positive
15. Nando Brown – crating a nervous dog
We love this video. Nando Brown shows how he gets a very nervous dog with a history of biting, into a crate in the back of a strange vehicle using just positive reinforcement.
No poles, wires, shouting or fuss.
Just patience and a clicker.
You can find out more about Nando on his website In The Dog House
What a nice, heartwarming, way to end. You’ll also enjoy Nando’s lovely series of videos about his Malinois puppy, starting with his search for a new dog. Great stuff.
Force Free Training
You’ll notice that all these trainers are using modern, practical and humane methods of dog training.
There isn’t any shortage now of force free dog training instruction, documentation, and videos. If you are looking for a place to begin, check out ‘How to train your puppy without force‘
There has never been a better or a nice time to train a dog! Have fun!
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And if you need some help with that most important of commands, check out my recall training book pictured left.
It’s a complete guide to a perfect recall without any use of force.
Enjoy your training and don’t forget to join the forum if you need help and support with your training
This article was originally published on Totally Dog Training, and has been revised and updated for 2016