Here’s another episode in our new series of dog-training videos–featuring Ronnie Smith and Susanna Love of Ronnie Smith Kennels. The Smith family is legendary in the dog-training world. Ronnie’s uncle is the bird-dog legend Delmar Smith, recognized as the founder of the Smith Training Method and a Field Trial Hall of Fame inductee. Ronnie has been training dogs since he was fourteen years old and took over the family business in 1982. Susanna joined him in 2006.
In episode 5, Ronnie explains how to use cues to let a dog know what you want it to do. Once you’ve taught a dog to move with a cue, training becomes easier for both you and the dog. He also notes that overstimulation and excessive praise can be counterproductive with some dogs.