James Middleton introduced his quick and easy way to train dogs to learn the command to “stay” – using an “Amazon Flat Box or Car Mat”.
The 33-year-old brother of the Duchess of Cambridge shared his most important tips for learning commands for a puppy as part of a series of training videos for his dog health and wellness company, Ella and Co.
The entrepreneur – and self-proclaimed “dog father” – took to Instagram on Saturday to share his ingenious technique with the help of one of his six dogs, Golden Retriever Mabel.
James, who also has four black spaniels named Ella, Zulu, Inka and Luna and puppy Nala, shared the second episode of his video series James’ Training Tips, which was about teaching dogs to sit and stay.
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James Middleton (pictured with dog Mabel) introduced his simple method of training dogs to learn the command to “stay” – using an “Amazon flat box or car mat”.
The dog lover told pet owners that they needed a “quiet place” to practice their technique with their own pooch and that they needed something that their dog could “sit” on, such as an Amazon box, carpet tile, or one Car mat.
He explained, “First of all, you need to find a nice, quiet place to do this with your dog. And the other thing that is really important is finding something that your dog can sit on.
“For example, an Amazon box, the mat from your car, an old piece of carpet tile or whatever Mabel is sitting on is a small stool.”
James demonstrated his three-step technique, saying that owners must first familiarize their dog with how to get in and out of the selected object in order for their pet to “want to get on again”.
When his obedient pooch introduced the first step to Mabel, James continued, “You [Mabel] knows this is a good place that she gets a lot of attention when she’s on it, and then when she gets off it she wants to move on again. ‘
James, who is engaged to Alizee Thevenet, said the owner must then gradually move the distance from their pet before coming back to praise them and assure their dog they will not be abandoned.
The 33-year-old brother of the Duchess of Cambridge gave his most important tips on how to teach a dog to learn to command as part of a series of training videos for his dog health company, Ella and Co
James showed the final step, explaining that the owners can then walk away from their dog, who should obediently stay on the step before calling the pet to join them.
He concluded, “I hope this helps. Let me know how you are, and if you have any questions or have your own videos that you want to show me, please let me know. I would like to see you. ‘
In addition to the training video, James announced on his Ella and Co Instagram page that he had also shared tips on trimming your dog’s nails at home.
He wrote: “Over the past few weeks I have given a number of training tips on how to train my dogs.
“The more training with your dog becomes part of everyday life, the more you will both benefit – your mind will be stimulated.
“Instead of thinking that training is something that takes time and fun with your dog, keep it fun and engaging – make it another way to spend time together.
The self-proclaimed “dog father” went to Instagram on Saturday to share his ingenious three-step technique with the help of one of his six dogs, Golden Retriever Mabel (picture).
The entrepreneur has six dogs – golden retriever Mabel and four black spaniels named Ella, Zulu, Inka and Luna, and puppy Nala (all pictured).
James, who lived with his parents in their Berkshire home during the lockdown, started Ella and Co last summer and said he was “extremely proud” to start what he called his “heart and soul”.
Since then, his company has released products such as freeze-dried dog food and cold-pressed food. James also uses the platform to share useful dog training tips.
James revealed his company last June, saying, “I’m very proud to start @ ella.co – this is not just a business, this is my heart and soul, I couldn’t be more excited to do it with you, too divide.”
James has been open about how his dogs have helped him overcome mental health issues and has previously revealed how his pets have been his “medicine” after helping him with his therapy.
The businessman appeared on Dog Food Barking Head’s social media account on Instagram Live to talk about the Pets As Therapy charity.
James explained, “First and foremost, animals are the unsung heroes in our lives.
“From my own experiences with mental illness, depression and anxiety, I have really found out over the past three years how much animals have actually helped me. I didn’t notice right away.
James, who is engaged to Alizee Thevenet (pictured), was previously open about how his dogs helped him overcome mental health issues
Over time, Ella came to all of my therapy sessions and various other events and she was the person I could actually talk to without being judged. She was a very good listener, she distracted me from various things.
“And then I thought there was indeed something here and discovered Pets As Therapy and immediately got a review and Ella was enrolled not long after that.
He added, “And since then … I really believe that animals are medicine and they are really amazing for our own well-being.”
Earlier this year, James gave a cocker spaniel to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, who lost their dog Lupo last year.
He originally bred a litter of puppies from his dog Ella in 2011, kept one named Luna and gave Kate, 39, brother Lupo in early 2012 when Prince William, then an RAF search and rescue pilot, was dispatched to the Falkland Islands.
Last summer, Mr Middleton, who lived with his parents in their Berkshire home, bred another litter of six pups with Luna as a mother.
It is believed that Kate and William had the choice of litter, aided by Prince George (seven) and Charlotte (five). Two-year-old Louis was probably too young to help.