Originally Posted by doggiedad
take a look at your training technique. i like usuing praise, pets and hugs
as a reward. i use treats and praise but i slowly phase out the treats.
i'll give a treat everynow and then. i think a dog should perform on
command with praise. then at some point your dog should perform
without praise or a treat. i don't always praise my dog when he does
something at this point but my dog is 6 yrs old and trained.
your dog doesn't like treats. maybe your dog will perform
without treats. try training without treats but give lots
i find training in short sessions works best for my dogs. each
session last 5 to 10 minutes in the begining. as dog progresses
i add on a 5 to 10 minutes more. i conduct many training sessions
during the course of a day. i train indoors and outside. i don't train
at home all of the time. i take my dogs many different places to train
so they have different distractions to work around. i add in distractions
slowly when training. i think it's to much for a pup to learn when
there's so many distractions around. i think most things are a distraction
to a pup. in the begining i like training indoors, in the back yard, around
the house, etc.
We already do all that. Hes not hugely praise based although he does sometimes respond well to it. Thing is I talk TOO much during training so now he really doesn't respond much at all to it.
At home, indoors, in the parking lot...he's a rockstar at focus and ob. On fields that have lots of doggy scents or in high traffic areas he isn't. The transition is what we are having trouble with.
So, being that he's 20.5 months old I think he still has a lot of maturing to do and my expecting too much too soon may have been too much for him. He will shut down if I ask too much of him so I think going back to basics may be what we need to do.
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