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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 01:05 AM
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If you train a good recall command you can take the boring verbal "you're a good boy" and replace it with a release word that allows the dog to run around and explore for a moment.

I know my dog is always excited when I give the "free" command and he bolts off to go sniff and pee on things.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 04:03 AM
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Originally Posted by scottkeen View Post
Sometimes for no reason he just turns his head down and across in front of me into my right leg and I can tell he wants to be told he's a good boy, so I do, give him a "you're a good boy" and pat and rub his chest and side briskly. I could probably do a little more of that.
By doing that you are letting him dictate when he gets praise, if mine come to me seeking attention, I don't always give it to them, they get it when I call them to me, or when I decide...(which is very frequently!!!)

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