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Old 04-07-2014, 12:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anyone else with an extremely "praise" motivated dog?

Recently I've been noticing that Arya isn't food motivated like I originally thought, but praise motivated. Today I actually tried an entire training session using nothing but praise, and she did at least twice as well as she does when I normally work with her. She does love food, and good high value treats are still used when training something new, because they are a lot easier to use as "yup, good job", but for things she knows already and we're just working on, or even in conjuction with food, that excited praise and loving on her is really what she craves so desperately.

Just wondering if others have a very praise motivated dog. I know they're out there, just thought it wasn't as common in shepherds. (granted, my girl is a GSD mix, but yeah... ).
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Recently I've been noticing that Arya isn't food motivated like I originally thought, but praise motivated. Today I actually tried an entire training session using nothing but praise, and she did at least twice as well as she does when I normally work with her. She does love food, and good high value treats are still used when training something new, because they are a lot easier to use as "yup, good job", but for things she knows already and we're just working on, or even in conjuction with food, that excited praise and loving on her is really what she craves so desperately.

Just wondering if others have a very praise motivated dog. I know they're out there, just thought it wasn't as common in shepherds. (granted, my girl is a GSD mix, but yeah... ).
Eko is totally praise motivated, I've tried all kinds of treats even raw meat and he either looks at it for a minute then half heartedly takes it and spits it out or turns his nose up at it. When I use praise I have to be careful, if I sound too excited he starts making crazy moan/whine sounds, hops around and has even wet himself. His tail wags so fast his whole butt wiggles with it lol! Toys have worked too but nothing makes him light up after a command quite like a "good boy" or "yes!".
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Zebu only likes praise because there is a high correlation between praise and the appearance of a frisbee.
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I pick tysons front half up and give him big kisses lol, he likes it because he knows he is a step closer to his ball on rope toy



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Lol, in those cases it's still the toy, not the praise itself, that is motivating them.


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Harry responds really well to high praise, he loves being told how good he is and what a good boy he is, he doesn't cope well when he is in trouble with me. Lola couldn't care less - her attitude is 'just give me the treat' or 'yeah whatever!'
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Venus is highly motivated for a 'who's a good girl!'. Very loyal and motivated to please me. Otto not so much, he's loyal but it's a different sort of loyalty - more like the strong silent type and I should just give him the treat for being cute.
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I had a dog who was praise, food, and ball motivated. Easiest dog I've ever had to train. I mean it was ridiculously easy training him because he would work with whatever. And he LOVED me.

Now I have a cat masquerading as a dog. He will only work for food...and sometimes not even that (chow mix). LOL
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Is "praise" a new dog treat ??

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