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Old 02-04-2014, 05:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How do I make her feel like she has a job when I put her backpack on?

I got one and she doesn't mind me putting it on but I'm not sure she sees the significance of it. Any advice appreciated - thanks.s
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Stick a water bottle in the pack and shape a command for something like "bring me water". Make a fuss every time you get the bottle out and take a swig. She will get the picture that she is bringing you a wanted item. Or even better make the pack the focus, so it's like "I need the pack, girl" and then make a pointed commotion of opening zippers and the like. A cool add-on would be a command to turn around to access both sides. I taught my old guy to "gimmie your butt" so I could massage his rear legs.
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I agree, Chance always gets excited if I use the backpack and put his water bottle and poop bags in the pouches and use them while walking. Your dog will get it.
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It will come with time. Only put the pack on her when you are going to ask that specific task or "job" of her, or if it is for a specific event, like hiking, only put it on her when you are ready to go. She will learn to make the association

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i don't think a dog can think in those terms to know
what's significant. when i tell my dog "get your leash"
he doesn't know the significance of a leash. he's associated
the leash with going out.

are you looking for a certain reaction to the pack?

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I got one and she doesn't mind me putting it on but I'm not sure she sees the significance of it. Any advice appreciated - thanks.s
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I used one with Harry and I put human ankle weights in each side about 1 kilo each side, he just accepted it, not sure if he realised he had a job to do.
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i don't think a dog can think in those terms to know
what's significant. when i tell my dog "get your leash"
he doesn't know the significance of a leash. he's associated
the leash with going out.

are you looking for a certain reaction to the pack?
If he has associated the leash with going out, doesn't that means he understands the significance?

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It will come with time. Only put the pack on her when you are going to ask that specific task or "job" of her, or if it is for a specific event, like hiking, only put it on her when you are ready to go. She will learn to make the association

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