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post #41 of 55 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 11:27 PM
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it is easy. people make training hard. i find training in short
sessions and often works best.

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Doggiedad, can I just send Hans over for a board and train?

You make it sound so easy, while we are tearing our hair out, LOL
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the things i incorporate during retrieving were done
individually. one thing at a time. i use a long line but
not always letting the dog reach the end of the line.
i folded the line down. i train in short sessions indoors,
outside and often.
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the things i incorporate during retrieving were done
individually. one thing at a time. i use a long line but
not always letting the dog reach the end of the line.
i folded the line down. i train in short sessions indoors,
outside and often.
Can you post some videos of you and your dog in action?

Much easier to see what you're doing.

Thanks
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Anthony are there any dog training books on your Christmas wish list?

Wonder if we can recommend some for him. What are you interested in doing with Kira ?
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This is the only way I can think of to train it too (and successfully) but I'm learning this is not the same as prey drive. Prey drive is much much stronger and instinctive in the dog that has it, it seems. I can't replicate the same success on a wildlife chase. Part of it may just be I haven't train her on it for long. But the ecollar (if I may say it) has greatly helped with timing issues on longer distance trainings.
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Anthony are there any dog training books on your Christmas wish list?

Wonder if we can recommend some for him. What are you interested in doing with Kira ?
Oh boy, could I use something step by step specific.

The books I've looked into all focus on basic obedience (sit, stay, etc). I'm not looking to do anything in particular, other than know that I have full control over my dog, and to give her a "job" and some mental stimulation every day.

I just want to give her something to look forward to, every day.
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Oh boy, could I use something step by step specific.

The books I've looked into all focus on basic obedience (sit, stay, etc). I'm not looking to do anything in particular, other than know that I have full control over my dog, and to give her a "job" and some mental stimulation every day.

I just want to give her something to look forward to, every day.
Have you ever done anything like find it or nose work? It can be a fun game. You get all kinds of different container like things..boxes, bags, etc. You get like 10 of them, put them in one area all spread out, put treats in like 4 of them and she has to find the ones with the treats in them. Chances are she will indicate or paw the container over to get to it...its fun, easy, and makes them think. By day two you will probably be able to tell her find it and she'll know what to do.

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it is easy. people make training hard. i find training in short
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I actually agree with this. Training is also incorporated to other things daily. Training is ongoing and being done all the time even if you don't realize it.

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These games are good for mental stimulation. The flirt pole is good for exercise and prey drive.

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This is a perfect example of an amateur really not knowing what he's doing. I know she's receptive to training, so I just throw some commands in there for the sake having some control over her actions.

I wasn't too entusiastic verbally, but felt the "reward" was her stick and tug on it.

I would like to learn how to and what to say when:

1) I want her to stop and drop (down) on a send away

2) I want her to drop on command if she happens to be somewhere, and maybe some kids startle her on a bike or jog. I'd want to be able to down her from a distance.

These are just a couple of things I need to learn how to teach.
Honestly, it doesn't matter what commands you use. You are not trialing your dog. Your dog is your companion so saying wait or down, doesn't matter as long as you get the result you want.

Also, I'd like to say, for an "amateur" she's got some pretty nice training and control on her and I am surprised how drivey she actually seems to be.
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