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gsdemack 12-23-2013 06:26 PM

How to resolve this issue?
My one year old has a tendancy to get frustrated when I am waiting or about to do something and she will get into the sit position and into down and hop up into sit again inpatiently - she thinks that one of these things is right and it makes her look cross as she gets frustrated....

How can I stop this and make her stand until I give her a command - thanks.

MadLab 12-23-2013 09:42 PM

You need to teach her sit, down and stand using some food reward like hot dog slices or a ball reward.

You also need to ignore the dog when not training and not reward unless you ask for a behavior.

Merciel 12-24-2013 12:22 PM

This is an issue with stimulus control. It's pretty common for a dog new to clicker training to start throwing behaviors at the handler in hopes of guessing the right answer and getting a cookie.

This is a good problem to have, insofar as it shows that the dog is interested in working with you and motivated to try things. It's also very easy to fix with clarity, consistency, and practice.

Couple of discussions on the topic: Everything You Wanted to Know About Proofing?But Were Afraid to Ask | Karen Pryor Clicker Training (the whole discussion on fluency is worth reading, but you can scroll down to the section about "Stimulus Control" if you want), see also Stimulus Control: The Most Important Concept You’ve Never Heard Of

Those links should give you a clearer understanding of the issue and, hopefully, some ideas about how to solve it. Normally what I do is set up discrimination drills: once I have a couple of clearly defined behaviors that I know the dog understands and can do on cue, I'll alternate asking for them and also not asking for anything (in which case the dog gets clicked and rewarded for not doing anything besides maintaining attention and waiting for my response).

After the first couple of sessions, if you're not seeing improvement, then the problem is probably on your end -- something in your vocal cues, intonation, and/or body language is confusing your dog, so figure out what that could be and fix it.

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