|12-19-2013 06:57 PM|
When did you "dognap" my Kaia??? Boy do they look alike as we mentioned earlier.
|12-19-2013 05:27 PM|
I tied Recall with Sit until sit became automatic upon recall... for our front I then just changed the word. We also practiced on picnic table bench or a board like this so they learn exact positioning
for the close / far problem..My dog knows a hand touch (I hold out two fingers or say touch) and she's trained to bump her nose against my fingers. That one is really easy to teach with a clicker. For awhile I would recall her and have my two fingers on my belly so she'd walk close enough to touch her nose to my belly and then go into her sit.
|12-19-2013 05:09 PM|
|Sri||Thanks everyone. Thanks for the videos Maggie Rose.|
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|12-19-2013 02:26 PM|
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|12-19-2013 12:12 PM|
|dawnandjr||Actually before you start asking for the dog to 'come to front'. Lets start even smaller. Sit in a chair (like kitchen or folding) so your face is in closer proximity to the dog. What treats can you stomach? I cant do hotdogs, so I use string cheese. You are going to encourage your dog to come VERY close to you. So close, their chin will be resting on your chest. You will eventually be spitting the treats out of your mouth and to your dogs. This really gets them in close and comfortable with it. Also gets that focused attention on your face (treats coming from your mouth can be used as much as possible in training). I should try and find someone to tape this for me with Yoko and post it. Not sure if you can really understand the exercise when put into words.|
|12-19-2013 10:41 AM|
I started with the command "come front" which meant my pooch had to end up sitting directly in front of me with her muzzle darn near in my crotch. And I always stood, never kneeling or stooping over. "Come front" is reserved for a very specific ending position with my gal since the commands "come" and "let's go" are reserved for other actions off leash.
I believe I was able to accomplish the "come front" successfully by using a training lead and a super premium treat held close to my body, where I wanted her to eventually sit in front of me. Between gentle guidance with the training lead, treat and positive verbalizations if she didn't come close enough I would never move towards her but just the opposite and she never received her treat or reward until she was where she needed to be.
Of course, I always took advantage of meal time, it's simply amazing what your pooch will do for you when you have their filled food bowl in your hand. Have your boy execute a "come front" at meal time. My cadence using the food bowl lure would be " ..come front ( once her nose was almost in the food bowl in my hand then I would expect her to sit)....annnnnnddd...sit...GOOD girl" Feeding time is a good time to get results but obviously you have to expand on this behavior outside of meal time. Incorporating hand signals with your verbal commands is also a great way to go...and there is no better time than meal time. So, if your concern is that your dog doesn't understand your words than start to use hand signals....but I know you will find he understands both...just a matter of time and consistency.
Another "tool" I used which probably cemented the proper positioning of a "come front" was to use any toy, ball, frisbee, stick etc which she had an over the top affinity for...using these items seemed to have more of an impact than treats. At this point all of this was done off leash of course.
Perhaps, you can take opportunity of your dog's tendency to back up when you move closer to use the command "back" when he backs away from you since he already is doing that....hopefully having the dog associate that movement with the command "back" will make that task all the easier.
Patience, consistency and an understanding that accomplishing small steps ultimately combine to make the big difference or result desired.
|12-19-2013 10:27 AM|
you doing this too?
Really important...the initial engagement discussion but even more important is the 'sit' at 3:35 with pup rocking back...
|12-19-2013 10:16 AM|
|mycobraracr||I teach the front by luring. I get the puppy/dog driving my hand for food while I back up. When I'm ready, I stop moving, feet slightly spread apart(fade out feet later), say command and bring the dog into a sit. Be sure to stand straight up and not leaning over the dog. When rewarding, I always reward into me or behind me. Never behind the dog and I never bring the reward to the dog. That can drive the dog backwards.|
|12-19-2013 09:08 AM|
great! I was wondering how to teach the end behaviour when he wont sit close enough. Thank you.
Yes, he knows down.
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