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04-16-2014 03:11 PM
Lilie
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Originally Posted by martemchik View Post
The whole, "do things to make me happy" thing is a farce. Sorry...dogs don't just start doing things because they make YOU happy.
Totally disagree. ALL of my dogs will comply to make me happy. When I'm happy I reward with "Good job!" "Good boy!" "Yes!" "Right!" "You rock!" Ect. ect. ect.
04-16-2014 01:57 PM
Kaasuti My boy works so much harder for toys than treats. He only really responds to treats if they are really smelly like cheese/bacon or liver etc.

NILIF has worked wonders for my dogs behavior.
04-15-2014 08:36 PM
JanaeUlva
I've lost all my confidence even though I was doing well

Obviously, each dog is different but the fact that your dog is not wild for the food reward might indicate he needs more than food rewards. My current male just turned 7 months and he showed more interest in toy rewards over food at 4 months old. Very simplistically - Teach with food and transition into toy reward to increase drive and focus. Also check out the premack principle. Good luck!


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04-15-2014 06:56 PM
gsdemack
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Originally Posted by martemchik View Post

Self-preservation:

As puppies (yours isn't a puppy anymore), dogs follow people around because they know the people will protect them from the dangers of life. It's not really a "I love you so much" thing, its more of a, "you'll save me when X happens" thing.
To what extent do you think dogs love gos? Is it all to do with self preservation?

Thanks.
04-15-2014 10:56 AM
martemchik At a year and a half, you shouldn't have problems with basic obedience things if you're that focused on having her do them well.

Without seeing the dog and seeing her drive, no one can tell you if quick/flashy obedience is even possible over the internet.

The fact that you're doing just treats and she still gets distracted just tells me that she's either not that food motivated, or she understands that at one point she'll get the treat anyways and so its not that big of a reward for her (again, part of food motivation). She goes outside for a walk...the walk and exploring is way more interesting than the treats in your hand.

The whole, "do things to make me happy" thing is a farce. Sorry...dogs don't just start doing things because they make YOU happy. Some dogs will do things for food, others will do things for a game, and others will do things for a few pets...but they're always getting something. Not just a smile from their owner. Your dog might not ever develop the want to do anything for praise.

Self-preservation:

As puppies (yours isn't a puppy anymore), dogs follow people around because they know the people will protect them from the dangers of life. It's not really a "I love you so much" thing, its more of a, "you'll save me when X happens" thing.
04-15-2014 10:45 AM
Blanketback That's good news - but I think getting a good trainer involved would help tremendously. Not just to help with your dog, but to lessen your frustration. GSDs are so easy to train and are such awesome dogs that it's silly to struggle when you don't have to. Good luck!
04-15-2014 09:46 AM
gsdemack I gave it another shot yesterday and lo and behold I have seen improvements.
04-14-2014 05:33 AM
gsdemack
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Originally Posted by Baillif View Post
Puppies follow you around out of instinct related to self preservation. Has nothing to do with engagement.
Hi,
Can you tell me what you mean by self preservation?

Thanks.
04-13-2014 09:30 PM
G-burg I think getting a trainer is a good idea.
04-13-2014 08:55 PM
Baillif Puppies follow you around out of instinct related to self preservation. Has nothing to do with engagement.
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