|08-19-2013 03:16 PM|
I third the suggestion to use kibble, and second the It's Your Choice game posted above!
Also, when delivering food, you might want to push it slightly towards your pup just so it doesn't have a chance to reach for the treat.
Finally you can try playing for around 10-15 minutes before training, that will tire him out a little and maybe take the edge off.
This is a GREAT problem to have.
|08-19-2013 03:06 PM|
|08-19-2013 02:58 PM|
|08-19-2013 01:26 PM|
|gagsd||Not sure if someone mentioned it but...... with a crazy food monster, I always feed before training, and I don't use "high-value" treats unless and until I have to. So kibble is often the training treat for my puppies until maybe 8-10 months.|
|08-19-2013 12:37 PM|
|08-19-2013 11:28 AM|
Thank you so much for that video!! I just worked with her on it like the video stated and she did amazing! The first time it took her like 2 minutes to back away from the food and just sit there and ignore it but the 2nd time I did it she sniffed and nibbled at my hand once and then just stayed in the sit position looking at me! So we then went to the lay down command and I have always just done the hand down command while saying down with my dogs but apparently with Rogue I need to pat the floor and she goes to the lay down position and she waited patiently for the treat! Its a MIRACLE!!
I think we made the mistake of pulling our hand back and trying to hide our hand from her while training and it made it into a game of hide and seek for her.
|08-19-2013 10:58 AM|
Teach her impulse control around - the way to get the food is to ignore the food and focus on you instead. This game is excellent, I fed part of Halo's lunch kibble every day this way:
I've never had a dog that wasn't food driven, but Halo is off the charts. I trained her at home for 3 weeks before puppy class started, and here she is in the second week of class, in a down, off leash in a room full of other people and puppies, focusing on me with a treat on the floor in front of her:
|08-19-2013 10:55 AM|
|Chip Blasiole||Have the pup sit and then place your hand with the treat right between her two front paws on the ground and sort of under her chest. Most pups will naturally down with the food in this position.|
|08-19-2013 10:51 AM|
|Rogue's Mama||Her nose is something crazy! We try to hide it where she will never even see the treat and she knows that we have it any just lunges up on us. I think I will try a glove next time or see if she will be just as motivated when it comes to toys. Yesterday my husband actually got her to sit and stay and he walked across the yard with the treat and then said Ok come get it and she ran over there and got it but this has been the only time we have been able to get her to calm down enough to stay still. It was definitely impressive though. I wonder if I made her food drive higher because we play games in the house with treats. I hide the treats throughout the living room and then bring her into the living room and let her go crazy smelling around finding them all. The only reason why we are really struggling because we cannot get her to do the lay command and we work with her all the time on it. She is so focused on the treat that she does not want to lay because she just wants to sniff the air while sitting. Any ideas on how to get the lay command down??|
|08-19-2013 10:24 AM|
When Duke was that age I taught him "leave it" without the command when treats were in my hand. I held a treat in my fist and he would try to get the treat (pretty painful at first) but eventually he would realize he couldn't get to it... Then as soon as he pulled back from my hand to think about it, I would start to open it. He would of course attack it, and the instant he moved towards the food I closed my hand again. We repeated these steps until he was able to back away from the food and wait for my "yes" or the clicker. He eventually learned that taking food out of my hand without permission wasn't going to work. We wound this into his training by asking for a sit, or eye contact, etc.
We are also working on the "Protocols of Relaxation"... Which is great so far. You can find the document through google, and there is also a website with free Mp3 files to train with. I wish I had started these when he was younger!
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