|08-29-2013 05:45 PM|
|Lauri & The Gang||
I would attach a tug toy to the flirt pole and start by letting the dog grab the toy and then use the pole to play tug with them. Slowly start working your way up the pole, towards the toy, until you are tugging on the actual toy.
This will help you transition them from the flirt pole with a tug toy to JUST the tug toy.
|08-28-2013 10:44 PM|
|Nigel||I use sit, down, and wait while we use the FP and the same for fetch, so if I want her to roll over, I should just have her attempt it followed by a minute or two of play?|
|08-28-2013 10:12 PM|
My dog is also incredibly picky with food, most treats in the pet store he won't even touch, it took me months of trying to find something that motivated him and got him into drive. Those that have highly food driven dogs should consider themselves lucky!
|08-28-2013 09:54 PM|
|Nigel||All three of mine will train with treats, but Zoey definitely is far more interested in the flirt pole and maybe even the ball, all three will leave food if it looks like I'm heading outside and there's the slightest hint were gonna play fetch, so how do you make that drive to want to play with the flirt pole into a reward for training?|
|08-28-2013 06:19 PM|
When she was a puppy, GSD Leo couldn't care less about treats. Or balls. Or toys. She was a very hard nut to crack. Funny thing was, she was starved when I found her, and was happy to eat her kibble, but treats in training were just not very interesting. As she's gotten older, she's become more food motivated, but still not interested in toys or balls. She went lure coursing once, and did chase pretty well. I would consider her a low drive dog, overall.
Mutt Ilka, on the other hand, has been a whirlwind from the day I found her (she's mellowed some, thank goodness). The bestest thing in the world about training is that I give her treats. She will play with her flirt pole or chase retrieving dummies until she drops. First time I took her lure coursing, it was like she had found her purpose in life (less than 30 seconds for 600 yards). Overall, she is a higher drive dog.
|08-28-2013 03:12 PM|
Great story! I find my GSD loves to work so that he can work some more...
"READY!" is just a cue for tune in to handler so we can do more..... "Sit" is always a fast square sit otherwise we cant move to the next behaviour.... etc
My Beardie X on the other hand doesn't move unless a food reward is coming at some point.
Assuming we know what motivates our dog just never works I find it takes months of experimenting to truly know what they love.
|08-28-2013 03:10 PM|
|KZoppa||Shasta is food motivated but that's it. She really is the LAZIEST dog. She runs when she wants to and that's rare these days. She'd rather chew on a bone. The dog doesn't even like walks longer than down to the mailbox! Dax on the other hand.... he loves food and his love of toys is becoming a good motivator. He screams to get into the truck, walks are "AMAZING!" and he is ready for anything it seems.|
|08-28-2013 03:04 PM|
|JackandMattie||Great story! And food for thought|
|08-28-2013 02:38 PM|
I had this issue with Koda for a while when she was young. She stopped responding to treats and had no interest in toys. I finally figured out she is praise-driven! (:
Ash is easy, luckily. He's a hungry little monster all the time, so a good treat works wonders.
Great story!!! Really a good thread to point out to any new people who join the board and claim their dogs can't be trained. (:
|08-28-2013 02:33 PM|
THIS was great story and illustration!
Thank you Lauri for posting it!
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