|09-25-2013 01:39 PM|
An easy game for a dog this age with a lot of food drive is hold treats in both hands and sort of hold them out toward her with your fists clenched (so she can't eat the food). She will probably lick, chew, paw at your hands....but as soon as she backs off and looks at you/makes eye contact, mark her behavior (word or clicker) and give her one of the treats.
I have a young dog like this, rescue dog that was a street dog. She is obsessed with food but I am using this to my advantage, just doing little exercises to get her to *think* around food. Her teeth chatter and she foams at the mouth when I have food out, lol.
|09-25-2013 10:25 AM|
|holland||The fact that she is food motivated is a very big positive|
|09-25-2013 04:58 AM|
|volcano||My dog was super food driven as a pup, she seems to have grown out of it and now a toy is better. Maybe your pup likes toys or else the pup could also be getting a negative experience out of training so she tunes out. make it lots of fun, if you dont look like an idiot youre doing it all wrong. i do trainin around a lake and its a bit embarrasing when people catch me talking baby talk and cheering apache on but thats how its done.|
|09-25-2013 01:55 AM|
Lure her into position with the food. You have to show her what to do, not just hold the bowl. Put a piece of kibble in your hand and lure her into a sit. When her butt hits the ground, mark and treat.
You can just work on focus if you want. Hold the bowl of food right by your face. As soon as she looks into your eyes, mark and treat.
|09-25-2013 01:40 AM|
|Mikey||Thank you for your reply Mr. Winners. When I feed her her food (not just a treat) she gets super focused and antsy and will not complete a task if asked. I try to ask her to lay down with the intent of giving her her food as a reward. She will not. I end up giving in after 5 minutes or so, should I keep going and wait for her to do it?|
|09-25-2013 01:34 AM|
If the only time she gets food is when she does the behavior you are asking for, she will start to pay attention.
|09-25-2013 01:24 AM|
Hello, I have been training my dog the basics (sitz, platz etc) and have noticed if food is out she is unreachable. She is so focused on the food you could probably do anything you wanted to her and she wouldn't notice. She loves to eat!
How can I use this as a positive? How do I get her to listen to me/focus on me rather than the food? Telling her to sitz when food is out just falls on deaf ears. She is around 14-15 weeks old.