|10-04-2013 12:10 PM|
i taught my dog "don't snatch". with my dog sitting or standing
in front me i place one hand on his chest. i raised the treat or
moved the treat towards his mouth. as i was nearing his mouth
with the treat/food i said "don't snatch". i had my hand on his
chest to keep him lunging forward for the food. when he lunged
forward i held him back and i didn't give him the food. i kept my
hand on his chest and offered the food again. after 3,048 attempts
he started to learn not to snatch. once he got the idea don't snatch
i would offer the food at different rates of speed. sometimes i would
lift the food slowly towards his mouth, sometimes i would lift the fast
towards his mouth. if i were giving him more than 1 piece of food i
held several pieces of food in 1 hand. i would pick the food from one
hand and give him piece. somewhere along the line i use to place
the treat on the floor in front of him and make him wait for it.
sometimes after waited i said "ok" and he would eat the treat off
the floor and sometimes i would pick it up and give it to him.
|10-04-2013 11:00 AM|
We've been working on impulse control since he was 10 weeks old... He has excellent impulse control now ... examples: I can hold an open palm of food/treats under his nose and he will stare at me until I say OK or YES, I can put him in a sit/stand/down-stay and twitch his flirt pole around and he will give me eye contact until I release him to chase it (his most absolute favoritest thing ever), waits for his food and water with eye contact + doing obedience until released, etc
The problem comes with the release, lol. He rockets into my hand and tries to snap up the food. With treats, he is generally OK because I can hold them better, but we've been working with his food (hand feeding/making him work for all his meals to build engagement - he blows me off outside since the world is more exciting than me). The pellets are small and I have to cup them into my hand - I give maybe around 5-7 at a time. When he tries to snap them out he nips the pad of my palm by my thumb
He's good with easy when feeding him egg shells, bones, raw meat, etc...anything I can hand him that he loves. If I have to palm it to him...oooouch! I've tried telling him easy when he goes to take the food out of my hand, but it's hard to close my hand back up when his whole muzzle is smooched into my palm.
|10-04-2013 10:47 AM|
My pup used to scrape (ow) treats from my finger tips by closing his mouth over the treat AND my hand and then scraping it off. Now at 6 months he's much more gentle and I can hand him small items (like half his rimadyl when he was on them) and he would take the very tip so he didn't touch my hand. SO much better than before when every treat I gave was accompanied by an "Ow."
I used 'easy' and the closed fist method. Teaching impulse control is very important. He would practically knocked the bowl out of your hand at meal time and when putting out fresh water. Teaching him to sit and wait until release meant he calmed down when taking treats as well.
|10-03-2013 06:19 PM|
|NTexFoster||Kaiser is 9 months old now and is just now getting 'easy' and not removing my fingers when I give a treat. If he snaps at the treat I won't let it go and make him do it right before I'll let him take it.|
|10-03-2013 06:07 PM|
Here's the video that taught me how.
|10-03-2013 06:05 PM|
Work on impulse control separately, as it's own exercise, not as part of regular OB.
|10-03-2013 05:22 PM|
|Msmaria||theres a dog in our class that does what your dog does. My trainer said if he bites while taking the treat, to take the hand and push it toward his mouth, firmly.|
|10-03-2013 05:10 PM|
He's good at easy when he's not excited and I WANT him excited since I'm trying to get more enthusiasm out of him when he works. He shuts down if it's not super fun or if he feels like I am disappointed in him.
I guess my issue is that I feel like if I tell him "yes!" and go to give him the treat, but then shut him down when he nibbles too enthusiastically, he won't have the same enthusiasm the next time. Does that make sense? I feel like he would lose "trust" in me to perform a behavior ... Not sure if I phrased what is in my mind correctly.
|10-03-2013 05:02 PM|
We always tell our pup to be easy and if he snaps at the treat we will close our fist and not let him have it. Keep in mind they are puppies so they get excited very easily. It generally works for us though usually we only have to close our fist once and he learns.
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|09-29-2013 08:45 PM|
|llombardo||You close your fist and tell him to wait. Once he backs off your hand, you open your hand and tell him to take it. If he is to rough, you close the hand again and start over. He will learn self control and how to be gentle. He can't have the food in your hand until he takes it how you want him to take it.|
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