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01-15-2014 05:28 AM
G-burg And sometimes it's just the dog... Some are never going to be flashy and animated with that awesome focus in ob.. You may get a few really good steps here and there, throughout a routine or training session and that's it..

With these types of dogs you have to except what they give you.. The heeling may not be what we want, but there may be other areas in the work that they excel at... And maybe that's what we focus on more..
12-16-2013 08:15 PM
onyx'girl I think it depends on how that 45 minutes is utilized. When I go to train with a local obedience trainer, we mix up everthing and before we know it an hour has flown by(my dog gets some downtime while we discuss the training)
We do heeling, motions, jumps or some agility, recalls and then a send out or two to end the session. Or we may work on retrieves for a short time, put the dog in a down while she works her own dog, then we go back out and do some fun drive building.

I don't really think 45 minutes or an hour is that bad if you are mixing it up and giving the dog short breaks. My dog also really enjoys watching the other teams work, his enthusiasm builds and when we go back onto the field, it shows.

But doing reps over and over is never fun, I don't know how many dogs or handlers could be
'up' when it gets so repetitive.
12-16-2013 04:57 PM
Harry and Lola I had the exact same problem with my female, she is advance obedience trained, however I did not progess to trialing her because she too lost all enthusiasm, her response times became too long and she was clearly bored. However her stability was excellent.

I gave up on her and I am concentrating on my male, who is the complete opposite, his response times are immediate and he is very keen to please me, training the 2 of them over the past couple of years has been like night and day.
12-16-2013 02:11 PM
VomBlack
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45 minutes? That would bore the heck out of me let alone a dog. I would let him be for awhile. Just play. Then you can start throwing small bits of OB into your play session and I mean small bits. Make your recalls motivations, no fronts/finishes, and even better if someone can hold him so you don't have to have a stay before you call him. Short burst of heeling then play. A few fronts and play, etc. Not all of these things in one session either.

How long a dog can maintain the level of mental focus depends a lot on the dog, but even the driviest and most motivated dogs would start to show issues after 45 minutes. That is a very very long time even if only 1 time per week.
Yeah, we occasionally do a 45 minute group session with some of the other club members. I try not to ask for a lot during the entire session and will give frequent breaks since I know it's a bit much for him.

My plan for the winter was just to work through some Rally titles for fun, maybe we'll just leave the trials as our training sessions for now and just continue to play with very little work.


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12-16-2013 12:40 PM
lhczth 45 minutes? That would bore the heck out of me let alone a dog. I would let him be for awhile. Just play. Then you can start throwing small bits of OB into your play session and I mean small bits. Make your recalls motivations, no fronts/finishes, and even better if someone can hold him so you don't have to have a stay before you call him. Short burst of heeling then play. A few fronts and play, etc. Not all of these things in one session either.

How long a dog can maintain the level of mental focus depends a lot on the dog, but even the driviest and most motivated dogs would start to show issues after 45 minutes. That is a very very long time even if only 1 time per week.
12-15-2013 08:07 PM
Renofan2 Had the same issue with my female. I ended up having her tested for tick diseases. She tested positive for erlichea. She has been on doxy for a month and no training until medicine is finished. She is bouncing off the walls at home and occasionally I do a quick ob (fuss, sitz, platz, etc) and she is doing all quickly and with enthusiasm. If the "boredom" came on suddenly you may want to have some blood work done. In addition to build drive for obedience, I crate her throughout the day - not just on days we train. This seems to work for her as I need to hold affection with her or she is really not interested in pleasing me during ob.
12-15-2013 08:00 PM
onyx'girl This time of year, with the cooler(cold!) temps, has my dog in a really different frame of mind. He is "ON" and never flat during obedience, but we are not tracking or doing daily ob sessions like we did all summer long. So when we do train, I see more enthusiasm.
I think daily short training sessions are fine, but for some dogs it is just too boring to do the same things over and over and over. I hardly ever do a full routine and seldom pattern train. When I do pattern train, I give the reward at the same spots so during a trial that anticipation because it didn't come builds and hopefully brings the drive state up during that long routine.
We do more agility and core strengthening exercises in the winter months just to keep busy when the snow is a foot deep. I'm lucky I get to go to a couple private indoor places to train in the frigid temps, but we all hate being inside!
12-15-2013 07:51 PM
VomBlack
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Obedience for a mature/finished dog can be boring, they are going thru the motions but not really 'learning' anything. I'd give him a break and do some other stuff to keep him engaged with you.

When we go thru this, I will use the line as a check and when the dog 'checks out', I turn the opposite way real quick and lose him. He then gets a self-correction for being away and it brings him back to me with some enthusiasm. He gets rewarded as soon as his focus is back on me in heel position.
I'd also change up my training style for awhile, reward randomly while asking for more(circles/turns/ups) when the dog starts losing interest, circle him, or ask for an up. When I say circle him, don't heel in a circle, but have him spin clockwise back into heel position, turns are the counter clockwise spin. Dogs learn these key words with some repetitions and it brings back the drive level when you use the key words.
Thank you, I'll have to try the long line idea and see if that helps any. I did find that by asking for focus and then having him do little spins/circles would help "refresh" his attention.

Either way I'll continue to scale down how often we work things to see if that also helps.


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12-15-2013 07:46 PM
VomBlack
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Incorporate the tug work into the obedience? Ask for a position or two and then bam playtime as the reward for a bit. Out him ask for obedience bam playtime again. Play and work gotta mix. Make sure you are both having fun and that you aren't drilling the dog. Obedience out of drive from the tug should bring that energy up. Keep the sessions short and leave him wanting more. Think about maybe layering some negative reinforcement in there too on recalls. As long as you are tactful about it you might be able to light a little fire under that butt.

Another thing to keep in mind. How many extra curriculars is he getting? If hes doing a 5 hour hike a day or running like crazy playing with other dogs hes not going to have as much energy to put into the work.

I try to keep his other activity light on days that I'd like to work on some obedience with him to make sure he's not overly tired.

I have also really tried to make it about play lately and not drill him, the complete switch in drive/energy level once he realizes that I'm going to start throwing work into his play lately has been crazy.




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12-15-2013 07:40 PM
onyx'girl Obedience for a mature/finished dog can be boring, they are going thru the motions but not really 'learning' anything. I'd give him a break and do some other stuff to keep him engaged with you.

When we go thru this, I will use the line as a check and when the dog 'checks out', I turn the opposite way real quick and lose him. He then gets a self-correction for being away and it brings him back to me with some enthusiasm. He gets rewarded as soon as his focus is back on me in heel position.
I'd also change up my training style for awhile, reward randomly while asking for more(circles/turns/ups) when the dog starts losing interest, circle him, or ask for an up. When I say circle him, don't heel in a circle, but have him spin clockwise back into heel position, turns are the counter clockwise spin. Dogs learn these key words with some repetitions and it brings back the drive level when you use the key words.
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