|02-15-2015 08:30 AM|
I have to admit, in my first two weeks with Oscar, I went through over 10 different types of commercial dog treats, cooked meats, two different cheeses, and even corned beef frozen into tiny bits (oh so yuck!) trying to find ANYTHING to get him excited. Nothing worked. I resigned myself to waiting and seeing if time would change that, since he is so young. Then a few days ago during training I just made a really concentrated effort to be super exuberant and over the top with the praise, and what do you know? He lit up. He started offering behaviours for the first time! I'm not usually that dramatic, and I felt like a bit of an idiot, but at least my fingers don't smell like cheese or beef
Now, I use praise to convince him to eat his Wellness + Vitality chews which he isn't thrilled about, while the cat looks on with utter disbelief. lol
|04-07-2014 09:39 PM|
Is "praise" a new dog treat ??
|04-07-2014 09:35 PM|
I had a dog who was praise, food, and ball motivated. Easiest dog I've ever had to train. I mean it was ridiculously easy training him because he would work with whatever. And he LOVED me.
Now I have a cat masquerading as a dog. He will only work for food...and sometimes not even that (chow mix). LOL
|04-07-2014 08:25 PM|
|SunCzarina||Venus is highly motivated for a 'who's a good girl!'. Very loyal and motivated to please me. Otto not so much, he's loyal but it's a different sort of loyalty - more like the strong silent type and I should just give him the treat for being cute.|
|04-07-2014 08:02 PM|
|Harry and Lola||Harry responds really well to high praise, he loves being told how good he is and what a good boy he is, he doesn't cope well when he is in trouble with me. Lola couldn't care less - her attitude is 'just give me the treat' or 'yeah whatever!'|
|04-07-2014 01:16 PM|
Lol, in those cases it's still the toy, not the praise itself, that is motivating them.
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|04-07-2014 09:41 AM|
I pick tysons front half up and give him big kisses lol, he likes it because he knows he is a step closer to his ball on rope toy
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|04-07-2014 07:55 AM|
|Baillif||Zebu only likes praise because there is a high correlation between praise and the appearance of a frisbee.|
|04-07-2014 01:59 AM|
|04-07-2014 01:02 AM|
Anyone else with an extremely "praise" motivated dog?
Recently I've been noticing that Arya isn't food motivated like I originally thought, but praise motivated. Today I actually tried an entire training session using nothing but praise, and she did at least twice as well as she does when I normally work with her. She does love food, and good high value treats are still used when training something new, because they are a lot easier to use as "yup, good job", but for things she knows already and we're just working on, or even in conjuction with food, that excited praise and loving on her is really what she craves so desperately.
Just wondering if others have a very praise motivated dog. I know they're out there, just thought it wasn't as common in shepherds. (granted, my girl is a GSD mix, but yeah... ).