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Old 06-29-2014, 05:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bison is 4 months and is doing great with basic obedience and hand signals.
But when we're moving forward or back, he bounces..as in jumping pretty high up. At first I tried to ignore it, thought he would quit if I didn't praise him. But he's still jumpin'. It wouldn't bother me much, but I do want him in obedience trials eventually.
How do I go about correcting the behavior? He's really sensitive, and will sulk away if you raise your voice at him, and I still want his attention to continue with whatever we're doing.
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You mean when you're heeling Littlejaws? If that's right, try keeping your hand with the food in it right in position next to you, right where his head is tilted up and his front feet are on the ground. Make sure you reward him right there till it becomes solid.
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Heeling and when we're doing sit, stay, down, etc. Whenever he gets up to move he starts.
You think I could correct both with the same technique?
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Will he push into your hand for the reward?
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Here's a video that may help. This is a little different, the way he's using his right hand, but that's the general idea. Luring the pup, keeping the head where you want him, the body follows. Then a clear release, where the pup can jump around, but then back to the luring makes it clear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-tfahvIWBo
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Will he push into your hand for the reward?
Yes! When we're practicing heel, he will have his nose right on my hand. While trying to still bounce up into it, just his front legs.
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Here's a video that may help. This is a little different, the way he's using his right hand, but that's the general idea. Luring the pup, keeping the head where you want him, the body follows. Then a clear release, where the pup can jump around, but then back to the luring makes it clear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-tfahvIWBo
Watching now! Thanks!
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Just be careful to reward him when he's not bouncing and then look for more steps without bouncing. I think you probably have the right idea, just slow things down a little.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I've seen Mia Skogster use a helper that takes a rope under the dogs abdomen and holds both ends and walks behind the dog a ways back. Whenever the dog jumps the helper pulls back on the rope in a backward and slightly up direction and it sorta trips the dog up and pulls them back down when they aren't fully ready for it. Tends to be aversive enough to stop the behavior but not too much to cause a sensitive dog to freak out.

You also want to reward by throwing a toy out to the side more often. It probably happened because the reward came from above all the time.
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