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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-05-2011, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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How to teach spin???

My GSD is very big so I can't do what I have seen in the videos. My arm does not reach that far..so is there another way to teach my dog to spin. I have him sit and go in a circle with a treat but can't go around him to where he would follow it. We tried a lazer pointer but he gets so excited with that he doesn't focus on me. Any advice? Thanks
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-05-2011, 03:30 PM
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I'd give up on the lazer pointer- it can lead to OCD behavior. Have you tried holding the treat in front of him, hold your arm out straight and turn around yourself? That way he'd follow it in a small circle.
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Maybe use a stick and string and tie the treat to the end?
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I did turn around but it didn't work. I might try the stick..it is worth trying. If I had longer arms maybe it would work. In the video it was a lab and he just spun around following the guys arm but my dog is too long for that and too big..he just got confused.
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Stark is suuuper long as well.

I taught it by using a food lure.

I would take the treat, present it right at the tip of his nose and make a big circle with my hand slowly, ensuring he was following. Step into the dog if you need too.

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Can you post the video you're referring to?

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I teach it the way elizabeth described, treat right in front of nose, make an arc with your arm, doesn't have to be a long arm

Masi is a long, big girl, and she learned using a food lure, and does a nice tight spin. Now I just have to open my hand and say "spin"...when I want her to go in the opposite direction it's "around' and I use the other hand..

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Ditto the above method of food lure. I say "circle" for the command, then used the lure, then clicked and reward when he completed the circle. Now I just give the command and a little arm twirl (no food reward or anything anymore) and he spins in a fast circle
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I teach it the way Elisabeth described too. It doesn't require long arms.

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Once again, clicker is ideal for this.... cause you click when they start to turn... then when they turn more.... then more.... more...........



How about a backwards spin?


so don't need a long arm at all!

Here's with a big dog..(though this dog already knows the trick I think) and no clicker.






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