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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-04-2011, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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I want to give my 6month old working line GSD a "job" so I was wondering if you could help me teach him to put things in a pile like wood, or laundry?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-04-2011, 04:27 PM
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When I first got Sib I really wanted her to fetch beer for me...Well that didn't happen but she does fetch the paper for daddy in the am and brings me my pillow every nite when I settle down..The way I taught her to fetch the paper was to continue a inside game we had been playing..I had taken a towel and hid it in parts of the house(originally it had a toy hidden in it so she had to discern toy from towel)--taught her to stay, wait and then go find..For the paper, I took same towel and wrapped it around the paper and threw it out into the drive for her to fetch--which she learned in about 5 minutes ..I know I am no trainer, but this was fun for us and dad really likes her getting the paper for him..Please keep in mind she is a companion dog...My expectations are in relation to that..Blessings to all.

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I've never taught anything like that, but to me it sounds like the perfect situation for backchaining - teaching the end of the behavior first. So I'd start with teaching her to "take" and "give" things to you, (use whatever commands you want) then I'd work with her by the laundry basket or a garbage can so that when she drops whatever she has, it goes in. Work on that for awhile, marking and rewarding her for dropping something into a variety of different things to generalize the behavior, and then gradually move further away, starting with just a step or two, so she has to actually go to the basket to drop something in it. You can name the various places to drop stuff so that you can send her from a distance and she'll be able to discriminate between them.

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thanks guys!!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-05-2011, 08:03 PM
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I taught Hondo to put his toys back in the toy basket, by using 'drop it'. It didn't quite work the way I wanted it to though, he would put a toy back in the basket, but he'd pull another one out. Good example of 'self rewarding'.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-06-2011, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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hhahahahaha that's cute
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