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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-08-2017, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Controlled Distraction Recall Practice

I have been working my 9 month old pup with 2 ball recall for just over a month now. I have a tendency to type too much; I will say motivational training is amazing; it has complimented his behavior wonderfully.

We play and train everyday multiple times a day he is well exercised. I do take him away from home often doing long line play and take walks. We have fun together.

I was hoping I could get some ideas on setting up a training exercise, if it could help.

Apex is a cat annoyer, not aggressive. I try really hard to not let him chase, but he has had some outdoor cat chases. He loves the chase. Inside the house is different from outside.

I do have a cat that will walk and play on a leash. I have 4 cats. I have heard dogs do not generalize well, so I could practice a while at home then take my cat that will walk on leash away from home to practice if necessary.

I have a big yard wide open space. Is there something I can do with the cat and dog on leash to hopefully end the chasing? Or at least teach him that when I say come it means come not chase the cat into a tree then come? I am having a hard time visualizing what the training would look like and what specifically to do.

I am not against using an e collar, BUT I would like to work this motivationally for now. I realize recall is a function of bond, practice/consistency, and maturity. I have been seeing so much good come from working with my dog I would like to keep building this way for as long as possible. I do realize he is young, and if too young for this I understand, I just thought it could be good practice for real life situations. Similar to people working outside dog parks.

Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom.
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I just read this from another thread. Bring the cat out start at a distance where I can get the pup to play with me and reduce that distance overtime?
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I use a down when I want to call Seger off of something. It's easier to drop than change direction and come back. So if I don't get him before he breaks with a leave it command then I down him.

All commands are going to require proofing with correction. Chasing is way more fun than a treat.
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I'm probably thinking more like what Jax said, then this being a recall. Since its your cat and he's ok on a harness, I'd secure him in the middle of the yard and move the dog around him at a distance where he'll look, but not yet want to chase. Thats where I'd teach him leave it. Lose some distance till he can move around the cat without showing the desire to break and chase. I wouldn't look for focus or too strict heeling where he's going to anticipate any kind of release/reward or play.

My idea would be to progress with that till you can down the dog and move the cat around. I'd do each step as many times as you can, every day till you squish that desire to chase them.
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I use a down when I want to call Seger off of something. It's easier to drop than change direction and come back. So if I don't get him before he breaks with a leave it command then I down him.

All commands are going to require proofing with correction. Chasing is way more fun than a treat.
How old is Seger?
My pup atm couldn't agree more chase is life. I do have an e collar and a book by Larry Khron and am familiar with Lou Castle. I continue to look for a trainer, but trying to be prepared if I do need to do it on my own. I just dont think im ready yet.

Did you have to train a down in motion? I suppose I need to start working getting the pup to down at a distance?


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Thats where I'd teach him leave it.
I would issue the leave it command for pulling towards or intense staring?

Thanks both of you for the feedback, I appreciate having somewhere to start.
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Yes, I trained the down in motion. But I also train a foundation on a platform so he already knew to go to the platform and down from a distance. Then you start throwing a ball, and down him. There are many steps to it. None hard, just have to break it all down. You teach, teach, teach, help, help, help. The you proof with an e-collar.

To me, a down and a recall are the two commands that are for safety.

Maybe tell us where you are and we can suggest a good trainer?
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Thank you I appreciate all the info. I have learned a ton GSD crash course. I am in a small town, but closest well known city would be Gig Harbor in Washington State.
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Have you ever heard of Crate Games? That same exercise taught for the crate is used to teach the platform. Deb Zappia just put out rentable video showing how you teach the platform. This method will give you the tools to teach a down from a distance.
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I liked Susan Garett?s recaller. I know there is a free videos. I had the same issue when Max was a older pup and adolescent he had high prey drive and had a few opportunities to realize and get embedded that chasing the wild cats across the street was the best high ever. This was biggest issue with him and challenge for us. As he matured and constant work i found it easier to channel his focused ball drive to ignore the cats. I do remember him ignoring the ball or treats around feral cats and had to work on him paying attention to me so he would not blow me off. We played tons of fetch games and from a pup playing the two ball learned from on this forum. It Taught him young to retrieve. Our chi started playing thegame just watching us and he never liked playing fetch or balls lol! We practiced lots of ?leave it?s? from no distraction to small distraction eventually working on the large distractions.

I used a long line and was easy to have practice as the feral cats always hung out in the woods. The more he was able to at least acknowledge me and listen to what I told him to do the longer the line became. We worked on this awhile until he could work around the feral cats on a long line then the long line became longer. The feral cats were not moving though and would lie around the woods and watch. The real challenge was if the cat/ Deer was on the move and max was not directly engaged with me but on his own. This was where I was stuck.

I had dogs all my life and the part I enjoyed was the off leash romps on beaches and hikes. I have a horse who listens to when he is called. It was never until issue until max,this was new to me. So I sought out help using the ecollar by a trainer. I also have the book by Larry krohn. Using the trainer helped me though as I can a bit of a mush and help me to use the ecollar correctly and not fear it. I then continued my long lead work with the feral cats and then off lead using the ecollar as a proofing- correcting within a few seconds of the slightest distraction would promise using a very light reminder on the ecollar and avoiding the point of no return.

I found that at first I did not always like to use the ecollar. It is important though as this happened to me in the beginning of using the ecollar -Max had also taught me not to be to laxed lol! When the beach season was over and no one was around we were walking near the dunes And I missed my opportunity. They were two deer and max took off completely blowing me off with the ecollar during a high stim. It was scary I could not find him he crossed over the dunes into the other side where the inlet was. I heard two gun shots and I know there is no hunting at the beach that I?m aware of. My phone had died and we were miles into no mans land. So worried sick. A few minutes later no sign of him. I started running fell and tripped I was pretty distressed a few minutes later i felt maxes kisses on my cheek. The he second time he came to me when I was in distress over him. He was all wet. This prompted me to work with the ecollar more. This story is just to say I began to work with ecollar more. The more I worked with the more comfortable I felt.

Max just turned 3 now And find he is not dependent on the ecollar but I do use it for occasional brush ups and back up.
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I liked Susan Garett’s recaller.
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This was biggest issue with him and challenge for us. The real challenge was if the cat/ Deer was on the move and max was not directly engaged with me but on his own. This was where I was stuck.
This is also my biggest issue and challenge. I think Apex would stop playing with me if a cat moves though. I know I have more work to do, but other than this issue I am happy where we are so far behavior wise. I have noticed as our relationship grows he does really want to do as asked. When he is in drive for the chase his ears and eyes can only see and hear one thing.
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So I sought out help using the ecollar by a trainer.
At what age was Max when you felt you had done all you could do and decided it was time to use a trainer/e collar?
Did the trainer you worked with use a method like Larry Khron? Did you train leave it, and then recall if chasing or something different? Stupid question, but you cannot use an e collar when the dog is wet right? My pup loves the beach too.
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When the beach season was over and no one was around we were walking near the dunes And I missed my opportunity. They were two deer and max took off completely blowing me off with the ecollar during a high stim.
He blew the through the high stim? Does this happen when you are not using it consistently in the intermittent phase (Larry Khron book) or stay in that phase long enough?
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It was scary I could not find him he crossed over the dunes into the other side where the inlet was. I heard two gun shots and I know there is no hunting at the beach that I’m aware of. My phone had died and we were miles into no mans land. So worried sick. A few minutes later no sign of him. I started running fell and tripped I was pretty distressed a few minutes later i felt maxes kisses on my cheek. The he second time he came to me when I was in distress over him. He was all wet. This prompted me to work with the ecollar more. This story is just to say I began to work with ecollar more. The more I worked with the more comfortable I felt.
That is really scary, while I really want off leash freedom for the both of us; I really want to avoid something seriously dangerous. My pup is pushy and a brilliant opportunist so I have to be really aware. I also have to be very consistent; luckily my kids trained me in the power of consistency. Thank you for sharing with me, I really appreciate it.
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