The Agility Rocks! Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
Re: Recall when she thinks im not interesting enough
"Be more interesting..........." just about puts it in a nutshell. Specially for the younger pups and all the initial training. Using treats helps, but working on a motivating tug toy at the same time is ultimately even better. Prey drive (with a toy) is a much more reliable drive for our dogs. I've NEVER seen my dogs tear off after food with the same speed and enthusiasm they have for a squirrel. 100% fast 100% of the time for a running squirrel. So THAT is the 'reliable' I'd like for my 'come'.
All initial training should have the pups set up to succeed each and every time. I find running away when I call helps with the speed. No movement and standing facing the dog s l o w s them down. I don't even say 'come' just their name and when they turn on that it's to see me tearing off and away from them. When they catch up it's a food reward or game/play. Each and every time.
Only after quite a while when this is clearly working 100% of the time do I start the 'random' reinforcement' . And it's not a sudden and abrupt 'yesterday 100 % reward 100% of the time and TODAY I just use verbal praise'. Instead I start with maybe one time in the day of JUST verbals and all the rest with the toy. Then a few days later randomly choose 2 times with the verbals and the rest with the toy.
So the dogs always think THIS time may get a reward and it's worth the run. Rather than this time they may or may not so why bother............
The 'random' use of the reinforcer (and it's what is reinforcing TO THE DOG, not what we think they should want) I find most of us mess up. We go too fast too soon and lose the intensity from the dog.
Miss Osin Blue Wildhaus NA NAJ NF
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