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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-27-2009, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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So, Bison is having "issues" with tracking because his food drive is not high enough to compensate for his interst in people, dogs, the sky, the wind, imaginary things...

But tonight, I think we had a breakthrough! It was almost dusk, and I didn't feel safe going to the local park (not since a homeless guy asked Bison to share a hot dog with him last week) so, I took him to my church.

The property has a really large open field. When we were ready to go track, I got him out of the car and as soon as we hit the grass he had his head down sniffing the grass. He knew what we were there to do. When we got to the flag, and I gave him the command, he took off eating and kept his head down. When we were almost finished, the church neighbor's big lab came to the fence and started barking his head off. Bison looked up, but I just told him "Such" and he went right back to it.

I think there is hope yet! But watch, next time will be a total disaster. He seems to be doing good every other time.

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Re: Improving!

Woohoo!!! Way to go Bison!!

It is so exciting when you see them "get" something!!! It is a real challenge to teach a dog that is not food-motivated, so congratulations! You've done good!


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Re: Improving!

Amy -

CONGRATS to you and Bison!!!

Stark isn't very food motivated (or toy) either which is making our training much more challenging. I can see more food/toy motivation coming as he gets older but he is still more interested in dogs, people, wind, imaginary critters than the food on the track.

I totally understand your excitment when things like this happen. Because our boys are not very food motivated which makes training more challenging the reward of seeing them 'get it' is just so much greater!

Keep up the hard, but rewarding work!!! Great job!!!

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