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I posted this on another thread... didn't get any responses.

Its a bit frustrating,, I can't seem to replicate yoschi's focus and enthusiasm that he has at the training facility ... when "in training" with the trainer he's "on it" .... at home or in the field I go to,, he seems lazy and only half interested ... "oh look a butterfly" *poof* I've lost him for a few moments ... also his retrieves are half ass at home and at the facility he runs all out... I'm sure his puppydom has much to do with it... but it is frustrating... my trainer mentioned that I may be feeding him too much,,, he said to only feed him once a day,, that seems too little for a six month old pup... he does weigh 60lbs... but is a thin, fit 60.

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I posted this on another thread... didn't get any responses.

Its a bit frustrating,, I can't seem to replicate yoschi's focus and enthusiasm that he has at the training facility ... when "in training" with the trainer he's "on it" .... at home or in the field I go to,, he seems lazy and only half interested ... "oh look a butterfly" *poof* I've lost him for a few moments ... also his retrieves are half ass at home and at the facility he runs all out... I'm sure his puppydom has much to do with it... but it is frustrating... my trainer mentioned that I may be feeding him too much,,, he said to only feed him once a day,, that seems too little for a six month old pup... he does weigh 60lbs... but is a thin, fit 60.
A) adjust the food if you like, but continue feeding twice a day or three if you can swing it... for health reasons

B) dog knows training field is quite different than "everywhere else". Dogs don't generalize well. You have to work off the field a bit to get him in the right state of mind

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Look up michael Ellis engagement training with his dog pi on you tube.

Move fast, make it fun etc.


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Try adding tugs and flirt pole sessions into the training. Rogue is 7 months and she's over the treats for training. She is WAY more into it with a tug or ball on a rope.


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 08:51 PM
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I had the opposite problem with class vs. home. I did notice when he was evaluated at the club, though, that I'm not being fast enough or energetic enough when working with him at home. That seems to keep his attention better. I also have a "look, something shiny!" puppy.

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