I've started doing targeting, but she uses her whole mouth to try to get the treat rather than liking or nibbles
I'll need to look into some good puppy games. Any good links to point me toward or advice? Maybe I'm just not engaging her enough to make it fun and rewarding for her
And are you saying to stop Puppy Races from happening?
Is your issue her targeting with her mouth open or is her mouth just open when taking the the treat? If your issue is how to takes the treat then teach that separately from the targeting. I always deliver a reward from the flat of my hand, never finger tips since that will get you bit when a dog is aroused.
Hmmm most of my initial learning was from books, I feel like if someone took the time to actually write and have a book published they are more likely to know what they are doing. Anyone with a computer can publish and online article so it can be harder to find good training.
A couple books I like are Control Unleash The Puppy Program by Leslie McDevitt. It covers training theory and behavior, and good life skill behaviors, not so much obedience skills, but there is a lot of very good info if you are new to training. The Focused Puppy is another one, aimed more at performance puppies, but is covers a lot of the basic behaviors and how to train them. It also breaks behaviors up by age so behaviors build on top of one another.
Some online blogs I like. All of these are written by dog trainers/competitors since I feel like if someone competes with their dog(s) then they really are testing their training and if it works.
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I personally don't allow wild behavior in the house. That's my house rule because I want my dog to be fairly relaxed and calm in the house. Outside they can run around like hooligans, but inside I don't want that sort of chaos. You have to decide what your indoor criteria is and be clear and consistent. If you are okay with a full grown shepherd running through the house at full speed that's your call not mine
Yes, my second session ended with her because I went too long. The third session I only did about a min or 2 and we were able to leave with her still engaged. She did seem like she enjoyed it. After I gave her lots of praise and we played some tug[QUOTE]
I tend to reward heavily with puppies. I don't make them wait a long time between reinforcement. Puppies have short attention span and little to no reward history for behaviors other than this feels good so I will do it. I mix in play with training, not just at the end since that can create a mind set of "do this less fun stuff then you can play tug when we are done". I may reinforce a behavior for a couple reps then break off and tug, then go back to the behavior reinforce a few more reps, then break off and tug.
I've been using "crate" and she goes in and sits before getting a treat. She's doing ok at it
I use Susan Garrett's Crate Games DVD to teach crate manners like go into the crate willingly and with enthusiasm, sit when I open the door, and don't leave until I release you, allow with some impulse control. I can get the basics down in one session. When I need to crate my puppy I always scatter a small handful of treat in the crate after they go in. This makes sure the crate remains a valuable place to be and if I am leaving the room they are too busy to notice, and when they do the moment is passed. I also always tend to give my pups something to chew on if they will be crated for a bit. Preventing unwanted behaviors is much easier for me than having to spend time fixing them. Giving a puppy a bully stick or stuffed kong is an easy management tool. If they never start a behavior I don't have to work out how to stop it.