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post #41 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-22-2019, 03:45 PM
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Short and productive, a few times a day is perfect. If her desire for the toy is strong, the next step is called capping. This video is the main thing I like to do. You don't have to do everything in the video, but its the sequence of chase, control (The sit), release to get it that matters.


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post #42 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-22-2019, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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OMG! You guys are all GENIUSES! I took my dog out twice today already to just focus on engagement training like you all suggested and she was SO happy. Way happier than fetch or frisbee or a walk. Several small dogs walked by us (went to a busier area to work on ignoring them) and she didn’t ONCE try to get into a herding position! She glanced over and then continued playing with me!!!

She is super affectionate but never in public. And today, she came over to me after playing and wanted to lick my face. She’s NEVER done that in public before.
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post #43 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-07-2019, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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A very happy update. After the last few weeks of being on lead and continuing our many training sessions, we took her to a huge beach and let her off leash. It was a one time thing because it was out of town and a dog beach. Her recall was immaculate and every command was 100%.

She'll STILL be on lead 99.9% of the time as far as I'm concerned for a long long time. I don't want her to ever be rewarded by chasing a small dog again. But it made me super happy! All of the helpful tips here were amazing and especially the different way of playing with her. Where I live, she was already the best behaved dog around and people were shocked when I said she was a year, and all the tips in this thread helped me take it to a next level! I can tell she's happier as well. So, thank you all!!!

I still need to work on being more interesting though... And I've been unable to find a good trainer around here so far to work with the e-collar :/ So that's on my list as well.
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post #44 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-07-2019, 10:29 PM
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Congratulations and thanks for the up date. It's great to hear good news. Keep having fun - both you and the dog.
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