Re: Training Challenge #1 - Collar
If your dog already knows this behavior, then find a way to make it more complicated - the idea is to do some training, not tell us that your dog already knows it! *L*
The end goal should be that when you hold out the collar, your dog comes and puts his head into it without you moving the collar toward the dog. If your dog already does this, then add in something like stepping onto a box or chair; leaving the collar hanging so that the dog goes to it on command and puts it on (without you touching the collar), or make a stiff leash (like with heavy wire or a piece of doweling), put the collar on the end of it so it's well away from you, and then teach your dog to put his head in the collar while you're walking.
There are all sorts of variations, so if you're lucky enough to have a dog that already does the basic you can expand on that. No excuses for not training! *G*
I taught Trick to put her head in the collar with the stiff leash (made out of heavy black wire) and she would run up and put her head in even if I was moving. When I stopped and said "out" she'd pull her head back out and then go behind my back to do another trick I'd taught her (going to a little garbage can and pulling out bits of crumpled paper) before coming back and putting her head back into the collar. It was part of an act we had where I would stop to talk to the audience (usually a lecture on well-behaved dogs or something similar) and she would leave me to go do something that wasn't so "well-behaved" .. *LOL* .. and then I would turn and see the papers on the floor and scold my assistant (usually my niece) for not cleaning up. We'd do this two or three times and then Trick would bring me the trash can or I would turn and see her (by then the audience would be laughing and pointing when she went to the trash).
So there are some really neat side things you can add to this behavior if you want to. And no, I never had problems with Trick getting into the trash after that! It was a specific trained behavior - a specific little trash can that had papers only in it, so it wasn't like real trash.
I did start Tazer last night but I was feeling kind of lazy (bad me!) and I just did it when all the other dogs were out there too. So I had Khana trying to put her nose in the collar, and Trick came over and said "hey, I want some of this" and then she was trying to put her nose in too. Tazer did well considering all the distractions, but that's not the way to start! Later on I use the competition to make them try harder, but the initial training should just be the one dog.
Melanie and the gang in very cold Alaska
Positive 1ST! More reward, less correction makes a GREAT trainer.
Chows: Khana CD RE SD & Dora NA NAJ GSD: Tazer SDIT
Total of 2UDs 3CDXs 12CDs 2REs 8AgilityTitles 1BH Chow!
20 Yrs Training/Teaching Experience