Re: Training Challenge #4
I practiced tonight with all four dogs after they'd had dinner (I know, most people work their dogs BEFORE they feed them, but mine are such chow hounds (pun intended) that it doesn't seem to matter). I was only going to work with Tazer, first, but they all seemed eager to do something.
So I put them all on a down-stay and then I walked away and out of sight behind some stuff in the shop (walking toward the door into the living quarters, which is very tempting for them). ALL stayed beautifully at first, and I went back and rewarded after about 10 seconds out of sight (didn't want to push it too long with Tazer, since she's not done out of sight stays).
The second time they all held it too even when I knocked on the door of the living quarters (and no one even barked!), but I let Trick and Dora (the old dogs) get up after that as they were laying on cold concrete. I did two more longer out of sight stays for Tazer and Khana and they did very well. Khana is pretty darn solid on her stays, and Tazer is good at following Khana's lead. It's pretty funny how the GSDs and the chows learn from each other - I see traits in Tazer that are chow-like, and traits in Khana that are shepherd-like.
We'll work on this some more - I would like Tazer to have a very solid stay. Sit will be more difficult, I think. Tazer just came into heat, too, and Khana is still in heat so I'm watching to see if we have any hormonal changes that make things weird for them (so far nothing).
Melanie and the gang
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