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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-17-2009, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Training at home.

I cannot afford to hire or go to a trainer, I can afford vet visits and such because they are absolutely necessary, but not training that may or may not benefit us.
Socializing isn't a problem, we have free groups, not training, but well-behaved dogs getting together for walks and playing.

What are the best methods? I like the looks of NILIF, and used it a bit with our other dogs. I have general training down, focus, recall, walking nicely with big distractions ect. but I want obedience.
What is a good at-home obedience training practice?


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Re: Training at home.

I will only do positive training, yes, if my dog lunges at someone I will correct firmly, but I am not about to use the I'm-the-big-bad-alpha things that I've seen my local trainers do.


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Re: Training at home.

what do you mean by "good at home training practice"?
whatever training takes place in class you can teach
at home. i'm not sure if i understand your question.

i'm-the-big-bad-alpha, i've never practiced that.
i socialize, train and co-exist with my dogs.
my dogs are always friendly and sociable. i've never tried to dominate a dog nor have i had a dog try to dominate me.

i find through socializing and training makes a great bond. i also
an anticipator when it comes to my dogs reactions.
i expect my dogs to jump up, have accidents in the house, no recall, run into the street, lunge or do what ever i don't want them to do. to prevent or help prevent unwanted behaviour i cut it
off before it happens most of the time. when someone approaches
my dog i take the slack out of the leash so he can't jump up. i teach boundaries so my dogs know the street is off limits whether
their on the leash or off.

training, socializing, anticipation and consistency makes a nicely trained dog.
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Re: Training at home.

What I mean by that is other methods like NILIF, which is used a lot by people at home, as well as trainers, is I wanted to know if there were any more methods like that that I can do a lot of reading up on. Lot of advice I've seen given here and other places is "get into some obedience classes.... Find a good trainer..." Maybe that's given to people they don't think can handle it themselves.

Thank you for the reply, I found it helpful.


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Read up on clicker training. Easy to do yourself and a good alternative to the i'm-the-big-bad-alpha method as you call it.

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Re: Training at home.

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Originally Posted By: RavenSophiRead up on clicker training. Easy to do yourself and a good alternative to the i'm-the-big-bad-alpha method as you call it.
I do clicker train

I just hate going to watch a puppy class and seeing the 'trainer' do, or tell people the wrong things. I just want to scream, this one pup (during socializing time, on lead) did a play bow and a little playful growl, the trainer promptly snatched the leash and gave the biggest correction I've ever seen, saying that the pup was about to attack! Then the owner scolded the dog.
I have to wonder if this 'trainer' is going on his own imagination.

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Re: Training at home.

Stupid people do stupid things... including trainers. Clicker or marker training (same thing but without a clicker) is by far the best way to communicate to your dog in a concise manner and train virtually anything provided your timing is correct. Also research "backchaining" to teach more complicated exercises by breaking them down into parts and then combining later.

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Yes they do... I have to wonder if it's a bunch of ground up slugs between some peoples' ears at times.

Thank you very much, I will look it up.


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I just hate going to watch a puppy class and seeing the 'trainer' do, or tell people the wrong things. I just want to scream, this one pup (during socializing time, on lead) did a play bow and a little playful growl, the trainer promptly snatched the leash and gave the biggest correction I've ever seen, saying that the pup was about to attack! Then the owner scolded the dog.
I have to wonder if this 'trainer' is going on his own imagination.
There should really be stricter rules when it comes to being a trainer. Joining a club and training your dog there for a year or two and then becoming a trainer, as often happens, is just not good enough. Most clubs or training schools around here work that way and it is sickening that they know so little about training and dog behaviour and psychology but still get the chance to train. Of course they mess up the dogs and qualified trainers are left to clean up behind them that is if the poor owners can find one and don't resort to putting the dog to sleep. *sigh* Makes my blood boil!

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Re: Training at home.

they have training vido's
http://leerburg.com/vidolist.htm
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