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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-11-2011, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Bored with training - the dog not me!

Ridley seems to have lost interest in training. A more correct statement would probably be that he's more interested in what he's missing with Rennie and their Dad than he is with me and whatever delicious treats I am holding. Even if I take him into a separate room or outside away from them he's anxious to get back.

This happens regardless of the treat and regardless of how hungry he is . . . well I haven't made him skip breakfast in order to see what happens with a late afternoon training session but I usually do my more focused session shortly before his evening meal.

What should I do? I have better results when my husband is out of the house but there's still some distraction from him wanting to be with Rennie.

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You need to be spending a lot more time with your dogs separately or this sort of thing happens. Get your dogs our for walks, car rides, and play time by themselves so they get more quality time with you so they bond more with you than with each other.

As for training, take your dog out of and away from the house.

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I don't know how animated you are during the training session but energy put in by you equal energy put out by the dog.
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You need to be spending a lot more time with your dogs separately or this sort of thing happens. Get your dogs our for walks, car rides, and play time by themselves so they get more quality time with you so they bond more with you than with each other.

As for training, take your dog out of and away from the house.
Thats exactly what i was gonna say!

Take the dog somewhere away from the house!

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You need to be spending a lot more time with your dogs separately or this sort of thing happens. Get your dogs our for walks, car rides, and play time by themselves so they get more quality time with you so they bond more with you than with each other.

As for training, take your dog out of and away from the house.
That's kind of what I thought . . . it's just so hard during the week and the weather has been so yucky! Ugh! Fortunately the days will soon be longer and the weather should improve so I'll have more options for after work and on the weekends.

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I don't know how animated you are during the training session but energy put in by you equal energy put out by the dog.
Pretty animated but I'll admit that when it goes poorly I start to get frustrated. I caught myself last night and ended the session because of my frustration. Things were going well earlier in the week (our finish is really coming together) and then had a bad night.

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That's kind of what I thought . . . it's just so hard during the week and the weather has been so yucky! Ugh! Fortunately the days will soon be longer and the weather should improve so I'll have more options for after work and on the weekends.

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Just wanted to say i absolutely LOVE your profile pic!!!

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Not completely trying to doubt you. Just some people I have met there definition of animated to me was what I would call speeding slug. Remember to have patience at that point and not snap. However while I know weather can be a hindrance for us the dogs actually love this kind of weather, so I hop outside and enjoy it with with them.
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When Frank starts actting bored in training I've actually thrown in some play time in the middle, keeps his attention since he doesn't know when he'll get to play.
or made some of his commands part of playtime.
I also would take him out to train somewhere else like the others said.

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Just wanted to say i absolutely LOVE your profile pic!!!
Thanks! He looks very menacing there but he's really a big marshmallow. Don't tell anyone!

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