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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-05-2011, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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how to get his attention

man zero is just batting a thousand lately, at home he is very food drivin. will do anything for a trat, but as soon as we go outfront or the dog park or his puppy class he acts like i dont even exist, i act super hyper and fun to make him want to pay attention to me but all he does is stare at other dogs and wnts to play with them. when i finally do get him to sit and i give him a trat he wont even take it because he doesnt care lol. shoud i just take him to the dog park and work him there everyday? the trainer says he is just so excited to see dogs, that i need to desensitize him. but how do do that if i dont exist around other dogs uhg! his next class is this sat and i want him to "watch me" should i be stern or super hyper. idk what to do anymore.

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You are jumping to too much distraction too fast. Try adding a person or dog where you train and normally have attention. Slowly step up the distraction level

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should i have my friend bring her dog to my house? he does fine with my lab. but maybe i am pushing to much to fast

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Find out what you can do to distract from the distractions! My GSD was too laid back in class. I found that boiled chicken (still his #1 valued treat) and/or a squeaky toy would keep him focused on me. I didn't let him see the squeaky toy, I kept it in my fanny pack. Before he disengaged I gave it a squeak. The trick was to catch him!

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Do you have a watch me command you can give to get your dogs attention?
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act with calm authority instead of being the clown or another "puppy"
Have him give you focus and work first , before he gets released, then bring him back and do focus work and attention again - and when YOU are ready , release the dog. Pressure on , pressure off.
Make sure your recalls are totally reliable .
First steps to training should be done absent of conflicting interest. What is the likelihood that you are going to get a recall with dogs romping around. Zero for Zero , and others.
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Find out what you can do to distract from the distractions! My GSD was too laid back in class. I found that boiled chicken (still his #1 valued treat) and/or a squeaky toy would keep him focused on me. I didn't let him see the squeaky toy, I kept it in my fanny pack. Before he disengaged I gave it a squeak. The trick was to catch him!
I think this is different. Getting attention bc he is bored is diff than getting attention bc he is highly focused on something else. You need at least the majority of the time to have attention to correct for not paying attention, otherwise you're correcting too much, causing the dog to demotivate out of confusion and feeling he cant win and the corrections are coming no matter what he does

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at home he knows watch me. but i dont think he knows it strong enough. once we are outside he goes wild eyed and doesn't pay attention to me. im gonna have to give him treats he doesn't get normal i think too

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Build up the watch command until you can do it for 5 mins without losing it

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okay, im going to work with him more. he recall is pretty good. but not 100 %

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