Hey guys, for my first post I wanted to ask you all what you think of the book "When Pigs Fly" by Jane Killion. I know this book was made for not biddable breeds, and a German Shepherd is a really biddable dog.
There was something in the book that talked about Attention Training, and to teach a dog to check in all the time everywhere, by what I understand the dog learns to have a default check in (no commands), and get to the point that new triggers = look at owner, go to new place = look at owner. Did anyone try this? I would like to do this with him, but I am worried with the fact that in the book it says there is no down time with the dog. That means if he is with me I can't be distracted ...not one second. What if I want to go to the park with friends, and bring my dog with me?
I don't really want him to look at me all the time, but I am tired that I train him tons of tricks, in tons of distractions, places and ect... but if just one tiny trigger (that I might not even noticed) comes in the picture he gets really distant, and it looks like he shuts down on me.
I know to train something like this I have to start little by little like first at home for two days, then outside in yard, and ect.. ect.. little at the time, building up slowly in high distraction areas. I allready train him 7 times a day how to create a scheldue to train this with all the other stuff I am training him to do?
What do you guys think about Attention Training? Anyone ever tried, or do you think it is useless?