if I may, it seems like all your obedience training is static .
You want the dog to bond , put the collar on , grab your leash and do something dynamic together -- groups that move together start to think more with the others in mind . That includes military marching , rallies, going on dates even , that stroll .
Keep the dogs attention by changing speed , changing direction . You are in the driver's seat . The dog doesn't take you on the walk, you don't wait for him to sniff or leg lift --- he is on your walk not you on his.
Movement and variety are exciting . He will look forward to it and any "obedience" which is a happy consequence.
Sit-down-stay- so boring .
Seems people like to do these with their pups . These are the very last things I do and when I do them the bond and association with complying is so rewarding that these static exercises are easy.
Start with your moving exercises . Move with me. Come to me . Go away from me.
You would be surprised when you do "go away from me" in a playful way , how hard it is to get the dog to "go" . The opposite tends to happen they come back faster as part of the pushing game .
for ball play , do the two ball system.
to keep the game going he has to bring the ball to you. As soon as he has done this you lob that ball away so that he runs quickly to get it.
You have been playing fetch where the dog can keep the ball and you have to tackle him . He may not understand that coming in to you will get him more game.
From now on if the dog were to play the old game of catch me , I would walk away -- game ended.
Play TWO ball.
If he is puzzled and looks at you tempt him with a second ball that you have . He gets to run after it only when he has brought ball #1 to you . Then without any stalling or "obedience" throw that ball and keep the momentum going.
Quickly he will learn there are good things that happen when he comes to you and you are part of the happy times.
don't chase the dog -- he needs to chase you
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Last edited by carmspack; 08-08-2014 at 01:37 PM.