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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Challenging training stuff

So I have a dog that loves to work, but I am running out of ideas to challenge him. I have done hiding treats in high grass (to help tire him out), obedience training is good, even at times when he doesn't get in the correct position for heel I just say no and he gets into the proper position.

I have thought about doing more nose work stuff for him but I was looking for other suggestions. Any youtube vids or guys I should look into? I did a search on here but I didnt really find what I was looking for (probably not right search method).
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Do you have an AKC club in your area? You can check on the AKC website. They offer a wide range of dog activities such as nose work, agility, etc in addition to all levels of obedience. Hopefully, you can find something you both enjoy!
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There are trick training competitions. There is dock-diving. There is Trieball. Agility and flyball. You could look into Man-trailing, but be aware that if you are going to compete there are different types of nose work and you don't want to confuse your dog. IPO,for instance, calls for tracking by smelling footsteps where SAR calls for more air scenting.

At home you can teach your dog to put toys away or help fetch dropped laundry. Sometimes I'll put my dog's food in 8 light weight plastic bowls around the house. Once they eat the chow if they bring me the empty bowl they get a dessert treat. Here are my dogs helping with laundry

And there is Heeling to Music, or "dog dancing".

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teach him go outs to a place board, and then do directional in a pattern. If he can go out in a circle wheel spoke pattern and return to you for the reward, you are golden!
After the go out, have him platz randomly, or return to you randomly. Retrieves will follow that, bumpers work very well for this exercise, we used it to train to e-collar.

Side passes in heeling are another way to work. Back ups, ups and backs to use the rear for memory work. Core strength training on peanuts for balancing...it isn't always about 'obedience' but actual exercising the brain and body together.

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There are trick training competitions. There is dock-diving. There is Trieball. Agility and flyball. You could look into Man-trailing, but be aware that if you are going to compete there are different types of nose work and you don't want to confuse your dog. IPO,for instance, calls for tracking by smelling footsteps where SAR calls for more air scenting.

At home you can teach your dog to put toys away or help fetch dropped laundry. Sometimes I'll put my dog's food in 8 light weight plastic bowls around the house. Once they eat the chow if they bring me the empty bowl they get a dessert treat. Here are my dogs helping with laundry https://youtu.be/3AeiVDkur5Y

And there is Heeling to Music, or "dog dancing".
I have looked into dock diving because I'd think he'd enjoy that but no serious competition stuff. I couldn't devote the time that it necessary but I want to thank all the suggestions! I like the bring the laundry video, its about time he start holding his weight around here!
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At home you can teach your dog to put toys away or help fetch dropped laundry. Sometimes I'll put my dog's food in 8 light weight plastic bowls around the house. Once they eat the chow if they bring me the empty bowl they get a dessert treat. Here are my dogs helping with laundry https://youtu.be/3AeiVDkur5Y

And there is Heeling to Music, or "dog dancing".
Great! Deja does this too, both the laundry and bringing in her bowl for a treat. S he kills the laundry by violently shaking it. My hubby found dried saliva on his black T-shirts(no idea what that was and how that happened!). So I only do it with loads that don't show this as much. It is super fun. She carries fire wood, gets my gloves, slippers and picks up stuff if I drop something. At night she points to the pet mice; time to feed them.
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Great! Deja does this too, both the laundry and bringing in her bowl for a treat. S he kills the laundry by violently shaking it. My hubby found dried saliva on his black T-shirts(no idea what that was and how that happened!). So I only do it with loads that don't show this as much. It is super fun. She carries fire wood, gets my gloves, slippers and picks up stuff if I drop something. At night she points to the pet mice; time to feed them.
Yuck mouth is why my dogs do the underwear and towels. No dress shirts or slacks. And I take them out of the washer and drier. I've tried to get them to bring slippers but I may have messed that up by trying to insist that they sit and hold them. That didn't go so well. They would have obliged standing and holding and my adding the sit just confused the. They so want to please and not understanding why I wasn't relieving them of the brought slippers seemed to upset them.

My boy helps with gardening by carrying the watering can back to the hose for refill. Only problem is that he bites holds into it, so he has his own watering can / water bucket to carry.
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teach him go outs to a place board, and then do directional in a pattern. If he can go out in a circle wheel spoke pattern and return to you for the reward, you are golden!
After the go out, have him platz randomly, or return to you randomly. Retrieves will follow that, bumpers work very well for this exercise, we used it to train to e-collar.

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This sounds interesting. Are there any videos that you can post? I'm having a hard time visualizing it.

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This sounds interesting. Are there any videos that you can post? I'm having a hard time visualizing it.

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put it all together you can get something like this:

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