Quote:- Lack of motivation: The dog complies because he "has to" not because he "wants to" you are not using rewards or the reward is inappropriate for that dog. Some dogs work better with toys, others with food, some want you to throw the toy, others prefer to tug it. Some dogs can sell their mother for a grain kibble, others don't accept anything less than cheddar cheese.
- You are not enthusiastic enough. Humans can see the command as a military order, but dogs don't. If you want a happy fast sit, the dog has to see the training itself, not only the reward at the end, as a game. If you are flat, the dog is flat too. I usually recommend to use food for teaching precision and game for speed. You play, play, play and when the dog is hyper, you give the command, and only then. If the dog is looking at the clouds and to the flies and you ask him to sit, it's a handler fault that the dog learn to sit slowly.
- You are too harsh. Moving slooooowly is a calming signal, if the dog is afraid to be punished for being wrong he will try to "calm you down" moving as slowly as possible. If you don't correct, but your body language is tense, the same.
I agree with LicanAntai's take on this. I've found all those impact my dog's to either slow them down or speed them up. The more fun fun fun they think training is (and that's MY job, to make it fun) the faster they do the behavior and less 'calming signal' I get thrown back at me. Specially when initially training I can't 'make' them do it. I have to teach and reward. Not correct and punish.
The thing about the 'reward' is what is a reward to my dog. It's all well and good that I get out a dog treat and think it's a reward. Or decide to praise and think that's enough to keep my dog interacting and involved. But I need to look at my dog.........
Cause they show me if the reward IS a reward by their behavior. And they show me if I'm worth staying with and learning something new by their behavior. So if my pup leaves me to go sniff or run off, then I need to figure out what can I do to make it more fun, better, rewarding to the pup so they WANT to stay, WANT to learn, and are throwing behaviors at me so fast I find it hard to reward........
Clicker training is a vast help with this cause it takes all the emotion of training out of the picture. There is zero personality in the click sound, not happy, not sad, not frustrated, not unsure, not angry. A click is a click is a click. Only means one thing, that was brilliant and here's the reward.
For my dogs it seems tons of teeny REAL treats work best with initially teaching something new. I liver, cheese, chicken, roast beef, pizza. Tons of rewards given constantly. Only once they have got that behavior, fun and fast, do I start randomly rewarding AND/or adding the real motivators for my dogs. A toy. So whether a ball or tug toy (tugging is best cause interactive with us and help with the bonding and leadership role) my dogs go nutso with the toy, and there's no chance of them being stressed and throwing out the slowing calming signals when they want to go go go!
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