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Aloha everyone. It has been 5 1/2 months since I rescued Rasa and bonding/trust building is still going on, but leveling off. For our life styles I am implementing 3 behavior modes with Rasa.

1: "Leash" mode. She has to behave properly, in stores, in traffic, around close encounters with other dogs, humans. This she is pretty good at doing.

2: "Close" mode. Off leash, but she has to stay close by my side and has to listen to my commands.

3: "Liberty" mode. Rasa is allowed to lag behind, smell all she wants, chase prey when she feels like it, visit other dogs, etc. (there are no car dangers)

I am clearly marking these three modes with the particular name (leash, close, liberty) and having her sit in between modes. It seems that Rasa understands fairness and is much more willing to be in the "Close" mode and behave as long as she knows there is a "Liberty" mode as well. Of course the "close" mode is the one that needs all the training now!

What do you guys think of this approach?
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Seems like a good idea to me. How are you getting her to understand what each mode means and when they are in that mode? Just curious, I would like to try some variation of that.
 

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Aloha, George. I set myself up for success, (we are just starting this Mode method). By success, I know where the areas where cats, mongooses, exciting smells are, etc. and go into the "liberty mode" before we get to that area. I make myself all excited and try to keep a distance from Rasa. If Rasa comes to my side and tends to stay there, I good girl her and say Close, good girl, etc. I try to define the modes by stopping and assigning the mode. That way the mode (what is expected of Rasa) is defined and I hope Rasa becomes to understand it is NECESSARY to act properly in that mode. (the reward is when we get to a high distraction area, I allow her to go into Liberty mode.) This method is still evolving as I just started it.

The one success I had today was an area of the back street where truck drivers party after work on a friday nite. You see beer bottles and most importantly plate lunches with pork bones, discarded meat, etc. Rasa was in the Close mode when we went by this area and although I had to "close, good girl, stay, good girl-close" several times for the 1/2 block and Rasa had her head turned toward the discarded food the whole time, she did not "break formation". When past that area, I stopped and gave her Liberty and she wandered off a bit and checked out smells, etc.

The Close mode has lots of commands, leave it, turn left turn right, no Visit, Visit, Stay here, etc. etc. The Liberty mode has basically only a couple commands "come here, go get 'em" all done with excitement. Like I say, it is evolving and developing,,,hoping to get some good suggestions, advice here.

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I try to do the same thing with my pomeranian, but he's not exactly the sharpest dog haha. I'll see how this works out. I think it's a good idea though, and will try that with my pup.
 

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Im diffidently gonna try this out with my GSD. When I take her out to run she thinks she has to stay right by my ( close mode as you would call it) and if I could teach her the difference between them it would make things way easier for me and she would know when she could run cause I sometimes walk her without a leash and she doesnt understand when she can leave me.
 
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