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I've successfully gotten Renji to pick up my little METAL Maglite flashlight and bring it to my hand.


Today, I tossed the flashlight on the floor, told him to "get it," then clicked/treated every time he sniffed it. Then I clicked/treated every time he licked it, then mouthed it, then when I heard teeth. As soon as I saw one end of the flashlight leave the ground, I clicked, shrieked in glee, shoved a handful of kibble in his face, then jumped up and grabbed more for him. I repeated this the next few times I saw him even marginally pick up the flashlight. He probably thought I was a crazy lady but he sure did appreciate the resulting kibble party! Then I eased off, looking for a full off-the-ground lift. I got it! Another kibble party. Finally, he picked it up and brought it to my hand. Woooo HOOOO! It was brief, but he did it and we ended the session there with some kong toss in the house.

We preceded this with getting a couple different objects. My glove gave him no trouble but my long scarf did. Now I am determined to get him used to fetching a myriad of objects, but first Renji has to hold my flashlight a little bit longer and fetch it from greater distances.
When he's holding the flashlight reliably, I'll take a video (and a photo for you, Melanie).

Ahhh.... the sweet, sweet sound of a tired dog. I love clicker training!
 

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Diana, that's fantastic! I just love it when the dogs become enthusiastic and energetic about the training. Clicker style training really brings out the best in our dogs.

There are some things that Khana has more trouble fetching - like my clothes, primarily because she trips over them. But she's learned to turn her head sideways and drag them to me. She loves the "cookie party" too .. *L*

Now, you do realize that if you tell chow people that you've got your dog retrieving and doing other obedience things, that they'll tell you it must be the GSD in him? *LOL* Most chow people want to believe that chows are NOT trainable because it gives them an excuse for why their dogs don't do anything they're told. It does take a special touch to bring out the desire to work in a chow but once you've got it figured out it's really great.

Congrats on your good work!

Melanie and the gang in Alaska
 

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Quote:Now, you do realize that if you tell chow people that you've got your dog retrieving and doing other obedience things, that they'll tell you it must be the GSD in him? *LOL* Most chow people want to believe that chows are NOT trainable because it gives them an excuse for why their dogs don't do anything they're told. It does take a special touch to bring out the desire to work in a chow but once you've got it figured out it's really great.
Would it surprise you to hear that I haven't been back to *that* forum?


Yes, clicker training is the BEST! I'm really excited.
Now I need a set of utility dumbbells (and yet we probably STILL can't pass the CGC. Where are my priorities?!
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