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I need to find an occupation for my dog to do that will keep him stimulated as he is really bored. I am quite a dull owner. :blush:

Anyway I read about people getting their dog to pick up socks, pull carts and do circus tricks. I have no idea how to teach him these things, please talk me through it. I do have a pile of logs in th yard and I thought I could get him to move them from one spot to another spot each day just to give him a task. But how do I teach him to do this? :crazy:

I will post on another thread about his other bad habits but one thing at a time....:cry:
 

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For training specific behaviors that you are describing, I think clicker training is the way to go. Get some books by Karen Pryor to get you started. You can see lots of cool clicker training videos on YouTube.
 

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I agree--search on youtube. The clicker works really fast, you sit the dog down, click and immediately give him a treat. Do this about 20 times so he knows click=treat. Take him out to the pile of logs and let him mess around with them. If he puts his mouth on one, click and treat. Don't tell him to do anything just identify the behavior you want by clicking and treating when he puts his mouth on it. If he picks one up, click and treat big time with several treats. Once he catches on that you want him to pick up the log, call him to the other side of the yard and click and treat. Eventually you can give a command like 'timber' or 'carry' or whatever you want and he can do it on command. Clickers identify the desired behavior first, then reinforce the performance of the behavior after a command. But start with sit or down or something easy. That's my Reader's Digest version of how to teach him to move a log.
 

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In general, I'd find some great dog trainers and sign up for classes. There are so many different kinds of training now (agility is the best, but of course other confused people would recommend rally, tracking, obedience, herding, dock dogs, flyball, ......)

In conjunction with that, I absolutely agree that YOU learning to use a clicker is a fantastic way to teach a clever dog anything you'd ever want it to learn. All fun, positive, tons of treats constantly coming at your pup....

Here's some great info to start up with:

Clicker Training: Marking Your Dog's Successful Behavior




 

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Thanks for the advice. He does know his basics but that was about it. I taught him the word "find it" today and he slept for three hours solidly so that must have worked! Lol!
 

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Tab289's YouTube channel has lots of how-to training videos, I think there is one there that teaches picking things up and putting them in the wash, if I'm not mistaken. Also, back up, pick up their own toys, cover their eyes, etc.

YouTube - tab289's Channel
 

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Shadow's Mum, I love Solea, probably because she looks a bit like Shasta. Shasta is cuter, of course! I like to watch the videos for motivation!
 

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in my opinion youve gotta start with yourself as the person whom the dog is living with. if you want to keep the dogs attention you cant be Dull. you said this yourself your playtime with the puppy is important make it fun and exciting and he will enjoying spending time with you and a dog that is in fun company will train attentively hope this helps. works for me.
 
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