Lol, thank you for the story. I'll try to be more animated. It's much more difficult to do when I'm recording myself due to my social anxiety though. I used to prefer verbal markers but now I like the clicker more just because it's so precise and consistent. I don't have to worry about my voice changing tone or anything.You've received some good advice.....and I can personally tell you ...some of the advice regarding you being much more animated and capturing the dog's attention will make a huge difference...it would be a great place to start. I used to get hammered on by the trainers at basic obedience classes....they all thought I was way too mellow and uptight at the same time to ever captivate my dog's attention. I remember them telling me to act like I just won the lottery during basic recall training amongst other basic skills....to put some life into the process...so I tried...and thought I did....I believe one of the instructors looked at me and said " Hmmmm $5 jackpot?" Anyway....I gave in and acted the part they asked for...even though my new excitement level was mostly sarcasm because I am pretty laid back... however it elevated the "mood" and made a marked difference. Eventually....my sarcastic "excitement" became genuine and my neighbors probably hate me for it...but it worked.
I also like the clear beginning and ending advice you were also given....I employed this advice as well... it works.
Dog nails a good one and it needs to be instantly conveyed to the dog....I have found my verbal marker is much more effective at sending this message versus a clicker.
Yeah, engagement......it's the name of the game.
Have some fun training the Kody monster....it'll get you there quicker.
Yes I love Michael Ellis and have been wanting that video for a while actually . I've been subscribed to bowwowflix, but I've had one dvd out for several months (forgot about it), and then just recently realized that they haven't been billing me monthly for the past several months. They didn't bill me for the dvd either. I want to send it back and get a new one, but I'm afraid that they're gonna be like hey you owe us a hundred dollars or something lol.Look into Michael Ellis power of food and power of tug videos. I'm renting them on bowwowflix.com his take on engagement is great and it's right on with what my trainer is teaching me. My dog now is super excited for a tug. He pushes it right back to me.
I would absolutely love the opportunity to work with a trainer. I've contacted countless trainers and training organizations in the past, but none ever got back to me. I really wish I could find someone to mentor me though :/If you seriously want to become a trainer than you need to have a system. To learn one you need to work under someone to learn it correctly. To learn all the nuances, to learn what to do when something doesn't work. The best way to do that is to work with someone who has already learned it, that can show you how, what to look at, what you're seeing in the dog's behavior.
I went out and bought some actual dog treats today and haven't fed him yet (it's almost 2 pm) so that I can try that out. I'm thinking about working on "take it" and "drop it"? I read a couple studies where dogs actually learned faster by being trained once a week in a short session as opposed to longer sessions multiple times a week, so I'm trying not to work on the same thing more than twice a week.