Stryder Help Again

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  1. MericoX

    MericoX Roos, Poos, & a Wog!

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    So things have been going good for the old boy. I've stepped back and haven't been doing anything with him since I last posted, other than working on desensitizing him to loud noises/yelling (it's been an ongoing thing since he was a pup, though with adding more dogs it seemed to have gotten worse). He's recently back to laying on the bed and sleeping on my pillows again (maybe hasn't done that for a few weeks to a month) and honestly seems to be a little more relaxed and back to his annoying gigantic self.

    Anyways, I need some help/ideas on what's going on. Either he needs motivation, or doesn't *see a point*.

    If I'm sitting on the bed, couch, standing, any number of places and ask him to sit he just stares at me with a *doy* expression and wags his tail, or wanders off and plays with a toy or other dog. If I have food or a toy he wants, he'll sit, down, shake, high five, etc. until the sun goes down.

    Is my dog finding me boring? Or just not motivated enough? I have the other 3 tripping over themselves doing commands with no food or toys in sight, but with him he goes all derp on me.
     
  2. OutlineACDs

    OutlineACDs Crazy Dog!

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    Use the other dogs enthusiasm as a motivator for him. Without getting out treats ask for a sit. If he just stares at you, walk off and engage another dog. Get excited and ask the other dog to sit, if he/she does, party and run to the treat jar or whatever and give the "good dog" a treat. Completely ignore Stryder through this whole ordeal. The moment he ignores you, he lost you and all opportunity for treats/praise/toys. It may take several times of you doing this before he realizes "Oh, she doesn't HAVE to play with me" before he catches on.
     
  3. corgipower

    corgipower Tweleve Enthusiest

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    He's being bribed.

    Put treats in little containers all over the place where they'll be in easy reach. Any time you see him sit (or whatever other behavior you want) give a marker sound/word and get him a treat.

    It'll take a little while for him to get out of the habit of needing you to have a treat first, but if you stick with it he'll get there.
     

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