Training good news/venting thread.

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  1. Dizzy

    Dizzy Sit! Good dog.

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    A thread dedicated to those snippets of information you want to share, that don't really warrant a whole thread of their own.



    I'll start :D

    Fred is doing very well! We're still seeing a trainer 121, and we have the basics down. He does down, come (to cue and whistle), sit, leave, heel (still working on this) etc. He knows to go to a mat and lie down, he does wait.

    Last Saturday we took him into the field and got him tracking (some tripe, yum). He LOVED it. She said he was a bit 'track happy' and so we need to get him looking for an article rather than just sniffing a track :D

    Next week we're pairing him with another puppy to see how they fare with distractions.
     
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    Fred sounds like he's doing WONDERFULLY! What a good boy. And so cool you've got him doing so many new things already!

    Bailey's been too busy trying to injure herself to actually do much training. I guess something super exciting for us though is that I can actually walk both dogs together and encounter a loose dog and still not want to kill them? ;) They both did a nice job of forgetting about the loose dog after the owner called it away.
     
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    meepitsmeagan Meagan & The Cattle Dog Crew

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    Rider is coming along nicely. He is getting a pretty solid recall on him now and is getting better with manners all around. He can still be pretty stubborn, but it is a work in progress. Leash manners have improved tremendously and he is a complete joy to clicker train.

    Harlow is being a Boxer Butt lately. Has to go outside on-leash only. She's being a ****face. So, she's living a lax NILIF life and doing obedience every other day... In addition to retraining her recall and proofing it. Fun. Mind you, we have to do this about once a year... Just because she is evil.
     
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    Zander has formed this new, incredibly annoying and extremely painful habit of mugging my hand for treats. And I mean MUGGING. Full out sniping, pawing, pulling, biting...UGH. NO. My hands are so swollen and sore now.

    All I was trying to do was lure his feet onto a book.

    No idea why that translated into attacking my hand.

    In other news, we shaped a nice Perch. Front feet DID get done. Back feet = kill my hand, apparently.
     
  5. Dizzy

    Dizzy Sit! Good dog.

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    Just been trailing round the back garden with some tripe for Freddie to track :D He loves it, and is starting to pull well when he finds the scent.

    Had another puppy in training yesterday, Fred did so well, and we let them have a play after (to practice recalls actually!!) and he got to be chased, and he LOVED it. Bodhi is a chasee, never a chaser!

    I'm so excited to see how he turns out as an adult... I don't want to wish time away, but he's just handsome and smart and I love him sooooo much :D Need to book our next training session soon :)
     
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    Cool thread idea!

    I was just reading a blurb about how to curb this
    http://louisesdogblog.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/focus-attention-paying-and-impulse-control/

    :D
     
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    I took Aura out to her first busy place where I wasn't paying 100% attention to her (car boot sale) and she was fantastic. She tried to jump on everybody but horse people are brilliant and just walked on past her and those that wanted to pat her waited until she stood still.

    She's very nervy/ guardy in the car and there was a lot of noise when we arrived but as soon as she came out she was fine. woohoo!!
     
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    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    I love this thread!

    And yay Fred!

    As for us, the other night we had a friend and her dog over for dinner. The dog Frodo has always been fine with outside of our home, and has even tried to get her to play with him. Last time she brought the dog to our apartment Frodo had to be crated the whole night because he was being an a-hole to her, following her around and barking/correcting her whenever he had the chance.

    The other night he was FANTASTIC! Not so much as a growl at her, and during dinner he sat about 3 feet away from her and didn't even throw a fit when she put her paws on my leg to beg for food. :D
     
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    I'm often just really impressed with my dogs' ability to figure out what I want from them despite my faults and inconsistency in communicating clearly with them.

    Now that I've actually entered a trial and rally is something more than just a fun way to spend some time, I needed to straighten out Squash's fronts and finishes. And after a bit of goofing around on his part (WHAT IF I SIT COMPLETELY SIDEWAYS IN FRONT OF YOU, HA HA! and HEY THIS USED TO BE GOOD ENOUGH GIVE ME MY CHICKEN PLS) he really caught on that yes, in fact, only the best ones are getting rewarded. <3 this dog.
     
  10. Southpaw

    Southpaw orange iguanas.

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    Juno was not an embarrassment today.

    There is a GSD in my neighborhood and his owners take him for a walk at pretty much the exact same time every day. Oftentimes, I am in the front yard playing with Juno at this time. Typically, I see him coming, I grab her collar (because she's off leash), and she proceeds to throw a territorial barking fit at him. Sometimes I throw her in the house so she can bark her head off in there and look less embarrassing.

    For her anxiety, our vet wants us to do lots of practice with hand targets and making it the most awesome fun game ever. So, we've been doing lots of work with that the last few days.

    Today, we are outside. The GSD starts coming by. I grab her collar, she focuses on the dog pretty intently. Her body tenses, she's ready to go. I humor myself & start asking for hand touches, to my surprise she complied! Once or twice she looked back at him and let out a wimpy "woof", but then she came right back to the game. It was simply amazing.

    She was able to listen to me despite this gigantic distraction, and despite the fact that her barking at him is a hugely practiced/reinforced behavior. And I have high hopes for this hand targeting stuff. Yay!

    (Lucy, on the other hand, was inside the house barking her fool head off!)
     
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    Bailey has really come around! She is much more confident and less anxiety, nervous energy. She now allows some strangers to pet her (on my terms) and is actually excited to meet new people. Also, I am now comfortable taking her to other people's houses and being offleash... This past weekend we spent 2 nights at a friends house, and she did fabulously :D Day one we had some pacing but she settled when I asked and day 2 was like she lived there her whole life :D Thanksgiving is going to be NO problem.. WOOT :D

    Although, my fingers are really sore tonight she got pretty snappy when I was working on 'sit up' :rolleyes:
     
  12. Dizzy

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    Taught Fred bang! Took about 5 mins :D he's so funny, all paws!!!!
     
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    Em's doing super well with "sit pretty" and "bow". She's also getting her weaves pretty down pat!

    Deke is learning "step up" and "stand" this week. He's doing wonderfully!

    Copper is learning a "settle" cue, since she's decided zoomies and hound baying is best done around midnight. She's so-so at it thusfar, but definitely making improvement.

    Bloo is relearning that chest vaults are only acceptable when asked for.

    Shadow... well. Shadow's an old lady who isn't doing very much of anything.
     
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    I feel virtuous for tracking with Scout this morning.
     
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    Training success!

    Whenever we have service people come over, I always put the animals in the bedrooms and sit with them while my mom deals with the service people. Sassy hides, Missy just lays by the door and waits, but Jack typically does not handle it well - running around, barking, wuffing because he can hear people in the house. Pays no attention to treats, toys, stuffed Kongs, nada.

    We had people cleaning the furnace and vents last week, and then the plumbers this week, and he was SO MUCH BETTER. He had a few barky moments, but he was able to regain focus on me. We did a bunch of exercises, did a little shaping work, he calmed down enough to eat a Kong in his crate and he seemed so much less stressed about the whole thing. It was great! We've been doing a lot more focus work in the last couple months, and I think it paid off!
     
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    For the very first time today, when we were scootering and came to an intersection where I did not give a directional command, the Mush Puppies stopped and looked back at me for direction instead of just picking the way we usually go.
     
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    Big day for Fred today. Took him back into town for some socialiation and training. He hates the car, so that's never a good start. Always throw bones and yummy stuff in there for him, but he hates it.

    Took him to the pet shop first, then into town, then onto the beach then back into town.

    He is still an anxious little mite, but we were out for a few hours and he did really well :D I got a lot of funny looks running him up and down the streets, and a lot of people staring and smiling. Very reserved in the UK, especially where I live :D

    He was smashing though, and was walking to heel well when we practising, and even having a good tug on his lead afterwards. Initially he was just sniffing everything and pulling about. More because he was anxious than curious I think.

    Made me much more confident he'll manage a large show well. Just got to get a lot more practice in before January and his show ring debut!

    I wish I lived somewhere a bit more populated, socialising a puppy is sooooooooooooooo hard when you live in a village in the winter...

    Next puppy is coming home in the spring fo SHO.
     
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    I love reading all of these, they give me warm fuzzies.
     
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    That was cute :p

    My neurotic dog was not so neurotic for a change.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9lKbqBS1yE&feature=share&list=UU8jRrlsmIisOiDnxKFuIa5A

    Ignore my stupid commentary. Just figure I should take some videos to keep track of what's going on and when.

    Still looking over her shoulder all the time, but that's been a habit of hers for... forever. Since she was a puppy. So that doesn't bug me too much as long as I can refocus her attention.

    So yeah, that focus/responsiveness has been missing for a very long time and it was nice to see it come back to her. At the end of the walk I was even able to drop her leash and run through some behaviors with perfect execution. When we were at this park a couple weeks ago.... I couldn't even get her to look at me or respond to her name.
     

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