by Baerenfangs Erbe on 23 December 2020 - 11:12
by Baerenfangs Erbe on 23 December 2020 - 12:12
Honestly, dog training is really not as hard as people want to make it out to be. Any layperson can bumble through figuring out when to click the clicker and make progress with the dog. NO ONE has "perfect" timing yet dogs get trained, what can you do.
If dog training was all that simple, I wouldn't be in business...
by jillmissal on 25 December 2020 - 10:12
And these "schools for dog trainers" charging insane amounts of money for week-long "certification" courses....it's just getting nuts. Yes certain things are easier for me than for clients at first, like luring, which requires practice of the technique. But it's not super difficult to learn, really.
by GSCat on 27 December 2020 - 00:12
I don't like clicker training. I teach voice and hand signals. My current dog can also pick up on my facial expressions (i have a lousy poker face) and body language without my saying or doing anything. Most dogs pick up on tone of voice, as well as specific commands.
If the dog's previous owner was getting old/unable to properly care for the dog, the dog may have been left alone a lot and only gone out minimal times for pee and poo, and so seriously craves human attention and exercise/fresh air. The need for attention can be a huge plus for training and bath time.
If training is done multiple times a day for short times each time, the training and human interaction become the reward, especially if training is made like a game. The dog will look forward to learning and performing because it's associated with the time and attention he gets from you, as well as being fun. This, in turn, will allow you to train more times per day and eventually for longer and the dog will be more and more motivated to learn and please you. Every time you interact is a bonding experience. The more interaction, the stronger the bond. Do everything you can to anticipate and prevent bad/unwanted behavior so as to maximize positive interaction and bond building.
AKC has a lot of free care, training, and behavior information and help on their website. There is also Good Dog training helpline. IIRC, the one-time fee is less when you register through them. The small fee I paid got me lifetime help with my dog anytime I want it. I think the price has gone up some, but not ridiculous.
There are a few free videos on the Leersburg website that might be helpful.
Congrats on the new family member :-)
by charlie319 on 01 January 2021 - 14:01
by Rik on 04 January 2021 - 13:01
but guess what, if the owner is not trained, in 6 months or less they have the same dog they started with and have to live with.
it's much better that the owner is trained, whether by a professional or simple obedience classes.
by Sunsilver on 04 January 2021 - 19:01
My second GSD was 9 months old, and had a real mind of her own. She turned my house upside down!
I learned 10X more training HER than I did my first dog! But within a year, she was heeling nicely off leash, and had a good recall.
And I have a permanent scar on my left hand from a very harsh lesson I learned when I was teaching her that recall! :o
by Jumpy1167 on 06 January 2021 - 22:01
The pup will pick the value of ANY treat you use. Always train when the pup is hungry, it make food treats a bit more appealing if the pup is hungry. Lure the dog into position and AS SOON as the his butt is sitting on the ground, name it as “sit”, then reward. Work on that for a few days, you might have to add a down a stay and a few others just so the dog does not get bored.
When walking your pup this is where the pinch collar will come in handy, because the pinch collar is a kind of self correcting collar, meaning if they suddenly lunge the collar with tighten and it pinches(it doesn’t stab it pinched and the pup will then stop acting inappropriately and that’s when you reward the good/desired behaviors...there’s really no need for an e-collar until the pup knows the obedience cue is done 80-90% with that cue given only once.
by GSCat on 20 January 2021 - 06:01
How are you and the dog doing? Training?