|Barked: Sun Nov 4, '12 1:04pm PST |
|I teach my dogs using positive reinforcement. For example, with Charlie, I lure him into the position I want, then reward for that position and repeat until I can add a cue and make it more solid. So for a heel, I would lure to my side, and keep my treat and hand in front of his nose til I got the position I got, and move forward with him in that position, then CLICKtreat! He loves it.
I use a clicker, flat collar(and Halti with Charlie sometimes), long line(forty feet and NEVER EVER used at the same time as the Halti), and treats. With Ria, I can use toys too as she's extremely ball driven. For 'discipline', I have "Eh eh!" and "No." and "Leave it.", as well as "Nose."(if a dogs nose is where it shouldn't be - it means to pull that nose away and leave it). If Charlie starts to get too ahead on his leash, I can give a light stomping of my foot on the pavement and he'll stop and wait or he'll slow down til I'm beside him again. I always follow through too. If they don't stop when asked, I remove them from whatever they're doing by taking their collar and guiding them into another room. They also know "Out" to leave the current room they're in if they're begging, or harassing anyone/thing.
Charlie knows around forty commands now and he does pretty good for the most part.
I've learned a lot from Karen Pryor, Dr. Sophia Yin, Victoria Stillwell, and Ali Brown. Oh... Annddd Pat Miller.
I've also learned a lot from various dogsters here, such as Asher and Sonny(thanks guys!), from when I had my aggressive foster, Beau.
Edited by author Sun Nov 4, '12 1:05pm PST
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