|Barked: Wed Nov 28, '12 6:04am PST |
|Pick a very high value reward. 10 reps with 10 tiny treats. offer Lobo the treat. As he takes it, say his name. Do this once saying his name nicely, once saying it loud, once saying it like he is running for the road, once saying it like you want him to know you love him, once like he has been bad etc etc. Use this exercise to say his name every way you may say it in real life. This does fall outside the unconditioned stimuli - conditioned stimuli that we normally use for CC for a reason. You are sometimes saying his name in a way he may not respond to happily and we want the food IN his mouth when you do that so he does not jerk back and get the food.
it is a really strong association. We tell out students to shoot for 5000 reps every locations or distraction level you can create, but I STILL do this with my dogs because when I say my dog's name, I want a response.
Include nicknames. And if Lobo MAY have a poisoned response to his name for any reason, pick another word.
Separately, do some focus exercises till Lobo is good at them, THEN add the name/word as you cue for focus.
Honestly, when I introduce new dogs to food bowl exercises, my students don't even need to use leave it's. They use the dogs name, happy, happy, and it is all good.
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