|Barked: Fri Jan 4, '13 5:10pm PST |
|If it helps at all to see progression, this is the fourth training session I did with Jagger. The one I posted before was taken about a month and a half after this one:
Early Training with Jag
If you compare the two, you can see the huge difference in his behavior and attention to me. Even though I didn't get as far along in his training as I would have liked, he still made a lot of progress in the time I had him. But it took time. He didn't become focused overnight nor did he learn to walk nicely on a leash among distractions. You've got the right idea and, as long as you're consistent and patient, she'll catch on quickly. In a few months, I bet you'll be surprised how far she's come!
When I train, I don't have a "watch me" cue, per se. Ris' name is a cue to look at me if I need to get her attention but that's about as close to a "watch me" cue as I get. I build up the behavior of looking at me by rewarding the heck out of it. She gets rewarded for looking at me before I throw toys, before she eats, before I let her out of a door AND in training sessions. I basically reward it so heavily that it becomes a default behavior. If she's not sure what to do, she will look at me for instruction without me needing to ask for her attention. (Well, most of the time. She is a dog after all.) I also build attention into the behaviors I train. For me, heeling isn't just walking in line with my left leg. It's doing that PLUS looking at me. If she's not making eye contact, it's not rewardable.
Edited by author Fri Jan 4, '13 5:15pm PST
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