|Barked: Sat Jan 19, '13 12:09pm PST |
|I have had Crash for almost 6 months, and have only managed to teach this dog sit and his name. Granted, due to my work and school schedule I do not work with him every day, however I do work with both him and our other boy Lenny a couple days a week. I usually split it up into 2 sessions that are usually 10-20 minutes each. Lenny I can usually work up to 30 minutes when he's really into it, but Crash I usually keep it much shorter 10 minutes max. I've tried shortening the sessions to 1-2 minutes at a time but that doesn't seem to help.
Clicker training is how I trained Lenny (and while I haven't proofed his commands in that high level of distracting areas, he's great in low distraction areas). Lenny learned rapidly, just took a lot longer to proof things. I figured with Crash it would be a similar process. Nope.
I've tried using food rewards and play, as well as introducing the premack principle I learned about from the book Control Unleashed. Shaping behaviors is a no go, and using my hand as a lure can help but the second I take it out he's lost again and just goes back to sitting and staring back at me. I'm not sure if the clicker even helps him (I've tried the clicker and just a marker word). It doesn't even seem to matter what I do, I can't get him to offer any behavior at all.
What's the best way to get a dog who seems unable/unsure to offer new behaviors for you to reward? I know I need a rapid rate of reinforcement and I'm willing to reward the smallest things, but he won't offer anything. Just sitting and staring. I've tried introducing objects for him to interact with, myself included when I was trying to teach him 'touch'. But... just nothing and I'm sure it's mostly me just not having him figured out yet, I just don't really know what to do to unlock his potential.
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