|Barked: Tue Apr 23, '13 9:18am PST |
|I make sure that my dogs know their names. Then I work on giving cues to one. Example: Wiley..(looks) sit! mark/treat. If Squam sits also..no treat. Then I switch. I also add "2 dogs!" That means I expect both to respond..and BOTH must respond to earn the treats. That lends itself to a bit of dog to dog training. Wiley just glares at Squam until he also complies..."hey doofus..sit or I don't get a treat! She said come..get moving!"
On walks, I would give Wiley a cue, then mark the response, but delay the treat. Then I'd work on Squ'mey & mark/treat on a higher reinforcement schedule. I would take Squam on his own to help speed things along.
It does work, but you do need to be aware of your timing & your body position. I face the dog I'm addressing & "ignore" the dog I'm not..even if he's throwing behaviours like crazy.
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