|Barked: Sun Oct 23, '11 6:41am PST |
|This is a very typical Siberian behavior. Sage loves to watch the chickens on our property.Try this: While your Sibe is on a leash, do some "leave it" training. While leashed, throw a treat on the groung in front of your pup. Tell him/her to leave it and give a correction with the leash. When it sits down, pick up the treat and give a different treat.(You never allow them to eat the treat they were told to "leave it".)Your pup will learn to associate "leave it" with getting a treat. Though it may not be as much fun in getting, it is a sure thing, to eat.
The "leave it" command is perhaps the most important command a Sibe owner can teach their dogs. It is very easy to teach and works very well. Sage can be chasing any kind of critter and when the command is given he will break off the chase immediately.
When working on the recall command, always use some kind of tasty treat for a reward. I used freeze dried liver treats for our training. Recall training with a Siberian can and will be very frustrating, but it is a very doable command to teach.
One thing that will make the training a little easier is to take your pup for a long run before training. Also, do training on an empty stomach. Your Sibe will be more inclined to respond to treats if he/she is hungry.
Some people will say that Siberians should never be allowed off leash because they can not be trusted. I do dispute this statement. I have had 2 different Siberians over the past 13 years that I have complete trust in. It is very important to learn to read yor dogs body language, so you can predict what they will do. This way you can be proactive and stop any chase before it starts. You can tell be the way the earl stand, and they way they move, to tell if they are on a stalk, or if they see something and are getting ready to stalk or bolt after the critter.
Most people do not give their full trust to another person without that trust being earned. It is the same with a Siberian. Trust is also a 2 way street. Not only does your dog need to learn to trust you, but you also have to be open to trusting your dog. Do not rush this, but work with your dogs instincts. Only then can you allow yourself to trust your Sibe. This does not happen over night.
One critical aspect of training your is to become the alpha in your pack. If your dog does not reconize you as the pack leader, you will never have your dogs respect or trust. Just being the dogs owner does not make you the pack leader. This is where most people go wron in trying to train their Sibes. In the pack, the alpha makes the decision on what animals to chase/hunt. If you are alpha, that decision will fall upon you. If your dog is the leader, the decision is his. Since Siberians have such strong pack instincts, failure to place yourself at the bottom of the totem pole, will result in your not being to recall your dog, and other major issues in obedience.
Yes, i may make it sound easy, and at times it is, but it takes daily work and lots of patience. There will be times you will want to strangle your pup, but persistance will pay off for you.
I am putting together a few videos to show what I am talking about. I know people think I am talking crap when I say Sage is 100% trustworth off leash. If picture says a thousand words, then a video or two will speak volums.
Work on the "leave it" command. It is perhaps the most valuable command any Siberian can know.
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