|Barked: Wed Nov 27, '13 6:02pm PST |
|We've been 'drilling' the basic obedience with all my dogs lately, because I kind of let it slip for a while- so we're starting back at the very basics. Four of my five dogs are doing great, some learning slower than others, but all of them making the effort.
Then, there's Rinoa.
I've never had a dog who responds to training quite like she does. She loves food, loves treats, and I reward them with teeny tiny bites of soft treats, which seems to work really well for them. I know Rinoa loves the treats, so I don't think that's the problem.
I'll try my best to explain what she does; it's really strange. When I hold up a treat and tell her to 'sit', she kind of hems and haws about, then slooooooowly curls around head to tail and falls over onto her back on the floor, like she wants a belly rub. It's reminiscent of what she does when it gets really cold outside and she doesn't want to go outside- she runs away when I open the door, goes to her bed, and flops over on her back. I usually pick her up and carry her back to the door and set her outside, because she would be happy to stay inside all day if I let her when it's this cold.
Have I created a monster with my response to her door antics? Every time she pulls her roly-poly drama act when I'm trying to train her, I don't respond to the antics. I wait patiently for her to realize she's not going to get any attention for that, then once she stands up, I give the command again. About 20% of the time, she'll actually sit- but only after scooting as close to me as she can possibly get and nearly sitting on my feet. Or legs, if I'm sitting down.
It's not a huge deal. There's plenty of time to work through this, and I've signed her up for an obedience class that starts in a week and a half, where I hope she'll get more confidence. But I would appreciate any insights from people who might understand her body language better than I might- my guess is that she's used to being picked up when she runs from the door and flops over, and thinks the same thing will work in a training session. But I'll admit, sometimes someone on the outside of the situation can judge the behavior better.
It's just really strange, the way she scoots around aimlessly, slowly curls herself into a ball, and then falls over. XD Kind of funny, but I'd like to be able to move past 'sit'. All the other dogs are doing well with three or four commands now, and Rinoa here is still at a 20% success rate with just 'sit'- and when she does sit, it's slowly and she tends to plop her butt on my feet and then stare up at me.
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