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Old 07-12-2010, 12:41 AM
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Default Bamm gets too excited during training sometimes

Anyone else experience this often?

I LOVEEE training dogs and Bamm is a really quick learner. He just learned to sit pretty in 5 minutes... now here's the annoying part... I know training is a lot of fun for him but he gets SO excited about it sometimes that he just starts bouncing around doing all his tricks when I'm trying to focus on strengthening one in particular.

For example... speak... I want him to be able to speak without moving his body around and he'll do it fine most of the time and I only reward him when he does it the way I want him to... but when he gets super excited about training he'll speak and throw his body around or in the air while he is speaking.

Another example. If I start doing other tricks like lay down or bang (play dead) or whatever he'll sometimes bark while he's also doing the trick I'm asking him to do... or he'll wave too... I'll tell him bang and he'll play dead but wave and bark at the same time...

He does all this with the biggest smile on his face...

So... I guess my question is how can I get him to calm down a little bit and be focused still, but not so jumpy and bouncy during training time. I guess at least I can't complain too much since some people have dogs that wont focus at all... but oh my goddd... lol.
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:13 AM
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Gonzo does that, too! It's cute that he's so excited, but I don't like the barkiness. Ever since I taught him to bark on command, he would bark while doing anything, especially backing up.

Teach a really solid quiet command! Use it for when he's sassing you, and turn your back on him and give him a timeout for a minute if he ignores it. Ignoring him is probably the worst consequence for Bamm. It might also help to mix up exciting, fun commands with self control exercises... long down-stays, waiting to be released to get a treat or a ball, recalls, eye contact, heeling, etc.

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Old 07-12-2010, 08:22 AM
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Milo used to get zoomies EVERY time he got something right. Eventually I just ended the training session when he started doing it. He quickly learned it was not the appropriate time and if he started, the fun stopped.
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