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Old 06-01-2010, 04:51 PM
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I was merely summing up and saying that it doesn't really matter what you teach her to do, however, it's critical that you teach the behavior you want her to do instead of merely trying to teach her NOT to do something.
I see. Well yes...that is good, basic training protocal, that if you're going to stamp out some unwanted behavior, to offer an alternative which is reinforceable. And you're right. I see so many people holler at their dog to stop doing something, but don't show him what TO do.

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Yes I did. Each one of them gave a specific thing to teach. I was merely summing up and saying that it doesn't really matter what you teach her to do, however, it's critical that you teach the behavior you want her to do instead of merely trying to teach her NOT to do something.
It doesn't matter what you want to train the dog to do instead...up to a point, I think. When a dog wants to greet someone, teaching to go lie down in another room or go fetch a stick isn't going to be relevant or as good a motivator because the dog is wanting to greet. Teaching the dog an alternative, more human-acceptable way to greet, such as sitting in front of the person or standing on all fours in front of the person is more appropriate, since the dog wants to greet.

Once he knows how to sit for a greeting reliably, he can be challenged to comply with another cue to something unrelated, then use the greeting for a reinforcer. For example: come here first, then you can go greet our visitor.

Well Catsi, you'll have to let us know your progress. I think what we're getting at is that changing behaviors depend on a two-fold process (at least, for the best results)... preventing the unwanted behavior...try not to let it happen in the first place, don't let it get reinforced.... and reinforcing an alternative behavior that you show to the dog right away.
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Old 06-01-2010, 04:59 PM
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Thank Doberluv, I will keep you informed. I have already been starting to introduce the beginnings of an automatic sit. Only the first step, but I'm reinforcing it highly.
Edit - I mean with us at home, so not too hard!
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