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Old 10-15-2008, 09:06 AM
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Victor was very high strung, very flighty. WE had to pass down stay with distractions in order to get his pets for life. So i did a bunch of different things. One was to carry a rattly sack in my leash hand for example. I had to "desensitize" him to the very things that made him back out of his skin which was about what he was like.
I love your lam approach. I knew during his test that they were going to drop something loud and metal on a tile floor to try to get him to sit up. SO we practiced with a metal trashcan. I had mom and my grandgirl throw things in the can while i had him stay down about 3 feet between the can and me. Look at me was basically what won this only i think i used YOUR OK> it did the same thing. HIs eyes locked on mine, the fear went out the window, he slid into a relaxed down and we crossed the bridge together. IT was a real turning point in all of his training. I think you are on the right track and will be watching for your progress reports!
AFter that training session VIctor was a different dog. No matter what was going on, his eyes locked on mine and he trusted me to instruct the situation Knowing he would be safe, and that he was being a good dog. His two most fav words.
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Old 10-15-2008, 05:37 PM
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I think she needs to get out more and we need to play the LAM game often. Her new world is so exciting to her it seems and I think sometimes she does not know where to look.
Just keep in mind, too, that looking at you when there are heavy distractions is VERY difficult for her to do..... So when she does do it, you should be ready to HEAVILY reinforce that! I'd give her at lest 3 or 4 treats in succession (one after another, not a handful - helps to keep her attention on you), also maybe some playing and petting if you can.

Great job, though!
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:41 PM
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We really worked on that tonight. She would LAM, get her treat, then get fixed again. I don't think anything I did would move her to loose interest for an extended period of time tonight.

We were in Petsmart and it was like the rules didn't apply there. She was leash pulling, whining and wanted to run a muck. I was a tree and when she finally calmed down we moved and she went into her wild mode again. We got through it, but the hotdogs were not breaking the spell she was under. She had been sleeping all day and was wound TIGHT.
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We really worked on that tonight. She would LAM, get her treat, then get fixed again. I don't think anything I did would move her to loose interest for an extended period of time tonight.
Like I said, try giving her several treats in quick succession.

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She had been sleeping all day and was wound TIGHT.
One extremely important rule of positive reinforcement training: set your dog up for success! If she's having trouble focusing around dogs and people in your neighborhood, it's probably not a great idea to practice in a place with a high concentration of dogs and people.... plus cats, birds, and biscuits. And definately don't work on focus when she's been sleeping all day.
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Old 10-16-2008, 05:38 PM
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Ack. Your puppy is adorableee!

What is very important, when you're working with puppies, is finding a way to make yourself MUCH more fun than whatever is distracting her. Act like a buffoon, basically. Use a really happy voice, dance around, run the other way, etc. It's also important not to expect her to perform with distractions unless she has mastered the commands without any distractions, at home... so make sure you are practicing watch me, recalls, heeling, loose leash, and all of that, in the house and in the backyard daily. Then to the front yard. Then on a walk. Then at the park. Then at Petsmart, and so on.

She sounds like a very smart puppy, and I'm positive she'll make some progress as long as you're consistent. Have you been in any classes with her? Obedience classes are great, if not for the actual training, for the chance to practice so much in a stable environment with lots of distractions and help.
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Old 10-19-2008, 08:20 AM
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I taught her down this morning in less that 30 minutes. Then she got sit and down confused and when I said sit, she went down. Another 15 minutes later and I had those separated. Even a cave man can train an Aussie but this is in the house without distractions. Outside she seems to know NOTHING.

She now knows Come, wait, sit, down, drop it and heel. We're working on outside, and once outside I think she knows go potty. When she wants to go outside she lays by the front door. I have a bell hanging on the door. I have not seen her ring the ball directly. I "think" she goes and lays down by the door not to go potty but to meet other dogs. She rings the bell, I run downstairs to take her out and she just wants to play rather than get busy.
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Old 10-19-2008, 09:02 AM
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Have you looked into obedience classes yet? I'm glad to hear that you're having an easy time teaching her obedience cues, but remember that classes are one of the most distracting things your dog will go through, so if she can learn to do all that obedience in class, she should be able to do it in most places!
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Old 10-19-2008, 05:12 PM
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You are so right and that makes perfect sense. I'm going to look a class for us next week.

Any suggestions for the Dallas Area?
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Old 10-19-2008, 05:46 PM
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Check out www.apdt.com, there's a good trainer search on that website as well as a great article about what to look for in a trainer and how to know if you have the right trainer.
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Old 10-19-2008, 06:48 PM
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Thanks, I'll check that out. We just played the "look at me game" walking back and forth in front of Starbucks about 5 times and she did great. People there must have thought I'd lost my mind but she was getting the hang of it big time.

She didn't pull to go see people and would sit and go even go down as long as I was clicking/heavily rewarding and this was with people all around her. This pup is very trainable and really wants to meet EVERYONE so this was a real milestone for her not to pull on her leash.

Dogs on the other hand is going to take some serious work. She ignores hot dogs when other dogs are around and I think it makes perfect sense to get her into a class. She catches on so quickly it still amazes me so I have to hope she will be under control with other dogs given the right guidance.
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