Tucker, at just 17-weeks old, learned how to Go to Bed as well as Stay. With these newly acquired skills he can go to his spot and stay while we are working in the kitchen, sitting down to eat, or while people are coming in or going out the door. Well done, Tucker!
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Before training: Allen gets very excited to walk, running out to the end of the leash once you move forward. His owners have had to alter their walks because he is hard to handle.
By using a high rate of reinforcement we taught him it was good to pay attention to us. The value of the reinforcer mattered, too. The turkey and peanut butter I was using worked great, but the Cheerios that his owners were using were not worth working for to Allen. So remember, the rate and the value of the reward are important, especially in a distracting environment.
After training: "I'm shocked. We've never walked like this. Ever."
Tonight we taught Tucker how to Down. We took our time, as these puppy push-ups can be
tiring. Our patience paid off and he is now lying down like a champ! We also taught him to Wait patiently for his food.
Look at Hudson showing off his new “Go to your spot” skill! He got it down pat in less than 30 minutes!
Being just 8-months old, Reggie does get into things he shouldn't, so teaching him Drop It and Leave It are important. He did super well and by the end of the session he was dropping things immediately on cue and leaving food that was dropped on the floor.
Unfortunately, this was our last session teaching Ollie his basic manners. While he is doing very well, he still gets excited when someone knocks on the door. Today we taught him to Go to Place so he had something "to do" when there are visitors. He caught on very quickly and learned to go to and stay on his blanket when his owner walked to the door and opened it. Remember, when your dog is practicing an unwanted behavior, instead of punishing him ask yourself, "What do I want him to do instead?" and reinforce the heck out of it so THAT is what he wants to do.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI