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Training tips or tricks?

General issues of training/education
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centrop67
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Training tips or tricks?

Post by centrop67 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:05 pm

What is one tip or trick that helps make training your dog effective? What didn't work?
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Tell us about yourself: I am: a father of 2 boys, a carpenter, hunter, runner. We have extensive experience with sled dogs, shepherd mixes, a wolf hybrid, and our current dog a 95# long haired Shiloh Shepherd. We added Endeavor in April 2016. She was not working out in HRD. I train for game recovery and general utility.
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Re: Training tips or tricks?

Post by TimL_168 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:26 pm

Duplicitous use of healthy, athletic squirrels has worked extremely well.
Slow, sickly squirrels have not provided good results in training.
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Re: Training tips or tricks?

Post by borellar15 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:33 pm

TimL_168 wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:26 pm
Duplicitous use of healthy, athletic squirrels has worked extremely well.
Slow, sickly squirrels have not provided good results in training.
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borellar15
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Tell us about yourself: Living in Austin, Texas with our two dogs Zoey(DS) and Tripper(lab mix). In college, I worked as a Handler and Assistant Manager of a training and daycare facility for 3 years where I've handled many working dogs.
Location: Austin, Texas

Re: Training tips or tricks?

Post by borellar15 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:38 pm

Finding out what your dog considers a high value reward helps. Trying to use kibble or food or a toy your dog isn’t interested in obviously makes it harder for them to stay focused. I’m now finding out that Zoey stays more focused on me when working on focused heel with a ball rather than the tug.

If I could start over again I would have began on full on engagement from the beginning. Would have made her learning the focused heel a lot easier and more solid.
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