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Old 10-17-2008, 09:57 AM
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Training a 5 year old dog

Hi. I have a 5 year old border collie cross. My family and I suspect he has a bit of whippet in him. I got him from the humane soiety when he was 3. I am doing obediance but I cannot keep his attention very well. I tried using trearts but when he is focusing on somthing else he does not focus on me. He ignores me.Can you please help me with finding ways to get his attention and keeping it when i work with him.
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Old 10-20-2008, 10:34 PM
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Hi. I have a 5 year old border collie cross. My family and I suspect he has a bit of whippet in him. I got him from the humane soiety when he was 3. I am doing obediance but I cannot keep his attention very well. I tried using trearts but when he is focusing on somthing else he does not focus on me. He ignores me.Can you please help me with finding ways to get his attention and keeping it when i work with him.
I just recently adopted a 5 year old sheltie. My fiance and I have been working with her very slowly, over a matter of a 3 days (not 3 in a row) and she now knows how to sit and lay down. It just takes a lot of persistence and a lot of practice. To help get his attention, you will want to find a treat that he really likes so he will want to work hard to get the treat from you.

All I can recommend is just stay patient and continue to practice with him and he will get it eventually.
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I think you need to keep rewarding him with treats. Just keep trying his focus and work with him everyday. Ask your instructor for help if it is needed. Good Luck
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My trainer always starts with exercises to get the dog to pay attention to the owner. It is the key to learning everything else. You start by saying the pet's name and when the dog looks at you say "yes!" and then praise the dog, give treats (if you can find one that works) or give him a favorite toy.
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Thank you all very much will try different treats and i appreciate all of your suggestions
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Anybody have any suggestion for treats to try.
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I agree, this might work. You may also try to exercise on some other place where he will not be disturbed.

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My trainer always starts with exercises to get the dog to pay attention to the owner. It is the key to learning everything else. You start by saying the pet's name and when the dog looks at you say "yes!" and then praise the dog, give treats (if you can find one that works) or give him a favorite toy.
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Anybody have any suggestion for treats to try.
I've never known a dog that could resist Bil Jac liver treats.

What about toys? If you dog is toy driven, try using his favorite toy to keep his attention.
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My dog pays attention when I have string cheese. I do dog 4h and thats one thing that she really pays attention to. Just a suggestion
Some dogs prefer to listen better with a favorite toy
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You may train him when he is extremely hungry, or everytime before a meal.
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