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Old 02-01-2018, 10:06 PM
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After one month of obedience class

The first class, the instructor had my dog sit apart from the other dogs. He would get nervous and bark. She said his main goal was just to get used to the other dogs and people and that I could work on the exercises at home.

She does a lot of positive reinforcement, but some aversive techniques. I have just been doing the exercises that sound right to me. I haven't used the aversives like sprays and noise.

Today we came to class. Raider barked coming up, announcing his arrival. He went over to a group of the other dogs and was calm. The instructor asked if the class noticed anything different about Raider and they said "everything".

I have been rewarding him for staying calm around other dogs and it is paying off.

We have one more week of class.

I am not sure what to do next as far as training. We have things to practice at home.
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I repeat the class. This doesn’t go away very easily. You are doing great to work on the other exercises at home. I’d also work on a “ watch me “ Command. The idea is to get him to look to you when he is overly excited or I like to say” he is not sure what to do, so he look to you for direction. When he looks at you he gets a high value treat or reward.

I think the next class I try and stay away from the other dogs. Give him a break and try to get him to focus on you even though other dogs are around.

On the street I’d also keep you distance far enough he doesn’t get excited and again reward calmness.

Be ready to reward when he looks to you without command. I keep treats in my pockets all the time and reward this often.

We had much the same issues but my dog is much more in control,of herself now. We have been going to classes for four years now, mostly for socialization of just being around dogs. We do most of our training at home and use the classes for proofing and controlled distraction training.
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Lightbulb Levels training


as a next step, i'd start Levels training.
It's a written format; U can do it solo, or find other folks who are also following the Levels program.

Training Levels (originals) | Mind to Mind

Levels is designed to be custom-tailored to each dog - wherever U are on a specific exercise, U know exactly what the next step is, & the dog can be at Level 5 on 'sit', & simultaneously on Level 1 for off-leash recall.

put a notice on MeetUp, & start a training group. It's a blast to get together with other dog-owners & enjoy training.

The biggest advantage of Levels is that proofing is built-in; that's where most pet-owners fall short - they either forget to proof, or don't know how.
It's written right into the program in Levels, so U can't possibly miss it.

- terry

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Brilliant resource. Thanks for sharing. Im keen. I have recently started a new business and to be frank - training is taking a back seat in a way i dont like. Eddie (BC) needs some working on. Im in on doing this.
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