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Old 09-02-2018, 07:04 PM
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Praise distracts my dog?

My lab mix follows his commands very well until I praise him. Like if I tell him to go lay down when he's underfoot, he'll come right back as soon as I say "good boy". Or he'll jump off the bed when I ask him to, only to jump back on after I praise him.
Is he misinterpreting praise for a "release" cue? Do I have to stop saying good boy? I don't even say it in an overly happy voice.
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Yep, he's learnt that praise ends the behavior, you can fix this by asking for a different prolonged behavior.

I.e> "Good, go place."
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yeah or he could also think good boy means come here, this happened with my mates dog because he would always say good girl after come here. Maybe stick to saying the dogs name & instruction then say stay, try different words for praise, well done or throw a treat to him smile & stay.
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