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Old 11-14-2017, 12:57 PM
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Hi everyone,

I've just adopted a rescue Boxer/Bloodhound mix. She is 4 and generally a good sweet girl despite being practically untrained. She has a lot of energy and pulls constantly on the lead so I'm obviously starting with the basics and cannot trust her off the lead yet. In the house she's a boxer but when on walks she is in full nose-to-the-ground-bloodhound mode and it's quite difficult to get her to engage. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of how I could incorporate her 'sniffer' instinct into her training. Maybe in the form of a game? I'm thinking if I can put in place some kind of structure around this behaviour it might be easier when I come to recall training. What do you think?

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Hello and congrats on the new addition. I don't have a hound, but I do have an easily distracted sniffer, and still in the I'm not sure I want to listen age.

A dog trainer taught us the three claps and toss a treat, to get our dogs attention. Basically this is how to get a stubborn dog to look up at you. It goes something like this. Clap three times quickly, not loudly or forcefully, you also could use snapping, but clapping is easier on my hands. Then once the dog looks up toss the dog a treat. Tossing is important, don't hand it to them (think like throwing popcorn into a friends mouth, when you were kids). This helps with eye contact and paying attention to the tragectory of the treat. This has really helped our dog pay attention to me when she isn't interested in focusing. You can also train leave it. There are tons of videos on this.

As far as incorporating her sniffer into training. I love putting out plastic cups (small ones about 8 oz) flipped over with a treat under a few of them. I do this in the back yard as a game for our dog. She loves it. She gets and extra treat for ever cup she correctly identifies. Basically she cannot flip over cups without treats in them. Not sure how to incorporate this into your dogs training but its a fun game.

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Hi Manney,

Thanks for the ideas! I will definitely be trying both of them. The clapping and treat trick is a really good one as at the moment she basically never makes eye contact from the moment we put the lead on.
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My Border Collie loves to sniff. So I just use it as a reward for obedience during the walk. So she does some nice heeling, I release with "go sniff". She does a great sit-stay, release to go sniff.

As a result, I've noticed she's much less sniffy because she knows she is going to be released to sniff and pee when she completes her job.
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