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Old 09-28-2010, 07:57 AM
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Doing things by invitation

Do you think puppies/dogs can learn that it's OK to do certain things - but only when they've been invited? For example, I like to sit with my pup on my lap - but not all the time. If I use a particular command (e.g. 'up') when I want him on my lap is that going to be confusing when sometimes I say 'off' when I don't?
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Grr, posted a great long reply and my net cut!

Anyway! Yes, this is entirely possible, in my opinion. Both of mine (Mini Schnauzers) know the off and up command, and neither jump onto my lap or the sofa until invited. I also close the living room door when I'm upstairs so that they can't sneak in there and get onto the sofas whilst I'm not there (dogs are opportunists, after all!) so they only get that luxury entirely when I say so.

Off is a difficult command to start with, so if he sneaks up there, just pop his bed in the same room and redirect him to it (if he doesn't know the 'on your bed' command, now is a good time to teach it. PM me if you need tips.) and then lots of fuss! He needs to know that being on the floor is waaaay more awesome than the sofa. I wouldn't treat him for it, as I believe you say he's a Poodle/Schnauzer? Schnauzers being the 11th smartest breed, and Poodles being the 2nd, it won't take him long to think 'Right, I jump on the sofa, then onto the bed, and then I get a treat! Sweet!' and you'll have a behavioural chain.

He's a real cutie, though - definately a Schnauzer glint in his eye there!
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Yep, thats the basis of all training. The goal is to have the dog only do the behavior when you ask, and not when you don't

As long as your consistant, the dog shouldn't be confused.



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