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Old 06-14-2013, 04:06 PM
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Quick question, how do you teach the "high five"? I've tried to teach Cobber "shake" or "give me your paw," but often, as soon as I put my hand down there, he wants to mouth/bite on it instead of putting his paw out. Maybe a high-five would be less exciting with my hand palm out...?
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There is nothing wrong with doling out a lot of treats! You an also bring a pacifier, ie a stuffed Kong for the down time when the trainer is talking. And if he is getting bored with whatever you are drilling, switch it up like Quest does. I have noticed that a lot of people are stingy with their treats in class, when it would work so much in their favor to go crazy with them.

And ditto, Crio. Start playing LAT now. It will help!

If the trainer keeps at it with the terrier bits, maybe talk to her....
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Quick question, how do you teach the "high five"? I've tried to teach Cobber "shake" or "give me your paw," but often, as soon as I put my hand down there, he wants to mouth/bite on it instead of putting his paw out. Maybe a high-five would be less exciting with my hand palm out...?
I held out a treat to Tessa and when she would put up her paw in the 'please give me that" way I would mark it and say high five. Eventually after enough marks, I just say high five and she smacks my hand gently. I also taught her to paw "shake" by first just getting her to let me touch her paw and marking, then working up to the point where she'd give it to me.

and crock, I would love to bring Tessa's kong, but the trainer only allows toys during 'designated toy time' not while she's talking. The puppies can't even socialize with each other till 'designated puppy time' which doesn't happen every class . So I'll just take Quests advice and keep doing the alternating commands that I've been doing to keep Tessa motivated.

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Thanks! We worked on "give me your paw" tonight and right when I used up the last treat in my bag, he lifted his paw for me. So we'll definitely keep working on that! And I had a great session with him on the couch this evening. He was already tired, so I brought him on the couch with me, got him to "down," then kept dropping treats between his paws, backing off on quantity as he seemed to get the idea of what I wanted.

Of course, later, I let floor play go on a little too long and that resulted in a nifty chomp right onto my hand. I squealed, he let go, and he got a time out then did better when he calmed down.

I'm encouraged
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New question - I started working on "give me your paw" again this morning and here's the problem: if he lifts his paw AND tries to bite my hand at the same time, how do I deal with that since he's doing what I ask but also doing something I'm trying to break him of completely?

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Since questsmom brought it up...I did that too. I did eye contact building with a tongue click as his cue to look at me. He was zoned in on me while the instructor was having to help the other dogs if they struggled.
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