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With Dexter, I wish I had thought to keep him off furniture the first few weeks before the habit had set. I didn't realize how hard it would be until I tried to stop him lol I wish I had thought not to let him up in the first place.

And I wish I had worked on recall they way I did with Amo. Amo gets a treat every time I say his name, and I can already tell his recall is going to be much better than Dexters.
 

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I really wish I had done more shaping and less luring with Levi. Heidi is such an amazing shaper, and Levi stays quite focused on the hand.
With Heidi, I wish I had worked more on her recall. I've taken it for granted that when I call Levi, she comes with him, and her individual recall is not great.
With both of them, I wish I'd done better LLW as puppies.
 

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Shaping is a system where instead of showing the animal what to do you wait for it to explore then mark and reward the behavior you want. You set up the environment for them to succeed. If I wanted echo to get in her crate I would put the crate near her with no distractions, then click and reward when she went inside. Often you break it down further into: 1) head near door 2) head inside 3) inside.

I'm just an amateur so I'm sure someone here can give you a better idea soon.
 

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@SchnauzerGirl8810 - Chas hit it pretty much on the head. Shaping (shaping by approximations) is looking for small behaviors that will eventually lead up to the end behavior you're looking for. The key is to start really small. So if I wanted to shape my dog to back up, I might start clicking and treating for standing still, then any weight shift/paw movement, then a single step etc etc. Rather than the conventional method which is to walk into your dog until they move backwards.
 

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Back to the OP's question:

My older dog- more focus on LLW walking. More handling by strangers (people socialization). Should have done more formal obedience classes (I did three 6 week classes, not back to back).

My 9 month old- can't think of anything at the moment (ask me a year from now). He is extensively socialized with dogs and people. I have insisted on loose leash walking from the very beginning. He has been in obedience classes for 6 months (and is a superstar).

To be honest, both of my boys are well behaved dogs and don't have any really bad habits. They are both solidly house broken, don't chew/destroy anything they shouldn't, they don't have separation anxiety, walk nicely on leash, have solid stays and recalls, get along with other dogs and people.

Perhaps if I was going to pick on anything it would be the amount of barking? But they are dogs and dogs bark. It doesn't bother me much and they usually stop when asked.
 

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With Echo I wish I had worked on recall more when she was young. I was really busy when I got her and didn't do as much as I should have. She has a decent recall, but it could be better.

I also wish I had been better about not letting her jump on people. The problem is with Chess, I can let her sometimes and she still always knows when not to and not to do it to strangers. Echo doesn't have that line in her head and just thinks it's always ok. She was the cutest puppy ever so I kinda let it go. She also turned out just enough bigger than Chess that it's much more annoying.

With Chess I wish i had socialized her correctly. Not long before I got her my other dog was attacked by another dog while on a leash, so I was really scared and tense whenever she met another dog. I think that has contributed significantly to her issues with other dogs. She's always bracing for the worst.
 

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Wouldn't change a thing about my dog, I want him the way he is. I can take him anywhere, put him in any situation and he's cool. Can take him camping, put him on a boat, room full of cats or a loud arena full of people. Matters not.

He's confident and independant, and that's the way he's staying.
 

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Hmmm I wish I had socialised my puppy with cats when he was younger but it's kind of difficult to find a person I know with cats? Another big thing is bikes. He likes to chase after bikes so I've only recently started socialising him with fast moving bikes. We have bikes at home but they weren't really used that much so I've asked my siblings to ride on the bike around the house while I do my LLW. He's great now but still not so great outside of the backyard, which means we need to keep on working at it.
 

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We realized the importance of socialization when we adopted our pup at the age of 3 months. He is now 1 year.

After we got him, we exposed him to whatever we could think of - fireworks, skateboards, bicycles, large crowds, etc and etc. He is now one of those rare dogs who has no fear come July 4th and we can take him along to a show! Also, he's cool and calm if we take him to a crowded event, like a street fair.

But...there are a few things we regretfully left out. Took him to a ski village for the first time this past weekend and he found the skiers going down the hill threatening and barked at every skier he could. Sigh. Took him to a street festival in which there was horse drawn carriage rides and he saw horses for the first time. Wouldn't stop barking at the horses. Sigh. Physically impaired woman was walking down the street with a strong limp. He barked at her. Sigh. He saw a motorized wheelchair zooming down the street for the first time. He barked. Sigh. We encountered our first escalator this past weekend. He was too scared to budge.

I'm not saying it's impossible to condition him to those things now...just that it's a lot harder now than it was at say, 5 months old.
 
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