Ringo is a cattle dog/pit mix. We brought him home on 4/18/16 and he's now 10 weeks old. I've used the clicker and positive reinforcement training with our adult dog but this is the first time I've trained a puppy from the very beginning. So if anyone is reading and has some tips, please feel free to PM me!
We started with things like capturing calmness and rewarding certain behaviors (eye contact, etc) if/when they were offered.
What he knows now:
What we're currently working on:
So far I've tested come, sit, down, stand, and touch inside the house, in the backyard, in the front yard, and at my parents' house with little to few distractions (new people). Crawl totally happened by accident but it was so cute, I had to mark it. Trying to put it on cue.
I've been focusing a lot on his recall lately - playing 'follow me' type games and calling him to me randomly throughout the day for lots of treats & praise, and then releasing him to do something fun. I see some improvement. The hardest thing to remember is to make sure I'm really setting him up to succeed and calling him when I think he'll actually come...NOT when he's, say, playing with our other dog or investigating something in the yard. Baby steps.
We practice take it/drop it a lot when we play. He's pretty good about it. Trying to teach him the concept of fetch and we're about halfway there. He'll go get the toy if I don't throw it too far, walk towards me a few steps, and then drop it. He has to be in the mood, though.
I'd like to work more on paying attention, eye contact, and adding distractions. Puppy class starts May 18!