Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Increasing Demand

Maggie and Nigel are doing quite well with their new course of stricter obedience in the house that we have moved to a new level of helping them succeed. They listen to commands about 50-75 percent of the time instead without training collars on so we are focusing now on increasing our demand of proper behavior WITHOUT training collars so we can help them step it up to the next level.

For the next two weeks, we are randomly asking them for obedience behaviors. So, we'll be sitting on the couch having cuddle time or pets and randomly ask them to get "off" (one of Maggie's harder commands to obey right away) and then ask them to do a sit-stay or down-stay.  Then we'll release them and give praise, if they do what we ask.

Please don't ask me to get "off" right now, I'm so comfy!
Essentially, we are trying to teach them that it's great that they know their commands but that we really, REALLY want them to listen to us no matter what collar they are wearing! We are still having issues with Maggie freaking out at other dogs on leash so we are working to get her focused on us in the house so we can eventually work with higher level distractions outside.

They're responding well and enjoying our little play sessions followed by short bursts of obedience commands. It's like a new game for them!
Down...stay...got it.
Anyone had any success with doing anything like this?

3 comments:

  1. This is a great idea. Both the pooches listen pretty well, but we were just saying that we'd like a bit more immediacy in their responses.

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    1. Hi Hannah! It's working really well, actually. We have found that even just changing the way we're asking things of them (random time, random place, etc.) is really helping to reinforce good behavior. Let me know if you try it out!

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  2. Good plan... probably something I should be doing with Boomer and Dottie

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