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I use the word No, but only if the dog has blown off a cue that he CLEARLY knows. I never use it for things like counter surfing, jumping on the table and so forth.. (he's not trained to be a house dog anyway). I use "No" very infrequently and only after a command/cue was given and the dog knows the command/cue and simply doesn't think he needs to do it.

The other day I told him "Platz." I wanted to hook his leash on to go to the training field. I reached down to hook the leash and he moved. "No!" "Platz!" He knows what Platz is and he is not a big fan since his nature is to wiggle (we call him Mr. Ants-in-Pants at training). "No" is not a random word. It has been coupled with a correction so there is a relationship to something the dog rather not have happen (in this dog it is a prong collar correction though if no leash is on him I will use my hands and firmly place him). It is used AFTER a KNOWN command or cue has been blown off.

I do NOT use "No" for random stuff. It is used ONLY when I have given a verbal command or cue and the dog elects to NOT do what he knows. The thing here is he must CLEARLY know what the cue is. Often I see people using NO and corrections and the dog has NO IDEA what is wanted. Correcting a confused dog is useless and pointless and completely unfair.

My leave it command is "Pfuie." I do use that and I will back it up with a correction. For instance, we are going to be going for our endurance test in May. This is a 12 mile "trot" for the dog next to a bike with two breaks of 15 minutes each. First I must train the dog to trot on leash next to the bike and NOT cross in front or behind and NOT mess with the bike as we could BOTH be injured (and at my age I will break as opposed to bruise!). We start training with me walking the bike and dog. Teaching him that if you mess with the bike is WILL get you. Takes about 15 minutes to show the dog position and stay away from the bike. Then you get on and teach some more.. using speed to keep the dog on point and using a properly adjusted prong collar and leash in hand that can be DROPPED if things go wrong (this is done in a place with no traffic dangers so a rail trail bike path is where I go).

Off we go.. on the trail... and there is Kitty crossing in front of us. Dog becomes "overly interested" and then it is "Pfuie" followed by a correction. The correction was a collar correction in this case but it can also be speeding up so the dog has to run and pay attention. This teaches the dog that the JOB is trotting next to the bike (just like heeling is focused on me and being in the correct position even if there is a cat, bird, dog etc.). So, Pfuie has meaning and it is not a word the dog wants to hear but it is a word that I will back up so he would prefer the word over the follow up.

The other day we had a flock of wild turkeys to deal with. Pfuie was enough coupled with simply my going faster. Then there was the person with the Huskey.. he tried to cross in front when he saw the other dog. In spite of being told "Back" (which we also have practiced a lot and in motion for biking and other things). He bumped the bike and it hurt a bit and at the same time I said a very firm and angry Pfuie and that was the end of that. The timing was perfect but only by chance.. I was really trying to just not get bucked off the bike OR run over my dog! Then there was the Bear crashing off through the woods and (just to keep it interesting) the red fox in no hurry whatsoever. If I live through this training it will be a miracle.. BUT I use commands first "Back!" "With me" and then if needed "Pfuie" only if the dog blows off the command and then I will quickly correct if Pfuie is not enough. To condition the dog (mostly his feet and aerobic tolerance) we bike 2 miles to 4 miles 3X a week and will get up to 6 miles a week before the test. IF I live to the test...

I think you need to think about the cue you want the dog to follow as opposed to the cue to stop doing something in an empty vessel. "No" needs to be for a clear violation of a clearly understood command and not a random "stop doing that." When used as a random "stop doing that" you are being unclear. "Leave it" is far more clear than "No" but even that should be coupled with something you want the dog to do instead.
 

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That's a lot of steps 3GSD. Personally I would not feel safe applying leash corrections while biking with my dog. Though I am a pretty uncoordinated biker, admittedly! As always, I'd love to see a video of your training techniques. I'm sure you're as exact and calculating as you say you are.
I bike fairly regularly with my dog, on and off leash. I taught him a word that means "be on my right side" but not as close as heelwork. We use that for tight areas and passing distractions. Otherwise, training to not go after dogs, stay on one side while moving, ignore wildlife... Is the same as what I do when I'm walking with him.

As always, I'm happy to provide photos and videos of my dog performing these skills with me. We did an 16 mile ride last summer without any hitches and I have some footage of him doing a nice job off leash. I can take a camera and film an on-leash bike ride past distractions whenever too.
That is great! Good for you! would love to see a video biking with distractions on a hand held leash.

This is for the Ausdauerprüfung (here is a link: http://siriusdog.com/ausdauerprufung-ad/). Dog MUST be on leash. There is NO off leash work in the AD. I think 8 dogs are going for their AD. The trail we use is a public bike path that runs along an old rail bed. It is paved. This is the first dog I have trained doing this and we are not "seasoned" as human distractions are few. Honestly I think I could get badly hurt doing this at my age and with some physical limitations (but I don't quit). He would probably be pretty good off leash (tho he would wear an e collar due to road crossings and wild life issues). BUT he cannot BE off leash for the test. Period. No point in training what I am not going to use a month before the test.

I have no issue WALKING with my dog. A bike brings in the issue of stability (feet on ground is a pretty stable base).

I don't do videos simply because I cannot train AND video. I tried during tracking.. sorry.. I need to train OR video and not do both. On a bike? yeah.. that is how I will die.. haha.
 

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I'll try to get a video today; gorgeous day for a bike ride. Funny, one prominent walking path near my house is also along an old rail bed. It is paved and there are also busy street crossings and occasionally wildlife. I just use a verbal cue to stop him when those situations arise. I trained all these cues using R+ only. I'm NOT saying you need to do that, just noting it so that the lurking reader can see that it's possible. I'll try to get some shots of us biking past human and dog distractions. This may be irrelevant, but years ago I took a very bad fall on a bike and it was totally my fault. There was no dog involved in that situation, and actually it was before I owned any dogs. I was unconscious for a few seconds despite the fact that I wore a helmet. I still have a scar on my chin from the injury and subsequent stitches. So I will be the first to say that I am not a good biker. And I guess the relevant part to this is I need to be a good trainer to make up for it - my dog is not what I should worry about when I am on a bike.

A lot of my videos are taken with a tripod. A rare few are taken by having my partner or friends hold the camera. My reason for documenting training, and my reason for asking for videos, is I believe in action over words. Who would believe that I got a working line Dutchie and trained him to do all these real world things without using traditional aversive tools/methods? Same for you... Whereas I have less doubt in your IPO abilities, I'd love to see proof of your expertise about fear, reactivity, and normal pet-dog problems that people have.
I have no "pet dogs" to practice on so you won't see it. I have a house dog who, at 9, gets to do pretty much what she wants. She was reactive and we put that to bed very early on. She is too nervy to be "bad" (like counter surfing, jumping up and leash pulling). Last dog (the one that retired to another owner and is now a rocking pet) started to be dog reactive as well and that was likewise put to bed. It has no place in my life style.

Dogs with real fear are a liability and I never had one. The other common "pet dog" issues I simply don't have since my dogs are not really pets. Current working dog will come in the house and check counters (never anything on them so it is a quick look-see). He isn't a house dog really.. IDK.. when I retire he may be more of one but I don't have any rules other than "leave the cats." Now if the cats could learn to "leave the dog" we would do better! Rules in the house mean less dog on the trial and training field (I have seen it first hand). Better to not have him in the house. He will retire to the house some day a long way away! I hope!

Even in our club we are currently blessed with some really good dogs right now. All of them are very different in how they need to be trained but they are all really good dogs for the sport with dedicated handlers. Off hand.. NONE are on e collars for tracking (I never used one for this phase) and one is on an ecollar in Obedience.. (not mine) and two are in e collars for protection phase where drives can be really high.. mine may be the third one soon..

I will retire from my job soon.. maybe I will do some work with pet dogs then... but I really have some other directions I am interested in going in. I think the pet dogs would be OK but I am not sure I have the patience for the people.

I commend the work you do. Not sure I am cut out for it as I am a bit too honest with people.
 

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Alright, just got back from a nice and quite uneventful bike ride. I was able to capture a few clips.

Here's one on the path I mentioned in an earlier post. There didn't happen to be any walkers while I was there so the only distraction was the adjacent dog park. This video cut short due to some 'limit' being reached. Not sure, hard to read, film, and bike...

I immediately hit record again as we were passing the dog park. I wanted to capture my dog being calm IF the dogs in there started running the fence, which has happened before. The dogs ran after we passed them but there's no way I could have pivoted the camera safely, and it was really uneventful.

I stopped filming because the road takes a very sharp turn along a busy intersection. After that turn I started filming again as I headed down the road. We passed a random guy, then I had to stop again because there was some construction to get past.


Cues used: "whoa" to stop at an intersection. "let's go" to start, and was probably unnecessary otherwise but I use it as (encouragement?) sometimes, or a reminder not to stop and sniff if we are brushing right up against a distraction like a bush my dog might want to pee on.

He did automatic disengages (very evident in second video especially) as he noticed the dogs in the park.
Can't see it on the 'puter.. look forward to seeing it at home when I get there!
 

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I finally sat down at the home computer to look at the videos and all I see are big blank spaces in the posts Canyx. I am disappointed. I wanted to watch them. I am in Google Chrome.. so I do not know why they do not show. I checked my forum settings (profile general settings) and I am supposed to be able to see attachments and so forth.

I thought it was some fire wall setting at work. :(

I am sorry I did not look last night but I have an involvement with horses (after the day job) and was dealing with a serious situation (Equine health) that ended poorly and simply never got near the computer.

Either way, I cannot see any videos and that is disappointing.
 

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Very nice. THANK YOU!

Here is a photo of our bike trail. It is very wooded and brushy on both sides NO fences unless it is near a very steep drop off or bridge. When I say dogs on the trail, I mean immediately proximate as in the same space and on the trail (and OFTEN small dogs OFF LEASH). Stuff (wildlife, cats, timber rattlers.. ) come out of the brush either side and cross the bike path like 10-30 feet (sometimes less) right in front of us! No warning!! Talk about a test of "Pfuie!"

Part of the path has rural residences next to it.. and there is NO FENCE and sometimes they have dogs that rush out.. and can actually contact your dog. As can wildlife...

For the AD we will all be out there in a line, go to a turn around and come back.. so some will be going south and others pass going north.
FWIW my dog absolutely goes as nicely next to the bike as yours but I have him on a pinch and a non bungee leash. I cannot use a harness for the AD. He will be on a Fursaver (rules).

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How did you toughen his paws for this work?
Please take a look at my thread training for the AusdauerprÜfung. I would love to hear what you have to say. It looks like your dog is working on a cinder or gravel path?
 
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