Thanks, I will get working on those. He has great attention already, and we have been working on the starting of heel.
He is doing much better. We have been doing a lot of desensitizing to the cues of us leaving (picking up keys, putting on shoes, picking up purse, walking towards the stairs, after each one we go sit down for a bit, then do another, over and over through out the day). We have also pracitced me leaving, with Julie staying with him. She holds onto his leash, I go down the stairs, she feeds him high value treats, I walk back upstairs.Sounds great! A ton of progress for the short period of time that you've had him.
How is he doing with the anxiety issues?
Thank you for the compliments!This thread should almost be stickied! I am a first time dog owner who has spent a good amount of time researching good clicker/ positive reinforcement training online, as someone posted earlier, you include details and insight that surpasses a lot of the tutorials I've found. THANKS!
What treats I use depend on the level of difficulty and where we are. I also always have at least a few different treats going at the same time and use playing as well. He never knows if he is going to get a piece of kibble, a hot dog, a zuke's mini treat, a ball toss . . .Couple notes/questions: What do you use for treats? Some of the training sessions you, and I try to, shower the dog with treats (like loose leash walking). If I use his kibble he seems to get bored with it. If I use a high value I feel like I am spoiling or desensitizing the high-value (Hotdog bits, chicken).
If your dog gets that upset then you need to give him some more help (break your behavior down into smaller approximations and maybe spend a little bit more time at those approximations). Take a break, do some stress relief (like some fetch or something) and go back. Then go to easier behaviors, like simply moving towards the left side, instead of actually going to the left side. I have moved to fast before and Nash has gotten frustrated with me, I have gotten better though at reading when he is ready for me to take it to the next level so there is a lot less of him getting confused and frustrated.Also, you described a moment where Nash would circle you and lay down and look for what you wanted during your heel left training. I visualized my dog in that instance, and he might get upset and bark at me, or lay down and give up. Does this mean I am not guiding him enough? Or that it's time to stop training? I don't know if Nash ever gets upset like that, he seems like a perfect student.
Nash is about a year to year and a half old sable german shepherd. I have had him since May 22, 2009. Wow, it hasn't been that long!Lastly, have you said how old Nash is yet? or what breed he is?