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So I was thinking of starting this thread to show my progress training my dog to do different things, and to get feedback and tips from other members, also I'd be interested to see other member's dog training pics, videos and such like.


I have taught pepper how to do a body rebound, and a wall rebound, I want to get her to the point where she can do a foot rebound.

Some of the things I'd like to try over the next few months:

-Say your prayers

-jump on command

-stay for extended periods of time

-wave

-knee/foot stall

-walk right next to me until I release her

I really enjoy training her as a hobby, I really enjoy seeing people's reactions to a well trained dog, so hopefully everyone else will enjoy it as well, maybe we can all learn a bit about training.

I'm open to suggestions always


The first semi-complex trick I taught her was to act ashamed

The goal was to say "I'm ashamed of you" and she'd wipe her face, I accomplished this by putting a small piece of masking tape on her nose, and when she went to take it off with her paw I clicked and rewarded her. This took probably 4-5 10 minute sessions to get her to do it. Then over the course of a couple months I refined it.


Here's a video of her doing the wall rebound

https://youtu.be/Pj9TFD2r3m8

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That's really neat! I've always wanted a dog who can learn rebounds but both my boys ended up being 70+ lbs. They could probably have done it (especially my current dog)... I couldn't :D
 

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Enjoyed watching it!

A couple of basic tips for the other tricks ...
- For 'say your prayers', where you feed is the key. Start with the dog in a sit position and encourage her to put her front feet on some kind of horizontal surface - a table edge, your outstretched forearm etc. Feed BETWEEN and slightly BELOW her front legs, from underneath. Refine. Sometimes it's helpful if you teach a 'sit pretty' or 'beg' first, and then modify it into a pray.
- 'Wave' is merely a modified shake a paw, which is a good place to start. Knowing how to gradually shape behaviours will be advantageous.
- Use a high rate of reinforcement (continuous / 1 for 1) when teaching, of course.
- I prefer to remain as silent as possible, for the most part, and allow the clicker to do the communicating. Adding the verbal cue should be the final step.
- For the stays, I would begin from a down (in heel position / at your left side) because the dog will be less inclined to stand up and move. Remember the three D rule .. duration before distance before distraction. Don't become overzealous in your expectations here, especially when building duration. ALWAYS return to heel position before you release, and make sure you use a release cue every time.
- Release cues are crucial and should be taught separately, for certain behaviours, and whenever appropriate. 'Sit' is a good example for this. Allowing your dog to self-release is usually not a good idea.
- Here is a video which demonstrates a general method for teaching the foundation of heeling or walking at your side. Although I prefer to initiate this in a paved area, gymnasium, somewhere that has a relatively smooth surface other than grass or gravel etc, so that the dog can find the thrown treat more easily. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5il8ym0ymY
 

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Enjoyed watching it!

A couple of basic tips for the other tricks ...
- For 'say your prayers', where you feed is the key. Start with the dog in a sit position and encourage her to put her front feet on some kind of horizontal surface - a table edge, your outstretched forearm etc. Feed BETWEEN and slightly BELOW her front legs, from underneath. Refine. Sometimes it's helpful if you teach a 'sit pretty' or 'beg' first, and then modify it into a pray.
- 'Wave' is merely a modified shake a paw, which is a good place to start. Knowing how to gradually shape behaviours will be advantageous.
- Use a high rate of reinforcement (continuous / 1 for 1) when teaching, of course.
- I prefer to remain as silent as possible, for the most part, and allow the clicker to do the communicating. Adding the verbal cue should be the final step.
- For the stays, I would begin from a down (in heel position / at your left side) because the dog will be less inclined to stand up and move. Remember the three D rule .. duration before distance before distraction. Don't become overzealous in your expectations here, especially when building duration. ALWAYS return to heel position before you release, and make sure you use a release cue every time.
- Release cues are crucial and should be taught separately, for certain behaviours, and whenever appropriate. 'Sit' is a good example for this. Allowing your dog to self-release is usually not a good idea.
- Here is a video which demonstrates a general method for teaching the foundation of heeling or walking at your side. Although I prefer to initiate this in a paved area, gymnasium, somewhere that has a relatively smooth surface other than grass or gravel etc, so that the dog can find the thrown treat more easily. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5il8ym0ymY
Hey thanks for the tips, her release word is "OK" I have her trained so that she'll wait until I say "OK come" before she comes out the door after me, also before she jumps out of my car.

I just started teaching her the "say your prayers" the other day, shes starting to get it.

When I taught her to play dead I had to retrain her to lay down with out flopping over lol.

It's a lot of fun.

Here's her acting ashamed, and then playing dead.

https://youtu.be/ryWDiphtXFI



I have yet to teach her 'beg' , or 'sit pretty' .
 
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