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I like the philosophy of this, and agree with the method. I have some minor issues with the specific training, but nothing significant.
 

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Not bad advice. When I am looking for settle, I tend to just mark with a word and drop treats rather than click, since click excites. I must be getting really old - so many of these trainers look like they belong in a boy band.
 

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Not bad advice. When I am looking for settle, I tend to just mark with a word and drop treats rather than click, since click excites. I must be getting really old - so many of these trainers look like they belong in a boy band.
Boy band haha :)

I will be using a marker word as well. I have a couple of questions since I want to really investigate this method thoroughly and try to utilize it.

1. When working this kind of exercise, should the food be high/mid/low value, i.e. hot dogs/dog treats/kibble? What would you guys recommend? Would a high value reward bring more arousal or more desire to be calm to get it?

2. Rather than the playpen, would this presumably work with the dog behind a baby gate in the next room? This of course assumes the dog wouJld have full view of me interacting with our guest, just a little smaller (doorway size) window to see everyone.
 
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