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    Exclamation Eye contact and taking me for a walk if she can.

    Hmm I am finding this training harder than usual. Previous lab x didn't get it as quick but were very keen to please and I was the center of their world..
    Mags doesn't merely pull on the lead she hurls forward. I turn around and go back the other way until she stops and then continue. Dreadful lead times, fortunately we have great off leash areas (empty beach and empty park) which save our sanity
    Two weeks later I have not made progress. She can heel off the lead at home! Perfectly behaved in the back yard and focusses on me intently.
    I was thinking hard yesterday as we sat having a rest and I realised when we are out it is almost impossible to get eye contact with her. It is not a problem at home. I am not sure but maybe this is a dominance thing. I don't speak dog and I am clearly not speaking in a way she understands.
    She is very much a pack puppy and loves nothing better than a bunch of dogs to hang with. Loves to greet any bipeds, very socially driven.
    She gets two walks a day and is slightly better at the end of a walk when she is tired.
    We start obedience training today, I look forward to the day someone compliments me on my well behaved dog. It will be a milestone, a ways off yet We must look so ridiculous back and forth for a block to the park. My OH is VERY resistant to harnesses and halters.
    Really just venting as we will get there eventually I know. I am curious about the eye contact thing though.

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    The power of sausage!!! Since I wrote this post we went for a walk with a cooked sausage cut up into tiny bits. It can only be described as a transformation. At least now I know she can when she chooses to.

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    Mags need to learn the power of her name. If you think about it, when you have a kid the first thing you really drive home is their name so that when you call them they look at you straight away. YOu can then tell them what you want them to do.

    Same with dogs. Use their main meal and call her name, give her a spoon full when she looks at you. Let her attention wander and then call again. Feed a spoon full every time she looks at you.

    Keep a bowl of treats around the house somewhere and every time you go past it, call Mags and reward her for looking at you.

    After a week or so you will have instant focus every time you call her name.
    Nev Allen
    Border River Pet Resort

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    try a gental leader harrnes on her thay work wonders
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    Try T.O.T. Triangle of temptation for 1 week at feeding time. I use a marker "yes" and now have eye contact non stop.
    K9 Pro the prof. dog trainer section on Dog Training section in forums has the recipe.
    Its clicker training for the less than dextrous of us.
    After using this, the dog looks to you to satisfy its drives. ie. the dog is driving you! with eye contact. Its very disturbing at times. But effective.

    Sausages hold nil power to a prey drive dog who wont eat anything in prey drive. Sounds like this pup is prey/social driven, and i doubt food is going to cut it. Unless you build that drive up with no distractions first.

    Looks like a sheep dog, crouches like a sheep dog, tis a sheep dog, not a sausage dog.
    Last edited by bernie; 07-22-2012 at 07:23 AM.

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    Thanks I will follow this through,I value the advice very much

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