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    The mastiff type pups that I have come across in the past - definitely march to a different drum to other breeds.

    One thing I have found - as 'Sean', 'Bernie' and 'dhru' have found - repetition bores them to tears !

    Their way of thinking is - I sat correctly, got my treat - oh OK you want me to do it again ! 3rd time - forget it ! Pfffttttt - I can do it - why do I have to keep on doing it - I know how to do that - let's move on !

    So all I can suggest is to mix up what you want them to do, keep the training sessions really short and change your training area on a regular basis.
    Also love the breed and all of its' varieties ! So have fun !
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    Sean, you need to break up your sessions with more play... might as well plan it in if he's going to roll over anyway.

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    Here's our first fun filled training session. We are going for advanced obedience here, we are clicker training a sit!
    Where we left off last session....
    5 training sessions throughout the day. No cue word, just me, standing still with chicken. It had gone well, 100% success by session 4. Each session has 5 attempts. So session 5, feeling like ceasar milan, i add the cue word. And voila! dohnuts.
    I wait, i wait some more, he's led himself down. So i finish by calling him in excited voice, he gets his arse up off the floor slowly and comes over, i click and treat and we put it away.

    Sunday, a new day, perhaps a new dog.
    I have 5 pieces of smoked sausage, i aint mucking about here. Im ceasar milan, and ready to alpha roll the slow bastard!
    He is stood up, so we are ready, i charge the clicker for 5 rewards.
    We break for 2 mins.
    Start: im waiting for a offerred sit. He's waiting for food. How perfect a scenario can you get I think to myself?
    I wait, and i wait. and i wait.
    at 1.53 seconds we have movement, we have eye contact throughout as he plonks himself on floor and snores.

    I put my 5 pieces of smoked sausgage in the rottie and take a shower to calm down.
    God this is so frustrating agggggh.
    But he's so cute.
    I come out of shower, he assists the other 2 dogs to lick the water off my shins. I say "sit" and all 3 dogs sit at same time. WTF?

    Some training is coming on leaps and bounds, i swear it is guys!
    Brian has trained bernie to lick the goobles off his chops.
    Brian has trained us all to melt if he collapses and feel sorry for him.
    Brian has learnt that the other 2 dogs eat bones first, food 2nd. So he if fast enough, can eat 3 bowls of food whilst other 2 are eating the bones. Its a math thing he's got talent for perhaps?
    Brian has trained us to have a towel with us wherever we are in the house.

    On the one hand, he's fantastic, doesnt pee or poo in house anymore
    doesnt chase the ducks/geese/ibis or roos.
    And we are getting better at not pulling. Slowly though.

    On the other hand, this is the most stubborn dog ive ever known. He just plonks his arse on the ground, and wont get up if you ask him to do something inconvenient.

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    My first King Charles spaniel and I failed obedience training. Basically was told we wouldn't make it out of level 1 and I had thought we where doing really well. Lol

    I am having the same challenges with my current puppy. They are really obedient when you have a treat in hand, but not so without. I also am not after anything fancy, sit, drop and come. Sit and drop are fine, it's the come which is the most important. I am currently giving a treat and then skipping one now and then and will hopefully get there soon.

    And it's not that she doesn't get it, her royal highness just choses not to do it. See put king in their name and give them a sense of their own grandeur

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    lolololol....

    I'm sorry Bernie but that's pretty funny. I so hear you, it's so frustrating, but it's still so....

    ...bloody funny!!!

    you have a way with story telling, thank you so much for sharing. I already love brian to bits

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    Ah, i have found that teeny tiny achillies heel in Brian.
    food drive competition.
    What a motivator!
    Quick do this you slow bastard, or the bitch gets it. Arse on floor in a nano second clicker sit x 2.
    Just needed to add:
    distraction +++
    AND
    competition
    =
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    Look at that focus!
    ceasar milan?
    I am alpha, here me squeek.

    and here's me free shaping the lazy brute into stand up here, where i can groom you easier.
    http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/...4/IMG_4297.jpg

    note the addition of distractions gallore and competition, either you get your arse up here fast, or the other dogs will.
    Mastiff's are a odd breed. Different drummer indeed?
    Last edited by bernie; 08-04-2013 at 10:17 AM.

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    ah, check out the focus....he not stoopid after all, just an independent thinker

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