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    Sounds like a classic marker to me.

    I haven't done as much training with this pup as I would normally do because the 2 dog thing is doing in my head in. When I got Banjo I would often have the treat bag and clicker attached to me all the time, even at home.

    My daughter did some good introductory training with him today on our walk though. He now knows his name...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    maybe i am using wrong phrase/word then?
    I put verbal cues/hand signals together from the off, naming the behaviours that are being displayed naturally. reinforce with voice tone and repetition. Just as you say.

    But in addition, i use marker whistle.
    Its good boy sound. It means keep doing what you are doing, i love it.
    and bad boy sound, what you are doing is not what i want you to do, try something else.

    How this affects my dogs behaviour, is when Bernie hears his "yes" sound, he speeds up doing the behaviour. Increases his drive. Its a motivating sound.
    and marks the behaviour i want.
    hence term marker.
    Yes this a marker. But is not the same as training sheepdogs to whistle commands. The whistle commands in sheepdog training merely replaces a vocal directional command, so the flanking commands each have their own whistle sequence as does the stop, lie down etc. You are using the whistle as a marker to simply acknowledge the correct response.

    The question is do you use a distinct whistle mark for each different dog? so yes is marked differently for each dog.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 09-03-2013 at 03:23 PM.

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    yes, different marker for each dog.
    but markers, are individual, for eg. my rottie can be completing a task, and if you praise, mark etc, she'll falter, so ive learnt not to interupt her.
    the GSD is smarter by far, and as described, markers increase his drive. Like a cue/prompt might.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    yes, different marker for each dog.
    but markers, are individual, for eg. my rottie can be completing a task, and if you praise, mark etc, she'll falter, so ive learnt not to interupt her.
    the GSD is smarter by far, and as described, markers increase his drive. Like a cue/prompt might.
    With one of my sheepdogs I dont mark if he is doing a good job because praise increases his drive lol. So if I have him calmy working sheep and I praise him he immediately speeds up. Possibly as a result of agility training. So now on sheep I only use voice to correct him or give him directions. The fact that I am not saying anything means he is doing well and can continue working which is doggy heaven to him!

    With your rottie only mark the second she has completed the right response. With marker training timing is everything.

    Getting back to using different markers for different dogs. My dogs are canny. If they see another dog getting a click and treat they very quickly get to associate the click with a treat appearing even if I have never trained them with a clicker and will front up for their share.

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