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    So I just wanted to express my excitement after tonight's session. Jasper and I were in a small introductory class of 3 (mind you there were 3 other groups there with about 15-20 dogs in each haha!), but for JUST an introductory session, I feel Jasper and I have made some serious progress! The focus technique I've been using was failing, but I now know the right way - and it's so easy!. I was also pretty impressed in how calm he was for the majority of the class. He just lay on the ground next to me, got up when I got his attention and did all the tricks perfectly - he already knew how to sit straight away if you had a treat in your hand - and I feel so much more confident that he and I can get obedience down pat - the hardest part I think will be keeping the obedience going in different places, such as at friend's places and in public. So proud of my little-big man. A big boy for his age - so I've been told by other dog owners!

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    well, the secret to obedience is... teaching the handler is the hard part.

    basically obedience is just training the handler and dog to be able to get the message across to each other.
    and hopefully dog listens to handler if its needed in emergancy.

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    Well done both of you!

    When I got Banjo, I had that treat bag attached to me almost permanently. Even at home often. And I never went out without it. That way you can enforce training anywhere and any time. Because in the early stages you have to reward every time for it to 'stick'. I still give my dog treats regularly for known cues. I know some people wouldn't like it but I don't mind. She does everything I ask from her without rewards, but I like to keep her keen by offering random enforcers.

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    Well done, im so glad that your getting something from attending.
    so do tell, what was the secret of focus you were taught?
    can you tell me, coz ive yet to discover it for my 'special needs' dog.

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    bernie - secret is..... if the dog wants too listen and what mood there in at time.
    when training my old girl, she would just totally ignore me if she wasn't wanting to work.
    but when she felt like it, was perfect worker. was her way of saying, yeah i know what to do, but only if i want too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    Well done, im so glad that your getting something from attending.
    so do tell, what was the secret of focus you were taught?
    can you tell me, coz ive yet to discover it for my 'special needs' dog.
    I was told to hold a tiny piece of a treat between my two middle fingers and hold it to my nose, say his name, and as soon as you get eye contact reward with a treat. The idea is to stretch out the eye contact for as long as you can. If it doesn't work at first and you're standing when doing so, squat down a bit so you're closer to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkristen View Post
    I was told to hold a tiny piece of a treat between my two middle fingers and hold it to my nose, say his name, and as soon as you get eye contact reward with a treat. The idea is to stretch out the eye contact for as long as you can. If it doesn't work at first and you're standing when doing so, squat down a bit so you're closer to them.
    bummer for bernie that this isn't a very well-kept secret. I'm betting you've been doing that with brian already bernie?

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    When Mags was younger the only way I could get eye contact was by holding the ball in front of my face. I have this photo of her looking intelligent, Woz rubbish she just wanted the ball!


    Speaking of the special needs pooch how is Brian holding up ... Or maybe it's how are you holding up?

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    been there, tried that.
    Brian takes me to obedience, and teaches me, that some folks 'put out' for gifts. Some still wont put out, no matter what gift you brought! He's like a posh virgin

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