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    Hi Boxerini

    It seems like she's very stressed and anxious at dog training. I don't know enough to guess at why. But if you can get there before the other dogs get there and try her with the yummiest treat, she might start to feel a little better.

    I suspect the physical force methods prefered by the trainer might add to the stress too. If there is a chief instructor you might want to seek them out and discuss options with them. Our dog club always has loads of instructors all with their own styles. Some are gentler than others or just work better for some dogs than others.

    If there is only one instructor, try to get hold of her before class and discuss the issues. Calming signals on your part may help too - the lip licking thing and not direct eye contact. Ask other people not to look/stare at your dog directly too. And if you want to do the dog greeting thing, get the other people to hold their dog still and allow your dog to approach if she wants or not if she doesn't, rather than letting the other dog(s) stand over her. If she manages to make some doggy friends about her size she might feel better. Frosty lights up when she sees her friends at dog training. And I keep her away from the "nasty" dogs.

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    If you can, start to train in your back yard (in a quiet spot away from other animals preferably, then move to the front yard once she's doing everything right in the back yard. Then move out to the parks, ovals, dog training etc.

    She needs to learn that "sit" means plonk your butt on the ground wherever we are and whatever you're doing. This takes lots of baby steps and you do need to go right back to the beginning at each new place for a while. Work on the really simple things like sit and drop, then move on to the more complicated ones

    It's a process called generalisation. At the moment Bella thinks that Sit means Sit when we're in the living room, otherwise I don't have to bother. The generalisation process changes that mindset to Sit means Sit. Where ever, whenever. I hope that helps.

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    VERY happy with Bellarina after our session! I tried using a higher value treat, some mince, and she was amazingly ... 'zingy'! I asked for a dance and I got 3/4!! i went with that for about 2 minutes and shes now doing 3/4 every single time!! she makes a good little bellerina!! lol thats more than slightly ironic...

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    Im planning on talking to Roald, hes the head instructor, on Wednesday. i really dont like the methods they use.

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    Default Woo hoo!!

    So last night I went to DT, with mince in my bumbag and clicker in hand, and I got there early and walked her arond the grounds, made sure she had a pee and a dump before we started up, and from the other side of the grounds I asked for a sit, and got one!! She took her mince treat, and I walked a few metres closer to the other dogs, asked and got another sit! By then most of the other dogs were there and I asked for another sit, and she sat, but she refused to take her treat. We moseyed over to the meeting place, stopping whenever she wanted a sniff or to say gidday to another dog on the way, and I went and paid for my ticket, and then we started training. i got her FIRST AUTOMATIC SIT!! She sat when we stopped, without me having to tell her!! We moved onto drop, and ( I had talked to the instructor beforehand) gave my signal for drop, and she did!! We started doing some figure of eight stuff (two owner/dogs as poles and weaving between) and first up was Soda, the beautiful boxer girl. Instructor asked for a drop, owner gave the signal and when she didnt drop she was supposed to grab her legs and push Soda onto the ground. Not so easy with a strong boxer pup! Sodas seven months old now, so shes pretty stong, and owner ended up on the ground, trying to get this dog onto the ground, and Soda thought it was all a big game. went on for about five minutes, owner standing up and trying again every 30 seconds. The entire club was watching and laughing lol. So I had a go last, and Bella didnt move or look whenever the other dogs came really close, which is a huge improvement! She was sitting automatically, dropped a few times when I asked, and didnt flinch or move away from the other dogs! I would like her sitting quicker though. It would take her about 3 seconds to sit, and sometimes she wouldnt without me saying so. But overall, very happy!!

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    It sounds like training is starting to work well for Bella. Keep up the good work Brit!

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    I think its finally clicking!!

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    How're you going with the generalisation?

    Awesome work! I'm glad she was better for you at training!

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    I was looking around for a non-completely sodden place outside to train her yesterday, and I *think* Ive found a good place, right behind the house, next to the rainforest. I tried doing some work out on the verandah yesterday, and I had to start again, teaching her sit, but once she realised what I wanted her to do, she got it quickly. I think thats what got her to sit at DT, starting to realise that when I say sit, I mean sit, no matter where she. Im going to try working on the grass today, depending on whether its raining. Its really annoying with all this dang rain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    I was looking around for a non-completely sodden place outside to train her yesterday, and I *think* Ive found a good place, right behind the house, next to the rainforest. I tried doing some work out on the verandah yesterday, and I had to start again, teaching her sit, but once she realised what I wanted her to do, she got it quickly. I think thats what got her to sit at DT, starting to realise that when I say sit, I mean sit, no matter where she. Im going to try working on the grass today, depending on whether its raining. Its really annoying with all this dang rain!
    Awesome news! It really doesn't take much to generalise it with most dogs. Some take a while and others get it very quickly. Sounds like just doing it on the verandah has helped too!


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