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    Default Focus Training... Help!

    Hey all,

    Wondering if anyone can help me out...

    Lately when working on Luna's focus by getting her to sit and then look she's been going in to a drop, looking at me, but also getting over excited and barking at me..

    We are treat in hand because she is still learning at the moment..

    Just wondering if anyone has any ideas how to curb this behaviour?

    Thanks
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    Personally, I would just ignore, walk away a few fews steps and then try again.

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    I would ignore, turn my back, if she barked. And if she dropped and you did not want that, I would not reward and start again....catch the sit and reward quickly. If she dropped before you caught the sit and focus. start again. Soon she should figure that the sit/focus brings the reward. If my dogs make a mistake now, i say "rubbish" and start from scratch. But a puppy I would just start again and try to catch it, before the mistake (drop) is made. The barking is often a sign of frustration or just seeing where it can get them. So I turn my back....no reaction, no intereaction.....And start again after a couple of minutes
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    Reward the better held sits, with a yummy treat.

    Reward the yo-yo sits with a pat.

    Don't reward the drops when you asked for sit at all. Start little by little rewarding for longer sit, try to get your initial rewards in before the drop happens.

    Don't repeat your sit command if the dog did a drop after you said sit. Otherwise the dog works out that to get another treat / reward / cue for sitting, all they have to do while sitting is drop-sit...

    It's good that your dog offers stuff up but there is a context for it, ie no cue or maybe a "shaping" cue. If you say sit and you get sit-drop-sit-drop - best not to reward. You could - if you're thinking it likely - give it a new cue like "pushups" to distinguish that from a held sit.

    And it's really good to have a release cue eg

    Sit - reward - go play - so the dog can do her own thing, play a quick game of chase a tug or whatever. So the dog learns to hold the sit until the reward or release.

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    Thanks guys.. You are always a great help!
    Meet Luna, a 13 month old Beagle pup in Melbourne with her sister Cynder a 13 week old Border Collie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    . If my dogs make a mistake now, i say "rubbish" and start from scratch.

    I find this so funny!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marley View Post
    I find this so funny!!
    And you should see Katy's face when I say "rubbish".....because she more then any dog I have ever owned loves the rewards ( be it praise or treat) and gets the real sad face when she missed out.
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    If I think my dog knows perfectly well what she's supposed to be doing and doesn't... I put my fists on my hips and ask her "What was that?" or "What are you doing?" and she barks a lot at me like I'm supposed to understand the answer. I understand she's frustrated though.

    Beware the "rubbish" and start from scratch because the dog might think mistake - do over - is part of the routine. They're "clever" like that, it's called back chaining. I usually try to get my dog to do some other stuff I can reward for/tell her she's got right in between. Or a slow walk back, turn a small circle and then do over. Doesn't always work but I'm hopeful. The main deal is not to string a whole lot of drills good and bad, together in a dogs head.

    SG generally does only five attempts at a task before she stops and does something else with her puppy aka "balance break". And if she does three or four attempts and they're all perfect, she has a balance break and then makes the task slightly harder.

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    I think it goes like this reward good behaviour and ignor bad.
    But the other is just keep doing it and only reward what you want her to do.
    I think that you mustr reward her as soon as she sits as this is one comand.
    Then hold the next treat up to you face so she knows where to look.
    I don't know this is the right way, but it is the way I would be doing it.
    but each dog is different and there fore should all be treated in a manner that suits them.

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    Dog do great job at home according to my opinion there are better way to keep- them mentally prepared if we don’t shout them then they can do better job and if we give a special training to do work.

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