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    I've been really slack with the training. Didn't use the clicker at all for a couple of weeks. I actually didn't even know where I'd left them.

    So the only training I did was on our walks, but even there I realised that I had not done enough as Banjo ignored me a few times when I tried to get her to come with me after playing with other dogs or to prevent her from going up to dogs on leads. I just had not done enough recall training at times when I wasn't trying to end her fun.

    I think it was the jumping up that jolted me into action again. I've really made no progress at all with teaching her not to jump up on other people and it is so annoying. I hate having to constantly apologise to people for her behaviour.

    Ideally I should not let her off the lead when there are people around. But she is a young dog and needs a good run every day and I just don't have the time to drive to somewhere where there are no people.

    So I found the clickers yesterday, started doing training sessions at home again just to make her keen, and then took her out to the nearby shops and walked her around on the lead rewarding her for staying calm when people got close to her. It wasn't ideal because no one tried to pat her or talk to me. But it was a start and I will keep doing it. I will also try to put her on the lead to greet the other dog owners at the off leash area before I let her off to play with their dogs.

    And do a lot more recall training. And Banjo is asking me to make her do a heel occasionally because I reward her heavily for that. So I will try to work on that too.

    I want to get us back on track!

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    I discovered that Frosty has been nicking off to eat a disgusting fatty deposit round the back of our local sports club rooms. And that's been giving her tummy upsets. Sigh.

    So she spent most of tonight's walk on lead and I sprung the culprit re fatty deposits and he blamed the winter sports club. Sheesh.

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    I use the clicker, but mostly I use "yes"....the clicker is great for distance work, because it s sound travels further. But the "yes" is always with me To my dogs "yes" = click
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    Life just gets in the way of my good intentions. I've been doing better on walks with the recall training. And I now usually remember to take the ball, which seems to encourage Banjo to pay more attention to me and makes it easier to get her to focus on me in a variety of distracting situations.

    But I still haven't been consistent with training at home. I did a session tonight because I was waiting for something in the kitchen and felt guilty about the dog missing out on her afternoon walk. And it made me realise how little I've done so far. We really haven't come much further than sit and down/drop. To the point where she will just flop down onto her belly when I bring out the clicker at home. Actually, she laid down in response to most things I said today, so I had to do lots of walking away and starting again. But I did manage to teach her to shake in one session today and I had forgotten just how exhilarating it is when they finally do respond to the cue without any intervention or lure. And how rewarding the joy on her face is when she realises she got it right.

    It did also make me realise that it is really necessary to extend our repertoire so she learns to really listen to the cues instead of just trying the first thing she thinks of.

    One thing that has also been going well is the 'look at that'. I am still amazed at how well it works. I went over to a friend's the other day who has 2 small children. The youngest is not even 3 and very scared of Banjo. She will scream if the dog starts walking in her direction. She sat with her mother or nearby while I was talking to her in the backyard. So I did 'look at that' around her the whole time we were there. Banjo loved it and not once did she get close to the child. We didn't quite get to the stage where I would have trusted her to not walk up to her at all without me enforcing this, but she was very calm and well behaved and I felt confident she was completely under my control around the child.

    I wish I could have said the same about her reaction to the tradie when he walked in tonight. But that's another story and I've posted about the jumping in another thread.

    That was probably very boring for most of you, but it is great to be able to summarise where we are at here.

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    Our dog club challenge for today was to teach our dogs to walk around us backwards. Yikes.

    My dog is pretty good at backwards but we haven't exactly got it on cue. And certainly not around a circle.

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    I didn't even manage to get my dog to walk around me forwards today! When she finally followed the lure, she stopped and sat after one step. So I gave up.

    I missed out on the training classes that started this week. I will book us in for the next ones.

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    Our club has training classes starting all the time, tho they prefer you don't start on graduation day ie the last tuesday of the month. This really stuffs up the beginners trying to make the next grade.

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    Unfortunately ours only start every 3 months, I believe. And you cannot start in beginners if you missed the talk in the first session. Small town, small club. I could check the RSPCA ones, but they are way more expensive for what you get and a bit of a long drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I've been really slack with the training. Didn't use the clicker at all for a couple of weeks. I actually didn't even know where I'd left them.

    So the only training I did was on our walks, but even there I realised that I had not done enough as Banjo ignored me a few times when I tried to get her to come with me after playing with other dogs or to prevent her from going up to dogs on leads. I just had not done enough recall training at times when I wasn't trying to end her fun.

    I think it was the jumping up that jolted me into action again. I've really made no progress at all with teaching her not to jump up on other people and it is so annoying. I hate having to constantly apologise to people for her behaviour.

    Ideally I should not let her off the lead when there are people around. But she is a young dog and needs a good run every day and I just don't have the time to drive to somewhere where there are no people.

    So I found the clickers yesterday, started doing training sessions at home again just to make her keen, and then took her out to the nearby shops and walked her around on the lead rewarding her for staying calm when people got close to her. It wasn't ideal because no one tried to pat her or talk to me. But it was a start and I will keep doing it. I will also try to put her on the lead to greet the other dog owners at the off leash area before I let her off to play with their dogs.

    And do a lot more recall training. And Banjo is asking me to make her do a heel occasionally because I reward her heavily for that. So I will try to work on that too.

    I want to get us back on track!
    Ive taken to stalking infant school children by being at the gate at school start time to train my pup not to jump. Excellent training grounds for pups are school gates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    Ive taken to stalking infant school children by being at the gate at school start time to train my pup not to jump. Excellent training grounds for pups are school gates.
    I've done that too! Not at the school yet, but other places where children gather. But she does not seem to connect it with meeting people off lead. And I'm often taken by surprise if someone suddenly walks up to us when we're walking past the shop or whatever.

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