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    Well as everyone may know my first week and a bit with Gussy were not really smooth sailing, but he is now turning into a little gem and more and more personality is coming out its very cute and very demanding I love it, and he loves training so far...
    He has mastered sit and im pretty proud, Tuesday night he picked up on "lay down" quite well, last night was in order Sit, Lay down and roll over... we trained for maybe 20 minutes and by the end of it he did all three without messing about I think I have a smart little cookie on my hands ....

    He also did a new thing last night.... when he didnt get a treat for "Sit" he barked at me.. it was cute but can anyone tell me why he insists on barking for a treat.... (I dont give it too him of course) but he will try bark his way into a treat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misschief View Post
    Well as everyone may know my first week and a bit with Gussy were not really smooth sailing, but he is now turning into a little gem and more and more personality is coming out its very cute and very demanding I love it, and he loves training so far...
    He has mastered sit and im pretty proud, Tuesday night he picked up on "lay down" quite well, last night was in order Sit, Lay down and roll over... we trained for maybe 20 minutes and by the end of it he did all three without messing about I think I have a smart little cookie on my hands ....

    He also did a new thing last night.... when he didnt get a treat for "Sit" he barked at me.. it was cute but can anyone tell me why he insists on barking for a treat.... (I dont give it too him of course) but he will try bark his way into a treat.
    Its natural. A dog will offer a behaviour they have been taught to get a reward and when the behaviour isn't rewarded they then will start trying other things to get the reward. This is how shaping works. I don't know if you know what shaping is but if you don't I highly suggest you look it up, shaping is lots of fun and a good way to get your dogs brain working and teach different tricks.

    Ie: I can take Phoenix, my keys and a clicker and without saying a word I can shape her to eventually pick up the keys in her mouth and drop them in my lap. Without saying a word or using cues. All I do is sit and stare at the keys and wait for her to offer a behaviour ie: I would start with waiting for her to maybe look at the keys and progress from there. Shaping is a powerful tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    Its natural. A dog will offer a behaviour they have been taught to get a reward and when the behaviour isn't rewarded they then will start trying other things to get the reward. This is how shaping works. I don't know if you know what shaping is but if you don't I highly suggest you look it up, shaping is lots of fun and a good way to get your dogs brain working and teach different tricks.

    Ie: I can take Phoenix, my keys and a clicker and without saying a word I can shape her to eventually pick up the keys in her mouth and drop them in my lap. Without saying a word or using cues. All I do is sit and stare at the keys and wait for her to offer a behaviour ie: I would start with waiting for her to maybe look at the keys and progress from there. Shaping is a powerful tool.
    Sounds good , I really think there is something special about Gus (im sure all people think this of their dogs) but I just have a feeling, he is very curious and very egar to learn and get rewarded... his starting to show his potential and I think im onto something

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    He also did a new thing last night.... when he didnt get a treat for "Sit" he barked at me.. it was cute but can anyone tell me why he insists on barking for a treat.... (I dont give it too him of course) but he will try bark his way into a treat.
    Now's your chance to teach him to speak on command...

    My dog is always extremely noisy at dinner time. I guess it's just a form of self expression. Dogs bark when they want something or to draw attention to something. And whether they do it more or less - depends what you do.

    I've pretty much taught my dog - by rewarding her when she does it - to bark when she wants out the back door - a sit and a bark - gets what she wants the fastest - so when she's really desperate - that's how I know.

    I've also rewarded her for telling me (roo roo) when she's lost a kibble from the squirrel dude - under the couch.

    And lots of people at the park have rewarded her for barking at them when she wants a treat. She does such a cute paddle dance to go with it. Hard to resist. So I try to train them to get her to work hard for treat and not to snatch it... She spent a lot of time at the oval this morning trying to cadge treats off the coffee club bloke - he says he's only going to give her one treat and then he caves and gives her another one... So she goes and pesters the coffee club for treats and bikkies each lap if I don't stop her. I had to put lead on from the opposite side of the oval this morning - like I never feed her.

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    ahahaha well gussy does this very cute thing where his paw goes over one eye like his hiding his face.. or like **ow mannnn!!** lol

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