Hi, all. A few different questions today.
Bella and I have offically moved up to Class Three at Dog Training, and soon we will be working off-lead. She works alright at DT... kinda. She doesnt respond to 'sit' at DT, or 'drop', or any of the commands she does automatically at home. We are working on 'drop' at DT, and what we do is put our fingers inside the collars, and force them to the ground. I dont like that way of doing it, and Bella doesnt repond to force. She instantly switches off, so i figure if i do enough 'drop' training at home, she will hopefully do it at DT and I dont have to reverse her training again. Thats what happened last week. I had to do it the way that Tracy teaches it, and Bella was not happy. If I do it my way, she responds, so should I just adapt it, rather than teaching Bella a whole different way? Also, when Im at home, she gets distracted. She will be fine, until the cat runs past. Then off she goes, hanging out with the fairies. I prefer to go lead-less at home, because its less things to juggle, because i treat and click and signal. At DT i only use a lead, so its easier. How should I build up her distraction resistance? Shes pretty good with everything else, Mum clapping because she did something good, brother slamming doors and talking, but she switches off whenever Scotty runs past, or rocks up to see what we're doing. I want to teach her to 'bow' like they do when they invite another dog to play, IYKWIM? How would I go about teachng this one? I have also taught her to 'dance' by combining her 'spin' and 'up' at the same time. She only does it for about half of a circle, then she conks out. How do I get her to go full circle?
the Questions all together... make it easier to answer I think.
If I do it my way, she responds, so should I just adapt the 'drop' command, rather than teaching Bella a whole different way?
How should I build up her distraction resistance?
How would I go about teaching a 'bow'?
How do I get her to go full circle in the 'dance'?
TIA, and hopefully everyone had a great Bunny Day yesterday!