My pup (9 weeks old) has shown some good signs during training and he is starting to try and guess what I want him to do so he can win a treat.I have him on a NILF program.
He learnt to sit and come in 1 day and after the first week I had him sitting,staying and coming when called approx 90% of the time. I've started teaching him to heel this week and he does that quite well about 50-70% of the time.
This a seriously food motivated dog.
He learnt within a week not to come to me when I want him to come inside ( I've been going to him rather than call him when I know he wont come) also I don't want to seem to punish him for coming by taking him inside.
Hyacinth recommended a "really reliable recall" and he comes to that 100% of the time as quick as a flash, but I don't want to use that to get him inside. Is it OK to get him inside with that method or should I keep that associated with "super happy puppy time" ?
We don't have a crate so we have a kiddy gate to keep him in the laundry and that is where he spends a lot of his inside time which is a major contributing factor in his reluctance to come in.
I've tried food rewards to get him to come in but he gets near the door and decides to stay away regardless.
Also he seems to know when the treats are on and will do almost anything he's asked but without the treats he couldn't care less and goes about his business almost like we're not there.
To me he seems very intelligent and I don't want to do anything to stifle his problem solving skills.
I've started to give him access to the loungeroom which he loves and I've been trying to break the habit of him not wanting to come in with that, by taking him directly to the loungeroom.
Should I start mixing it up a bit by not giving treats all the time to keep him guessing or has anyone got any advice for dealing with an independant pup?