TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

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TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

Postby maitrees1990 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:40 am

Is it possible to train a puppy to be 'alert'. . . I would like my puppy to trust and obey those within the pack, visitors should be barked at until given the okay. Another question how can I boost her confidence level

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Re: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

Postby jamielvsaustin » Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:53 pm

Let me get this straight...you want a dog that isn't confident to be barking at strangers until you tell her otherwise?

Seems like a recipe for disaster.

I assume the dog you have is some sort of Pit Bull type dog-is that correct? (because there are some people on this board who don't own PBs) If so, you should do some research-these dogs are not a guardian breed. They are typically friendly with people. First, you're asking your dog to do something that isn't natural/instinctual for her, and second you're asking a dog that could have serious behavioral issues (lack of confidence) to complete a task that requires confidence. It's a no win situation.

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Re: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:58 pm

I think that if you have to ask how to do it, you shouldn't try. It's your job to protect your dog, not the other way around and like Jamie said, these dogs are not guardian or protection dogs.

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Re: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

Postby maitrees1990 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:57 pm

im sorry if it was a stupid question but i didnt think asking my dog to bark at strangers a bad thing??

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Re: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:59 pm

Given the bad rap the breed already has, combined with the fact that it isn't easy to teach a dog to bark at strangers without simultaneously rewarding other behaviors that are less desirable, it's a bad thing IMO.

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Re: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

Postby Curly_07 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:17 pm

Agreed. With all of the above advice.

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Postby Nickdawg » Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:26 am

I am glad you asked the question, and welcome to the forum. I do agree with the others.

Not sure how old your pup is - I called mine a pup all his life :) but apparently kikopups videos on you tube are very helpful with puppy stuff so might be fun to check out....

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Re: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

Postby PITtsburgher » Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:24 am

You could just teach the dog to bark on command ("speak") and that way it wouldn't be teaching the dog to bark AT people (which could encourage actual, dangerous aggression), but would be enough to scare off anybody thinking about bothering you.

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Re: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

Postby maitrees1990 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:12 pm

ok you guys always know best! i will listen and not work on it, she already knows how to speak thanks anyways guys!

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Re: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

Postby tiva » Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:18 am

It's fun--and useful--to train a number of different greeting rituals. Vanya knows:
1. "go say hi"--this is (supposedly) a calm, polite greeting that involves a nose target to the new person's hand and a turn back to me for a treat.
2. "kisses!"--this involves excited kisses, shrieking, and his general enthusiasm for new people. Only for dog lovers.
3. "snuggle"--this means a gentle snuggle next to the person on the couch (as opposed to his preference, which is to crawl all over them while smothering them in dog spit and stealing their snacks)
4. "chill, dude" involves quietly lying down on his mat when we're feeling a little overwhelmed by his joy at seeing new people in the house. Well, that's the theory anyway.

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Re: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

Postby Inaras mom » Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:29 am

I want a "kisses" greeting from Vanya!

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Re: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

Postby maitrees1990 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:31 am

how did you train those behaviors

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Re: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

Postby tiva » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:22 pm

I trained most of them with the help of a clicker, cheez whiz for treats, The Manners Minder and Dr Sophia Yin's excellent training video that comes with the Manners Minder. There are lots of good clicker training videos on youtube--kikopup has great examples.

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Re: TRAINING CERTAIN BEHAVIOR

Postby tiva » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:22 pm

Inaras mom wrote:I want a "kisses" greeting from Vanya!


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