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think we have finally cracked lead walking!!

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by kenla210, Jul 5, 2009.


  1. kenla210

    kenla210 PetForums Senior

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    well it has been a week since we introduced the clicker to daisy and OMG it is fantastic!! Today I was actually confident enough to let my very petite 9 & 7 year old girls walk daisy back from the park(obv with me very close by and ready to grab if necessary!) Still needs work on the way there - getting to the park is just WAY too exciting for her. But I'm really pleased as finally I feel like we are turning a corner on something I have struggled with since getting her 8 months ago and had resigned myself to never being able to trust her with the girls holding her lead - which was a shame for them as I know part of the mental image they had was being able to help walk her, not be dragged around uncontrollably!
    Other wonders of the clicker - she is finally starting to get the hang of down, and is MUCH more obediant to the girls commands too. Can't wait to try other stuff too - rollover next I think :)
    Why oh why did I not try this method 8 months ago!?!
    :D :D
     
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    karen09 PetForums Member

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    thanks for tip i will try it too. starting puppy classes tuesday. mac will be 15 weeks

    karen;)
     
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    kenla210 PetForums Senior

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    I got a book called quick clicks and watched some YouTube clips. Once she knew that click = treat, I started with the walking. Everytime she pulls I just stop and wait till she comes back to me, when she is walking nicely I click and treat.
    So good - highly recommend it! Good luck with puppy class :)
     
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    karen09 PetForums Member

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    thanks will try and get book whats the best clicker to get? was looking at them in pets at home and couldnt decide!
     
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    kenla210 PetForums Senior

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    I have 2 different ones - one is a clix multi-clicker which I got from pets @ home, this is good cos it has a volume thing on it, which is handy. The other one I had from canine concepts is an I-click which is much quieter, but more ergonomic.
    The quiet one is more comfortable to use but not very effective when walking down a busy road when daisy is SO focussed on getting to the park. I would say for this reason the clix one is better as is useful all the time.
    I would recommend getting a few and scattering them round the house, that way you always have one to hand if you need it...
    Good luck
     
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    How exactly does a clicker work. i bought one and it said to practice by firstly clicking and treating-which i did. Then it said to give a command and when it was obeyed click and treat-which i did. Then no more info. What is the point of clicking?????:confused:
     
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    kenla210 PetForums Senior

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    the point of the clicker is that you click the desired behaviour. Previously I was verbally praising, good girl etc, the thing is that you can be more precise with a clicker and it doesn't get confused with general endearments. As soon as they hear the click, they realise that they have done something right and are getting a treat so will try to replicate it. Click always means treat, and actually the book I have recommends not adding a verbal command or hand signal till they keep doing the desired behaviour.
    I really recommend getting a book with more detail as I'm still learning it all myself.
    Btw- we have def mastered down, and down stay is increasingly reliable, and rollover is coming along nicely too! :D
     
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    Thanks, am off to favourite shop-pets at home-so will look for one:D
     
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    The "About clicker training" is worth looking at for the "Rules of love" video clip alone! :D

    For those who have watched it, am I the only one who got a lump in my throat when the dog says to the other dog "My name is 'Bad Dog'"?? That's so sad :(
     
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    kenla210 PetForums Senior

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    it was a couple of clips you put on previously which inspired me to give it a go - so HUGE thanks!!!! :D
    As another positive, daisy is just so much more responsive to me on other stuff she already knew, and I really feel our bond is so much stronger even in just the space of a week - cannot speak highly enough of this method. I'm getting a new pup in a month and will be introducing the clicker immediately!
    Do you think it will be suitable for housetraining too?
     
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