Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Puppy Training Videos

Mary asks…

clicker training for puppies?

when is the best time to clicker train puppy?
can a 6 weeks old pittbull learn the clicker

Yahoo Answers answers:

As soon as you get it. Some breeders even start clicker training pups as soon as they can hear.

In the case of Puppy Prodigies where they train service dogs, they start training the pups the day they are born.
There are some of their videos, there is also a link to their main site on that page.

Learning is happening all the time, might as well take advantage of that and get that puppy learning the things you want it to learn instead of bad habits you’ll have to fix later.

6 weeks, yep they sure can. Although the puppy should be with mom and littermates for at least 2 more weeks. Early weaning (before 8 weeks) can create issues of its own. Dogs weaned before 8 weeks have an increased risk of developing behavior issues, seperation anxiety is a big one that I see. Common factor is that nearly all the dogs were weaned before 8 weeks.

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Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Puppy Training Videos

Laura asks…

Puppy clicker training?

Okay so I have been clicker training far a year now. I have a chihuahua/jack russel who has learned well over 20 tricks. He’s quite a calm dog. A couple weeks ago I adopted an American Eskimo puppy. He’s five months old and I recently started teaching him his basic obedience. I started with sit and he got it pretty quickly. I worked on that one trick for about a week. He had it down. I would walk backwards and he would follow and when I said “sit” he’d stop completely and sit even I I continued walking backwards. So I decided to move on and we started working on “down.” when he finally had down, down I thought I’d try mixing the two. I quickly realized he had completely forgotten sit. After a minute of reminding he remembered. The problem now is he’s not listening to my words… When I say sit he does sit,down,sit,down,sit,down untill I click. So he’s not actually doing what I ask of him. He’s quite a high energy puppy (which I’ve never experienced) and I’m not sure how to go about this… So there are a couple questions I would like answered in detail please by people who have experience and know what they are saying.

1. When exactly is a good time to move on to the next trick?
2. How do I get him to listen to what I’m saying and not just randomly through the tricks at me untill he gets it right?

Yahoo Answers answers:

I’m a certified clicker trainer (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner) and may be able to help you. First of all, let me say this. I am not sure what you mean when you say “clicker training” since many people say they are doing clicker training as it becomes more and more popular, but very few understand the underlying principles. The clicker is just a tool used to communicate with the animal during training, as you know, but there are very important training principles that need to be followed in order to get reliable behavior.

First, let me ask when you added your “sit” cue because it’s important that you have a good reliable sit at at least an 80% success rate before adding the cue. It really shouldn’t take a week either. I have taught dogs to sit using clicker training in just a few minutes.

I also need to ask how “clean” your training is? Are you minimizing body movement? Is your dog responding to any body cues, hand signals? Make sure you are minimizing your movement to avoid your dog assigning superstitious cues to behaviors.

Once your dog has learned to sit and is sitting on cue, assuming you added the cue at the right time in the right way, he should sit on cue every time he is cued in a training session and not offer any other behaviors. Make sure you are keeping your training sessions short and always ending on a successful, happy note.

Oftentimes I see pet trainers get into a trap of training in such a way that the dog starts to anticipate that down always follows sit. So, you are right to mix it up to cause your dog to listen, but make sure you only do this after he has a really solid sit and down. If your dog is lying down right after sitting, then bring the clicker back out and capture the sit before he goes down to correct this behavior.

Avoid too many repetitions and if you see your dog struggling, cue him to do something else he likes better or is easier for him to keep him motivated and “in the game.”

There is an art as well as a science to clicker training.

You asked when is a good time to move on to the next trick. I tend to work on multiple things in a single training session to keep it interesting and keep the animal thinking.

Once you have taught a behavior such as sit, you can practice it on a variable schedule during your training sessions for the rest of the dog’s life. Once he has learned to sit on cue, then you need to work on stimulus control and fluency and what that means basically is that your dog responds promptly and appropriately every single time to your cue in different situations under different circumstances, including various distractions.

What your dog is doing is anticipating. One way to curb this throwing tricks at you is to teach focus and impulse control exercises. I usually start with focus exercises before ever teaching sit or down, and teach impulse control throughout a 6,7 or 8-week class. It is essential that you have your dog’s undivided attention before you start to train him.

I hope these tips help. I offer long distance consulting if that is something that would interest you. You can upload a video and I will give you feedback on what you are doing right and how you can improve.

Here is a video I made of how to teach sit using clicker training:

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Convesation On Yahoo Answers About Puppy Training Treats

Michael asks…

my 3 months old poodle puppy doesnt eat the treats i got him anymore…how do i train him?

I just got a new puppy about 3 weeks ago…it is a lil boy poodle about 3 months old. The first time I got him some chicken flavor treats but he didnt eat it at all. So then I got him another peanutbutter ones, and he liked it when i first gave it to him…But for some reason after a week he doesnt like the treat anymore…so now heres my problem…how do i train him without him eating any treats? or is there a reason he stopped eating treats? ?

Yahoo Answers answers:

When you are training a puppy, only give him treats for something special. You could have a certain treat on the side that you could give him whenever you want or during playful time etc..But when it comes to actually training the dog, find a treat that he really likes but doesn’t get that often. And when he does do something right when you command him to, more than once, give him the special treat. If that doesn’t work, you could try clicker training, or just basic voice training. But in the end the dog needs some type of award to show him what he is doing is right ;-D

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