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  1. Teen Pup Behaviour

    It's definitely territorial, however she is desexed. Has been since 5months. I'm picking up on her triggers. She usually barks now if any of the dogs of the neighbouring properties come out to the fence. I'm working on desensitising her with them but it's taking a while. It only happens on our ground, never an issue in a public place. The main trigger is birds. Cockatoos, Myna Birds, Ibis, etc all get her going. They don't need to be in our yard even, just visible. In a tree she'll spot em and rip it. Again, only from the yard. During our daily walks on common ground she'll walk right by. She'll even continue walking on a loose leash while a willy wag tail claps at her tail. I've also noticed sometimes she'll do a patrol as I walk outside, she'll jump up and scan the area ready to bark, as if to check it's safe before I come outside. I've been rewarding and getting in before she has a chance to practice that behaviour though.
  2. puppy training questions

    It all depends what you wish to achieve with the dog I think. At 12 weeks she's still a baby, so based off that I wouldn't even bother with tricks, or cues too much at all. I'd be working on firstly creating a bond between you and the animal, and secondly working your clicker or marker word and simply reinforcing EVERYTHING that you like. It could be calm behaviour, good toilet choices, sitting, waiting. I wouldn't be working too much on duration. Just rewarding anything she offers that you like. Given that she's already taken to learning so quickly and is offering behaviours willingly I think one thing will quickly lead to another. Make sure the rewards are always near by and try to reduce the gap between the mark and reward. This may mean extending duration until you are in a position to follow the mark quickly. As you start proofing your cues I've found it quite beneficial to also offer strange body movements with it. It causes the animal to think and listen rather than just read body language. For instance holding a hand above the dog and asking for a down will go against their natural instinct to sit or stand. Then reward from the other hand down nice and low. Little things to keep the brain engaged will ensure they don't get bored. Keep the sessions short and fast paced with a high rate of reward.
  3. Variable reinforcement schedule

    This dog has variable speeds. During the heat of the day she gets her laze on in a big way and is hardly motivated by anything. Still follows cue but at her own leisurely pace. Get her worked up and excited and the behaviours speed up and snap. Luckily for me I like calm and cruisey! And luckily for her when she gets all excited she reacts to me quicker! Win win. I feel like she's really starting to appreciate some touch and praise a little more now too. The world (at least the immediate world around her; ie our yard, regular things) isn't as exciting as it was and she's happy to cuddle. When she's on she doesn't want pats! Just wants to explore.
  4. Our dog is a rescue, picked up at 8 weeks. Was listed as a BC x Staffy, but to be honest I don't see much if any of either in her. As she's matured she looks very Lurcher-ish hunting dog, and given we're in FNQ where pig hunting is very common I'd say there's a good chance she's a mix of mixes. At a year old now she's just shy of 20kgs, but very slender and muscular, with a short stiff coat. Looks very lab like from some angles, but also a bit sigh hound, in the hind legs and waist. Anyway, back to topic. As a beginner trainer I really didn't know what I was getting into, nor do I really know if she has been a challenging temperament or not. I know I've had to put a lot of work into her, and continue to have to do so.. but I think that would be the same of any puppy.
  5. Puppy to Dog interaction

    Still working with her on this and looking back at how she was to where she is she has shown some great improvements. She has had some very positive encounters with a variety of dogs. She does get a bit fearful if the other dog is too playful or stands over her too much and tends to come back in behind me indicating it's time for them to keep moving on. There is still a certain distance where she gets a bit overwhelmed or over threshold and focus shifts from me to the other dog, but as they move past she tends to snap back out of it and back onto task. I must say I have only been using kibble lately to reward so not high value by any means.
  6. Teen Pup Behaviour

    We're still working on this one with some positive results. She definitely shows some territorial behaviour, but I've noticed it's mostly birds that she stirs at, or palm fronds falling, and occasionally neighbours doing things that make strange noises. The other night someone was playing a trombone and she wasn't a fan. Hahah! But did settle after we investigated and rewarded some calm behaviour.
  7. Teen Pup Behaviour

    I think I've been dealing with possibly 2 separate issues on this front. On one front she is definitely being more territorial and alter and I think we're making some progress with investigating, settling and then stopping. On the other hand I think she might be doing a bit of attention seeking later at night. She has done the attention bark in the past around dinner time which we'd all continue eating ignoring her, no eye contact and after a week or so she got the idea. I feel like she's stepped this up, but at a later time at night. Once the kids are in bed and when we're trying to relax. Last night was a full moon so I'll cross my fingers that was just it, and a weekend night with more noises around the place. I did notice her direction would change from barking towards the yard back towards the doors. I tried waiting her out and rewarding for quiet which worked, but I'd come back inside and within a minute she'd be back at it. This went on for some time.. By around 9pm at night I had had enough and was thinking of the little one in bed, the other kid who was complaining he couldn't get to sleep, and also the neighbours. Ended up getting quite frustrated. Ripped it up the dog and closed the doors and she stopped. Went back out a few minutes later, had a cuddle and pet and then went to bed. Usually the dog would be asleep by that time, so maybe not enough exercise or training (no walks and little play) that day, coupled with the added light from the full moon.. Try again tonight.
  8. Puppy to Dog interaction

    Always is Tassie! I pretty much have 'go sniff' on cue. Still working on the balance between sniffing with a loose leash, and knowing if she's sniffing to familiarise or sniffing to source out and consume something I'd rather not. A couple times I've had her pull, waited for her to shift focus back and then released her only to have her dive into some bushes and scoff down something. That is something else we've been working on though, trying to build value about leaving anything on the ground and only helping herself on direction.
  9. Variable reinforcement schedule

    Great idea Tassie. We tend to do this in the afternoons when the day begins to cool off and she gets a bit more active. Ropeys, Palm fronds, tennis balls, and the whole family running around the yard. It's just not of much interest to her during the day when it's hot and she's not motivated. Take her to the park and get her interested in everything and she works much harder. Runs fast, quick recall, quick spins, and lots of hand targeting all before the treats are delivered usually. It becomes about the whole process rather than just the food.
  10. I wouldn't be rewarding her for barking, but the trick her is to find the threshold at which she can still function and then reward and with time close the gap down. As above, is it a particular scenario in which she barks, or is it whenever she see's him? With what you've described I would start by him telling you when he's getting home. That way you can get the flow of treats started before he gets out of the car. Keep rewarding as he approaches. The moment she stops eating and goes to vocalising stop the treats and stop the progress. Have him move back to a point where she stops and then reward heavily again, approach.. continue the cycle. She will soon associate the action of not barking with the treats coming. I'd then move her away and put her in your time out area with some treats while he comes inside and that way she doesn't get to practice the barking in that instance.. it becomes positive all around for the dog. Eventually he should be able to close enough distance to where your husband can actually deliver the treats. I'd also try and get him involved in feeding time if possible. Our pup used to (and still sometimes does) get very excited when guests would come over. I found giving her a high value reward such as a kong or bone would give her a buffer where she'd 1) associate guests arriving with good things happening for her, and 2) to watch the interaction with the guests and take some of the initial excitement off before she'd greet them.
  11. Puppy to Dog interaction

    We spent the last couple mornings down the beach for several hours, doing laps of the esplanade, passing many people and greeting several dogs before moving on. She's definitely come a long way since last time we were down there in terms of impulse control and overall excitement. First morning she was more interested in the smells than the treats, but we simply slowed down and moved only once she could get the focus back in my direction. A lot of positive encounters with a variety of dogs, and always mixing it up between sometimes greeting briefly and sometimes letting them simply pass by. I've noticed quite a shift where she'd previously start barking as other dogs would approach to where she now crouches down all submissive but still moves in to say hello. She's still a bit unsure. Had one greeting today where the other dog was a bit excited and she came back around my legs. Kept it very short and the other dog and owner moved along. Interestingly seeing that same dog again later she was much more aware of it's presence, both in wanting to move towards it, but also being not sure. Just making sure all positive encounters are following up with lots of praise, pets and treats. I think I'll try and hit up a few new areas over the next couple weeks and see if we can start proofing the behaviour in a larger variety of environments.
  12. Teen Pup Behaviour

    I've just been calling her back, rewarding, and then continue to reward as we investigate together quietly. She seems to be getting the idea. We then head back together I get her on her mat and give her a few more rewards for laying quietly. After watching her behaviour a bit closer i'm reasonably confident that she is just developing and showing some awareness of her territory and doing what dogs do. It'll just take some training and time for her to understand how much alerting is needed, and in what situations.
  13. Teen Pup Behaviour

    Yes. Occasionally I'll let her in of an evening and reward her for laying on her mat for a quick pat. Sometimes I'll let her through the house when going out for a walk, but on the whole we see no need for her to be in and out of the house as she pleases. Young children (lots of toys, lots of excitement, lots of food left laying around), a pure bred ragdoll and as such cat food and kitty litter always out, and black dog hair on the floor doesn't please the lady of the house. She's very happy with her setup. Lazes around the veranda by the doors on her towels during the day, and moves out into the carport onto her elevated dog bed overnight. Plenty of undercover area and we live in a tropical climate. I probably spend more time outside with her than I do inside in all honesty as well, and the puppy always has lots of palm fronds, cardboard boxes, rope toys, and towels to play around with. Frequently given frozen kongs, all interaction is approached as training, and usually gets a nice beefy bone to chew on once or twice a week. I don't see this behaviour as being driven by frustration or boredom. I think it may be that when the neighbour cleans the pool she can 1) hear it, and 2) see the top of the net handle above the fence. Couple that with their dog being on the other side of the fence and she can get first aroused by the strange stuff happening and then excited by the dog. Also tends to happen more so at the witching hour of the day.
  14. Teen Pup Behaviour

    Thanks Corvus! I'll hook into it and see where we end up. She's a quick learner so if I nip it in the bud should be onto the next thing before we know it.
  15. Teen Pup Behaviour

    We're on 800sqm. She lives outside so can see/hear everything around her. I work shift work, and my partner works part time so it's very rare that she is left by herself for a full 8 hours or more, and the time we are out is random in both times and duration. She is left with a kong prior to heading out. Usually at least a walk once a day, but more often than not twice. Route get's varied, and is always structured around good behaviour/choices. Loose leash, leash awareness, focus back towards me. She can be reactive to other dogs in some situations so we are always working at threshold with a high rate of reinforcement. Used to get very excited by people as well but her impulse control has been gaining month by month. She get's human interaction all day at various times. She sleeps by the door near the kitchen so always someone coming past. 8yo and 3yo children so always lots of play time in the yard. Well structured play with the kids included in ball/rope games, the dog included in the kids playing go karts, and both children involved with training, reinforcement and feeding schedules. Have family/friends over frequently and no issues with people various ages, sex, build, etc. She gets excited (wiggly worm) but mostly just wants a tummy rub, and settles quickly after an introduction. She's always been a bit aware of what the neighbours are doing, but lately she has been putting on more of a show towards the rear neighbour (through a high timber fence). She did it again this afternoon while he was out around his pool doing some cleaning (he has a male dog, ours is female). I went down to inspect and she was just being a bit silly. Had a bit of a chat over the fence with him about where she's at and he's noticed she's been uppin him a bit too (has been same neighbour and situation since she was 8 weeks old). I think I'll just have to go walk the fence line every afternoon with some meat and reward her heavily for good choices and desensitise a bit. Lots of focus lately has been on walking in public and becoming impartial to other dogs. One thing to note is that he has been doing quite a bit of work on his side of the fence, pruning, having a few trees taken out, etc. I recall she went off a bit when the tree lopper was up a palm tree taking it down section by section, but I was there and rewarded good choices in that scenario too. I think it's just a developmental stage where she is more aware and alert, and just needs to learn what is a threat and what's not.
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