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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Variable reinforcement schedule

    We can get a good game of tug going. She loves LOVES LOVES her flirt pole setup. Happy to play with palm coves, but she has to be in an excited state to want to play. I have been transferring the value, but getting her into the drive where she see's that as a reward is what can be a challenge. Either not exciting compared to what else she's interested in, or other times she's just not interested (can take/leave a game). Food is a very very rare situation where she'll decline it. If she knows you have food on you she'll be offering learnt behaviours like there's no tomorrow (mostly going up to person seen as source of food and laying beside them). It could also be a case that the tug toy has lost appeal because I have left it with her all the time. She tends to play with it on her own when she gets bored vs being something special I bring out as a bonding tool. The flirt pole stays locked away and only comes out on my terms.
  11. Variable reinforcement schedule

    I think study shows that the weight of the reward also influences the reinforcement. Ie higher value for better performance vs low value for mediocre, but as above it becomes very hard to implement in every day life. I think I agree with the above too, re treats and more.. and that is the direction I have been working vs true variable reinforcement. I guess the difficulty as a handler is that she is very focussed in the particular drive that she is in, therefore responds better to reinforcement in that drive. For example, if she's working for food and you try to pat her she'll often pull away like a teenager walking with mom or dad in public. Same for play, she doesn't really enjoy a good cuddle... or if she's working for food and you try to play instead she just ignores the toy. Some of it is her, some is me too. I'm not very excitable by nature. Very relaxed and happy for the dog to follow the same laid back lifestyle vs being snappy all the time. I have been trying to couple and build with working for games and then rewarding higher value with treats on occasion, or a good scratch if she appears to enjoy it in that instance. I also couple the treat with movement and touch to try and make them all part of the same rewarding process.
  12. Teen Pup Behaviour

    Hello all, new thread. Our little mixed breed (whoknowswhat) is approaching 12 months old already. She is an outside dog and only allowed through the house under direction. She has never been encouraged to be protective, however with some maturity taking place she's recently began becoming more alert/suspicious of her surroundings. Noises coming from the neighbours yard etc. When she does this she carries her tail very high, curled over at the tip, stands tall and proud, and the hackles between her shoulders nice and ruffled. I don't have a problem with her indicating that she's noticed someone/something, however she hasn't worked out how to let it go yet. When she does it she isn't over the top really and will recall on cue, however I am wary of recalling and rewarding as she's quite intelligent and I want to avoid her associating the barking with a reward. Anyone have any suggestions how I can acknowledge her, and then have her realise no threat, relax, and don't bark again 5 mins later the next time they make a noise. One part of me wants to ignore it, and reward heavily when she's being calm (which is what we do mostly). But the other bit thinks that the barking could also be self rewarding so I don't want to let her continue. The other challenge is with her being outside all the time I don't really have the ability to control that environment, nor monitor her behaviour when we are out. I wouldn't put it down as problematic behaviour at this stage, but could see it annoying a few people if it occurs too often (all neighbours have dogs so are pretty understanding). This is my first dog of my own, so not sure if it's just a phase and she'll relax off a bit as she matures some more and realised what is a threat and what's not.
  13. Variable reinforcement schedule

    I've been following some of the free dog training workshop, and taken some knowledge from it to implement into my own training routines. Still having the same issues on this front regarding variable reinforcement. Still mixing it up with treats of different value, toys and play, and have also been building touch (scratch more than petting) into the reward system, however food is her true motivation. Given that she's a dog though, she's well aware of if I am carrying food and 9 times out of 10 I am. I have also been building 'let's get a treat' where I run back inside and get her something nice while she waits outside... I probably need to work on this more as there are still times she'll decide that I have nothing and she can smell or access something she wants and she takes the easy route.
  14. What I find interesting is that I hadn't really heard of Susan Garrett for the past however many months we've had this puppy. I've done more than my fair share of reading across a variety of training methods, and also had some terrific advise from certain people on this forum (you know who you are). But what I have seen from the videos that have been shared, and the games that Susan has spoke of (I'm sure I've only seen a handful of them).. is that I had very much been training like this already, and realising the rewards. Just turning every day activities into training sessions, which in turn leads to the dog offering the behaviours you seek every day, and the cycle continues. I find the real challenge or skill lies in preempting the dogs behaviour and being realistic in how likely they will be to make the right choice.. and there are many times where things have moved too quickly or are beyond the dogs threshold (environment not set up for success), where asking for a certain behaviour will result in the dog ignoring you.. I had a failed recall due to that myself today. Heading out the front yard to take the bins out and she got upwind of some cat poo, coupled with a knowledge that I didn't have a pocket full of treats. It was an easy choice for her, and a bit of poor judgement on my behalf to even bother calling. But it was immediately followed by a positive, in that I grabbed her and lead her back to the yard, but left the gate open. This time she made the choice to stay in the yard, knowing all too well that both I and the smelly delights were both out there.
  15. Same can be said for many things in life! Still have your rough days where you feel like everything's out to get you (dog included), however it really is about looking at the behaviours you had, the behaviours you have, the behaviours you envision, and then the steps you'll take to fill in the gaps. The real point being rather than focusing on how to 'make' the dog do something, it changes into how can I encourage them.. and in my experience by being flexible you see each behaviour they offer as something to work from as opposed to a 'mistake'. But you know all this.. I haven't considered dropping the coin on the full course as I think I'd get bored with working through structured games, and am seeing the progress I'm after through my own trial and error. I can see the value for many though.