Join Date: May 2011
Location: St. Thomas, Ontario
Dogs Name: Kelly
Titles: CD Obedience & Therapy
Dogs Age: puppy
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If your dobe is 4 y/o already and it does not respect you yet, IMO the training needs to restart at the very beginning, like it was a puppy first.
- because the true BOND with the desire to please, is missing
So 3 things I concentrate on with every dog of mine, every day early on...inside the house (controlled space):
a) fetch tennis ball - a command most dogs take to like a duck to water, so practice often, in a playful exercise
b) tug of war, dog always wins toy / can add a flirt pole toy, outside practice
c) soft bite, muzzle control - generates a measure of trust
^^^^ Now you become much fun, and looked up to, aa a leader of the pack...finally.
Inside work is done before the outside distractions, that can muddy up the waters, some...are introduced.
Treat training or play training becomes the positive motivation, while the latter is what I use most.
- your voice pitch / perfect timing / projected body language can also become your best friend & most powerfull tool...so understand how key these things are, while often overlooked by many inexperienced dog owner, with common training problems
------------Kelly & (Amy - RIP @ 11.7 y/o)
Last edited by Beaumont67; 12-09-2012 at 08:11 PM.