mnp13 wrote:I think you are in the right track with a 'focus' command.
Do you use compulsion training methods?
I'm not opposed to them, but I generally like to introduce a new command/idea with positive, and than once they know it, use compulsion to reinforce...if that makes sense. For example, I trained them to not pull like freight trains while on flat collars, and than got prongs to get them to be polite, and to offer the occasional correction now and then.
I've tried corrections when they see other dogs but they just don't seem to care. I've made the prongs fit nice and snug below the ears...but no cigar.
Bosco has responded really well to the focus idea. I just fed them half their dinner (kibbles) throughout the walk to introduce it. Molly, on the other hand, only focuses if there isn't something else cooler than a kibble to look at. I'm going to switch to a higher value reward for her sake...maybe boiled chicken chunks or cheese or something...good God I can imagine the gas now. Ewwwww.
I realize they don't really know what focus means yet, but they only seem to respond to the word AFTER I put them in a sit-stay...and I'd like to get them to do it while passing other dogs...and that of course means restraining them so they don't pull me off my ass to get other dogs, all the while trying to get their attention to "focus."
At this point, however, I'm open to any ideas...be it positive, compulsion, abuse...