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Postby hugapitbull » April 27th, 2010, 10:04 pm

In the last couple of weeks, Duke is really doing better looking out the window and not spazzing out. He can quietly watch the neighbors now without barking - a real accomplishment.

That said he is digressing outside. He now thinks it is his duty to bark at anything that moves - including cars driving down the street, four wheelers, the neighbor a street over, and god forbid the occasional chicken that gets out, oh and don't forget motorcycles, he really hates them. We take him out with a pinch collar, or he would be dragging us like rag dolls. It works well until one of the 'distractions' gets his attention then the collar doesn't really stop him, whether we correct him, or if he corrects himself. He goes into a barking trance and doesn't even know anything else exists.

Looking for some suggestions - maybe locking him in the bathroom with me, clicker, and treats trying 'look at me'? I'd have to drag out some of the videos, I don't know the first thing about clicker except timing is key.

Good idea, bad idea - something else more effective?
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Postby TheRedQueen » April 28th, 2010, 12:05 am

Trouble is, with using corrections with things like this...you're simply suppressing the behavior, but not changing the underlying emotion (whatever that might be...fear, anxiety, anger, etc). So you might get the behavior you want at times, but you're not changing his *mind* about the distraction.

You're also not teaching him what YOU want him to do instead...correcting with a prong collar just says "Don't do that"...without providing information about what you do want him to do. ;)

I'd suggest a couple of books...Control Unleashed is a great one for exercises for keeping dogs under control in distracting environments (I'm thinking..."Look At That"...which has been covered here on PBT many times). Others: Click To Calm, When Pigs Fly...uh...I'm having a brain fart...I'm sure others will help me out! lol

Here's a good article to peruse...
http://www.clickersolutions.com/article ... ession.htm
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Postby hugapitbull » April 28th, 2010, 4:14 am

Great article, Erin. Thanks for sharing!
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Postby iluvk9 » April 28th, 2010, 5:58 am

Erin...come train my dogs. :)
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Postby TheRedQueen » April 28th, 2010, 9:40 am

Here's a really geeky page that has some video

http://ahimsadogtraining.com/blog/bat/
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