Re: CGC certification... go for it?
posted at 2/24/2011 10:43 AM EST
In Response to Re: CGC certification... go for it?
[QUOTE]Thanks DWL. I agree. Like you said, it was a good goal to focus the training. Although, I have to admit, the agility training is helping his focus FAR more than the obedience work. He knows his commands, but it seems like he resisted more at obedience. Maybe the pace was too slow for him? I joke that he has doggie ADD and needs to be on the move all the time. Either way, we worked at it, and did what we were aiming to do.
Posted by Novembride[/QUOTE]
I think it's good to mix it up. One of my dogs is involved in obedience training and training for aggressive dogs. He likes the aggressive dog training more than he likes the obedience. I think part of it is my level of enthusiasm. The aggression class naturally has a higher level of energy and it's easier for me to be more positive and have more energy in my praise. With obedience, it's easy to get frustrated and the higher level of energy doesn't come as naturally.
I find it helpful to include a period of play into the obedience training. Do a bunch of obedience stuff, and then a lot of positive play. Or when he's done something he's never done or nailed something, act like he just hit a home run. You can't be too positive with praise. You can't over praise.
By the way, my other dog just isn't interested in training. His energy level is lower and because he doesn't try to be as overtly dominant as the other, so obedience isn't quite as important. I have to use a completely different approach with the second dog. Much, much, much more praise and harder corrections. I have to be much more consistent with him.
The 2 dogs are the same breed.
Just goes to show, dogs can be very different.