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Does your Dutch Shepherd know how to relax?

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Does your Dutch Shepherd know how to relax?

Post by centrop67 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:07 pm

Training relax to a breed that never seems to get tired is key to a happy coexistence. The pictures show my wife training Radar to relax using a towel, a clicker, and some high value treats.

Step 1 - down/stay on a towel (click-treat)
Step 2 - watch for any sign of relaxation such as head down (click-treat)
Step 3 - Increase time between behavior and reward.
Step 4 - Repeat in different environments.

Trust me - either Radar or myself would have gone bat-sit crazy without it.

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Re: Does your Dutch Shepherd know how to relax?

Post by TimL_168 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:28 am

Awesome!
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Re: Does your Dutch Shepherd know how to relax?

Post by centrop67 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:52 am

This training has one drawback...

Radar reverts to putting his head down like that whenever he wants something, and it's next to impossible to refuse.
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Re: Does your Dutch Shepherd know how to relax?

Post by TimL_168 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:06 pm

centrop67 wrote:This training has one drawback...

Radar reverts to putting his head down like that whenever he wants something, and it's next to impossible to refuse.
:DSangel:

En gets really pushy when she's been sitting still too long. I might try to upload a video later on. I loaded it to photo bucket, but I'm not sure if a link to that will work.
Aside from that, she'll really stay calm and out of the way almost all the time. Her old owner said she's lower energy. I've only been around Dutches and Mals while they're training or amped up from running, but I still believe her.
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Re: Does your Dutch Shepherd know how to relax?

Post by TimL_168 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:09 pm

Does he run through a playlist of trained behaviors, too? If En gets my attention and I stay still, she'll start running through everything she's been taught until I laugh hard enough and take her out. The other day, I kept ignoring her until I turned around and found a pile of socks that she had been bringing and leaving in the chair behind me.
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Re: Does your Dutch Shepherd know how to relax?

Post by centrop67 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:24 pm

He'll sit first, and then go down with his head on the ground. There's not a whole lot between I am going to be a pain in the butt, and I am going to relax for what I want.
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Re: Does your Dutch Shepherd know how to relax?

Post by Dutchringgirl » Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:25 pm

This breed, though, is not really meant to relax. its a working breed that is supposed to be on its "toes " all day protecting the herd. Mine will sleep but be up and barking and crazy in a split second.
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Re: Does your Dutch Shepherd know how to relax?

Post by centrop67 » Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:21 pm

Even hardened warriors need to meditate. recharge, regroup every once and a while.

Relaxation is most useful during crazy hour, which for some reason at 5 years old has returned for Radar.

That's kind of what got me to post about it.
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Re: Does your Dutch Shepherd know how to relax?

Post by k9lexi » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:41 am

The older Lexi gets she will relax at times. I enjoy those moments... Usually when I'm relaxing but if I move or get up... The moment is over!

Here is something funny. If all dogs are in the bedroom and we hear noise in the house... Overnight guest... Anna the akita mix puppy is the one on alert giving a deep bark... Maybe Lexi is old enough to figure out when it is a guest

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