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General issues of training/education
- Site Admin
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- Joined: Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:42 pm
- Tell us about yourself: Accidental DS rescuer. Human companion to Radar and Leela. Owner of the site, looking to make this the top site for information and discussion on Dutch Shepherds.
- Location: Cutler Bay, FL, USA
Shiny New Tricks: A simple life hack to build better dog training habits
Meagan Karnes - The Collared Scholar
Go to the link above to read Meagan's latest blog about creating a habit around dog training. The method works for other things too.
Meagan Karnes wrote:...if you get strategic about creating new habits around your training, you’ll see far more progress and you’ll become more effective. Not to mention, your training will become significantly more satisfying once you start seeking out the finish line, above the “shiny” and “new”.
The pack -> Radar (DS), Leela (Mal?), and Karen (Human) - Cutler Bay, FL USA
RIP: Tequila and Snickers
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers
- Just Whelped
- Posts: 5
- Joined: Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:21 pm
- Tell us about yourself: I am father of four children. I am currently not a Dutch shepherd owner, but love the breed. I am interested in having one join our family in the future, and just doing all the research I can before committing our future to the new addition. I have owned high energy and drive breeds on the past, so I am aware of the efforts they require for success. I interested in first hand experience and knowledge of life with these beautiful animals.
- Location: Limestone, TN
Good article. I am surprised this isn't the typical method people used with their dogs though. I have had great success with high drive dogs this way. Your life together is a structured "training" session. It's so much easier to work these things into the normal life routine. A dog can still be a dog while constantly having to work through normal interactions and have daily scheduled training focus. I have always found it to be more enjoyable.
Matt - East Tennessee
- Training Dog
- Posts: 332
- Joined: Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:00 am
- Tell us about yourself: Apparently I just adopted a Dutch Shepherd. My experience have been with Dalmatians. The shelter listed her as a 3 year old Dutch Shepherd, which truthfully I didn't even know was a breed. I picked her because she is so sweet and energetic. But looking at the forum, I'm wondering if I might have taken on more than I will be able to handle. I did reach out to s DS rescue and they say she does appear to be a DS. But so far she's a joy and though not trained is catching on quickly.
In our last session this is basically what our trainer stressed for us. He really stressed that we couldn't keep doing training as something we fit in around life (that we we'd had 2 ER visits and 2 squeeze in dr appointments, plus the time it takes being a caregiver.) Instead we have to make training part of life. Since that conversation, I have really tried using that advice and seen great results. This has greatly increased our repetitions.
Since I'm not really a dog trainer, I'm finding it helps train me too. Instead of training being a time out of life, and as a result her commands being separated from day to day life, I'm being trained at the same time how to fit what she knows into daily living. It has made the command more practical...which for a service dog is a big deal
Pack: Peanuts-terrier mix, 16-18 years old, Bramble-Dutch Shepherd, 3 yrs