What is the best thing you have ever been taught about traing or behavior maodification? It can be a method or a philosphy. I want to know the best piece of info you have ever learned about training dogs. or it can even be an something your own experience has taught you. Mine is- that for me to have better trained dogs i must remain trainable. also- my guilt is preventing from having a better dog. if you have ever discplined and then given in because you felt bad. you know what i mean
i find the NILIF philosophy to be great. i started that from day one with scout and i find it has worked very well for us. i myself offer her things now without asking her to do something each time but my son still has to require her to do something for her treats.
I've found that (with Beau) the word "Treats" takes on a whole new meaning! It works everytime (well, all except for the "great escape, but those were way unusual circumstances). I've found (with ALL my "pets", including children) a firm voice goes a lot farther than yelling. I have found that rewards (priase most often) works wonders.
I just have a 3 month old pup, but my best lesson so far...besides the NILIF method (which is working wonders by the way) Is the way my vet has got her to stop thinking mommy is a chew toy. (I was grabbing her and telling her "no" which only seemed to fuel her on) My vets approach is to yelp "oww owwww" which resembles what a litter mate would do if she was getting too rough with them. It has been working wonders and he lil bites always turn to kisses. =) This is a great topic BTW.
To bang you head against the wall when your dog eats your shoe!!!!!Lol. I make Aisha sit and wait for her food and she will only go when i say "okay" the stay command is really important has saved her life a couple of times when a car was going in or out the driveway.
I also love the NILF method. I think the learned behavior that I am most greatful for is always sitting for petting and attention. It would not work out to have my dog jumping all over everybody she meets. She sits and her whole body wiggles in anticipation. I love Not Begging for Food, too. These were easy to teach but sure do make life more pleasant! The bad thing that I sometimes do is to give Missy a command while I am busy doing something else-- and then let her get away with not doing it because I don't want to stop what I am doing and work it.
Yes Jan, you were right....it was a joke. That's why I put the little ;P at the end. When I was at work yesterday I thought to myself "I really should have edited that to add -- THIS IS A JOKE" but never got around to it. But I think most people clicked I was joking.