Doggie Bootcamp

Discussion in 'Obedience Training' started by bekah1001, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. bekah1001 Honored Member

    Here is the story. My brother went to Calgary to work and decided to move there. He is to busy working so he is unable to take Jenny. So guess who has a new! The thing is, she needs a lot of training, she's hyper, barky, and reactive and only knows how to sit, and lie down. Her stay and recall aren't that strong. She loves food and to play but she can be overexcited about food and not focus at all. She needs a complete doggie bootcamp. I need a little help in where to start and what to focus on first. Any suggestions?
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  2. SD&B Experienced Member

    I've heard some great things about the "Control Unleashed" method. Take a look at the book and see if it might be right for you.
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  3. southerngirl Honored Member

    Well first you need to figure out what to do with all her energy. Maybe do a sport with her, Dock-diving, Frisbee, agility, or any other sport. I would work on her recall and re-activity first.
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  4. bekah1001 Honored Member

    Good idea both of you! I think I might try frisbee, she is amazing ay jumping for them
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  5. southerngirl Honored Member

    I've been doing frisbee in my back yard with Missy and have found some awesome youtube videos on tricks for it such as back vault, leg vault, fliping, They also have videos on how to get started teaching your dog.:)
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  6. Adrianna & Calvin Experienced Member

    Kudos to you for taking on this 'project' dog. Since you've worked so much with your own dog, it's good to remember that every individual dog has to 'learn to learn' i.e. each dog needs to learn to be taught, that she can earn rewards through her learned acts, etc. Personally I was very frustrated when I adopted Calvin as he'd never been taught anything (he was a nice, gentle puppy so no one had bothered!) .... it was some time before he caught on to the training 'game.'

    I think an exercise program sounds perfect. I'd also work on self-control behaviors like Zen and Stay. When you work on these types of behaviors, remember to separate the two "D"s -- duration and distance. Don't ask a dog to stay for a minute while you're 10 ft away. Work on duration (how long) and then add distance, and don't be surprised that once you add distance, you go from being able to get a 30 second stay to rushing to click/treat for a 2 second stay!

    Good luck and keep us posted!
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  7. Anneke Honored Member

    Yep, start with self control!!
    Build on the basics, sit, down, stay, come, heel.
    Good luck!!
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  8. bekah1001 Honored Member

    Had my first training session today, we worked on doggie zen/ it's yer choice. She did really well with leaving an open hand around mid level, up high, and low to the ground. She also did well when out it on my knee. I only did it for a couple of a couple of seconds each time. Im thinking of making a blog any name suggestions :p
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  9. SD&B Experienced Member

    Sounds like you're doing a great job. Maybe all she ever needed was some time.

    How about "Jenny's Journey" for your blog name. Is it about Jenny?
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  10. bekah1001 Honored Member

    Okay, so I made a blog (It's not ready yet), it's called Pack of Crazy Canines. I also bought controlled unleashed :)
  11. SD&B Experienced Member

    Let us know how the Controlled Unleash book works out.

    Post when the blog is ready so we can read it :)
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