Originally Posted by Minnie's Mate
Anything I want him to do just about can be accomplished with a couple of kibbles of his prescription dog food in hand...unless there is a squirrel around, then all bets are off! Did I mention that he is territorial?
Barclay and I are working through a wonderful book called 'Control Unleashed', and it really has helped a lot. One of the key things in the book, and I'm sure I'm not explaining it perfectly, is the 'look at that' game. So where Barclay used to go nuts whenever he saw a dog, or cat, or squirrel, now when he looks at those things I click before he gets too excited, and pop a treat in his mouth. Before too long he would look at the distraction, then look back at me for his treat. Now if he gets too 'into' whatever he's looking at then the click doesn't break his interest, so it's a balancing act. But it's definitly helped reduce his interest in distractions and increase the amount of time he spends looking to me for rewards/direction. One of the examples in the book relates how the author broke her Jack Russel of chasing squirrels with this technique.
I think if I could teach him a perfect 'stop', 'come', and 'leave it', we would live happily ever after
But along the way we're working on other stuff for variety, and because we both enjoy it.