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  • I've really been getting into training Shiro some new tricks. Such as down, paw, crawl, and come( he sits on command pretty well) but I'm having trouble with him concentrating on me. I know we should be making him make eye contact but (especially when training for paw) he is so great driven that he's searching my hand that has nothing in it when I go for his paw. I hope I'm explaining this correctly. Anything that can help me would help!
  • I ran into this problem as well and I think this might help you out. I am by no means an expert at training but you should check out Zac Georges youtube page for dog training. His methods work and are not aggressive. He has so many videos it makes for hours of learning.
  • BootzBootz
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    Are you showing him treats to bribe him to do tricks?
  • Post edited by Narcolepsy at 2014-09-25 22:07:34
  • BootzBootz
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    @Narcolepsy

    Yeah, this is why I asked if the original poster is "bribing". This is exactly what you're doing, bribing. You are not suppose to bribe your shiba, you are suppose to reward them. Totally different mindset.

    When you bribe, you show them the prize they would get if they obey, they analyze if the treat is worth the effort. If it is, they do any and all tricks they know to try to obtain the treat, instead of listening to you and processing what you want.

    When you reward, you don't show them the prize, they perform the trick/command your requested in HOPES they get a reward. Rewards can be treats, praise, toy, etc. By switching up rewards, it changes things up for them do they don't always expect something edible.

    My shiba does tricks for me even if I don't have a treat.

    Btw I use to bribe my shiba, but @sandrat888 brought me Into the light!!
  • lindsaytlindsayt
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  • JuniJuni
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    The first thing we learned at puppy class was little tricks to get the puppy to look at you. Basically it was different variations of holding a treat in your hand and not giving it to the puppy until they look you in the eye. I liked the one when you sit down and hold a treat in each hand, with closed fists and arms held out to the sides. At first the puppy will run to one arm and try to get the hand open, then maybe try the next and when nothing happens s/he will look at you for directions and then you praise and give the treat from the hand the puppy didn't try with last. They figure it out very quickly.
  • Agreeing with Zak George comments!!


    You should try teaching her "look at me/focus" whatever you want to call it to help with the attention span.

    I also linked a video that is part of an "essentials to training" playlist; it is a wonderful resource, and Zak is a super genuine trainer with a lot of great insight.

    Good luck!!
  • @kira_kira, download an app called barkcam... its by the people who make barkbox.. the app makes a little noise so the dog looks at the phone =) (just in case Kira is in a "mommy, I am NOT going to do as you say" mood)

  • Oh my. Sorry I was away, but all these comments really help. I think I've been doing a lot of luring and will have to try all the examples given today. I do try not always treating and using toys as a reward, but that only works with certain tricks. Such as spin. But toys don't work when I'm trying to make Shiro go into the down command.

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