Join Date: Jun 2010
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Quoted: 36 Post(s)
Thanked 12,573 Times in 6,510 Posts
^ Same as Nuggets Dad, but I also do that clicker method thingydo. When the dog offers attention - whenever, not just when you are actively training - you mark it and you praise/reward it. And you want to make sure you "release" the dog.
I'm not doing any corrections with my young puppy, but I am doing a LOT of mark/praise training with him right now well before I add corrections.
The other thing is that with food training, you aren't going to go from having food in your hand to nothing at all. You need a transition.
So treat in view in your hand at your hip.
Over time you can put the treat between your flat hand and your hip, so it's there, but your dog isn't seeing the "hand has something" view.
And then the treat goes into your pocket or treat bag if you are using one (most people start with the treat bags on the left and start switching them over to the back or the right side away from the dog before disappearing it completely.
Jacks never knows if I have treats in my pockets or not - and that's because sometimes I reward from the pocket. Sometimes I take him over to my training bag for a jackpot after something. <- It was a very gradual process getting him there though.
If your dog is heeling very nicely, that's a good time to start fading the treats out of sight.
@attention - the other thing too is that "watch" is taught as a stationary first before you begin moving. And then when you start asking for "watch" while heeling, then you are taking 1-3 steps with attention and releasing. And building from there.