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Lucy totally fed off my fears and would have the same fear as me. If there was a mark I thought she would have trouble with, she did. Same in the show ring. When I showed her she always got a hot spot the week before a show, always. My fears went right down the leash. When we competed in any ring - conformation or obedience, Lucy just didn't want to be there. She hated it and it was obvious. My friends and I would joke ring side about what kind of face Lucy would make in the ring to let everyone know she didn't want to be there.

On the other hand Riot has no fear, he is completely fearless. Because he is fearless, I'm less fearful. Now I have a lot more confidence because of Riot. All that comes with experience and having a dog that trusts me I think. I just hope I can live up to what Riot needs. He's a joy wherever he goes. My only challenge with Riot is keeping thing upbeat and making sure I don't become a task master. Riot will probably start in the obedience ring at the next trial in March. I think he's going to be easy to show in obedience.

Lucy has a nose that can't be beat when it comes to upland hunting, I will always pick Lucy over Riot. She also has that independent streak necessary for upland hunting. She's tenacious when looking for birds in the brush. I'm really looking forward to running her in the spaniel hunt tests this summer.

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This is something I am struggling with right now with my new puppy. It is over a decade since I started training my last dog and I find it difficult sometimes to remember that Jasper is not going to learn things in the same way that my Snickers did. She picked up her commands almost on the first try - she was just so smart, and Jasper, being a month younger than her, and a different dog, is taking longer on each command. This is so obvious, but sometimes I find myself wondering why he can't get it (so far we are only doing sit and down, but he is really struggling with down). I have to remind myself it is just like with my kids. My daughter taught herself to read at 3 and was reading short chapter books at 4 but my son is still sounding out words at just turned 6. I have to keep reminding myself - all my babies are different, the human ones, and the fur ones.
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"different dog, is taking longer on each command.
so far we are only doing sit and down, but he is really struggling with down"

For me the actual learning theory is the same and yes each dog is different.

Sometimes depending on the dog we don't take the time to break things down into smaller segments. Sometimes we can jump start a particular behavior by rewarding in smaller increments. Bring your hand down with the lure toward the floor slower. Reward for a head drop toward the floor or reward for the front paws moving out a little toward the front which lowers the body etc. Just do that a few times as you don't want the dog to think that is the behavior you really want. But it can nudge them in the right direction.

Take a video of your training session. It may be what you are doing with your own body that is making it confusing to the pup.

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Originally Posted by MillionsofPeaches View Post
You know, its funny all of us commenting have had some experience. I wonder if that experience has anything to do with the fact that our dogs are lining better and stuff like that, ha ha! I bet!
I've spent a lot of hours standing out in the middle of fields in all kinds of weather so I certainly hope so. Lol

But I also think I have more engine under the hood.
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I trained both girls out today and noticed the differences in delivery. I'm not sure if Molly had always done this since it has been awhile since I've field trained her, but today with each delivery she sat at heel and looked up at me waiting for me to take the bumper. Maisey sits at heel but keeps her eyes forward on the field, waiting for what's next. I think this hints at the different motivations behind their work.
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