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solinvictus;1685192 At this point imo what it comes down to is ... TM has to decide if she has confidence in her trainer and the program set out for her. If she does then she needs to contact her trainer with all of her questions and with any new behaviors that Tucker may be doing during the program and see if the plan is going in the right direction or if it needs tweeked. If she is uncomfortable with her trainer or the plan and after a discussion with the trainer still doesn't feel comfortable she needs to move on to someone that is a better fit for her and Tucker. [B said:
The problem arises if TM starts mixing in training advice from the internet with the program the trainer has given. This can set back the trainers program and can confuse Tucker more. [/B]



We need to be supportive of TM. She needs to gain confidence and lower her own stress levels and not see everything Tucker is doing is a plot against her.
Exactly! TM needs to focus hands on first and foremost with her trainer. And stop second guessing herself. Confidence does sound like an issue IMHO. Alot of times it is not the dog but us as owners who need the training lol! Even if it takes a few hands on trainers she can take techniques from both and that will help her become more confident and have a loving dog at the same time.
 

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I've been taking lessons with a good OTCH trainer, and she really had a useful suggestion: when you do give a treat, make a moment out of it. Make sure there is true connectedness with the dog, pat her chest, say yes, give the gift of your full attention. I know you've taken Koda to puppy class, so your watch command is good for these moments. Increase the time she is happy to make peaceful, alert eye contact with you, and then reward her for Watch. If you cement the working relationship, the specific problems will get easier to address. Dogs default to doing what they practice most, so it is a lovely feeling when you have dogs who default to happily watching your face and wanting to work with you.
Loved this comment. Especially this part - "so it is a lovely feeling when you have dogs who default to happily watching your face and wanting to work with you." There have been moments in dog class, when Casper is looking at me peacefully and waiting for the next step. It is a connection which I can't quite describe. It is not him doing what I command, it is us working together to do something. A partnership.
 
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