Re: Testing or Training The Lines Blurred
Originally Posted by rick smith
not sure what type of training you're referring to....maybe early bitework ?
but regarding "reading a dog" here's what i tell EVERYONE i train with
spend more time WATCHING YOUR DOG and less time talking to it, pulling on the lead and trying to get it to DO something
since we often work out in public places this becomes easy once they understand. i show them how they can apply markers when they are doing NOTHING but watching their dog react with the environment around it
- simple crap like waiting for the damn dog to settle and go into a down by itself and MARKING it. checking out some 'incoming' weirdo and then turning away rather than reacting to it and MARKING it. waiting for the dog to stop "scanning for incoming" and simply LOOK at the handler, and MARKING it... the list is endless
- to me that's a direct way i can teach "reading a dog", and it's almost funny when the light bulb goes off and the owner realizes they can train their dog while they sit on their ass //LOL//
my description was kinda lacking for sure... yes the early bite work ... the point where it all goes wrong and we see these dogs start displaying all kinds of strange behaviors.
"A pedigree says what a dog should be
Conformation says what a dog appears to be
Performance says what a dog truly is"