- Starting in October, puppy was +-5 months old. Owner has done some basic training, has also owned springer spaniels before.
- First meeting, puppy was completely obsessed with blowing leaves, not responding to any form of recall. Glazed over look in her eye.
- Once attention has been gained, response to basic commands is average.
- Advice given was to practice more basic commands at home, also to teach the pup self control.
Getting puppy attention on you.
Start by giving the ‘sit’ command, when she is sitting lower your hand with the treat in to her eye level, if she stays sitting reward her. If she lunges at your hand take it away.We are working on getting her to have some self control.
Once she has stopped lunging at your hand for the treat, Hold treat out in the palm of your hand. If the dog tries to take it, close your hand. When they look away or look at you. Then say ‘yes’ and reward.
Once she is showing restraint, move on to dropping the treat on the floor.To do this drop treat and if they try to get it, cover it with your hand or foot and don’t let them get it. Keep it covered until they turn their attention away from it, then pick it up and reward them. Saying yes.
I think you should be able to get her responding to this quite well and quickly. If you are feeling confident you can try this next step below. If not we can work on it next time I see you.
Once they start leaving it reward for 1 second wait, then start extending that period. Start incorporating the words ‘leave it’.
The final stage of this is dropping a treat and getting the dog to look at you and taking its attention off of the treat. To do this drop the treat, move your hand in front of your face and say ‘look’ or look at me.
If you need help or have any question just drop me a message and I will get back to as soon as I see it.
The final point on this case study
The pup has been diagnosed with full on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by a canine behaviourist. Since my last interactions with her, her owner has said she has
gained more obsessive behaviour. It was the owners decision to let the dog go to a specialist trainer and possibly go on to be a working dog.