> I am currently teaching a class at my club. It was suppose to have no
> more that 10 dogs but the registerer put 16 dogs in it. The majority of
> the dogs are sporting breeds. The first night was very wild. I am
> using treats and positive reinforcements but the labs arent much
> intrested in thinking about the treats. These dogs have not been given
> enough outlet for their energy and no correct behavior teachings.
> The owners have let these poor dogs grow up the last 8 months w/out any
> guidance. I see these people w/the faithful sporting breeds and they
> have no idea how to relate to them. They have no clue that these dogs
> need alot of things to do. These people get these dogs that are made to
> work in a field all day long and think they can be happy and quiet in a
> house w/out any outlet. I have never had to teach the jerk/release I
> dont think they will do it correctly. But I need a way to get thru to
> the dogs w/out strong corrections. I have worked mainly with
> working and Terrier breeds the bossy and the sassy but this over zealous
> love and energy is
> leaving me seeking advice. thanks.. irma
> God gave us Rotties as our Guardian
So you are finding out how *wrong* the =morons= are who always go around
saying how easy Labs are to train (well, they are right in one sense,
because for me, virtually ALL dogs are easy to train). The other thing
you are finding out is how difficult it is to train 16 dogs at once as
opposed to just your big ol' sweet Annie.
Don't have time to write a book here, but I will say this. Break the
class down into groups of four and instruct the owners to call their
dogs individually by name while the other three are made to stay, and so
on, etc...., from there you should be able to move to having each owner
stand behind their dogs, and "release" each dog individually to go get a
big juicy treat that the other three must stay and watch him eat. I use
the dog's name interchangably with the word "OK" so you can release them
separately and let them know, OK, I'M TALKING TO YOU NOW, and JUST YOU,
not the six*** other dogs. Also, the six*** other dogs understand
who's being released and they get to know each other's names as well.
Name recognition is extremely important if you are going to be dealing
with more than one dog. Especially six*** of them. Also, I would have
a massive rompfest before class started to get the edge of all those
crazy dogs. Let them go crazy before you start asking them to do
anything. This is a hard concept for control freaks to understand.
Control Freaks can't stand seeing dogs being dogs.
Not saying you're a control freak Irma, in fact, I think I'm going to
have to make up a new category for people like you....people who use
corrections themselves, but tell everybody else not to use them, and
tell everybody else you don't need them.
The Hypocrites? I think that's a little harsh for you Irma.
How about the (mis)Leaders of the New School?
What do you think about that Class,
--The (ascendant) ZeNman