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NILIF training

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by Mollie's Nana, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. CiCi Johnson

    CiCi Johnson Puppy

    I enjoy working with my dog and I am lucky to have time. She gets rewarded with pats/treats when she minds exceptionally fast. I give out affection by telling her to come and then give affection. This has been working well and she seems to be relaxing more in stressful situations. She is still lease reactive on a short leash but is getting more relaxed. I am trying also to decrease/increase stimuli as she tolerates. So far it is getting better, not perfect but better. She has gotten to where she looks at me before greeting people, like is this okay and I say okay before she goes to get her loving. She loves people and wants all of them to love on her. So because not all people like dogs, I have been working on her asking so to speak before greeting people. She has to sit and let them come to her then I release her from her sit. Does this seem like the right way to do this?
     
  2. LovelyVenus

    LovelyVenus Puppy

    This is really helpful! Thanks.
     
  3. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    Great info, thankfully i already implement very similar rules in my home. My bf says i'm a control freak and a bully, so it all works out perfectly!
     
  4. Ella

    Ella Puppy

    Great post! I need to get back to this.
     
  5. RoxiePup

    RoxiePup Big Dog

    So you are a woman? :P j/k j/k... or am i?
     
  6. marriss770

    marriss770 Good Dog

    I read this thread as MILF training at first :lol:
     
  7. This training method was suggested to me by some folks on a different board, maybe I can get some feedback here... below is my issue.

    Right now Axle has what I will call brat mode, it begins with a simple say nibble on my sock or foot...or what I will call a "plop" down on my feet. I will give him a stern "no". From there all hell breaks loose, nothing aggressive however he will begin jumping up in my face, barking loudly and such a deep toned growl but no signs of what I would consider aggression. Now when I will go to reach for his collar to gain some control he will try to mouth my arms. Once I get this collar, calm begins to set in and he begins to settle. My gut is telling me that he feels he is in control, that he feels he runs the house and he doesn't have to listen... my understanding is that the power down will allow us to show him that we are patient, but firm and in control.
     
  8. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    This isn't an "alpha" issue. It sounds like a dog (how old is your dog?) that is undertrained and underexercised. What kind of work are you doing with him?
     
  9. I will disagree undertrained, we sent him to 4 week obedience school with a trainer for on and off leash. Were working with him daily at least 20-30 min a day. As for under exercised he has recently been getting 2 mile walks a day. It always seems like no matter how much we work him he always goes into brat mode.
     
  10. I failed to mention, he is 10mo old.
     
  11. Cosmic Charlie

    Cosmic Charlie Good Dog

    4 weeks of sending a dog to a trainer will not magically make your dog "trained." You need to work on his training until he is 100% efficient and even then you need to keep up with it. A 2 miles walk is not enough exercise for a maturing bull dog. This breed is a high energy breed that thrives from a steady workout routine. I recommend making a flirt pole as most bull dogs love it. I recommend buying or making a carpet mill (treadmill for dogs) if you can't run with your dog for more than a mile or two. Walking should be a warm up, but not a sole source of exercise. An under-worked bull dog generally acts up. I always say a well worked bull dog is a well behaved bull dog, granted that the dog won't train itself.You will notice a whole different level of being content and satisfied when your properly work your bull dog. So yes, your problems seem to be caused or perpetuated by being under-worked and possibly under-trained. I also recommend implementing NILF which is why your here. Check out the forum and learn how to properly workout your dog. One thing to keep in mind is your dogs age. I believe you said 7 months old, if that is the case, don't do anything too strenuous until he dog is mature.
     


  12. I have myself a flirt, were working on training while use of the flirt. I think I created a misunderstanding with my post, forgive me I am sick with the flu. I do not believe my dog is trained because he went to a professional trainer but he has the foundation work paid for us to build from. You are correct that everyday training and exercise is the key, I firmly agree. I suppose I underestimated his energy levels at 10 months old.
     
  13. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog


    At 10 months old he is a bratty teenager. I think you just have to stay consistent and ride it out.
     
  14. Thanks Jazzy, being it's my first dog and obviously my first pit everything is new, I wasn't sure if there would be time periods like kids/teens.
     
  15. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    I can't tell you how many times I just wanted to knock Veronica unconscious. :grin:
     
  16. You know haha I've had my moments then he looks at me with those little cute puppy eyes like "I'm so sorry dad!" and all is well. I learned the hard way the other night just how much he feeds off our energy. 4am he decides to go out to the bathroom, well I was sick & my girlfriend doesn't move a finger at that time a day. Well he wouldn't put a collar on for me so I was getting frustrated and the boom he starts going bat shit lol lesson learned.
     
  17. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

  18. fgcchevy

    fgcchevy Puppy

    I just got 2 blue pits, they are 5 weeks old, when should I start this training? They are really stubborn and refuse to walk on the leash. Tia
     
  19. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Training should start as soon as dogs are brought home. You unfortunately brought your pups home WAY too early. Are they littermates? Please look up Littermate Syndrome if so. Have they seen a vet yet?

    They shouldn't be leaving your house/yard until vaccinated, especially at that young age, so just work on walking inside your house. I suggest training them individually to develop separate bonds. Put the leash on in the house and let them walk around with it to get used to it.
     
  20. BellaM

    BellaM Puppy

    This is such a great thread. I have my little guy on a leash at home as he is not fully vaccinated. He is very responsive and seems like he really wants to please. My very well intentioned friends keep pushing CM but I can't stand his technique and NEVER thought the dogs looked "calm and submissive" at all!!!
     

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