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What does your dog react best to?

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by DancesWithCurs, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Compiling some info here.

    What does your dog react best to during training time (Toys/food/verbal & physical praise/a combo)?

    If it's food or toys, does your dog have a favorite?

    Would you consider your dog a soft dog, hard dog, or something in the middle?

    How do you correct your dog?

    What method works the works the worst for your dog?

    So far, what do you think has been your dog's favorite thing to learn?
     
  2. K9 Love

    K9 Love Good Dog

    What does your dog react best to during training time (Toys/food/verbal & physical praise/a combo)?
    Definitely combo and it depends on what exactly we're doing. Usually I introduce behaviours with food, it's a motivator but it doesn't get him all willy nilly, I'll use some verbal praise. Then I start fading food out, physical/verbal praise becomes more prominent and with specific behaviours, I will use a toy as a motivator, either it's a "natural" behaviour and using his natural motivation for said toy is the easiest, most reliable way, or, it's a behaviour that I've trained using food/praise and I want to get some more animation into the behaviour. Hope that made sense! :)

    If it's food or toys, does your dog have a favorite?
    Food, no real favourites, he does go crazy for dehydrated liver. Toys, his Chuck-it ball hands down!

    Would you consider your dog a soft dog, hard dog, or something in the middle?
    In most situations Hades is quite soft, "emotionally" if that makes sense, sometimes, if it comes to real life "bad behaviours" he can be hard, mostly when those "bad" behaviours are a result of his prey drive. When he's in that mode, he's a hard dog, but 95% of the time he's a really soft dog to train.

    How do you correct your dog?
    Totally depends on what's going on. Knee jerk reactions, he'll get a swat, like a backhand to the rump, not often but that's pretty severe on our scale. Most of our "corrections" are with holding rewards in day to day life and training. It's not really a correction per se, more so an aversive. I will verbally correct in day to day life, I try to avoid it in training sessions.

    What method works the works the worst for your dog?
    Worst... definitely overtly physical correction based. Because he's so soft, the physical corrections shut him down really quick. I don't feel that it hurts him physically, but hurts him "emotionally". When he's shut down he learns nothing, so we try to avoid over doing physical corrections that involve me really putting hands on him. For example, manipulation works well with Hades in small doses, if I manipulate him too much, he'll shut down, because there's just no way for me to not let my emotions or frustrations go through to him, even if I'm being gentle the constant barrage of me coming at him to physically manipulate him will shut him down.

    So far, what do you think has been your dog's favorite thing to learn?
    Honestly, pretty much everything Hades has learned through shaping/targeting/marking he thoroughly enjoys, but if I had to pick his game of retrieve that we play in the summer in my parents pool that is kind of a behaviour chain, is probably his most crazy crackpot thing he likes to do!


     
  3. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    It took Veronica a long time to learn to pick things up and bring them to me, It's not a formal retreive by any stretch of the imagination; but she does love bringing me things...she just gets pleased as punch with herself. :lol:
     
  4. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

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    For Jaeger, the adult German Shepherd.

    What does your dog react best to during training time (Toys/food/verbal & physical praise/a combo)? He focuses BEST for a toy like a chuckit ball and a good tug toy, he couldn't care less about praise when I have it. But he does respond to praise and treats well, but not at well as he does for toys.

    If it's food or toys, does your dog have a favorite? He's nuts over raw beef, warm hot dogs, and smelly liver treats - Bil-Jac especially. He absolute favorite 'toy' is the flirtpole, but he loves balls, squeaky toys and ropes to tug on.

    Would you consider your dog a soft dog, hard dog, or something in the middle? I've dealt with harder dogs, I'd say he's in the middle.

    How do you correct your dog? For most things he is verbally corrected with an "Ah ah!" or similar sharp unhappy sound. If he's on-leash and deserving of it he gets a collar correction with either a choke chain, mostly for the noise and vibration, I do not choke him - or with a prong collar. Usually to divert his attention from cars, other animals, and sometimes people because sometimes he gets too focused on something to snap him out of it with positive things.

    What method works the worst for your dog? I tried the "walk the other way when he's bad" thing for our training while walking(for pulling, reacting to dogs, etc) - no difference, he doesn't care which way we go. lol So no response from that. And also the distraction training, like you do something silly, loud and fun looking when a dog gets focused on something, did NOT work for him focusing on something else living - or vehicles. Nothing short of running into a brick wall will stop him from going after the UPS truck.

    So far, what do you think has been your dog's favorite thing to learn? He had a lot of fun learning to heel and stop as I stop, he learns fastest when he's moving, and he has more fun.


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    For my adult Pomeranian/Shih-Tzu girl, Sparkles.

    What does your dog react best to during training time (Toys/food/verbal & physical praise/a combo)? She works for treats. She gets too silly and unfocused when it comes to toys, she likes praise, but she won't work for it.

    If it's food or toys, does your dog have a favorite? She likes balls, but would rather have something stuffed and squeaky to maul. And I do believe her favorite food is everything bad for her, like greasy treats, ice cream, and ham. But she does like chicken breasts a lot. She's ridiculously spoiled.

    Would you consider your dog a soft dog, hard dog, or something in the middle? Soft. If you get angry with her and say "No!" she balls up like you've kicked her and called her a soccer ball, tucks tail and runs. Never had any kind of correction in her life aside from verbal, because it was never needed.

    How do you correct your dog? She is extremely intelligent, I use words, like "No" - just in a tone that she understands and she responds very well.

    What method works the worst for your dog? I've never had to use multiple methods with her, just positive works perfect, but I am almost certain if she was trained with a negative tool, or harshly like she was a harder dog, she would shut down and be a nervous wreck.

    So far, what do you think has been your dog's favorite thing to learn? She loves to learn tricks, her list is very long, her favorite trick was the "getting shot" one that has several steps because she had to really work on it. First you say "Put 'em up!" and she sits on her hind end, then she gets 'shot' "Bang!" and she has to roll like she's been hit but still look at you, and then she gets shot again and 'dies'. :lol:



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    Sam, the English Lab, young adult.

    What does your dog react best to during training time (Toys/food/verbal & physical praise/a combo)? He reacts visibly to praise, but he will not work for it. He definitely works for his tennis ball, and for treats, but more so the ball. He does well with a correcting/martingale collar with a chain, it's mostly the noise/vibration I think. He has a very strong urge to go after birds and small prey animals, and when he gets too focused (rarely) a prong collar is about the only thing that gets his attention. Any other time, he reacts perfectly well to verbal corrections/collar pops and then being rewarding with a ball or treat. This is with distractions, just me and him training in a safe environment, he'd work himself into the ground for a ball and nothing else.

    If it's food or toys, does your dog have a favorite? Absolutely a tennis ball, a meaty treat comes second.

    Would you consider your dog a soft dog, hard dog, or something in the middle? He's pretty soft, he has his moments of needing a correction, but even then he reacts much more to even a easy prong correction than Jaeger the GSD does to a harsh one. And it is rare that he needs a correction and he's generally not hard to refocus.

    How do you correct your dog? Verbally, with sharp sounds. If on leash with distractions, verbally and then a physical/collar correction if he doesn't respond.

    What method works the worst for your dog? I think he'd do very badly with a heavy-handed person. His other family is harsh, they hit him, scream at him. Every time he comes back from there he is scared to listen to commands, or to come when called. It will ruin him, and it confuses him, but I can't stop it. :(

    So far, what do you think has been your dog's favorite thing to learn? His favorite thing to learn was 'stay', especially when I'm leaving his daddy's house and he has to wait on the other side of the room until I say it's okay, and then he gets to eat his treats while I leave. I've done this since he was little to hopefully teach him me leaving = good things. He also had a ton of fun figuring out how to heel off leash with positive reinforcement.


     
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  5. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    Compiling some info here.

    What does your dog react best to during training time (Toys/food/verbal & physical praise/a combo)?
    Depends on the activity. For obedience, Lily relies on food rewards. For agility, if we're working on drive, we use a tug. If we're working on collection, we use food to bring attention off the obstacle and onto us. For everything, Lily relies on positive attitudes and words of encouragement.

    If it's food or toys, does your dog have a favorite?
    For food, Lily will eat anything, but she loves Zukes and Fruitables, really anything that tastes like blueberries. They're really easy to break into smaller pieces, low on calories, and don't leave any residue. As far as tugs go, she absolutely LOVES her sheepy tug Sheepy Tug Large - tug toy w/real sheepskin
    . She also loves soft fleece tugs (with a single braid) that have frills at the end. She also will tug on her standard nylon leash if we don't have anything on hand.

    Would you consider your dog a soft dog, hard dog, or something in the middle?
    It depends on the aspect. She is a soft dog in terms of temperament, in that everything has to be fun and positive or she will literally shut down and become unresponsive to the point of emotional collapse (I'm not being overly humanizing here, she really does emotionally collapse if something is too stressful or demotivating). But, in terms of other aspects, she's really hard. She tests you, and if you let her get away with something once, good luck getting her to revert back. She also gets frustrated very quickly and will resort to either shutting down or completely malfunctioning. When it comes to her drives (chase drive being the main one we have issue with) it can be hard to get her mind off the chase if you don't contain her mind before it goes too far. This was an issue for her in flyball, where she didn't enjoy the game enough to make it worth it to her to play the game instead of doing what she wanted. Conversely, she is in love with agility and it would be my guess that a rabbit could run in front her while she's running and she wouldn't notice.

    How do you correct your dog?
    It, again, depends on the situation. She will respond to verbal corrections, but responds best to physical corrections. These have to be swift and hard enough to break her concentration. She does not respond well to a delayed response or an extensive response. It must be swift and immediate. These are typically in the form of a leash correction. However, she will not allow you to physically manipulate her into a position (a tank could lay across her shoulders and she wouldn't lay down). In terms of these, we prefer to not have to correct and simply allow the behavior to shape itself. The only other scenario is complete removal of the dog from the environment, used as an aversive. We will do this if she breaks her start line stay, to ensure proper behavior, since the reward for a proper stay is that she gets to play. We've only done this once and so far we've been alright.

    What method works the works the worst for your dog?
    Physical manipulation absolutely will not work and will completely shut her down.

    So far, what do you think has been your dog's favorite thing to learn?
    Lily's favorite thing has been, by far agility. She loves everything about it. She loves weaving, she loves contacts, she loves tunnels, she loves jumping. He learned how to weave in 3 days. It's been incredible to watch her progress and learn and absolutely love it.
     
  6. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Wow guys, I wasn't expecting so many responses right off the bat. Thanks!
     
  7. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    For BA its best to use food or treats as a training reward. His absolute favorite is physical praise. Petting and roughhousing and whatnot. Food is best because I can reward him and still stay on task. Verbal praise works too but I save the physical for the end of training.

    A harsh tone of voice is usually enough for a correction.
     
  8. Good_OL_Boy

    Good_OL_Boy Good Dog

    Both boys respond very well to food, any kind. I wouldn't consider either of them soft dogs, but Diesel is softer than Axle. Physical corrections work best for Axle, Diesel responds very well to verbal corrections. Their favorite thing to work on would have to be working with then in public, they are both extremely people oriented and they always seem to get some lovin.
     
  9. 3dogs

    3dogs Little Dog

    What does your dog react best to during training time (Toys/food/verbal & physical praise/a combo)? For all 3 of mine, toys are best, but food is good too. They all prefer toys.

    If it's food or toys, does your dog have a favorite? My pit bulls love red kong balls. My Whippet loves her Wubba. For food, they all love cheese and lunch meat. One of my dogs trains nearly exclusively for a laser light.

    Would you consider your dog a soft dog, hard dog, or something in the middle? All of my dogs are soft, or at least handler sensitive.

    How do you correct your dog? A no-reward marker, like "oops" or "nope." If they really get off track, "try again." If they are out of their minds and unfocused, "Bummer." And with "bummer" I take them by the collar and back them up a few feet and ease them into a sit and let them chill for maybe 10 seconds before we try again.

    What method works the works the worst for your dog? Positive reinforcement training with the right reinforcer. One of my dogs trains nearly exclusively for a laser light.

    So far, what do you think has been your dog's favorite thing to learn? Mine are pretty eager to do whatever. I do rally, obedience, and agility and they all seem to love all 3. Agility has my heart though.
     
  10. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Good Dog

    What does your dog react best to during training time (Toys/food/verbal & physical praise/a combo)?

    Cesar: toys and activities are his favorites, he could care les about food and often times while out walking he wil spit out steak and chicken or venison. sometimes he ignores toys, so i begain using specific activities, like he LOVES it when i sit down and let him climb into my lap and so if i really want his focus in a distraction is start to bend my knees and he focuses knowing that if he listens he can climb into my lap-do i look weird as shit sitting on the sidewalk huggin my dog-yeh i do but i could care less.

    Chimera- food is a HUGE motivator for her, no distraction is more intresting then food to her. also if i cant use food-the fly swatter LOL! she goes ape shit over the fly swatter, i use it like a flirt pole with no string and she LOVES IT! so seeing me bring out the fly swatter she sits and wont take her eyes off it!

    If it's food or toys, does your dog have a favorite?
    Fly swatter and steak.

    Would you consider your dog a soft dog, hard dog, or something in the middle?
    Cesar is hard, took me a long time to find things to get his focus, Chimera is easy to train, hard to handle since she needs to be doing somthing 24/7

    How do you correct your dog?
    verbal, lead pop, or squirt bottle.

    What method works the works the worst for your dog?
    posative only, for everyday training, posative only and redirection do no good, they become cocky and flat out ignore you if you try redirecting them.

    So far, what do you think has been your dog's favorite thing to learn?
    Cesar: shake, he loves to shake even when you dont want him to shake. Chimera: come she was SOO happy to come and is still so enthusiastic to come she will run a feet away then turn around and come right back just to be praised for coming
     
  11. Kit

    Kit Good Dog

    What does your dog react best to during training time (Toys/food/verbal & physical praise/a combo)?
    Both Frankie & Rosie are VERY food motivated. Rosie is crazy for a ball, so I do use that sometimes. Frankie likes a ball, but won't give it back, so I stick with food for her.
    I use more food during agility. With rally, I use food and verbal praise.
    When I was going rally with Rosie, I tried everything, and she just did not like it. I couldn't make her happy with food, toys, or praise of any sort.


    If it's food or toys, does your dog have a favorite?
    Toys, for Rosie, it's a tennis ball
    Food, they'll work for anything, and I change it up a bit. String cheese, hot dogs, (fake) crab, liver, chicken, Tillman treats, pretty much anything.


    Would you consider your dog a soft dog, hard dog, or something in the middle?
    Both are usually pretty soft. They zone out sometimes tho.Frankie is a little tougher than Rosie.


    How do you correct your dog?
    Rosie HATES to be corrected, so she tries really hard to be good. Sometimes during agility practice her nose will take over, so I'll pop her on the butt to get her attention. Not hard, just kind of a flick of a finger. Anything more and she'll pout.
    Frankie is usually really good too. Sometimes her puppy brain takes over and she'll tune me out. At agility, I've started using a vibrating collar on her when she leaves. She was getting to the point, where she'd leave the ring to try to play with other dogs. Calling and praising when she came back, wasn't cutting it. Now a little buzz gets her back MUCH better. When she comes back, we have a mini party, then continue with what we were doing.

    What method works the works the worst for your dog?
    Harsh correction with either dog.

    So far, what do you think has been your dog's favorite thing to learn?
    Rosie LOVES agility all parts of it.
    Frankie loves just working with me. She's happy doing agility or rally, or just going for a walk.


    I didn't answer for Nick because he's pretty much a couch potato.
     
  12. momtosadie

    momtosadie Big Dog

    Sadie has always responded to food. She will do anything for a treat. I don't know if it stems from her being so malnourished and skinny when we got her. But everything from house breaking to sit/stay etc she will learn for a treat.

    Favorite food - well she gets dry kibble, and just dog treats, but she does get a small amount of human food and has absolutely no favorite. She will basically eat any veggies, any meat, really everything. As to toys - outdoors she is nuts about her frisbees and will try and cram four of them in her mouth to keep them away from me. Indoors it's her red Kong bone - she loves it, sleeps with it, constantly carries it around with her.

    We rarely ever correct her with more than a stern no and ocasionally a raised voice if she is not wanting to listen. She is terribly sensitive and just a raised voice sends her running to me to hide behind my legs, so it doesn't take much.

    She really takes to any training. I'm trying to teach her to bring her outdoor firsbees back up to the door when we come inside, mainly so they don't get buried under the snow and she is catching on pretty good. She is eager to learn anything and does learn very quickly.
     
  13. MurphysMom

    MurphysMom Little Dog

    Lemmy is absolutely food motivated but when he was a young pup he was not. We taught him sit at 7 weeks using a star shaped squeaker we called Mr Starfishie, who is dead now, btw lol.

    Molly is totally food motivated.

    Lemmy is a food whore. I have never seen him spit anything out except the primal beef liver treats, go figure. He loves bananas, we have made banana chips or apple chips cor him before in the dehydrator which he goes Gaga for. He likes kale and broccoli too. Training around the house we mostly use his kibble. At class we use pet botanics Bacon flavor training treats which he loves. When we need the big guns, we bust out our homemade dehydrated chicken livers.

    Molly likes the banana and apple chips too, we use the same training treats for class as Lemmy. For her, the smellier the better. She LOVED the petsmart Authority brand liver treats but we can't find those anymore. For the big guns on her, its Stewart's freeze dried liver all the way. Especially helpful for ear cleaning and medication which she thoroughly loathes from chronic infections. We also use em for nail clipping which she also hates.

    Lemmy is a pretty hard dog, but he's very eager to please and willing to work so usually positive reinforcement works best for him. Shaping behaviors has proved the most successful method for him as he really seems to like problem solving. With me, usually a simple "ah ah" works pretty well, bit when he's really riled, a firm leash correction is needed. He does not listen to DH as well as he does to me, so collar corrections are more common from him. He does not shut down at all with harder correction.

    Molly is pretty soft. Even an upset look totally shuts her down. Again,.positive reinforcement works best with her. However she gets frustrated pretty easy when she can't figure out a problem.

    Lemmy is just enjoying learning new behaviors and thinking through what it is that I want him to do. He does love practicing going to his mat. He goes bananas when he sees me pull it out. Molly's favorite is shake. You can almost see her gloating at Lemmy when she does it, because he hasn't learned that one yet.
     
  14. Rodeo

    Rodeo Little Dog

    Food works best for both of mine, it really doesn't matter what kind either. I used to take Rodeo to puppy class with kibble as treats.
     

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