Posted : 5/20/2015 9:55:37 AM
Thanks for the reply! I have tried this same method with the book, the problem is she KNOWS the object is there, she just chooses to ignore it. Even if I have clicked and treated for the initial sniff or whenever she stands on it. This morning I tried the same method (I dont have and cardboard laying around) with a folded up bedsheet. Same issues as before. If I just "let her go" she will stare at me, offer a sit, offer a down, then try and figure out a way to get the treats out of my hand/sniff the clicker. If all that fails to get her anything, she'll just lay down next to me and wait. Also, should I be clicking WHENEVER she stand on it? Even if its not intentional? Sometimes she steps on the object with one paw and then sits or whatever but I don't think she realizes she's ON the object. Won't she think she's getting clicked for something else (like her sit) rather then being on the object? I never thought teaching my dog to STAND on something would be so difficult haha.
***Just to give you an idea how my weird dog thinks, I had to teach her "paw" in a really unusual way. She would NOT paw my hands, not for food, not for anything. Picking up her paw and getting excited just made her think she was being rewarded for allowing handling. The only way she would lift a paw was if something was around her mouth. I ended up gently putting my hand around her mouth and clicking/treating when the paw would come up. Then I would take the paw in my hand whenever she would bring it up, get super excited and reward. Eventually I only had to put my hand out and she'd give me her paw. Now she knows it with both paws and the word "paw". I understand this method probably would not have worked on the average dog, but the average dog methods would not work for her.