Retired & disabled dog trainer, Ryan and Dreamer
Hello all! I’m a retired dog trainer with a background in competition obedience, schutzhund, grooming and service dog training. I'm currently working with Ryan, a 5 yr old Rhodesian Ridgeback, and Dreamer, a 6 yr old Mini Poodle.
I am about to give up. We have made no progress since the last report. My dogs were trained similar to how you would train a narcotic dog or a hearing dog (both of which I've trained). So, when they show me something, or take me somewhere, they get extremely excited. If the buttons are in the bathroom ( for water, and a rawhide treat. I live in like a studio apartment and store dog stuff in the bathroom cabinet) my learners will sometimes hit the buttons, but again.. with a lot of excitement. I have been at this for 3 months now and just getting frustrated. Currently I have Water, Treat (for a greenie), Outside, Toy. They are on a foam mat with velcro. Ryan, my Ridgeback will bring me the buttons if I let him, he gets so excited. Anyway.. any suggestions to calm them down to think, see what I'm doing, and get them to understand faster? My original training messed this up I believe. Will know better on my next service dog but right now, No more dogs allowed.. at my cap.
Hello all. So I've been trying to get this going for about 2 months now. My issue is, I have trained both of my dogs to get excited about doing tasks and such. My mini poodle alerts me to low blood sugar, so she will come and start jumping on me and be a nuisance. My Rhodesian Ridgeback (Service Dog) gets so excited when trying to work with him that he picks up the buttons and such. Both walk all over the boards and I'm not sure how to tone them down. Any tips or hints?
So my learners are Ryan, my 5 yr old Rhodesian Ridgeback, and he's trained to be my Service Dog, and Dreamer, my 6 year old Mini Poodle who I should have finished her Diabetic Alert training.. but she felt EVERYONE was out to see her royal butt. (spoiled, princess, extremely outgoing, and very talkative.) Anyway.. We are just starting the journey. Dreamer knows Water and Treat (treat means a greenie or chew) and Ryan is figuring out Treat. They have 5 buttons down right now. My question is this.. How are your learners knowing which button is for what? Is it based on the sound only? or a picture on the button? or the placement on the boards? Because of my living situation, my treats and water are in the bathroom so those buttons are in the bathroom. The rest of the buttons are in my room. (studio apartment but the kitchen is downstairs) I am just now moving the bathroom buttons just outside the door and plan on integrating them onto the board when they figure this out. I am using the older version buttons, and plan on getting one of the kits from Fluent Pet on the first. I think by knowing how the dogs are figuring this out will help me work my dogs a bit easier.