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Touch Pad Progression

Touch pads are a ton of fun for young dogs who are just starting to learn communication systems and how much fun training can actually be. They also have huge applications later on in our advanced obedience exercises. We recently released a video with Mark Keating explaining how we train touch pads, along with a few reasons why we use them. In this second video, Mark explains how we progress from an elevated touch pad, such as a rubber feeding tub, down to something that lies flat on the ground.

Leerburg's Online Basic Dog Obedience Course

Wow, I don't know where to start with all I have learned. This has been a great course and I am looking forward to taking the other classes that you will offer. I guess the thing that blows me away is the timing of the delivery of the reward. Being new to dog training I would have never thought that a few seconds could make that much difference. Thanks for helping me get off to a good start.

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Question: My 11 month old GSD lays down on the ground and refuses to get up when it's time to get in the car. Today she mouthed me hard when I tried to pick her up. Help!

My 11 month old GSD lays down on the ground and refuses to get up when its time to go in the car. Today she mouthed me hard (drew blood, it was on my cuticle) when I tried to pick her up and put her in the back of my SUV. 

I've tried the following: removed the crate and replaced it with a dog barrier. treating (high value), toys, excitement, moving my car to a different location and even coming to the car from a different location. 

Once she's in the car, she's fine. No whining or pacing. She's in the car at least 4x a week because she goes to work with me. 

She loves riding in golf carts and trucks. Its when she rides in my car that she pulls this stunt with me. I know she's testing me, HELP!

Cindy's Response:

Do you use a leash? Trying to physically pick up a GSD is only going to put the dog in the power position.

If this was my dog, she’d only get her meals in the car from now on. I wouldn't drive it anywhere, it would become her new “dining room.”

If she doesn't want to get in, no problem. No food until the next scheduled mealtime. No treats, no coaxing her. It’s simple, you want to eat then get in. Don’t act like it’s a big deal, just be matter of fact.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Behavioral Problems.

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