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Decoy Handler Relationship

Decoy Handler Relationship

Leerburg is currently producing a series of DVDs on decoy work. In this short video, Ed Frawley discusses the importance of having a good working relationship with your decoy. He also discusses the other reasons it is extremely important to your training program to have a good understanding of what the decoy is doing and why.

May 9, 2013   |   9 Minutes, 43 Seconds

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Question: If my puppy refuses a command, do I say NO or just lure him into the position I asked for?

Hi Cindy

When I am sure my puppy knows a command and he does it 99 times when I tell him, but refuse to the 100th time, do I give a negative marker(NO) or do I just repeat the command and lure him into a sit? This puppy of mine knows exactly what a sit is but sometimes he looks at me with those "what are you talking about" eyes.


Cindy's Response:

You always mark NO so he understands he doesn’t get his reward and then give him help so he gets it right.

He may understand sit in certain context or he may lack motivation to do what you are asking.  Make sure you are being interesting enough for him, sometimes we humans turn obedience practice into a drill that’s predictable and boring.   Keep things mixed up and fun.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Puppy Training or our Q&A on Training with Food.

We get a number of Q&As every week, if you would like to read this week's Q&As, click here and check out the 'Recent Questions' section!

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's Honest Kitchen Love Dehydrated Dog Food

I brought my new puppy home 3.5 days ago and got the kibble he was being fed so I could ease him into better food (raw)

Today the truck brought me my box of THK - Love - and I re-hydrated 1 tbsp of it and placed it under his kibble. He inhaled it!

He hadn't been a voracious eater, actually showing less interest in his food than I expected, and I thought it was just the transition to a new home - NOT

He licked and licked the bowl until it was shiny! He bit the bowl and picked it up.

Because I am changing him over carefully I only gave him more kibble as he seemed to be so hungry after his attack on the bowl but when it was just his plain kibble he only ate a few pieces and was peckish when he did so - he wanted more THK.

Tomorrow little buddy, you will get more tomorrow.

The above is my post and I want to tell you how much I love this site and how amazing it is to have all the information at my fingertips to absorb.  The members on the forums have jumped right in to help me and I have a lot of your videos and products but the food - I wasted a ton of money in trying to feed my older dog right (which gave me huge vet bills as her food wasn't balanced and that resulted in a lot of skin and bowel problems).

 When I brought home the new pup I wanted only the best for him and hoped he would like it.  Well as you can see from my post - like doesn't even come close to it. 

Thank you so much for existing. 

The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

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