Training a dog to act as a block.

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Training a dog to act as a block.

Postby Calypso » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:09 pm

I'm working with a client who for various reasons would like to train her dog to get between her and strangers in crowded places. Nothing aggressive or overt, just if someone comes into her space to the left, the dog goes to her left to give the handler some breathing room.

She's come up with the idea of teaching each position (left, right, front, back) as a different cue and I think it's a good idea. I should be able to help her out, especially if she agrees to use the clicker. (I think she will.) Can anyone think of a different way to train this? The dog is pretty biddable and responsive, although he's not naturally stuck to her side like a border collie, so encouraging him to stay close might take a little bit of time.

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Re: Training a dog to act as a block.

Postby Trademarkbark » Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:28 am

I would train it as tricks, too, to make it fun for the dog. The "go between the legs" or "circle me" type of thing. I think it would encourage handler focus too. This worked with the Collies but not so much with the terriers. Spud, at 14.5 in and 13 lbs stands sideways in front of me or besides, on her own, to block people. OE is learning this, but she is a little softer and won't stand her ground if people persist.
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Re: Training a dog to act as a block.

Postby Moemer » Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:15 pm

I'd go with a target to teach position, rear end awareness exercises if necessary, and being super careful with the placement of food to ensure that its rear end doesn't fly around where it should be flying. d
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Re: Training a dog to act as a block.

Postby Calypso » Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:05 pm

I hadn't thought about feeding for position, but that's a really good point.

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Re: Training a dog to act as a block.

Postby UpwardDog » Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:43 am

Is the finished behaviour stationary with the dog perpendicular to the owner?

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Re: Training a dog to act as a block.

Postby Calypso » Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:11 pm

Yes. Nothing threatening, just acting as a wedge to give her more space.


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