having used the search function and not wanting to screen every question about FF, i am going to throw this out there. if it is beating a dead horse, please don't get miffed. haha.
i have FF'd around a dozen dogs using evan graham's techniques, but have been trying to teach, teach, teach and back up the teaching with pressure more than force to teach. i am working with a 7 month old male out of the jazztime line that is real smart and seems to get the fetch concept very well on just the second day of pinch. he also understands that by doing what he is commanded turns off the pressure.
something i have been doing with him is beginning a session with 4-5 consecutive pinch fetches, then giving him the command without the pinch alternating every other time with a pinch. he gets it and fetches it every time.
so my question is this-do i need to be pinching him every time? if i don't will it just show him that he can do it without pressure and run the risk of him seeing the pressure as punishment or rejecting the pressure and melting? when i think about the pressure concept, i think about lardy teaching collar conditioning and alternating a nick every other time. can i do this with the ear pinch, or can i give him the command without the pressure without running the risk of negative side effects teaching him the pressure is option?
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