Last edited by MooseGooser; 01-28-2020 at 08:37 AM.
It is far easier to spit on the work of others than it is to produce something better yourself.
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My Christian Name is Michael Baker..
I have gone by "Gooser" since I was a "gossling"
If you're doing all that stuff and it's making him nervous (it is) - two or three major possibilities 1) you're doing it all too hard physically and verbally 2) your timing is off and 3) your dog is overall intimidated by you're being that close..
All stuff to think about and refine as you go through more pressure oriented exercises. Timing, modulation and non-emotional responses are all critical to your dog's understanding.
Good time for some in person coaching, possibly.
KRD - I wrote pretty much everything Darrin has said.... and was going to hit the 'reply button' Then I thought, I am not there to see what is going on. Giving reasons for why a dog is doing x y and z based on written text....welll.......
Still - I agree with Darrin and Darin...
If the dog is perfect in doing the obedience work while holding, why keep doing it for a week? why not just move on? From your despcription, the dog is ready.
I never understood how people expected a dog to be calm and have a quiet 'mouth' when they were scolding/reprimanding and tapping or smacking the dog under the chin for not holding properly. Probably along with improperly timed corrections.
The way I look at it, every dog is an opportunity to be a better trainer, and every day is a new day to be a better trainer to the same dog we trained yesterday.
However, both of you recommend moving on to FF now, so that is what I will do. I'm just trying to learn and understand.