Monday, October 22, 2007

Xsara from Slovenia

Here's an amazing Beagle named Xsara who has been trained using only positive methods.



Here's her owner's tips on how she did it:

"If using clicker, first teach her that click is always followed by a reward (in my case food). Start clicking every time she looks at you. You want her to pay attention and think that you are really fun. Never work more than 15 minutes together - beagles get bored. Stop playing when it's most fun and she will always want more. Never play until she gets bored! Plan every step of teaching a trick but make every step easy enough for the dog so that she will feel very smart and confident!"

I've bolded some of the most interesting bits. Sometimes we train Duke for too long and he ends up getting bored and giving up. A good example would be having him check in/watch us too much. He stops listening after a while...


3 comments:

Peter said...

Short is good. When training Photon, we rarely go beyond 10 minutes at a stretch because she will always start getting muddled. And we always try to end on a positive, so if that means ending after six or seven minutes in after a particularly good response, so be it. Hi Duke!

Xsara ... said...

Hello Duke! I just found your site. I hope your training is going well and that you are having a lot of fun with your dog :) Thank you for adding our video to your blog, that's really nice of you. Anyway - we just wanted to say hi, we'll visit your blog again. It's so nice to talk to other people who work with their dogs - splecially beagles!
Love from Barbara & Xsara

happyd said...

Thanks for the tip Peter!

And wow a comment from Xsara's mom!! hello!

We LOVE your videos. We wish we could meet Xsara. I'm sure Duke and her would get along great!!