Service dog training
Posted 18 February 2006 - 12:16 PM
Also, has anyone seen any books on training such service dogs? They have found multiple websites but no good books.
Posted 18 February 2006 - 01:02 PM
I initially used a soccer ball for 'push' but that probably won't work for your friend. Try having her 'push' something fairly heavy over, so that she gets the idea of needing to use a little force for this cue.
There's a clicker training email list for people who are training their own service dogs, I think it's something like firstname.lastname@example.org. You could probably find it if you search.
Ruth n the BC3
Posted 18 February 2006 - 01:04 PM
Similar to "touch", hold a treat up and against the door so that the dog has to stand against the door with front paws on it. Once the dog does that well, open the door little by little (so that it doesn't freak her out when it closes) until it's open all the way.
Get one of those lever handles, tie a rope to it, and then she can open the doors too.
Posted 18 February 2006 - 04:03 PM
She already knew "paws up" (put your paws on whatever I am pointing too) so I made her do "paws up" "close" (the command for the door). After a few tries she knew to keep walking towards the door until it made a noise (it closing). Later I faded out the "paws up".
oh, and with the lever handles, we found out (by accident) that dogs can easily open them without a rope. We were keeping a stray dog on the back porch (screened in) until we could find her owners. One night we left the door unlocked and a few hours later she opened it and came inside! Pretty smart those Border Collies!
Good luck to your friend - and the dog!
Kat & the dogs:
Peanut EAC, EJC, S-NCC, JHB, CGC (13 years, Shih Tzu)
NATCH, Vers-NATCH Dazzle GM, AAD, AR, S-EAC, O-EJC, S-ECC, S-TN-E, S-WV-E, S-TG-E, HP-E, TNE-400, RV-N, GV-N, CL3-R, CL3-S, CL3-H, JHB, CGC (9 years, Border Collie)
Kova RS-N, JS-O, GS-N, SJ, SS, NAC, NJC, NCC, WV-N (2 years, Golden Retriever)
Posted 18 February 2006 - 04:36 PM
He has taught her to pull open doors using a rope tied to the handles. She is getting it. She is his special girl and they are just getting closer and closer through all this training. His illness has gotten worse pretty quickly and she is going a long way toward keeping him functional around the house. He is working toward getting her certified so she can accompany him out and about.
Posted 18 February 2006 - 06:09 PM
Posted 19 February 2006 - 12:33 AM
Posted 19 February 2006 - 02:10 PM
The How of Bow Wow video and the rest in the series are also awesome.
Ziva: 4 yo Corgi mix, agility dog!
Kestrel: 2 yo Cattle Dog (mix?), schutzhund and agility dog in training
Aerten: Malinois puppy, schutzhund dog in training
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