I can interact Edge and Pebbles together and for now Kryptonite and Jewel.
When I have them in pairs, it tries my patience. It is like an episode of Keystone Cops. Im sure I am doing something wrong.
For example, I have a crate at the back door. Say I let them in from outside and its muddy. I dont want them to track up the house. So I want to put one in the crate and then leave the other on the back porch, blocked in by a baby gate.
I will say, "Kryptonite, in the crate!" and they both go in. Then I say Jewel "Come here." and the both come out. "No Kryptonite, Go!" pointing at crate. It becomes a vicious circle of in and out and out and in and wrong one in and wong one out and this can take place for a couple minutes before I get frustrated and grab collars and put who I want where.
So how do you give specific commands when multiple dogs are present but you only want one dog to follow the command?
Post by DogGoneGood on May 27, 2009 1:02:14 GMT -5
Hahha, I'm sorry Alan, but I can't help but laugh at your situation before giving you some advice I have this vision of the dogs being yo-yo's until you get frustrated with them!
You have a few options; 1. Make sure to emphasize who's name you're using, and use hand signals once you have that dogs attention. 2. Teach each dog a different command (this can get confusing though, and is something you have to trian YOURSELF first. Personally it's never worked for me because I start saying "platz" and then realize I'm talking to the dog who doesn't know a lick of German and he stares back at me confused ). 3. Work on it in your daily training.
I highly suggest the 3rd one, as the first two have never worked for me. However, they mostly haven't worked for me because I'm uncoordinated and undiciplined. Half the time I'm basically speaking jibber jabber - they only know what I'm talking about because they know me well lol.
I had this problem with my boys, and still do, but it's deffinately gotten better since I worked it into our training sessions. I usually work each dog seperately, and then together.
Here's an example of how I train them together:
I'll put one dog (let's say Coal) in a down stay. I look sraight at Coal and completely ignore Linkin. He may even be bouncing up and down in front of me but I push him aside, make zero eye contact and if need be, turn my body from him. I instead focus on Coal and tell him "COAL, down. Stay." I make sure to ephasize on his name first. I may throw in a few more commands for Coal, some heel work or whatever while still ignoring Linkin (although he tends to squeaze his body in between us cuz he loves heel work ). When it's time to work with Linkin I put Coal in a down stay and emphasize on his name and the command "stay" to make my point. I then turn my attention completely on Linkin and this time ignore Coal. The only attention I give him is if he moves, and then it's a "NO" and I put him back in a down and repeat "STAY" and then walk away and refocus on Linkin. I always make sure Linkin completes a task before putting Coal back though, if he hadn't completed it when Coal moved.
So then I work with Linkin for a while and put HIM in a down stay and then refocus on Coal. Repeat, repeat, repeat. I usually do it about 2 or 3 times with each dog, and then finish with some silly tricks they can do together. When we do the silly tricks together, I don't use any names first. Instead it's just "wave", "spin" etc. There are some tricks Coal knows that Linkin doesn't, and vice versa, so I will do those and meanwhile the other dog who doesn't know it will just do every trick he knows. I just ignore the one doing that
Same goes for daily routine things, such as going out the door. Sometimes I'll bring one dog out without the other, and then I tell the one left behind (say it's Coal) "COAL, STAY" and then I turn to Linkin and I learned it's best to just give his name and no command. If I say "Linkin, let's go", Coal tends to only hear the "lets go" part. So instead I just turn to Linkin and say "Linkin" and give a little gesture. He knows what I want, and I give praise to both dogs as I leave the house.