Tyrtruion wrote:I like your quiet/treat method but I don't think I'll be able to do that with my pup. She's never been a barker or growler and only whines in this one instance in the blind when there are ducks she can see...
Honest... The only times she barks are:
1) in her sleep... Soft little barks and growls
2) in the kennel in my pickup if I'm walking away and not taking her with me.
So I think rewarding her quiet times wouldn't send any message at all cause quiet is just normal... I guess I could try it tomorrow when I'm in the blind an hour before shoot time. A jerk line for some movement, low light.... It's worth a try right.
Sorry, I was not clear and you missed the point I was trying to make.
"Quiet" is a life style. Not an option.
1: Growling in her sleep....I just smile
2: Bark when I walk away from her in the kennel, I correct that with what ever it takes. "Quiet is still Quiet"
3: Reward for doing right? Huh, I do reward for doing correct.
I am trying to say that if you set her up for those high stress times, ( You want her to whine during training), I know you missed my point when you said "I guess I could try it tomorrow when I'm in the blind an hour before shoot time."
and have a chance to make corrections and mold her to what you want. Can you do it, just as I do. YES, maybe you don't have moose..........we don't have cows.....do you have sheep or horses.....we have bears. Put her in a position where she makes the mistakes ( maybe you need to go to the local park and get her in front of ducks) and correct her mistakes and encourage her correct behavior. Then transfer that correct behavior to the duck blind...................where you are training and not shooting. You will not fix this problem in one session, before shooting light. My guess is that quick fix approch will likely cause more confusion than help. You have a very rare and good pup, at her age, if she only makes noise in the blind when the ducks are in the pattern.
Don't get the idea that my way of teaching quiet is the only way. I know lots of other guys teach quiet, I see that when they walk away from the truck or their dog is tied behind the line. This is just how I do it.
Good luck in the morning.
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