Rambo nipping wife
#11
Work on this behavior repeatedly when you aren't REALLY leaving for the day, just leaving for training purposes. In the meantime, you crate Rambo before you leave, and not right before going out the door either, before you start your leave taking routine. Have your wife give him some treats in his crate right before she leaves, preferably something that he really likes and extra points if it last a while, like a frozen stuffed Kong.
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#12
(06-08-2017, 07:18 AM)Gideon Wrote: Work on this behavior repeatedly when you aren't REALLY leaving for the day, just leaving for training purposes.  In the meantime, you crate Rambo before you leave, and not right before going out the door either, before you start your leave taking routine.  Have your wife give him some treats in his crate right before she leaves, preferably something that he really likes and extra points if it last a while, like a frozen stuffed Kong.

This is exactly how we trained Max to go to his crate/place when people are leaving. As you say, do it before you do your pre-departure routine. Max will pick up on any one of the little things that happen before someone leaves and immediately put himself in his crate. Bless him, it's like his job, " quick dad just brushed his teeth and is heading towards the shoe cupboard, I should already be in my place".  He flies in and sits looking out as if to say, "did I do good, did I do good"
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#13
It has been a little better the last 2 days we have been using higher value treats to do the lay down drills in the evening when we are home for the night. Now when we touch the door he doesn't fly towards it. He still seems triggered by the keys sound though so we will need to work on that more. He just tends to drop the kong when he sees us leaving but while at the door does better now.
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#14
Great start! Triggers are hard work, but definitely manageable. Just curious, maybe you can change the sound of the keys, like maybe putting those little silencers on a few of them so they make a different sound? Obviously don't try too much at once, but Ember is metal-sound-sensitive and that's what I've done. It helped.
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#15
Update Rambo is doing better but we are still working on reducing triggers and changing routines
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#16
I'm glad you are seeing some improvement. These behaviors are some of the hardest to work on because they are self reinforcing. It's hard to remember to be so diligent every single time.
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#17
We have noticed now that my wife is getting put a little easyer that he seems to bark a little when I leave in the morning but the trade off is worth it so far
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