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    Posted by Cody on January 13, 2022 at 10:31 AM

    Sorry for asking so many questions, but although I’ve had many dogs/puppies my entire life, this is my first time training obedience.

    I know Robert talks about spending months luring/shaping with no major corrections, and focusing on building a bond. Does that still apply if I get a puppy when they’re older than that 8 week-12 week age? I’ve seen in videos where he talks about not giving major corrections until 6 months. Does that mean 6 months of having the puppy and building a bond or 6 months of age? I don’t want to crush my puppies spirit by correcting too early but I don’t think I can wait until he’s a year old to begin corrections. He will be much bigger by then and harder to correct. I’ve already begun corrections just for commands he shows a basic knowledge of. Have I started correcting too soon? I still lure/shape and avoid corrections for behaviors he isn’t proficient in/doesn’t quite understand yet.

    Advice it appreciated, thanks

    6 mo old hound mix (rescue). Been with me for three weeks.

    Gene replied 2 years, 3 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Gene

    January 13, 2022 at 4:03 PM

    You haven’t had him for very long so you still want to lure and shape. You are hard wiring the dog. I have a treat in my hand, I tell him to sit. he will sit, I don’t have to correct him. I know he gets it. At this point I am bribing him but soon you will start fading the lure. There is a video on that. At about 9mo I will ask/demand a SIT but the treat will not be in my hand, he will do what I ask he gets a reward. There is no lure only a reward. At this time you can correct him because you know he knows what you want. I might be a little off on the timing but that is how it works.

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