Not a barking clue
I believe the second step in back chaining an indication must be the most difficult. We are asking a dog to run away from the person with all of the toys and the fun and go bark at a person that only barks commands back. Perhaps we are not practicing enough and the dog just isn’t making the connection?
Poor Grom only wanders away from the fun person holding him and sniffs at the ground for a while before deciding to bark. Once he does, he sprints back to the toy holding chump for play. I am constantly going back a step. (He barks on command and gets rewarded from one person.) He does this perfectly.
- Run backwards and act really fun when asking for the bark command
- stand right next to the person with the toys when asking for the bark
- reward only for one bark or even a whine then increase criteria
- immediately put the dog up if he starts to sniff around instead of running to handler, try again later
- Do a search on the net for other possible answers
- ask the rest of my team for ideas
I have found one good article on training from a group in Houston. From what I can read so far, it appears that the dog is barking at the found person as opposed to running back to the handler and barking. It does offer excellent advice on training with context and distractions in mind.
In other news. Always remember, when a dog is singing “Prelude to Puking.” Putting him in the shower is a fine idea. When he vomits up parts of one of his toys, that toy needs to find its way to the trash ASAP. Do this before you forget or you will be dancing to the hurling song on a regular basis!