I think you would find it useful, Brooke, because you already have so much dog-training background, but for someone who is a clicker novice, I think a lot of it would be pretty much gibberish. Or I might just do one or two clicks — if he is tired from a long run or something, I click him for flopping down when he gets in the bathroom, toss the treat, he (usually) gets up to get it, and then I can click again for him flopping back down. Martha & Lily Martha asks: We rescued Lily, a Yorkie, from our local humane society. For Heel, walk in a circle and reward as you walk and your dog stays close by you and gives you his attention. And I had to scramble to keep on my toes. Leaving treats scattered will be a bit difficult b/c I have a foster pup who will gobble them down as quickly as I can scatter them. This exercise is great for the dog who is way too interested in squirrels to focus on you when you're on a walk, or way too distracted by the other dogs to concentrate on the exercises when you're in your agility class. View from guess where? Loose Leash Walking, Part 2. It was intended primarily as a book for trainers, and secondarily for people heavily involved in agility. It has worked great! Then re-engage her, do the . Oh, the Irony! (January 2012) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)Following is a list of major or supporting actors from Michigan Choose a behavior to work on, and an enclosed, low-distraction area like a fenced yard or large basement to work in. It’s called the “Give Me a Break” game, which can be found in Control Unleashed, by Leslie McDevitt. First Foster Failure and Second New Mexico Brown Dog, 2000-2014. I relate; I have cabin fever due to my broken powerchair, AGAIN, combined with the snow. Jersey was a master of the “single-event phobia.”. wink. (Neurotypicals, let me know: Do you do this, too?). He doesn't do it for any great deep abiding love of the sport. Barnum and I did some training. First Things First If your puppy doesn't know about leashes yet, start slowly. Not only does where I sit or lie down vary, the room does too — we go wherever there are the fewest distractions, or the most room, or the least exhausting/painful for me. If he does not reorient to you, reengage him and resume the work you were doing . If that is going well, we then take a structured walk around the space, using the 3 Steps game (gimme 3 steps), and return to the mat or car. Start working on your behavior, rewarding your dog frequently. While I did do a loooooong shaping program to get Barnum over his stair fear (and he now thinks stairs are just the best thing ever), I also found that just leaving treats on the stairs full-time was very helpful. Then I say, “Okay, let’s train!” I grab my five or six pieces of meat, rotate or move to a new spot, and we do our next short session. Plunger for added decor? Sometimes we just do one mini-session for one behavior, and that’s it. I grew up in a family where we referred to the bathroom as “the library” or “the reading room,” and my dad discussed manure at mealtimes). . Very soon, the moment McDevitt had gone to her chair for her “time out,” her pup was demanding to start up the training again. You can experience the effects of latent learning if you take a day or week or month off from training and discover that your dog is farther ahead than where you stopped off. If you're doing Go to Place, reward your dog frequently as long as he's on the mat. Eileen says: Step 1: Put the collar on, and let her get used to it. It’s called the “Give Me a Break” game, which can be found in Control Unleashed, by Leslie McDevitt. minute as being there is really boring and training with. . Thanks for the suggestion! Behaviors you might work on include Go to place, walking in heel, or even playing tug of war. ?” And he acts excited. At first, it took a while for Barnum and me to develop a communication system, because the system McDevitt uses — standing in one spot to train, then going to sit down in a chair in another spot for the break — didn’t work for us. There’s some great things in this video. Maybe you should try teaching her drop it and hold it retrieve it separately so she can understand the different commands. Why is it always that these defining moments happen on April 1? Lots of hindsight. If we’ve been working on down, he will sometimes platz ‘n stare. Well then, you’ve come to the wrong blog. Thank you for posting this entry about your training places and sessions with Barnum, I also do training in the bathroom and kitchen so we get short sessions all the time. The top part of the book is shredded, especially on the spine, torn and bitten up.]. If I’m working from my bed, instead of moving or rotating the chair, I just turn my body slightly. The issue is complicated by the fact that I have to bathe him with medicated shampoo a couple of times a month. If your dog disengages first by looking away or going away from you to sniff, immediately go sit in your chair. These teach the dog to self-calm, to bring himself/herself down off the cliff. Latent learning is also one of the reasons why it’s much more effective (as well as more fun and less exhausting), to do several short sessions a day than one or two long ones. I know it will help me! Yeah, I figured he wouldn’t necessarily eat them, but even just knowing that they’re there, and that he won them, sometimes that helps. Apparently it’s not intended to stand on its own. The stairs were a cookie-dispenser! I just wanted to mention that, for others who might be thinking of getting it. I cue him to go to his dog bed, then make my kissy noise to call him to me, treat, and cue to mat again). Receive new blog posts right in your email! A "How To" blog for anyone training their own assistance and service dogs. http://www.seattlehumane.org Naturally this isn't particularly useful. Dealing with phobias is hard. Lok and I have been challenged to teach Lok how to fetch a hot dog without eating it for our tricks class graduation project. Foot (give me right foot or left foot, as requested, and also let me examine your nails). [Photo description: Barnum’s head in the foreground, looking at a large white chest freezer, next to which is a doggy nail file, and on top of which is a blue yoga mat, a yellow foam rectangle duct-taped to a mouse pad, a long-handled wooden spoon, and two odd-looking white foam pyramids held together with duct tape. Well, an amazing thing happened. Latent learning is what happens (in any organism), between training sessions/lessons/classes. This exercise is great for the dog who is way too interested in squirrels to focus on you when you're on a walk, or way too distracted by the other dogs to concentrate on the exercises when you're in your agility class. I did try Gimme a Break w/Barnum when he was a puppy, but we didn’t have the communication for it. will find she chooses to re-engage sooner than the . (All these scatological metaphors are not just me getting literarily lazy; they are dramatic foreshadowing!). It is important to me to do no harm, and to convince my dog (or any dog that I work with)… It’s amazing how night and day the house/backyard is from the front yard. I think your “toilet training” is an excellent idea! 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