I miss videos from some participants... I hope you're still posting it, it really doesn't matter if you're not finished with the trick just yet, you can always do that later, but it's good to have some directions, that's why I would like to see everybody's videos!
But well, it's time for a new to-do list:
1. see in what situations your dog gets really crazy and exited or runs as mad and name it - my "magic" word is "ajde, ajde" and you can really see how much speed they add when hearing it - in agility or when running in the fields. I got it by saying anytime they would be chasing each other in full speed or go crazy and run in circles on a wet grass.
2. make the front feet target lower&lower and smaller&smaller and then fade it completely, still circling away from the dog and have him follow your leg. Then, add movements to the side, forward and backward and reward your dog for being glued to the leg
3. side version of 2on2off: try to get side legs (the two left or the two right legs) on an object. The easiest is to choose an object that is angled (I put a pillow under the angle against the sofa or a wall), so that the dog can't climb on it with all 4 feet. Because of 2on2off, they will probably try hind feet on, but position yourself next to an object so that the dog is parallel to it and will probably first try just one hind foot (it helps if you have a pee trick down already!): reward a couple of times so that he keeps it there as opposed to try to put the other hind leg on too and then see if you can get front foot on too. You can tell them to paw touch your hand that you keep close to an object and eventually fade the hand to have both feet on an object. Jackpot if the dog puts both feet on at the same time (vs. first hind, then front). Do it with both sides right from the start, you want to build muscle and balance on both sides.
4. one object into another: shape the dog to pick up an object, then to carry it around, then to carry it in the direction of another object, then to let it go close to it and eventually to actually put it in another object. I usually start directly with two bowls of the same size, but to make it easier, you can also use a toy and a box or something similar. Do try it with a bowl too, though, they require more precision.
5. hug the pole/umbrella trick, first clicking for any paw touch, then for sliding to the side and then for going more&more around the object, the final goal is a firm hug with one or both front feet around the object - see this video
6. stays with distractions: tell the dog to sit or down and continue with proofing the stay until the release word as we were practicing in 2on2off position already in the last lesson: have them stay in a position with you running passed them, throwing toys and treats, making different hand gestures etc. - then say "go" (sometimes standing still, sometimes while moving) and reward, preferably with a toy as you want a fast start out of the position on "go"
I’ve been rather busy these past few weeks so I am a bit behind. I plan on catching up on everyone’s videos and comments this weekend!
Anyhow, with lesson 4, I have not done the stacking objects (#4) but definitely plan on teaching that trick to Maia at one point. The hard part will be to get her to pick the bowl up. She will pick up balls, and frizbees and her tug toys, but not bowls -- but I think I can get to to anyway 🙂
1. she goes crazy chasing squirrles or when she is chasing my other dog Chinook. I usually just say ‘go, go, go’.
2. Ever since I changed my position like Silvia suggested, it’s been going much, much better. I am not going to lower the object. She does well in both directions.
3. side 2on2off I think is going well as well. Sometimes I can catch her doing it in the air! (I was not able to catch that on video this time)
5. Well, I started the hold a toy/bottle trick a long time ago but got stuck. She will not hold it firmly, so when I let go, it falls. Plus, she sits so far away that I have to reach farther and farther. (you will see that in the video) SO I am going to start with the pole. On the video is our second session with the pole. It is very slippery for her, so I might have to find a different pole for her.
6. Maia has excellent sits/stays with all sorts of distractions. I can leave her in a sit and go and practice agility, or play fetch with other dogs and she will not move until released. In fact this past week, in agility class, she was in a sit in the arena, another dog ran up to her and me and had his tail wagging in her face and she did not move.
I’ve included some cik/cap training in this video too. I started this with using food as the reward and that went really well. I shaped her going around the table leg. Recently, I’ve started to use a toy as the reward, and this is what has happened…she barks at me, and will not wrap anymore. I’ve noticed that in class and in our other training too -- she gets so focused on the frizbee or ball and she just wants to chase it, that she does not listen and focus.
Sounds and looks good! Very nice position with heeling now, time to fade the target! Hugging looks good, to me it actually looks like all you would need to do it add duration and once you have it, select for the best grips to shape a really independent hug. It could be easier to first do it with one leg, in sit position, though -- or if in sit up, maybe with a bigger, more rounded object? If you get this barking and not-focusing attitude when you have a toy, first start doing easy tricks she knows really well with the toy so that she sees she can still do something in the presence of a toy. -- And then just make them harder&harder.
I am now very behind as I spent the week preparing Tili for her first go at the breed ring -- teaching the trot & stack as shaped tricks -- which paid off as she came reserve best baby puppy in show at both all breed shows yesterday.
Have been marking full speed charging around.
Have nice heel work -- coming round into the leg and when there are no distractions moving with the leg one step at a time circle, side, front & back.
Side feet on still going on back then front.
One object into another I have not even started.
Pole hugging -- paw starting to wrap around pole.
Sit stays, 15 -- 20 sec with swinging ball released to go get it. Stand stay good enough to make people in the breed ring comment that she was too good to for a pup of her age.
Will get back to class this week.
Wow, congratulations!!! Looking forward to the video, she sounds to be doing great!
hug the pole :
one object into another :
Deusty doesn’t understand what I want. I changed the bowl for something bigger but it still doesn’t understand. It would have taken me to stop when he left but it is difficult to stop at that time.
Wow, very good handstand! He has great style for free handstand as he pushes up his hind feet so much! I think you can pretty much go to the wall now. For the toy to into a bowl trick, keep clicking for picking up an object, but always reward by throwing a treat into a bowl, never from your hand. That will take him closer to the bowl and he’ll have more chances to drop it in. Don’t ask for more than picking it up for now, you can’t ask for more until he drops it in by accident for 10 times or so -- it only stresses him. Hugging is going well too, he would just need to be a little closer to an object to be able to go deeper around it with a paw -- but he seems a little bit uncomfortable with it. That’s why I wouldn’t even put him in a sit, but would hold an umbrella still and click for approaching it closer&closer -- I think he will be more comfortable about it if approaching it would be his choice.
Here is my recalls & sit stays with distractions.
Great job! Loved the “go watch the cow” reward 🙂
The larger BC had a huge problem fence chasing and barking at the cows. So the rule is no barking, no fence chasing, but you can stare at them all day long as long as you come on his name “once”
His reward in addition to food is he gets to go stare at the cows! As you can see after playing that game 5 min. she could care less about the cows.
This a where I am at video.
start of Cik & Cap -- outside around a pot and at the end of the video around the table leg (camera a bit close and light poor). The table leg version started to work better in this evening session not taped.
Sideways -- both sides, now getting both legs up the board and the board is fairly steep. Think we still have a way to go here.
Bum up -- she is still stepping up but this is the highest she has ever tried to go. She is growing in leaps and bounds at the moment and I am not sure she knows where all her bits are or has the core strength to do much more than this -- should I push her harder or give her more of a chance to grow -- just coming up 5 months.
Bunny up -- our favourite to get what we want
2o2o on wobble board -- toy distraction & release. Have not got any where with banging doors or draws but she crashes around on the wobble board with no concern.
sit stay -- teased with toy & released to fetch. Have not done much work on the down as she is still tending to do that puppy collapse to the side if down for too long so am keeping it short. Did not video the stand but that is going well.
Heel work -- on left she seems to have a good sense of place but you can see I am an Obedience handler and the right side still needs work.
Hugging the pole -- have just started to get these firm clutches that move the stick, she seems to like doing it standing up
OK now the really hard part lets see if I can link the video.
Yeap, she sure did quite some growing! Her handstand is actually going great, she can sure step up really high! You will be at vertical object in no time -- and yes, you sure want to go slowly with it, don’t push too much. Great side legs too! Very nice heeling too, it’s amazing how well she goes backwards, it’s usually the hardest one! And yes, some more work for right side 🙂 -- It’s just as easy as left side 🙂 For cik&cap, few more sessions and then you can maybe switch to a toy, I think she will find it more fun then.