This great quote about life from Gilda Radner seems quite applicable to dog training and running agility courses as well. Keep your sense of humor at all times, enjoy watching your dog think… and training will bring you and your dog to a new sense of understanding and confidence in each other!
“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” — Gilda Radner
Week 1 – Homework
Put eye contact on cue
Week 2 – Homework
Week 3 – Homework
Crate Games – add duration and release word
Place training – Karen Pryor – add duration and Release word
Paw Target Videos
Duration via 300 peck
Week 4 – Homework
Transfer the PAW Touch to a “shake” and a “High Five” — put each on separate cue.
Place – increase duration using the 300 peck method. (Can your dog stay in place while you eat dinner?)
Week 5 – Homework
Place – increase duration and distance – 300 peck (Can your dog stay in place while you eat dinner?)
Dance – 2 feet on the object and moving back feet to get a cookie
Shake – on verbal cue (how about High Five, Wave ?
increase distance to the foot target – how far will your dog go?
Find a kid’s drum or other object that will make noise – will your dog hit it?
Week 6 – Homework
Dance – Movement into side, close front
Fetch – Dog picks up an object ( add duration)