Focus Fun June Week 3

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first of month – challenge instead of topic

goal is 4 skill topics per week

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Topic – Elements – When conditioning dog to work in heat, etc.  keep session short and end with a game or skill he LOVES

article about what to do in heat/cold

 

 

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when and where else you can use this game

Adding to a recall – break into the game after you have turned to face your dog as in a formal recall.  I.e.  standing up straight with your arms by your side.  

  • Put your dog on a sit.
  • Walk away and turn and face your dog.
  • Call your dog as in a formal recall.
  • As soon as your dog is running towards you and is close to you, toss a treat or toy between your legs and send him for it.
  • Remember that he has to quickly get the toy/treat, turn tightly, and run back to you for better toy/treat.

stand for exam

moving stand

signals

start stays

tables

 

 

 

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BEFORE PROGRESSING, REVIEW YOUR CHECK LIST.

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slow hand down position – bump up distance

Your Task for this Week 

 

BEFORE PROGRESSING, REVIEW YOUR CHECK LIST.

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Transitions Games – Spin/Twirl Progression – proofing

Transition Games are one of my favorite SECRETS.  I use transition games to move my dog from his crate to the working area or show ring, and back to his crate again.  I also use these Transition Games during training and in the show ring while moving between exercises, lining up for a start line stay in Agility, or Nosework, or any exercise, etc.

People often “lose” their dogs between exercises when showing, because their dogs are looking around and not focused on them.  During training, play tug and do things to keep your dog’s focus as you move around.  However, you cannot bring toys or treats into the show ring.

The Transition Games, that I teach you in this course, CAN be taken into the show ring to keep your dog’s attention and focus on you. Transition Games need to be taught, have desire built, and should be practiced and proofed like all skills and exercises.

What You Need

  • Soft treats your dog loves.
  • LOW distracting location like your living room, or training building with only you there, etc.
  • Tug toys if your dog love to tug.

Your Task for May Week 4

Both of the following skills are great Transition Games to keep your dog’s attention and focus on you AND they are also great tricks that are sure to please your friends and a crowd.  In addition, they are wonderful exercises for your dog’s flexibility and warm-up before training or showing.  These Transition Games easily blend into obedience, rally, and agility training.

reminder for SPIN  & Twirl – teaches your dog to turn clockwise on command.

  • Have your dog standing in front of you.  This is a relaxed stand and not a command.
  • Place a treat in your right hand.
  • Lure your dog in a CLOCKWISE direction, with the treat in your right hand making a complete circle.
  • If your dog has a hard time doing a complete circle, slow down the motion of your hand and hold the treat closer to your dog, so that the treat encourages your dog’s head to be level.
  • After a few repetitions, introduce a command, “SPIN” as your dog is moving.
  • Practice several times before going to the next skill, Twirl.

 

TWIRL – teaches your dog to turn counter-clockwise on command.   

  • Have your dog standing in front of you.  This is a relaxed stand and not a command.
  • Place a treat in your left hand.
  • Lure your dog in a COUNTER-CLOCKWISE direction, making a complete circle.
  • If your dog is not able to do a complete circle, slow the motion of your hand and hold the treat closer to your dog so that the treat encourages your dog’s head to be held level.
  • After a few repetitions, introduce a command, “Twirl” as your dog is moving.

Progressions

  • Weaning off the visible lure.  Once your dog is correctly spinning and/or twirling with some speed, ask for the skill WITHOUT the treat in your hand.  Praise your dog lavishly for correctly spinning or twirling.  Now alternate having a treat in your hand and begin rewarding your dog on a random basis.
  • Once your dog is doing Spin and Twirl easily in front of you, move your dog to your left or right side.  Ask your dog to Spin or Twirl at your side.  When your dog is spinning and twirling at your side, begin to move forward at a slow pace with your dog.   Add a spin or twirl as you slowly heel or walk forward.
  • Proofing is the next step in training.  Once your dog is GREAT with the Spin and Twirl, bump up or PROOF your training.  Proofing ideas include having your dog do a Spin or Twirl next to a chair, table, person, or dog.
  • Proofing between objects is another good proofing addition is to have your dog do a Spin and Twirl.  I.e.,  between objects replicating a gate opening such as in a doorway or between chairs.
  • Lastly, proofing against your rewards.  Place your dog’s favorite toys or treats on the ground of chair for your dog to Spin and Twirl next to.

COMMON ERRORS – Handlers Make

  • Your dog will not turn when teaching the Spin/Twirl.  Slow down and keep your signal hand lower.  Praise and reward your dog while he is turning.  Say YES or use your positive marker, while your dog is in the middle of the turn.  After a few repetitions, your dog will be able to complete the turn.
  • Your dog will not Spin/Twirl while you are moving.  Practice walking very slowly and lure your dog for a few repetitions if needed.  Wean off any luring quickly.

 

Video Notes: Here Poe and I are working on Spins and Twirls.  Overall, he does a great job.  During the session, we break periodically for tug and to give his brain a rest.  I find brain breaks are important for any dog learning new skills.  Over time and more training sessions, I will ask for faster turns and will add verbal cues.

 

 

 

Video Notes:  Sly and Riker help demonstrate the teaching steps on Spin and Twirl.  Sly is first in the video and he LOVES both of these Transition Games.  We work on Spin/Twirl in slow motion, with a treat in my hand, and Sly in front of me.  Then we progress to working on the skill at a faster pace and a treat in my hand ever other repetition.  Sly and I then try the skill without a treat in my hand and a smaller hand signal.  Once I know Sly is confident with the skill, we move him to my right or left side.  Finally, we do the skill while walking slowly forward. 

 

Riker is last in the video.  We do the same sequence I did with Sly.  Slow exaggerated hand signals with a treat.  Then a faster, smaller signal, and finally weaning off the treat in signal hand.  Skills on my right or left side, as well as  while walking forward at a slow pace. 

BEFORE PROGRESSING, REVIEW YOUR CHECK LIST.

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Your Task for this Week 

 

BEFORE PROGRESSING, REVIEW YOUR CHECK LIST.

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PDF Files useful for this week

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