Focus Fun October Week 1

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Instant On is one of my training SECRET drills and it is a valuable tool that teaches my dogs to go from feet up in the air a sleep to work on a second’s notice.

FUNdamentals Instant ON

  • First, make a plan of what skills you are going to do during the training sessions.
  • Keep the skills easy, short, and fun for the first few times training this drill.
  • Preplace any equipment needed such as jumps, signs, toys, or treats around the training area BEFORE taking your dog out of the car or crate.
  • NOTE:  With a young or inexperienced dog, I will play with my dog using the KrazyKookie Game or a game of tug, to teach engagement immediately out of a crate.  Only when my dog plays immediately, do I start to teach the “training right out of the crate” concept.
  • Get your dog out of the car/crate and immediately start training.
  • Work your way to your training area with transitions and place your dog on a settle.  This is a relaxed, down with your dog on his hip.
  • Once your dog relaxes, quickly ask your dog to do a skill.  This can be a trick, lining up next to you, etc.  Use something easy that your dog knows well.
  • Reward effort!
  • Work a number of settles into your training session, but do not overwork your dog.  This is a mentally intensiveness skill for your dog.
  • Engage with your dog back to his crate.

COMMON ERRORS – Handlers Make

  • Expecting too much too quickly.  When working on this skill, keep sessions short and fun.
  • Using the skills the dog does not really know or do well.   While teaching this drill, keep all skills used simple and pick ones your dog will be successful with.

Video Notes:  The location is a closed restaurant near a Starbucks and a freeway, and a new area for all three of my dogs.

Sly is first in this video and has done “Instant On”.  Going from a relaxed settle to working mode is not a problem for him.  I picked skills he knows well, heeling, line-ups, drops, One Way Focus, and spins.  Praise is the main reward he receives during this session.  Sorry we went out of camera view for a few seconds.

Riker is next in the video.  He has done this drill a few times, but this location is a bit distracting for him. This tells me, we need to practice this drill more in the future.  We work on line-ups, heeling, fronts, and finishes, along with drops.  When distracted, I push him out of the way, and tease him with verbal taunting.  Again, I use petting and praise as his main reinforcement.  At 3.25 marker, I ask Riker to jump and get next to me from a settle.  He does not jump up into position as quickly as he should.  So, we spent a bit more time working on this until I see more effort from Riker.  Towards the end of our session, I do see more effort in his efforts.  Hahaha.  His tail keeps on wagging. :>)

Karrde is last in the video.  He has not had a lot of training on this drill, so we kept the skills we trained easy ones to help him with success.  At the beginning of the session, Karrde was very distracted.   As a consequence, I tweaked his butt and then praised when he focused on me.  Persistence paid off and he started maintaining focus on his job and me.  Again, the reward was praise and some treats.  Note though, he is not giving treats with every success during this session.  Overall, I was pleased with his effort.

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Your Task for this Week 

 

BEFORE PROGRESSING, REVIEW YOUR CHECK LIST.

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BEFORE PROGRESSING, REVIEW YOUR CHECK LIST.

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