Tuesday 7PM Homework  8/9/05

1) Use a chair or other prop, place food or other distraction on floor. Transfer food deference protocol anchor conditioned
on the mats, use a mildly aversive tone if dog glances at distraction as you move dog around prop. Reinforce attention w/clicks.
2) Condition dog to sit in frount on cue.
Call past food on floor near prop. as shown in class.
3) Drop on recall . Condition dog to back up and then drop behind stick placed on floor. Set dog up in "stay" Call to stick, drop on cue.




Tuesday 7PM Homework    7/12/05

1) Refine "stays" on mat. Continue to
work with food avoidance/deference
protocol.
2) Remove food from mat. condition a
release word. Capture stillness, use
release word, wait for dog to break, click
breaking response, drop reward near feet.
Avoid using body language to aid dog.
Gradually extend length of time dog waits
for release word.
3) Send to mat. Dog waits as handler places treat on mat, handler returns to dog
sends dog to mat--- handler follows dog
in, drops dog on mat. Repeat.
4) Figure 8's --- condition dog to "spin " on cue near the inside and outside of the posts.

7/19/05
1) Continue to work on "stays"
Challenge dog with distractions by setting up in busy places. Increase challenge by
moving further away and periodically walking back to reinforce stillness. Use a loose light line tied to a fence or a tree to keep the dog safe in busy areas (should he break. )

2) Practice directing dog between targets
set on the floor. Bait the targets. Use hand
targeting game and name response game to keep the dog engaged with you as you move between floor targets. This should
simulate the skills needed--- to improve the
exercises we worked on 7/19

  Tuesday   8/2/05

1) Continue to work on "drop", "stay" and "release" cues. Try placing the mat near the tether and incorporating a "no reward mark " as shown in class.
2) Set up chairs as shown in earlier sessions, begin work on heel position *without* using a leash. Weave around chairs. Incorporate halts and drops in heel position.













Wednesday 6:00 PM Intermediate Group

Homework  April

1) Name response game on a short leash around distractions. Swap behaviors: call, sit, down, target hand. Keep the leash loose. Control dog by keeping occupied.
2) Heeling. Use the chairs as in class.
Keep the leash loose.  Use your tools
(name response, hand taps, hand target.)
to keep the dog in the heeling game. Keep the rate of reinforcement high. dog should not have the opportunity to become distracted. work other behaviors in.. sit,
drop in heel position etc.
3) Self control games (stay still on mat) work with distractions (drop toys, food, etc)
reinforce deference when you notice the dog avoiding distractions-- head turns away-- work in release cue as shown in class. The release cue is important for future work.  Move mat to different locations.
4) Front sit. Shape dog to sit up in frount
and close to your body from a prone drop position. Begin shaping by first teaching dog to hold position as you stand over him.

















December 8th

1) Using a chair or the wall as a prop,
condition your dog to move into heel position, and sit squarely to your left.
2) Combine your release game with
a lured sit in frount.
3) Continue to work on the figure eight  exercise, condition your dog to expect
to spin toward the inside or outside
post as shown in class.
4) Stay still. Continue to desensitize your
dog to all kinds of distractions while he remains still on the mat. Have people
approach and touch him and/or greet you

If you have questions
please message me
before our next meeting.
email me

6) About turns in place. Dog is reinforced for responding to the movement of your head (in the direction of the turn)



5) Drop on recall. Work with props (chairs and stick, leash etc) teach dog to back up, taking a step behind the "line" and then drop into a prone (spinx) position. Work in a hand signal to indicate "drop" . The back up cue should be verbal.
a) Recall from the prone drop. Backchain the
end of this exercise by rehearsing it first.
Use a tossed lure to encourage the dog to surge up toward you from the drop.
b) Recall to the drop. Rehearse this after rehearsing (a) Set dog up 25 feet from the line. Drop at the line using your verbal "back up" cue just before you signal the drop.



the dog' should be receptive to the article, he should reach toward it when presented. Once the article is in the mouth,  cue "hold" as you quickly wrap your hands around the muzzle for a brief time. Look for the dog to pause, without any mouthing of the article, click and treat the pause. If you experience a problem with this phase of conditioning the dog to hold, go back to desensitizing the dog to accept your hands on the muzzle. Success is usually a matter of shorter initial exposures while keeping the rate of reinforcement high.

3) Increase the length of time your dog "holds" gradually, one second at a time. It is important not to move to along too quickly and keep the rate of reinforcement high. The dog should regard this as very positive, he should look forward to the exchange.

4) After several days you will notice that your dog seems to understand what is wanted and will grip the article immediately upon presentation, when this occurs, remove your hands for a second at a time, praising your dog for continuing to hold as your hands go away, then return.



Monday 8PM Homework    11/05/06

1) Refine "stays" on mat. Continue to
work with food avoidance/deference
protocol.

2) Remove food from mat. condition a
release word. Capture stillness, use
release word, wait for dog to break, click
breaking response, drop reward near feet.
Avoid using body language to aid dog.
Gradually extend length of time dog waits
for release word.

3) Send to mat. Dog waits as handler places treat on mat, handler returns to dog
sends dog to mat--- handler follows dog
in, drops dog on mat. Repeat.

4) Continue to work on "stays" outdoors
Challenge dog with distractions by setting up in busy places. Increase challenge by
moving further away and periodically walking back to reinforce stillness. Use a loose light line tied to a fence or a tree to keep the dog safe in busy areas (should he break. )

5) Set up chairs as shown in earlier sessions, begin work on heel position *without* using a leash. Weave around chairs. Incorporate halts and drops in heel position.



































Wednesday 6:00 PM Intermediate Group

Homework  April

1) Name response game on a short leash around distractions. Swap behaviors: call, sit, down, target hand. Keep the leash loose. Control dog by keeping occupied.
2) Heeling. Use the chairs as in class.
Keep the leash loose.  Use your tools
(name response, hand taps, hand target.)
to keep the dog in the heeling game. Keep the rate of reinforcement high. dog should not have the opportunity to become distracted. work other behaviors in.. sit,
drop in heel position etc.
3) Self control games (stay still on mat) work with distractions (drop toys, food, etc)
reinforce deference when you notice the dog avoiding distractions-- head turns away-- work in release cue as shown in class. The release cue is important for future work.  Move mat to different locations.
4) Front sit. Shape dog to sit up in frount
and close to your body from a prone drop position. Begin shaping by first teaching dog to hold position as you stand over him.

















December 8th

1) Using a chair or the wall as a prop,
condition your dog to move into heel position, and sit squarely to your left.
2) Combine your release game with
a lured sit in frount.
3) Continue to work on the figure eight  exercise, condition your dog to expect
to spin toward the inside or outside
post as shown in class.
4) Stay still. Continue to desensitize your
dog to all kinds of distractions while he remains still on the mat. Have people
approach and touch him and/or greet you

If you have questions
please message me
before our next meeting.
Foundation
Retrieve

Please follow these directions as the goal is not only to teach your dog to hold on but also to desensitize to handling of the head and mouth for husbandry purposes.

5) Retrieve : c and t, nose touches to the middle of the dowel, raise criteria to biting the middle of the dowel.

6) Desensitize dog to hand touches around the muzzle using clicks and treats..  Gradually increase the level of contact until you can wrap both hands around the muzzle for c and t without any reaction.

Week 3

Review above exercises.

Tether dog and freely shape retrieve. Place dumbbell in front of (within reach of) dog. C and T
dog for touching middle of dowel. Move dumbbell around, continue reinforcing dog for indicating
middle of dowel. experiment with using  a "no reward marker" by removing dumbbell and briefly shunning dog for absence of response when dumbbell is presented. This is a judgement call, at some shaping stages "waiting for response while observing" is more appropriate. You will have to ping pong back and forth, as you are also learning--- through trial and error-- when to help your dog and when to with draw. 

If the dog is hungry and also interested in your company he will usually figure out that the way to keep the reinforcement coming is by interacting with the dumbbell. As the touch (the middle) response becomes more fluent, withholding reinforcement may frustrate the dog, causing a more aggressive touch response resulting in  biting the dowel.  Once you have reinforced this
bite, the criteria for receiving reinforcment has been raised.  You must get the bite.  It will occur.


Hand Touch Cues

Separately, hand target cues should have been repeated and reinforced.  The hand touch cue can
facilitate having the dumbbell lifted to your hand
once the dog has learned to bite the dowel and been reinforced for it. 99% of the time biting the dowel also results in lifting the dumbbell. Be ready for this to occur. Place your hand near the dog's muzzle. Cue the hand touch as the dog lifts the dumbbell. STAY WITH IT !!!  Do not extend the
distance dog must go to reach the hand until the lift and place response is reliable.





2) food avoidance/ deference protocol /stays.
   a) Sit   5 minutes
   b) Down  5 minutes

Add deference protocol stays to heeling foundation as described in #1, above.

3) Tether dog and reinforce quick drops, on cue. If response to cue is slow, use a No Reward Marker and walk away, or go out of sight briefly. Experiment with the NRM until
you have more influence, dog should
respond faster to keep you in the space.















   
How motivated is your dog to receive the reinforcement and/or your company ?
Depravation creates neediness LAF Discover how hungry or how lonely your dog needs to be before you notice an increase in motivation. Try using your dog's meals for training, and/or introducing a period of separation before training.
Are you puzzled at how to modify your dog's responses to competing motivation from the environment ? Our dogs inherit innate drives from their ancestors. The way these drives are weighted varies from dog to dog depending on background.

Dogs naturally high in prey drive are easily  stimulated by things that move. This  tendency can cause problems, especially when you need to have your dog's attention outdoors, while around other animals, people or cars.

For a condensed description of prey drive, check this link:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prey_drive.

The most useful approach to increasing dog attention is to channel natural drives in a manner that diverts the dog's attention away from the distractions  to you. A chase game that also builds a reliable stay cue can lead to increases in focus, by stimulating the dog to want to chase you, yet requiring him to wait until released.  Ready, Ready...Ready..GO !
Repeat this protocol ad infinitum, reinforcing with food rewards, or toy interraction, each time the dog reaches you. Through  thoughtful conditioning of this game, it is easy to desensitize your dog to competing motivation from the environment, as the stimulation you're providing accumulates a long reinforcement history.



Monday 8PM Homework    11/05/06

1) Refine "stays" on mat. Continue to
work with food avoidance/deference
protocol.

2) Remove food from mat. condition a
release word. Capture stillness, use
release word, wait for dog to break, click
breaking response, drop reward near feet.
Avoid using body language to aid dog.
Gradually extend length of time dog waits
for release word.

3) Send to mat. Dog waits as handler places treat on mat, handler returns to dog
sends dog to mat--- handler follows dog
in, drops dog on mat. Repeat.

4) Continue to work on "stays" outdoors
Challenge dog with distractions by setting up in busy places. Increase challenge by
moving further away and periodically walking back to reinforce stillness. Use a loose light line tied to a fence or a tree to keep the dog safe in busy areas (should he break. )

5) Set up chairs as shown in earlier sessions, begin work on heel position *without* using a leash. Weave around chairs. Incorporate halts and drops in heel position.
































August 2008 Week 2, Tuesday 5:30 PM

1) food avoidance/ deference protocol /stays.
   a) Sit   10 minutes
   b) down  10 minutes

2) Trigger release game. Release to heel position from "down" position encourage to the breaking point but reward only for breaking on cue to come to heel. 5 reps.

3) Figure eights. Spins -- near a prop (chair)
   a) clockwise  10 reps.
   b) counter-clockwise 10 reps

4) Review basic fronts and finishes :

a) Move smoothly to heel position from out in front, use a prop and a lure, turn dog behind you, bring up into a sit beside you.  10 reps

b) Sit up into front from a prone drop. Paws should end up between your feet. 10 reps
   

Bring a "dumbbell" for teaching the retrieve. AKC regulation dumbbells can be ordered online at Max200, in plastic or wood. Or you
can find them locally at "Fetch" on Commercial Street (across from DiMello's)



Tuesday 5:30 Homework    Week 4
Aug.      2008

1) Heeling foundation. Continue to work on attention, moving your dog near all kinds of distractions (food or toys on the floor, other
dogs)

Look for opportunities to reinforce the moment the dog decides to avoid the distraction, remaining focused on you instead.  Multiple experiences are important, manipulate dog's exposure to get as many of these reinforcements as possible.















4) Drop on recall. Work with props (chairs and stick, leash etc) teach dog to back up, taking a step behind the "line" and then drop into a prone (spinx) position. Work in a hand signal to indicate "drop" . The back up cue should be verbal.
a) Recall from the prone drop. Backchain the
end of this exercise by rehearsing it first.
Use a tossed lure to encourage the dog to surge up toward you from the drop.
b) Recall to the drop. Rehearse this after rehearsing (a) Set dog up 25 feet from the line. Drop at the line using your verbal "back up" cue just before you signal the drop.

Does your dog love to chase balls or sticks yet seldom delivers to hand ? Retrieving to hand fosters cooperation. Retrieving is not only a great way to exercise your dog, but also provides another channel for reinforcing a reliable recall.
If your dog enjoys "play retrieving" but has not learned to  deliver to hand, it will be necessary to stop rehearsing the
old way while a new, reliable retrieve is taught in steps by approximation. Contrary to what many believe, it is possible
to condition a reliable retrieve without ever using force.
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