S2E1 of Pawsitive Vybe, the dog training & lifestyle webseries. This episode focuses on unsolicited eye contact, aka: Attention, and Dismissal.
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Attention and Targeting are the basis of team based work. Without these skills teams don’t function very effectively. Shaping…
Eye contact in the presence of a disc earns the opportunity to bite the disc. It’s brutally simple and effective for keeping dogs off of the handler and for helping…
sometimes dogs learn the funniest things. like Viper here… he thinks the object of the game is to pick up the disc off the ground. unlearning that and teaching a catch can be a tough job. here’s a session from a recent disc dog camp on solving this problem. Jaimie & Viper came to disc […]
So far in this series I’ve used a metaphor to explain the complex and interrelated nature of behaviors and behavior chains – behavioral problems are knots made out of little strings of behavior. This metaphor fits the confusion and frustration that we experience when trying to solve problems with our dogs. It also brings […]
The last two installments of this series outlined the behavioral strings and knots metaphor and examined 5 ‘strings’ of behavior and their relationship to behavioral knots and to each other. I am going to continue to stretch this metaphor and cover some less tangible behavioral strings that are precursors and requirements for engagement, interaction, […]
Yesterday’s piece was about how solving behavioral problems is kind of like untangling knots. Today I’m going to talk about the strings that make up the behaviors and how they can be used as well as what happens to other strings when you tug on them with bitework.
Learning a foreign language from a conversational angle is all the rage these days. Instead of focusing on grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, the very concepts that fluency in language is built upon, the teaching is focused on creating competence: pronunciation, common situations, verbal repetition, and vocabulary supplements. contextual understanding in dog training is like […]
Ron Watson & Loot use Oppositional Feeding to create a flip for a disc at 5-10 yards. Get the theory and practice behind this skill…
What Is Dismissal? Dismissal is the opposite of Attention. Practically speaking, it means that the handler is not available at this time. It does not mean “we’re done working”. It does not mean “you may stop doing that”. It means I (the handler) am not available now and you may amuse yourself for a while. […]
This sequence should just be called Move, as that seems to be the essence of it. The handler will chase the dog throughout this sequence, making the throw and chase the dog. By following the throw the handler will demonstrate efficient and active handling and will cover a bunch of the field. This is a great way to increase your field presentation.
Watch Video A Reverse Vault with No Disc Tossed dog does a flip from the handler’s body similar to a flyball box turn, clockwise or counter clockwise, with no intent to catch a disc
Watch Video Cued Biting and Tugging of Discs Adds Value to the Handler and Teaches Patience in Drive catching discs happens out there. a good reward history of dog and handler sharing the disc via a bite and tug adds value to the area around the handler giving the dog a reason to hang […]
Watch playlist A Reverse Vault with No Disc Tossed dog does a flip from the handler’s body similar to a flyball box turn, clockwise or counter clockwise, with no intent to catch a disc
Putting the Drop behavior on cue gives the handler a great deal of power over an object in the dog’s mouth and can be used to teach a Hold, Carry and Retrieve.
Episode 8 of Pawsitive Vybe, dog training & lifestyle show, Bite for Drive focuses on getting dogs who have trouble playing with toys to engage in bitework.
Playing disc with your dog is just another rule set of dog training – another game we play with our dogs. The behavior chains are longer and things a bit faster but it’s still dog training. Dog training is a dialogue. A big of your job is to recognize and answer the questions your dog asks.
Duration Behaviors are behaviors that happen for an extended period of time. A Down Stay is a duration behavior, as is chilling out on a pedestal, prolonged Attention, a lingering nose or foot Target, and working a Threshold.
Rate of Reinforcement is well understood in dog training. We consider it one of the Four Principles of Positive Dog Training. Below we focus on Rate of Reinforcement as Cookies Per Minute (CPM) via some training and disc dog jam sessions and relate Rate of Reinforcement to the teaching, handling, and performance of dogs.
The 3 concepts we’ve covered so far:Attention and Targeting, and Threshold are active in nearly every cooperative skill you do with your dog. Let’s look at them again with a focus on leveraging them.