Engagement™ is a huge buzzword these days in the dog training world. I think it’s taken over Rear End Awareness™” and Core Strength™. We’ve been doing Engagement, professionally, for 12 years now, and we’ve got a killer track record with clients and friends. Rescuing dogs from critical mechanical problems with toys and engagement and turning […]
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Getting a fresh new sequence is totally the goal of a Flash Jam, but it’s not the only goal, it might not even be the important one. Many jams whipped up by our site or your cards are not going to be keepers. There are going to be a lot of lame sequences that get generated by […]
RustGrizzy and DirtyErn work on a new sequence using cookies in a distraction filled environment using the Art of Linking Tricks and a FlashJam created here on site. Handling a Distracted Dog Rust is pretty distracted here. There is something in the air, for sure. In the background the community garden is in full effect, something […]
this is the second installment in this series. Check out part 1. continued from part 1 – yes, this is the same video but you should watch it again… Roller A Roller is a vital skill for disc dog training, and is simply a disc that rolls on end like a wagon wheel. The Roller […]
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 […]
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, and […]
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.
solving problems with bitework is like untying a knot. work on one strand or maybe a couple at a time and tug, loosen, and manipulate those strands to free up space, or to align the strands so you can untie the knot. Pulling Strings You pull strings in bitework through reinforcement. Let’s say you have […]
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. […]
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.
This is a few minutes of a human clicker game we played at a recent Discdog B&B. The idea here is to teach a person to perform a skill using a clicker and to talk about some of the nuances in communicating and teaching your dog.
Performance can be based upon conceptual or contextual understanding. How does a handler communicate conceptual understanding to the dog and avoid performance based on the context of the situation? It’s simple, but not easy…
More lessons in this series: Human Clicker Game Context vs Concept Performance is not understanding. Just because a dog has done or is doing a behavior doesn’t mean they understand what it is he is doing.
I ran across this great article on Clickertraining.com. This is how it’s done. It’s a long article written by Clint Matthews about overcoming an early adolescent fear that was having an impact on their hunting/gun dog performance in 15 short clicker training sessions:
In our business, teaching people to do cool things with their dogs, we rely on metaphor all the time to communicate complex ideas. A metaphor can be tailored to a specific client or a team and can be used to help them succeed with their dog. Sometimes that means just simplifying the situation and placing the focus on the things we need to succeed, and sometimes we try to completely reframe the handler’s understanding
Dog Frisbee is just dog training with a slightly different focus. It’s easy to forget that. When you’re talking about how shapes and patterns develop, the Xs and Os, it can be helpful to fall back on what you know about dog training.
Disc dogger’s have a problem. We all want to play this game so darned much that it’s hard to remain consequent and focused on the component skills that build our game. Once our dogs start to approach the realm of performance potential, it’s hard to keep our focus on being successful because of the handler’s expectation of performance. This is classic putting the cart before the horse behavior and can be very detrimental to a team’s long term potential.
…dogs that vault well but do not leap well do so because the vault is just a simple foundational leaping drill with concrete and easy to achieve criteria…