Pvybe Life Episode 1 – The Pilot Season’s Pilot

We had a glut of video footage. Nothing special really, just a couple days of filming casual training sessions and life here at Pvybe HQ. There was nothing really special enough for it’s own video, so I slapped it all together into a long form YouTube video and really liked what I saw.

This episode here is what started us going down the path to creating a full blown half hour dog training show.

Here’s the chapter navigation that you experience if you watch the video on Youtube and navigate from the description. Since You’re already here you’ll probably just scrub your way to the proper timecode in the youtube player from the featured image above.

0:00:10 – Ball Intro with Reggie

Here’s Reggie working the ball. This was his first session with the ball after a very quick introduction where it became quite clear that I needed a camera…

You can see that he’s a kuttle shakey to start, butit’s an aggressive ball. The tire is too small. You can also see that I pay the heck out of him creating a desire to be on the ball. On his second rep, I hold the ball to make it more stable for him, paying him the whole time. This is key. You can see that he doesn’t want to get off the ball. That’s desire.

At 0:01:30, Reggie gives eye contactUnsolicited eye contact or Attention is a great way to hook up with a dog. If you have something the dog wants he should give eye contact in order to get access to it. This quickly becomes akin to asking permission for things that the dog wants. If your dog offers Attention when they see something they want, most dog... and I reinforce with the presentation of the cue for the StallA Stall has the dog leaping up and chilling out on the handler’s back. Stalls are great for showmanship and for presenting a dog to the crowd. They create a dramatic or emotive pause amidst the craziness of a disc dog freestyle routine.... behavior (jump up and chill). This is what we call rewarding with action, and is a really nice technique for making things happen. You markShort for “Positive Marker”, a Mark is a word or signal given at the exact moment a desired behavior is performed. It’s like a clicker. Mark can also mean the act of marking behaviors. “Did you Mark that?” asks if the positive marker was given to tell the dog he was correct. When playing disc it is important to Mark... a behavior, like eye contact, and then reinforce with the presentation of the cookieA Cookie is traditionally thought of as a food treat given as positive reinforcement. In that definition, a cookie is a discrete piece of food reinforcement. In many dog training discussions, the idea of the Cookie is a bit less discrete and encompasses more types of reinforcers than food. The term Cookie is often verbal or metaphorical shorthand for dog... or the Stall cue.

AroundAn Around, or a Go Around is the traditional disc dog set up move. The dog goes around the handler’s body in a clockwise or counter clockwise fashion allowing dog and handler to develop a sense of timing and team movement. Arounds usually start in front of the handler and have the dog circling close to the handler’s heels.... the 1:35 mark I move to vaultThe dog uses the player´s body as a launching pad to jump for a disc. A Vault is a leaping catch from the handler’s body. The dog leaves the ground for the target and uses the handler’s body to get there. There are many different styles and variations of vaults, but they are commonly described by the part of the... discrimination. I’m randomizing “Top” – the linear vault cue, and “Stall” – the jump up and chill cue. You can probably see that Reggie is biased from my left to right. Offering the vault when moving towards the camera and balking when moving from my right to left, or away from the camera.

This left and right handed bias is really common. Reggie is moving towards the camera because he’s moving towards the right hand. Lots of cool things happen in the right hand. The left handed cue is not so strong and should be cultivated.

0:02:38 – Retrieve with Parkour

Apryl is working with bones. She’s trying to make the bone an opportunity. Using dismissalIf a dog is dismissed, it means the handler is "off limits". Dismissal does not mean the dog has to leave, just that the handler is not available. Dismissal is a valuable drive management tool. Used to great effect on both high drive and low drive dogs, Dismissal turns environmental management into a freeshaping opportunity.... (go do dog stuffIf a dog is dismissed, it means the handler is "off limits". Dismissal does not mean the dog has to leave, just that the handler is not available. Dismissal is a valuable drive management tool. Used to great effect on both high drive and low drive dogs, Dismissal turns environmental management into a freeshaping opportunity.... ) to push the dogThe Dog is a player archetype defined by The Dog. There are always a few canine athletes that really separate themselves from the pack. Many great disc dog teams have relied a great deal on The Dog, and many people build an entire style around that unique, once in a lifetime athlete. Any player archetype who executes should, in theory,... away from the handler, Apryl helps Parkour realize that working with her is an opportunity. You can see the results of this at 0:03:40. He hops on that dumbbell and is happy to use it to get access to Apryl.

A little bit of play with the object and some restraint on the collar helps to cement the idea that the dumbbell is an opportunity. When Apryl ups the ante to the PVC Pipe, it’s a no brainer. Parkour’s down on this game. A little teasing with the object keeps Parkour engaged.

The position that Apryl is using is approximating the positon of the object sitting on the ground. It also can be faded into a simulated tossed object. It’s nice work.

0:05:27 – Ball Intro with Lexi

You can probably see that Lexi doesn’t have much experience on the ball, but she’s a gamer. Apryl pays liberally, about 15 cookies, and then makes it to the release. Making it to the release is key when it comes to duration behaviors. Build desire to do the behavior then cue and pay the release.

Apryl moves to the Top cue, which means to vault in linear fashion – jump on and off in a line. This should be contrasted with the Stall cue.

0:09:47 – Advanced BallworkBallwork is a vault and localized collection drill that we do here at Pawsitive Vybe. A fixed and stable exercise ball is used as a vaulting platform to create verbal discrimination between the linear vault, Stall, and rebound (aka: reverse vault) concepts. Food is used as motivation to keep the dog stable and under threshold and to deliver precise reward... with Reggie – Landing Ramp

The idea with this drill is to get the dog to focus on the landing instead of the jump itself and also to overAn Over is any leaping catch that happens over top of the handler’s body. Overs are usually named by the part of the body over which the dog flies, i.e - Leg Over, or the position you are in while doing the Over - Seated Over, Spinning Over, etc. Overs should be taught before Vaults.... jump, or jump up and then fall down upon the object. Then we takeA Take is a cued Bite that replicates the placement and timing of a throw. Usually used with overs, vaults, and flips, the Take is a powerful teaching tool for creating habitual leaping and commitment to flying targets. Takes allow the handler great latitude in placing discs. Just pop it out there sharply and hold it; it’s easy to place... it a bit further and work on vault discrimination.

When I was a kid, I was a good bike rider. We jumped monster jumps – 3 cinder blocks high – but we landed on flat ground. We could only do so much. As I grew to be too large for BMX bikes, the landing ramp became the norm. Kids were now not only jumping their bikes, but strategically landing them. Enter the X Games.

What we are talking about here is a localized landing. Asking the dog not only to leap over an object, but to also select a proper landing spotSpot is a “go to a place”, or “go to a mat” behavior. This means that the dog seeks out and performs a duration behavior on a spot of the handler’s choosing. A Pedestal is a raised spot. Anything a dog can leap onto and perch upon. Spots and Pedestals are important dog training tools.... is a big deal when it comes to understanding the leaping behavior.

I really like the leaping off over the jump as well. In fact, if you place enough value on the ball and get the leap off over the jump, the dog will jump on the ball, over the jump cleanly. It’s spectacular.

0:13:12 – Intermission – Group Stay

A downstay session with Kiva, Harpyr, Prima, Ska, Si, EZ Ryder, & Reggie (look at the rescue dog looking like part of the pack…).

0:15:29 – Backing Up with Jericho

The idea here is to use the channels to keep the dog in line and then to use the alternate surface as a signal to the dog that the behavior is over. At this point in time, Apryl is clicking the alternate surface being touched with a rear foot. This will be changed to a verbal “terminal cue” later.

If you’ve taught backing up with pressurePressure comes in many forms in dog training. Positional Pressure, Performance Pressure, Environmental Pressure, the Plane of the handler’s body. Pressure is a fact. How you wield it or leverage it is up to you. Dogs tend to avoid Pressure and tend to hang out in areas where the Pressure is lower and can be pulled into areas or situations... , notice the way Jericho’s feet are lifting up and reaching back looking for the alternate surface. It’s different than a pressured back up.

Apryl changes to the welcome mat half way throughA Through is a set up move where the dog runs between the handler’s legs. The dog can move from front to back or side to side and can even weave. A Through can be done in both the clockwise and counter clockwise directions.... this session to generalize the alternate surface. Also notice that Apryl is really generalizing her body  position, making it easier for Jericho to handler the backing up from the wheelchair.

0:21:31 – Advanced Ballwork with Hops – Landing Ramp

We push the landing ramp idea pretty far with this little crazy man Hops. The ball is too high and the bars are too far. But he’s a Jack. He’ll be fine… lol

The break in the action when a bar is dropped is a feature not a bug. That down time helps the dog realize that dropping bars is probably not a great idea.

We go rather quickly to the vault discriminationBallwork is a vault and localized collection drill that we do here at Pawsitive Vybe. A fixed and stable exercise ball is used as a vaulting platform to create verbal discrimination between the linear vault, Stall, and rebound (aka: reverse vault) concepts. Food is used as motivation to keep the dog stable and under threshold and to deliver precise reward... , as Hops has a pretty solid history on the ball.

Towards the end we get a little nutty by adding a get out to set the skill.

0:24:13 – Object Targeting with Reggie

Reggie could not take a lure when we got him. He’s a really nice young man.

Here he works on object targeting with Ron.