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PVybe Life – Episode 2 Season 1 – Merry Christmas!

Well we survived another Christmas. Here’s what went down that week…

00:00 – Pan Hot Hunts a piece of string.

Pan, our Boston mix goes nuts for a piece of hanging string. She’s a serious hunter.

There was a cat toy attached to the string that Pan really wanted to put some hurt on. She worked this toy until I wound it up around the sprinkler system.

The guy hanging out with us is Kenny, and he’s super cool. He makes a yearly pilgrimage to Michigan to see family around the holidays, and Apryl is on his short list of visits.

01:13 – Doing Nothing is Hard Work

Our dogs have been classically conditioned to go bonkers when someone walks out on the astroturf in the studio; they know that exciting things are going to happen. And most of the time they are correct.

One thing that you can do to remedy this is to belie that classical conditioned understanding. If the dog believes something is going to happen and has a physiological response because of that belief, don’t go there. Have a problem with a bonkers dog walking to the Frisbee field? Walk out there and don’t play, just chill out, then leave. A few reps of the dog not playing at the field can have massive impact on the classically conditioned state.

This session was supposed to be about doing nothing, which is not really that easy to do. Here I am giving it a shot. Looks like I make it about 20 seconds before I toss Hops a ball. I did manage to keep it super low key.

Notice how the game changes when Leilani (border collie on the couch) gets excited. I really blow the session by allowing the energy to get away from me.

04:34 – Ballwork for Dog Catch

Apryl and Lexi use an exercise ball to assist with early dog catch training. Lexi is a pretty simple dog and is quite the athlete. Once she figures that out, she’ll be dangerous.

This is a really nice bridge between ballwork (Top, Stall & Rebound) and dog catch. You can see Apryl using reward placement to set Lexi’s approach and Apryl’s giving a ton of cookies in the Dog catch.

At 5:33, you can see her balk on the right to left side. Dogs don’t often like to work both ways, and handler’s often only use their right hand to give cookies. So the dog works in one direction. Work the strong side way more than the weak if you have a problem with this as a team. It’s more important to make the dog catch valuable and achievable first. Once you have that, you can get the other direction fairly easily.

Apryl starts with the Stall cue and quickly moves to “Dog Catch” as the cue and she also starts to generalize the handler position by standing up after the catch. She wraps it up with the finished dog catch.
08:08 – Skratty Hugs
Apryl & Skratty work on a new freeshaped skill – Hug – thanks Georgios!
This skill is a duration behavior. Apryl will bookend it – cuing the skill, paying while the behavior is happening and then making it to the release. Duration is defined by the release.

The frantic nature can be combated by a more constant flow of cookies.

The session ends with Dismissal.

10:15 – Daily Life @ PVybe – Going Outside

Typical going outside chaos. I think we have 8 dogs going out here.

I work threshold with my crew at the x-pen gate and the door. Eye contact is what is being marked at each threshold. We come in and work a downstay for a while after this. It’s kind of standard operating procedure when we have guests.

15:33 – Daily Life @ PVybe – Group Down Stay

So mean, turning on the vacuum cleaner while they’re staying, but that’s life here. Notice pan still working the string @16:11.

20:38 – Early Over with Lexi

This is Lexi’s first shot at working an over. Apryl uses cookies, setting the approach by tossing a cookie out there. She’s presenting the cookie and then rewarding to set the other approach. After a few reps she adds the Over cue.

Notice that Lexi has a hard time doing this skill from Apryl’s right to left. Left to right is pretty easy, but there’s not enough value in the left hand for her to commit to it.
Apryl tries a flag and flash over which Lexi wasn’t quite ready for, and then wound up moving to a kneeling over to generalize the skill a bit.

More bitework would be helpful.

23:30 – Special Art with Apryl Lea

Apryl Lea whips up some special metal art…

These are the prizes for the Spooky Jam, custom made “Grateful Jack-O-Lanterns” by Apryl Lea.

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Pawsitive Vybe Weekly Dog Training Show

PVybe Life – A Weekly 1/2 Hour Dog Training Lifestyle Show

A Half Hour per Week? You Crazy?

A few weeks ago, as the End of the World and Christmas were bearing down on us, we had a glut of video footage. That’s often the case here, we shoot lots of video… I decided to throw caution to the wind and put together a weekly 1/2 hour dog training show. 22 minutes or more, per week, of dog training, disc dogging and general PVybe Lifestyle. A half hour episode per week is a pretty serious endeavor…

PVybe Life is a dog training variety show with short edutainment pieces based on our dog training and lifestyle. It’s pretty sweet. Each short segment is linked from the YouTube description page and allows you to surf segment by segment.

We’re now on Episode 4 of Season 1 (coming out this afternoon @ 12:30 PM ET) and are gearing up for 6 more episodes to round out the season. Click the image above for the lean back experience and if you want to check out the navigation, you’ll have to go to the video on our YT page.

Timecode Navigation

Timecode Segment NavigationWe will also be using timecode links to these segments to supplement our distance learning program and other blog posts with topical video content, which is super cool. You can surf the episode segment by segment.

Pilot Season

In order to push ourselves into creating a bonafide show, we’re just doing it. Putting ourselves on a schedule and working to dial things in as we go. Each week things are getting a bit more tight. We’ve done rescue dog pieces, disc dog training, disc dog camp, and some traveling with the pack kind of stuff. There’s some fluff, and it’s rather long form, but it’s full of tips and tricks and valuable dog training.

This first season is pretty much a pilot program; getting our workflow together, smoothing out technical details and developing different types of segments, etc. We’ll get 10 episodes in the bag and take a break to evaluate our situation and get our stuff together to create a bigger and better 2nd season sometime in the spring.

Apryl & I are both really excited about this project and hope you are too. We will be posting serious breakdowns of each episode here on the blog, so stay tuned.

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On the Town in Fargo with a Pawsitive Vybe

We’ve been on the road for almost two weeks now and we’re setlling in here at Pawsitive Vybe Fargo. We’ve been chilling with the dogs, working and training in Abby’s new training studio, and we’ve shot a bunch of cool video.

One of the special things about hanging here at PVybe Fargo is that during the week we can take the dogs to the bar to chill out and do some serious public access.

In this video Harpyr, Ska, Dojo & Rokalele accompany Apryl, Abby & Ron to the Empire Tavern and do a bit of partying, PVybe-style.

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Dog Beds for All

Apryl’s mom, Donna, made us 12 dog beds and a Pan bag for christmas.

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