Generalizing the Pedestal with a Circuit

Generalize the Pedestal with a Circuit

We do a lot of exercise ball workBallwork 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... here at PVybe HQ with dogs that are not well versed in our foundation or very confident with the Pedestal Skill. What we do is immediately generalize the object from easy to hard.

  1. Table – up-pup… shovel cookies… off… cookie.
  2. A Small Stool: up-pup… shovel cookies… off… cookie.
  3. A Chair: up-pup… shovel cookies… off… cookie.
  4. A tall stool: up-pup… shovel cookies… off… cookie.
  5. A weird stool: up-pup… shovel cookies… off… cookie.
  6. Then we go to the ball: up-pup… shovel cookies… off… cookie.

This circuit happens in under 2 minutes. If the dog doesn’t get on the ball, we repeat the Circuit.

This circuit train with easier Pedestals creates a wider understanding of the skill and also creates a wave of success that our dogs can ride to overcome the great challenge of the ball.