Wait vs Stay Using a Back Stall with An Over-Aroused Dog

This is Session 4 of a series of training sessions with Motown over the course of an afternoon. It served as the introduction for the sessions and the culmination of the progression and a proof of concept for the techniques, strategy, and theory laid out in the 15 minutes of training that led up to it.

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Wait vs Stay Using a Back Stall with An Over-Aroused Dog | Pt 3

Session 3 with Motown shows a significant reduction of arousal and a marked increase in Drive. Drive is energy and action applied towards work. Building off of Session 1 and Session 2, we’re moving forward with an increased level of criteria for the target behaviors and are adding Attention, or unsolicited eye contact to the mix to add some additional structure for further reduction of arousal and increased Drive.

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Wait vs Stay Using a BackStall with An Over-Aroused Dog | Pt 2

This is session 2 of Wait vs Stay via the Back Stall with Motown that took place a couple of minutes after session 1. In this session Motown is more calm and thoughtful and displays a bit more drive and much less arousal. We’ll be building on the stuff we covered in session 1 in this second of 4 sessions.

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Wait vs Stay Using a BackStall with An Over-Aroused Dog | Pt 1

This is the first of a 4 part session with Motown, an 18 month old MiniAussie. Motown is easily over-aroused while working for cookies. He is Apryl’s dog and she handles him fine. He is still over-aroused, but manageable for her if she stays on top of him. I am not a fan of “staying on top” of a dog. I try to cultivate a sense of self-discipline with a working dog, which is often easier said than done and certainly easier done with a dog who is not yours.

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Manufacturing the Approach

The concepts of On and Off can be taught quite quickly by marking the off and tossing a cookie. The dog leaves the Spot to go grab the cookie and then immediately returns to earn more cookies for doing the Spot again.

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disc dog reinforcement

Seven Ways to Reinforce Your Disc Dog

At Pawsitive Vybe we look at dog Frisbee through a dog training lens. Disc dog Sequences are just long behavior chains and they require dog training skills to assemble and maintain. Reward and repetition are just as important in this game as they are in regular old dog training. Below are seven ways you can reinforce your dog.

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2 Simple Steps for Superior Shaping

Many dogs get very high when working for cookies and clicks. Some go over threshold when working. I think this is fairly common for clicker trainers. It’s part of the reason that some seemingly simple behaviors can take months to create and is responsible for much of the frustration that positive trainers experience.

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Disc Dog Flatwork: Oppositional Feeding

Oppositional Feeding is a technique that I have been using for some time now to slow my dogs down a bit and get them to settle in and work away from me but I could not figure out how it fit within our Flatwork Foundation.

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Discdog Bite for Wait

How do you teach a high drive dog to Wait? Teach him to Bite on cue. This bitework lesson is about creating a wait with a Bite Cue.

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The Consequent Game

The Consequent Game is an infrastructure of communication for learning through play. Performance of target behaviors is tied to energy levels…

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