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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Good Dogs on the Lanai

This video features EZ Ryder, Kiva, Ska, Pan Hot, Harpyr, Prima & Si of the PVybe Pack and Captain America, Animal Farm Foundation Assistance Dog candidate hanging out in the early evening sun.

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Paying the Release

Paying the Release of a duration behavior is important as duration is defined by the Release. Without the Release, duration can’t happen. It’s also important to have the dog seek out the handler for reinforcement after the duration behavior has been performed.

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Generalize the Spot Behavior

While it is true that dogs do not generalize as well as humans, generalization may be enhanced through training. And the dog surely won’t be able to generalize unless they practice. Generalizing the spot behavior is critical to being able to use the skill successfully in our daily interactions. We need to be able to put our dogs in many different spots, as it is not practical to always have ‘your’ Spot with us.

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Introduction to the Pedestal Behavior

We like to use Pedestals here at PVybe HQ because it is a very Black and White behavior. The dog is either on it, or not on it, plain and simple. A Spot, while definitely more concrete than simply putting a dog in a Sit or Down, is not nearly as concrete as the Pedestal.

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Root Concepts of the Spot Behavior

Behaviors can be broken down into many root concepts. Spot training offers us several active root concepts that we can teach our dogs that will come in handy in other situations.

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