It is a lazy Friday afternoon (if there is such a thing around here). I just did some training after taking a bunch of phone calls from all of you. Yes, I was manning the phones the last 2 days. Fun . . . for a change. Anyway I am working on a video for all of you, will have it up later today. Showing you what we do on a rare relaxing Friday afternoon in Canada. Any guesses?
It’s swimming! Buzzy’s most special thing in the entire world! Enjoy!
Today I am grateful for some “quiet” time at home:)
Speaking of Buzzy. I would like some clarification of a game mentioned in your book “Shaping Success”. The game is called “Body Language Game #2” – Spinning Away from Me on page 156.
Before I start playing this game with my puppy I need to know if you consider this game to be teaching the dog to do a flick away, I am working at being a reformed mother flicker and am consious of anything that may be interpreted as “a flick”. Do you still recommend this exercise or have you changed your thinking on this one? If you still recommend it then can you explain why it is not teaching the dog to ‘flick away’.
No Tricia, I do not play this game with my dogs anymore. If I was to teach it I would wait until the dog was older and has a strong understanding of handling body cues first. Also I would make sure it was turned without the use of any arm cues. But as I say, I have not taught it recently (I think DeCaff was the last).
Your pups are having soooo much fun in your pond. Good thing the retriever folks don’t have your BC during Dock Dog competitions!
My dogs love the water but their “towel” of choice is dirt.
I love all your webinairs but Table Games and Reinforcement Zone sound the best too me.
Looks like a wonderful place for the dogs. I was watching this video and your other free time videos enjoying themselves and it got me thinking about what happens when I let my two off-lead for a play. I can let mine off but they then both look to me for entertainment – one is nearly 9 years old and one is now nearly 16 months.
For example our typical morning walk to the local park when I am time poor is that we head to the park with both of them and play ball – well not always. I let them both off when we arrive at the park. My older one sits with me and doesn’t go anywhere and my younger one also stays at my feet waiting for the ball to be produced. I realize its been reinforced now as I do get the ball out and throw it for her but its been the same since she was tiny.
In situations where there is no ball and has never been any opportunity for a ball, like when we go for a hike they are still underneath my feet even though they are free to run. It isn’t until the return trip that they decide they might be able to go for a run.
So my question is – have I inadvertently trained this into both dogs or are some dogs not really interested in running for the hell of it. My older girl does not play with my younger girl other than maybe two or three times in the 14 months she has been here.
While its great from a training perspective I can’t help wondering if I have interfered in some way. That’s not to say my younger one doesn’t play with her friends when we catch up for play dates but just that given an option she would play with me.
LOVE IT!!! Especially da roll after the swim! Buzz & Decaff have SOO much fun while your two red-heads look to be needing some “de-frizz” from the salon! LOL
Thanks for the smile today! 😉
Lovely video- so much fun! They really are waterdogs!
For the webminar I vote for:
* a look over your shoulder on a silly shaping trick! (criteria, rewarding, upping the ante)
Ok love how Feature just keeps getting out so she can dive back in! And Buzz and Encore are happy to just swim around! LOVE the fountain thingy!! It is 33 degrees here in PG believe it or not and I would kill for a pond and an air conditioner! Who knew we would need an airc onditioner in Northern BC!!!
So now we want a video of the house! How about a virtual tour since many of us won’t be able to see it in real lief for awhile!
John looks great enjoying his beer!
Good luck at Nationals next weekiend!
Kim and Rob ( who would LOVE to join John for a beer but has to mow the lawns in 33 degrees!) ……and the crew
Happy Birthday!!! your new website, blog, newsletter are inspiring!
My vote for webinar:
1. Shadow handling / reinforcement zone
2. recalls (with various distracions)
Having so much fun with my 12 week pup – talk about good timing for all this valuable information. Thanks for all you do to get this information to us.
During the heat wave yesterday we filled a kiddy pool and the pup struggled hard to scale the sides and flop in – she’s well on her way to being a water dog.
My webinar vote:
1) Easter biscuits, progressing to a highly charged environment (’cause it’s a common one)
2) Recall (’cause it’s so important)
3) Sardine sneak attack (’cause it’s a fun one)
I would like to see demonstrations of:
1. Rear crosses
2. Table games
The first thing I though was that those are four of the luckiest dogs in the world. What a beautiful sight seeing four beautiful dogs having the most fun in the world!! I also thought that Buzzy was a Brown Bear amongst three dogs!!!
Ok I’m inspired! Now THAT looks like a ton of fun!
Here’s a link of our girls swimming and some of my favorite shots of the baby doing her own version of Buzzy’s stop, drop and roll in the grass! 🙂
Anotehr vote for creating a tug-happy dog. I struggle with this, and at best, I have dogs who will tug in many places, and find tug inherently rewarding, but don’t really want to tug under ALL circumstances. I KNOW I am doing something dumb, but I’m not sure what!
No wonder yur dogs are so content. They live in dog heaven!
Funny how the dogs swimming in the big pond looked similar to their play in the small pool in the winter!
#1. I vote for calling to reinforcement zone. Is the dog’s butt facing ahead of you, behind or to the side or does it matter.
#2. It would be fun to watch the sardine mechanics on the contacts. I can visualize the first reward but have a hard time thinking about running the next set with an open can of sardines!
I wish I was sitting beside John sipping a pina colada watching the dog’s swim and play – looks soooooo relaxing for the humans and like so much fun for the dogs!!!!!!
For the webinar my votes would be;
1) Ways to get dogs to really tug, you talk about tug alot in the puppy chapters and I think it would be neat to see some of the tricks you use to get a puppy who might only be giving half-hearted tug really into the game.
2) Table Games
Ve are voting? I vote for handling off course situations, (without, as you noted in your latest videos, having to resort to “primal scream” )
I’d also appreciate just to take a peek at sample pages of 2 different person’s way of record keeping. The visualising would be motivating. I would also love to have the opportunity to observe someone training AND keeping a record, as was advised in 2×2. Once I learn how to do it ……
Just love to watch your dogs jumping into the water! And, “OK guys, time to come out” how they all come out….!
I know this is ultra basic but how about this for your webinar:
Training the dog to spit out the toy when you say “out.” (or “oooooot” if you’re from Canada.) I am one of those awful trainers who has trained the dog to tug like a maniac when I am trying to get her to let go of the toy!!
Glad you get to enjoy lazy days!!
I just wanted to let you know that I rejoiced today in a run that did not give us a Q! With your seminars and your information, I finally have a dog that was so drivey and so fast, I couldn’t run fast enough!! With your encouragement of restrained recalls to rev up a dog I have managed to get my 9 year old velcro dog to drive on a course! It did lead to an off course almost 20 feet away, but it was DISTANCE!! I was so thrilled!!! Thank you!! Now I must work really hard to continue that drive and learn to handle it!!
For your webinar, the mustard game would be great to see . . . or PB and Jam!
Feature and DeCaff are hilarious! It’s funny also how Encore and Buzz just keep swimming round and round in circles. Do they ever get out (other when you tell them to)?
I vote for a reinforcement zone webinar 🙂
I vote for shadow handling/circle work/flat work (whatever the kids are calling it these days)
I’ve never really gotten a firm grasp on how to do this and with my now 12 week old puppy, I’d like to learn! It was touched on in one of the Vancouver seminars I attended but a visual demo would be da bomb!
I also like the idea of the reinforcement zone and the shadow handling!!! Perhaps covering both would be possible. They seem to go together.
Here’s a vote for:
– Stopping the stopping
– Rear cross into weaves
– Teaching your dog handling for off course situations
(- and if you must — I have a puppy who would be happy to do the 2:00 a.m. potty demo!)
What fun! Buzzy looks like a big ol’ bear swimming out there. I love watching your dogs in the water. They have such a good time. Here’s what mine look like when faced with water: http://fortdoberdale.com/WordPress/?p=455
My vote for your tip video was for either
Making Progress By Building Value
Making the Best Use of a Warm-up Jump
Though I’m sure I’ll learn something practical whichever tip you tape.
Ok Helen, that pic is a CRACK UP!
Would like to see a demo of table games from you quick tips
I vote for rear cross to the weave poles
I second “table games” — tables are not as “sexy” as other obstacles, and are rarely addressed by other instructors at seminars or lessons. Though I’m happy with my young dog’s tables so far, I’d love some ideas on to how to make them even better! 🙂
1. Circle Work/Shadowing Demo with focus on RZ (Reinforcement Zone). Please include a periodic send to jump (or other obstacle) with the dog driving back to RZ and then continuing on path. Also some demo with and without distractions. I often get dizzy and disoriented when running these drills (hoping I’m not the only one :))
2. Table Games – puppy and adult dog.
Thanks for soliciting our input.
Some suggestions for videos to go with the Tips e-Book::
= demonstrating building value at your side [reinforcement zone] — nothing like seeing flatowrk in action
= Mustard Game
= Stopping the Stopping, particularily for dog backing up away from handler