Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Successful Training: Prepare! Prepare! Prepare!

A few tips on setting up for training. Set up your treats for a full day of training, the night before. You'll be all ready for the day, know how successful training was for your dog, AND you will have a built in system to know exactly how many sessions you completed!

Sometimes the most challenging part for the people is to remember to train. Waiting until the end of the day to train for 3o minutes or more is a great event.

I reassure you however that 10 sessions of only 1-2 minutes will have your dog learning more quickly as well as you'll have far less troubleshooting of undesired behaviors.

Really, anyone can train for 10 minutes a day!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Orient to Handler Cue

"To The Hand" is a target to the handler's open hand palm. This is a behavior that is great for that unexpected high distraction. In response to the cue, the dog whips around towards the handler in search of the open hand. It's a nice tool to have in the box.

It's also a great metaphor...
Encompassing life goals. To get on target and stay on target and re-orient to focus on health and wellness!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Video: A Captured Behavior & A Shaped Behavior

This was a combination of training two behaviors:
1. Lick
2. Say Hi
The cue is: Hi! Do you have chapped lips??