Archive for April, 2019

Rubble – Proven Chocolate Labrador stud dog.

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Treacle – Progress so far.

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Treacle – Starting to learn the 3 card dummy trick.

Friday, April 26th, 2019

In this video I’m starting to see if treacle can distinguish which dummy I’m asking her to collect when given the commands and handle signals for each dummy.

As time goes on and treacle becomes more confident I will start to place the dummies back from where she has collected them from for further distraction.

At this time we don’t want to add any further distraction as the activity is already hard enough.

Treacle – direction training starting to take shape.

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Treacle’s direction training is starting to come together, however, you can see as she becomes more focused I have to pay more attention to her training and less to the video recording!

You will see at 4:06 on the video I’ve asked treacle to sit and stay whilst I retrieve a dummy. You will see that treacle comes to me instead of staying where I left her. Look at my body language, when I go to pick up the dummy my body language is moving away from Treacle moving downwards the same as I would if I were calling her to heal.

I repeat the exercise making my body language more clear leading to success.

So did treacle do something wrong or did my body language ask her to do something I didn’t want??

When we train we need to remember most dogs just aim to please us and if our dogs do something wrong we need to analyse it to make sure we gave all the right commands verbally and physically.

Treacle – Going back in the right direction!

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

As you will see Treacle seems to be back on track and more fluent in her ability in this video.

Treacle looks more focused is this training session but I also have to be very aware of what she is doing and how she is feeling, my body language to Treacle is key for success.

Treacle – Things start to go wrong!

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Yesterday I took Treacle back out to the training field to see if the activity I had been doing with her food bowl to understand directions with my hands had transferred to when being asked to retrieve.

I had been activating treacle at feeding time but since the last video she has also had a lot of free time playing with older dogs.

As you will see in the video when treacle is under control on the lead she is willing but when she gets free she looks to play and explore.

This is normal behaviour for all young dogs but when training we need to utilise all there energy in the right direction.

Over the next 10 days I will take Treacle out every 2 -3 days to run through the same training activities trying to bring more focus to me making her understand we are a partnership and need each other!

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