Setting Up A Training Base: At Home Treibball Exercises

Dog driving a treat ballToday we have our first Triebball lesson and I’m pretty excited. To prepare we’ve done some basic work at home to prep for the two basic steps of triebball—sending out around an object to a target and then driving that object in toward the handler (me).

After our evaluation the other day, where Suzie had me work with Riley on each of these things separately, I’ve continued training them that way. It’s only been a few days, so we’ve only done a bit of training, but I think it’s going fairly well so far.

Yesterday I sent Riley to her target around a cardboard box that we had previously used to play “101 things to do with a box” and she managed it successfully until  the man of the house walked into the room and totally distracted here with his mere presence (of course, it didn’t help that he was eating sardines and let her have some).

I’ve also worked on “driving” (that is, pushing with her nose) various objects. She successfully pushed a tennis ball around the room the other day before getting so excited that she couldn’t focus any more. She also has a self-rewarding treat ball that dispenses treats as she pushes it around the room, and I’ve been making more of an effort to us that consistently.

I even tried watching her with it and click-and-treating anytime she moved it with her nose, but that just seemed to confuse her entirely… oh well.

I’ll definitely have to share a post once we’ve completed today’s lesson—but for now, suffice it to say that I’m looking forward to the lesson and have a number of questions I’m planning to ask.

When was the last time you were really excited to learn something new (dog related or otherwise)? Does your dog get too excited to learn sometimes? 


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