Training Treibball: Basic Skills

Training Treibball: Basic Skills
So there are several skills a dog needs to compete in a Treibball tournament: Following commands at a distance (including directionals) Sending “out” to a spot beyond an object A “wait and watch” command A command to push the ball toward their handler We’ve been working on all of these things individually and then trying to put various pieces of them together. Learning to Drive To teach Riley to push the ball with her nose we started with a toy car. Since she already has a push command that has to do with her feet (she’ll push open a door), we’re using...
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Setting Up A Training Base: At Home Treibball Exercises

Setting Up A Training Base: At Home Treibball Exercises
Today 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...
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The Decision: Which Dog Sports We Plan to Try (and why)

The Decision: Which Dog Sports We Plan to Try (and why)
Yesterday I explained how we tested Riley at a variety of dog sports to figure out which one(s) to pursue. Overall she did really, really well. Both our trainer and I were really pleased with her enthusiasm to try whatever I put in front of her and her attention span—she stayed focused for a full hour of training, even though most of it was completely new to her, which often leads dogs to become tired more quickly. After trying our hand at agility, treibball, rally and nosework it was clear that we could do all or any of the above—still we have to start somewhere. I immediately crossed Rally off...
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Choosing a Dog Sport to Train

Choosing a Dog Sport to Train
This week Riley and I finally got to do our training evaluation with our dog trainer. We went into it unsure of what to expect—Riley’s super smart and tends to pick things up quickly, but I’ve been nervous about choosing a sport to train for without some additional indication what sport might be the best fit. The 4 Dog Sports we considered were: — Agility — Treibball — Rally — Nosework Trying Dog Agility    The Tunnel We started out with agility. When we arrived Suzie (our trainer) had her agility equipment set up and we let Riley wander around for a bit and check it out. She...
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Red light, Green Light: Impulse Control Training

I shared how I’m using an impulse control game the other day to teach Riley not to bark when she’s excited and wanted to share an update. The other day I tried the game again, using a toy instead of a treat. Riley’s really toy motivated so it definitely got her barking.  I wanted to try something other than just ignoring her to bring her back under control, so I paused the game and switched over to practicing her “speak” and “quiet” command several times and then tried again. I was really pleased with the results. It seemed to bring the lesson home for her and...
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