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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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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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The Next Step In Training: TBD

The Next Step In Training: TBD
This Saturday was the first one in a while that we didn’t have training class. Our membership is up and the trainer and I want to figure out where Riley will do best next, so we’re planning on having an evaluation meeting and trying Riley at a few different things to figure out what she’ll enjoy (and make sure she can handle the next level of training). Since ideally that next step will be a sports class, I’ve been really working with Riley on her touches and targets (touch being with her nose and target with her foot). I’m still not completely sure she understands that...
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Hound On The Town: Signs of Progress

Hound On The Town: Signs of Progress
The dog training center where we attend classes has a weekly out-of-center dog walk, which they call “Hounds on the Town.” Essentially it’s a chance to get out and about with other dogs and their owners, explore new locations and work on our lessons in a training-supported environment. I went into today with big hopes. I’d just finished reading a Susan Garrett post about reinforcement. In it she talks in depth about the concept of controlling rewards—and figuring out what’s rewarding a negative behavior so you can control for it. So I wanted to try to find something...
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