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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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My First Treibball Match

For a while now I’ve been hearing all about Treibball and how it’s the latest dog sport. Well, when I heard that a local training facility was going to have a fun match, I decided I wanted to check it out. I definitely want to get Riley into a dog sport where we can compete and train with a focus and I’ve had several people recommend Treibball to me as something the dogs really enjoy. So this past weekend I drove about half an hour away to see what the big deal was. The video above is from the fun match I visited (though I didn’t see this pair in person). What is...
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Socializing with Major

Socializing with Major
Whew! Where the heck did the week go? Here’s the rundown from the days I missed: Wednesday The weather Wednesday left much to be desired, so we stuck mostly to indoor training. That said, we had a nice session that morning — Riley actually gave me a bow on command several times, so that’s super exciting. She still gets confused occasionally and lays down instead of stopping at a bow, but it seems to be getting better (of course she also offered a prolonged bow before laying down when I gave her a down command, so we’ll definitely have to do some alternating once she’s got the...
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Three New Training Techniques: Using Shaping and Luring to Teach a Bow

Three New Training Techniques: Using Shaping and Luring to Teach a Bow
In class on Saturday we learned about three different training methods — Free Shaping, Free Shaping with Prompts and Luring — and practiced applying them. Each of these techniques is fairly different. Free shaping involves offering a dog NO prompts — no indication what you want what-so-ever — and when they make even the smallest move in the right direction you mark it (with a clicker or marker word) and reward, gradually getting them closer and closer to the final skill. Free shaping with prompt means marking movement in the right direction, but you’re allowed to give hints, verbally or...
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