Thursday, December 31, 2009
Also when in the new area, you don't necc. have to walk far, back and forth will do, also giving the dog permission to sniff and check things out- check out those new smells and other dog smells. Practicing settles in new areas also can help lower arousal.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
1 Get RID of the lure as soon as you can! The goal is within 3 trials.
2 If you don't have a clicker use a very short word like "yes!" or "yep!"
3 Always make it harder and harder, don't get stuck at the same level of criteria
4 If you go to far to quickly you can always go back a step
5 If your dog is not following the lure, get a smellier lure- real meat!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Step 1: Use a wall as a barrier so your dog doesn’t swing out in front of you at first-you are on one side of the dog the barrier on the other.
Step 2: do a little warm up of the cue “Touch” (getting your dog to target your hand) in the way you usually do it to get the dog on the right track. Now stand with you hand against your leg at the point where your dog can just reach it without having to jump (img 1). Cue “touch” and click ANY motion towards the hand. Try to feed the dog in the position you desire them to be in(img 2). Stand with your legs together at first, but also stand in many different positions- with a foot pointing out, with a foot pointing behind, crouching, bouncing slightly, shuffling your feet etc, teaching the dog this is the position I want you to be in no matter what my legs are doing (img 3).
Step 3: Once your dog is a master at this, try taking a tiny step. Two inches forwards. If the dog scoots forwards click and treat! If your dog can master tiny adjustments it will really fix it in their minds that “this is where I’m supposed to be, head up, glued to your leg”.
Step 4: Repeat all the exercises in the sit position as well (img4). If you have a small dog you can also start beginning to lift your hand up to the final position, the dog may start to jump to reach your fingers, ignore this, instead click the dog for having all 4 feet on the floor. Sometimes if you click AS you remove your hand, that can speed up the process tremendously (img5)
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Step 5: Take a normal step and click the dog for moving with you. Now add steps (img6). If the dog looks down, or lags or is too far out, try to encourage them to return to the hand, and click when they are back in place. If they don’t seem into it try again later, and take less steps. This is hard work, especially because they will be using new muscles than just normal walking and trusting you completely that you won’t walk them into a wall! Do this exercise on flat ground with nothing to trip and stumble over. Practice turning right and left in little increments to begin with. This “trick” can take months even years to perfect, so take it easy, it’s a great exercise for just building focus and understanding.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
The U.S. military did studies on raising puppies, and they found that doing certain exercises with puppies during the time of rapid neurological growth, between the puppies third and sixteenth day of life would increase the pup’s performance in later life. They created a program called the ‘Bio Sensor’ program consisting of 5 exercises to be done once a day with the pups. They found that not only were puppies able to cope more with stressful situations, and problem solve better than other puppies, but that they were actually physically healthier with higher cardiovascular performance, stronger immune systems, adrenal glands and heart beats.
The exercises should only be repeated once a day, as the point is to add mild stress. More than once, and it could be overwhelming and could have the reverse effect on the puppies. Natural handling should also be a big part of rearing puppies, and these exercises are not a replacement for that! These exercises should be followed up by environmental enrichment, and socialization as the puppies grow. Thanks to Dr. Carmen Battaglia who published an article on this subject, many breeders have started implementing “early Neurological stimulation” in their breeding programs.
Google: Early Neurological Stimulation and Dr. Carmen Battaglia to find his article on the Internet, which explains the exercises in greater detail.
THIS IS VIDEO IS NOT MEANT TO PROMOTE BREEDING DOGS IN ANY WAY!