Warmups!

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  • Foundation recalls
  • Focus trees
  • Heel position pivots on foot target.
  • Front positions on foot target.
  • Paper plate fronts. (click for new video)
  • Send to foot target. GOAL: Goal is 6′.
  • Spins, in heel position.

Doggie Burpees x2!

* Foundation exercise

This is a muscle memory exercise and an asset to future signs.

Version 1: Stand, down, stand.

Version 2: Stand, sit, down, sit, stand.

Watch video for tips on luring.

 

TIP

Always end on a Stand! Dogs struggle with standing. They will often fall into a sit or down instead of maintaining the stand. Therefore we must reward and end on a Stand more often than we do any other position.

Send to cone & distance commands

*Foundation exercise

GOALS

Send to foot target by pylon: By the end of the week work towards sending your dog 6′ away from you, without moving your feet.

Distance Commands: Work towards 3′ away. Keep using the foot target! When your dog is 100% fluent at 6', you can work towards fading it.

 

Exercise

1) Warmup dogs by sending dog out & around cone at a close distance. 2'-3' is fine. Repeat 5+ times.

2) Place a foot target to the left of the cone. Send your dog out around cone & to the foot target, then sit. Tell your dog to sit a half step before they reach the foot target so they don't blow past it. Repeat 5+ times.

3) Begin distance cues by sending your dog out & performing both forms of burpees.

 

TIPS

Always end on a Stand! Dogs struggle with standing. They will often fall into a sit or down instead of maintaining the stand. Therefore we must reward and end on a Stand more often than we do any other position.

Reward your dog by throwing the treat behind them when they go to the target or do a command, instead of handing it to them. If your dog thinks the treat will always come form behind them, it will help stop them from creeping towards you.

Speed positions

 

* Foundation exercise

Your dog's ability to take positions quickly will be imperative to future signs.

Not mentioned in the video: Using play rewards will increase speed immensely! Give your dog a command & release them to play a game of tug!

Practice speed positions 3-5x/day, but keep it very short. If your dog is tired, they can't be fast.

Moving positions

* Foundation exercise

Speed positions (above) will be of great importance to this exercise. Ideally your dog will have a good foundation in speed before progressing to moving exercises.

The spot in this exercise that trips most people up is the initial step they take away from their dog (to walk around), after Staying them. It's the contrast of stillness, followed by motion, that compels dogs to stand back up. Also, dog's just want to be by us, especially when we're actively working them!

One way to help teach your dog to stay even when there's motion is to march in place next to your dog while you get your dog into position & stabilize the Stay. This eliminates the stillness while your dog gets used to the exercise.

Backing up with "noodling"

 

* Foundation exercise

1) Begin by luring your dog backwards on a wall, like last week.

2) Bring your dog off the wall and start playing with hand placement, moving your "scoop" in different directions, while backing up.

3) Try taking right & left turns if your dog is doing well. If not, save it for next week, no big deal!

Signs

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118. HALT – Leave 2 Steps – Call to Heel – Forward – While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog must stay while the handler takes two steps forward and pauses. The handler begins to heel forward and commands the dog to heel. The dog must speed up noticeably to return to heel position. (Stationary)

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121. HALT - Step in Front - Finish Right - Forward – While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The handler steps in front to face the dog. Without the handler moving their feet, the dog must finish right. As the dog clears the handler’s path, the handler will heel forward before the dog returns to heel position. (Stationary)

122. HALT - Step in Front - Finish Left - Forward – While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The handler steps in front to face the dog. Without the handler moving their feet, the dog must finish left. As the dog clears the handler’s path, the handler will heel forward before the dog returns to heel position. (Stationary)

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119. Right Turn - Dog Circles Right - Forward – While heeling, the handler turns right and the dog circles around the handler to the right returning to heel position and heeling forward. The handler may pause as needed.

120. Left Turn - Dog Circles Right - Forward – While heeling, the handler turns left and the dog circles around the handler to the right returning to heel position and heeling forward. The handler may pause as needed.

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201. HALT – Stand – Down - While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog must stand and then down without the handler moving their feet or touching the dog. The dog must remain down until the handler moves forward. (Stationary) 

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202. HALT – Stand – Sit - While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog must stand and then sit without the handler moving their feet or touching the dog. The dog must remain sitting until the handler moves forward. (Stationary) 

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205. Backup 3 Steps – While heeling, the dog and handler reverse direction walking backward at least 3 steps together and then continue heeling forward. The dog must remain standing throughout. 

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204. Moving Down – Walk Around – While heeling, the dog must down and stay as the handler, without pausing, walks around behind the dog, returns to heel position and pauses. The dog and handler then heel forward. (Stationary)

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203. Moving Stand – Walk Around – While heeling, the dog must stand and stay as the handler, without pausing, walks around behind the dog, returns to heel position and pauses. The dog and handler then heel forward. (Stationary) 

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207. Stand While Heeling – Call to Finish – Sit - While heeling, the dog must stand and stay as the handler, without pausing, continues about 6 feet to the Call sign and turns to face the dog. Without moving their feet, the handler may command/signal the dog to finish. The dog must finish to the right or left and sit in heel position. (Stationary)

206. Down While Heeling - Call to Finish – Sit - While heeling, the dog must down and stay as the handler, without pausing, continues about 6 feet to the Call sign and turns to face the dog. Without moving their feet, the handler may command/signal the dog to finish. The dog must finish to the right or left and sit in heel position. (Stationary)

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208. Stand – Leave – Sit – Call Front – Finish – Sit - While heeling, the handler will stop forward motion; the dog must stand and stay. The handler will walk about 6 feet to the Call sign and turn to face the dog. The dog must then sit, come and sit in front. Without moving their feet, the handler may command/signal the dog to finish. The dog must finish to the right or left and sit in heel position. (Stationary)

209. Stand – Leave – Down – Call Front – Finish – Sit - While heeling, the handler will stop forward motion; the dog must stand and stay. The handler will walk about 6 feet to the Call sign and turn to face the dog. The dog must then down, come and sit in front. Without moving their feet, the handler may command/signal the dog to finish. The dog must finish to the right or left and sit in heel position. (Stationary)