Homework

Bring your dog to TTK9 3 days this week & do focus work outside.

 

Are you ready” cue

Add this to your on the road work. NO RULES! Only cue focus (or reward for them offering!) & then focus work with explosive rewards.

 

“All Done” cue

Eliminate treats for “all done” IF you’ve been laying that foundation really well all this time. All done & then be indifferent!

 

On the road

Focus work FIRST, explosions (both crazy cues and sit/down-splosions. KEEP IT EASY!), focus FUN & done.

 

Mini Courses

  • Keep going with your distractions outlined last week (page 4).
  • Keep your training session as close to 5 min as you can. You will likely go over time, but if it lasts too much longer than that, break it up more (less signs).
  • 2 courses, 4-7 signs in a row. Glancing away rarely is okay, but if your dog checks out then you’re doing too many signs in a row.
  • Be ready with rewards- don’t let your dog fail. Be careful of bribing! Give ONE command only & lure WITHIN a HALF-second! If you want your dog to preform commands quickly, YOU have to be fast on the lure!
  • Reward often, but especially in the beginning heeling portions. “YES” and reward for your dog watching you!! We always notice when they look away, but we rarely award when they are looking AT us! Focus is a battery- if you don’t reward it, the battery depletes to nothing. If you want more power, reward more often!

 

Pretend like you are in a trial!

  • Pre & post-trial rituals.
  • Go stand by the “ring” you’ve set up with your mini-courses. Pretend like you’re waiting for your turn in the ring. In a real trial you will you will be waiting a fair amount of time, but right now you are just training your dog how to wait. Therefore, your wait time will be no more than ONE minute this week. SET A TIMER!
  • Keep your dog’s focus! Don’t let your dog fixate on the environment. Do the things that you can in a trial, such as focus trees, doggie pushups/burpees, bucket work (yes, I bring my bucket to a trial!). USE TREATS just like you can at a trial while you are waiting. Of course, in a trial you will have to leave them outside the ring gate, but for this practice, keep them on you!
  • Practice your courses like last week, with explosive focus work before & between your courses.
  • WHEN YOU ARE DONE, play your dog’s most favorite game! It has to be an active game and something your dog goes nutty for. It doesn’t have to be with you, but that’s often a bonus. Whatever you choose, your dog can ONLY have it after obedience work like Mini-Courses where there’s structure. When I was actively preparing for trials, I let Batman play with his Jolly Ball after all training sessions. *This game does not count towards your overall time limit for practice.

The state of mind that your dog is in at the end of a session is how they will remember it most. That is the association they are most likely to make with obedience. If you finish with your dog’s most favorite game, you are classically conditioning them to be even more excited for training sessions! (mind you, if you have boring training sessions, the end won’t make up for all that boring!)

Gear

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Judges Scorecard

Rally Regulations

Glossary of terms

Offset Serpentine Cones

Markers

“Yes” release to reward.

“Good” Keep doing what you’re doing, I’ll come back and reward you.

“Very Nice” You did amazing! But there’s not always a reward. You must charge this though, your dog doesn’t understand English. They just fake it really well!

Fix lagging

 

*Always enter with your left shoulder closest to the cone (like agility weave polls). This was a training exercise done in the moment, because he was struggling with lagging that day. This is NOT something you should practice.

Handsignal pivots

Bucket pivots before course

CAUTION: AKC does NOT allow contact. However, using contact heeling concepts can GREATLY improve your dog's ability to get into heel position properly (especially without using your shoulder) and it does amazing for Moving Sidestep Right sign.

Slow down your sidestep!

CAUTION: AKC does NOT allow contact. However, using contact heeling concepts can GREATLY improve your dog's ability to get into heel position properly (especially without using your shoulder) and it does amazing for Moving Sidestep Right sign.

 

Contact heeling

CAUTION: AKC does NOT allow contact. However, using contact heeling concepts can GREATLY improve your dog's ability to get into heel position properly (especially without using your shoulder) and it does amazing for Moving Sidestep Right sign.

 

Heeling styles

 

"All done" command

When you give the "all done" command, your dog should immediately disengage with you. When that is consistent, you can take it on the road.

Spit rewards