Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sticking to a Plan

I had a nice little training session planned out for Griffin. I get outside, and what do we do? Work on a completely different (but also important) behavior: returning with an item and sitting.

This is something we have worked on before, at most, two sessions. I cued the Sit, if he dropped the item, I would move away and re-cue the informal "Get it." After about 5 responses (4) correct, I did not give the Sit cue and he was automatically sitting with the item. After a few more responses, I started to wait for a longer Sit before clicking...and also choosing to only click for a 'still mouth'. Five repetitions later, the mouthing was gone. Horray Griffin! We still have a ways to go, but that nice little three minute session was very productive.

Now I need to learn to stick to my plans....

Sunday, August 23, 2009

We're out again

With the temperature under 60, we were able to get out biking again!

Hopefully we have a few more cool mornings and can continue to work. We haven't been out since early June so we had to take it slowly but we'll see what happens.

Luna was very stressy when we there, but very quickly she was back to her happy trot.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

August Training

Despite my lack of posting, I've been training my dogs more than ever. Soon we'll also be back in the pattern of taking classes...not just teaching.