Hi Anna – Here is our video for this lesson. Cold here this morning so filming indoors 😎 it’s 5 degrees here!
Hi Sandy, very nice session! Make sure to reward him from the hand at the side he is on. So when he is on your right, give the cookie from your right hand. Otherwise you end up drawing him in front of your body to reward.
Spend another couple sessions on this to strengthen the behavior before moving on to the next unit.
I noticed that he had more difficulty when on my right. That was when I was rewarding with my opposite hand. I’ll correct the way I was rewarding and perhaps that will help. Thanks for catching that. The value of videos ?
I thought Lulu had made pretty good progress on left and right when she was facing me so I decided to move on to this lesson and try it with her beside me. Her understanding was definitely not as good. She was correct most of the time when the direction I was asking for involved turning away from me but needed more help when the direction was going toward me. In those cases, I tried to say the directional then help with my hand. Yes, she is a very barky dog. Especially when she is frustrated! So I didn’t include… Read more »
Ha, you already moved on: 😀 Good job 🙂 Since she is doing so well with turns in front of you without any help, I would like to use that as a starting point. See if you can gradually change you position from being in front to being at her side, without the physical help. If she becomes too frustrated and barky (I know that from someone, huh MAY 😀 ) move back to being more to her front. If you keep on training with the physical cue and verbal cue at the same time, she is not paying much… Read more »
Thanks for your feedback. I wasn’t sure if I should be using the physical prompt at all when she was failing so now I just won’t use it. I also think that progressing from in front of me to the side of me without any intermediary steps was too hard for her. So I took your advice and since i had a little bit of free time, we just did a session where the change in her placement with respect to me was more incremental. I worked on both sides in this session. I wasn’t sure if I should concentrate… Read more »
Hi Sylvie, what a great session! It is fine to work on both sides, as you are having a high success rate and not too many errors in a row. Looking really good! Keep changing the angle more and more on both sides until she is in a position next to you.
Did another session today. First I started her facing me so she could have some success (not shown on video) then I placed her perpendicular to me and worked her on both side of me. So this was a progression from yesterday’s session where she was more at a 45 degree angle from me. She has more success on one side than the other. But still her success rate wasn’t bad considering we’ve only been doing this left and Right training for about a week. Of course I would like her success rate to be 100% 🙂 I’m curious about… Read more »
Hi Sylvie, Turns on your left looking very good, right side still needs a little more work. Have you tried rewarding her with treats? For my dogs, I often start out a session with treats, as they can concentrate better. When success rate is pretty high, I switch to a toy for the second half of the session to get them used to thinking with a little more drive involved. Maybe worth a try for you to get to 100% more quickly. After a mistake I don’t *always* ask for the direction I have been asking for again. I will… Read more »
Here’s our latest session. I tried a session with food and that didn’t go well — I normally use food for shaping and she kept offering lots of different behaviors lol!! So I went back to using a tug toy for reward. Lulu is getting more consistent when she is perpendicular to me on both sides so I decided to try having her next to me. She had a lot of success when she was on my left but struggled a bit more then she was on my right. This is consistently her weaker side, but she is improving. Do… Read more »
Hi Sylvie, yes, you can move on to turning around objects. I would keep working on the differentiation with her next to you though from time to time, as she is not 100% sure of the verbals yet.
Hi Anna, is there any video examples of the “end product”! Examples of how you use on course? Do you have separate words for turning off of contacts? Thank you!!!
Hi Libbi, yes, I have a separate set of verbals for turning off of contacts. My “lee” and “twiz” is strictly reserved for turning on jumps.
There are some examples in the trailer:
Also, in any of my runs you can find online, whenever I send to a jump (turn towards handler or rear cross) and head into a new direction, I use my “lee”/”twiz”. You can see lots of videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/Clickerjunkies/videos?view_as=subscriber
Hope this helps!
http://youtu.be/KTZa7UcIDSM Hi, Anna, I have not posted any video because we don’t seem to be progressing. This is the left video & I think she’s doing ok. I’ll also post the right video & you’ll see, she seems to understand turning away from me, but turning towards me, she is really confused. I tried to move around so she would remain in the same relationship to me, but that didn’t seem to help. She was already jumping to the left and right over a jump before I started the class so I hope I haven’t completely confused her! Thanks for… Read more »
Hi Janie, turns to the left look awesome! Good job 🙂 For the right turns, I would help her after you say the cue. You should create a behavior you can reward, so if she doesn’t know what you want yet, help her out by showing her the turn with your hand about one second after you said your cue. Every once in a while you can wait a little longer to see if you get a response without the help, if that is the case, jackpot that try. If she already knows left and right on a jump, you… Read more »
We’ve been working on transitioning from Belle facing me to L & R turns at each side. It’s still a work in progress but I’m happy to see she’s getting it. Here’s some recent video. 🙂
Great discrimination in this session! You can certainly move on to the next unit.
If you keep working on this exercise, try some play break every few turns, to see if she can still keep her head straight with some excitement 🙂
I was thrilled to see Latte think about what I cued and do it!
Wow, what a big improvement! Good job on giving her the time to think! Also super speed now. So happy to see this 😀
It’s taking Dodger a long time to learn left and right. Although. I remember it took many, many sessions with my last dog too. I haven’t looked at the next assignment yet. Should I continue working on his left and right so that he really understands this or can I start the next assignment while continuing with this one?
Hi Catherine, It is quite normal that it takes some time for them to understand the behavior on a verbal alone, so don’t worry. Make sure to always say the verbal before starting your lure. Sometimes your verbal and the beginning of your hand motion start at the same time. If this is the case, your motion overshadows the verbal, as dogs are visual learners. Also, once you have gotten a couple nice turns, try to decrease the lure, so that it becomes a slight indication of the direction. I would work on this a bit more before moving on.… Read more »