YOUR PROGRESS IN THIS COURSE:
I’m a little confused. I know we’re learning “left” and “right”, but I hear you saying “twist” when the dog turns to the right (I can’t hear the command to turn left). Why not say “right” and “left”? I’m hearing some folks say now to use “3” and “9” so the dog will know which way to turn, in addition to using “right” or “left” — or whatever words someone chooses to use. Am I making sense?
Hi, I am not quite sure what you mean with “3” and “9”. For the purpose of this class, left and right always means “go to the jump and turn left/right”. I use the words twiz and li, but you can use whatever words you like. My first dog knew to spin right as a trick on the verbal twiz, so that word just stayed with me and I never changed it. But left and right will work perfectly fine 🙂
I would of liked something I could print off as my memory is poor. Just bullet points like
send dog through cones do not use hands
transfer to other objects
use wings close together
Ive made my own notes, but just a synopsis that was printable would of been helpful
Hi Dianne, good point! The text above each video states what the exercises are about and gives some pointers. I will go through the course and see if some of that information can be added in form of bullet points.
Here is my transferring to wings video. see what you think.. I hope it isn’t too long!
Wow, Sandy, his discrimination is amazing! Very well done!
Just one little thing: towards the end, you asked him to turn left and then immediately turn right (do a figure 8). I would avoid this, as it encourages wide turns. If you want, you can ask for multiple wraps in the same direction, which encourages tighter turns. However, always reward one direction before switching to the other.
Go ahead and increase the distance between the wings like described in the next unit.
Thanks for the feedback. We worked pretty hard at this because I realized that I had been giving him subtle physical cues without me realizing it from watching videos. He got a bit confused when I stopped that – but seems to be doing better with it now. I was wondering about the figure 8. He has actually done it, but didn’t during this session. Didn’t think about the wide turn though. Will stop doing that!! Onward!
Anna, here’s our video circling wings. Zoë seems to understand this better than the spins.
Hi Janie, great session! Varying your position and both directions look good. Be a little more careful with your verbal cues: Sometimes you say “one” and “two”, sometimes “go one” and “go two”. I suggest to omit the “go” and just say your “one” or “two”, so that your cues don’t start with the same word.
Anna, as an explanation as to why I was using “go”: Zoë was already going left & right over a jump when we started the class, but I wanted to make sure she had all the fundamentals before we went on. When we transferred to objects, and then wings, she was confused & would just spin left and right in place instead of going around the object so I used “go” to indicate she needed to go ahead. Before the class when she was jumping over a jump, I used “jump 1” (or “jump 2”). When we start jumping a… Read more »
Hi Janie, thanks for the explanation. When you start using the jump, I suggest you try both ways:
a. one session with “jump one/two”, in which you keep a close eye if she has more trouble discriminating between the two directions
b. one session with “one/two” in which you again keep track of her discrimination and also if she sends ahead to the jump
See which way is better for her and then go with that, but consistently 🙂
It’s fun to see Belle thinking and this skill progress. Below is a snapshot of this evening’s practice session. 🙂
Hi Julia, good girl, she is thinking hard 🙂
Be careful to not help her with shifting your weight in the direction you want her to go. Let’s do a couple more session of this before increasing the distance.