This is not going well for us. Petey starts in the middle but then circles both objects. I have been treating back into the middle, but I worry that I am doing more luring than training.
Hi Diane, is he turning well on a verbal alone yet? If the initial turn works without luring, then I think it is okay to treat him back in position. You can also try to add an intermediate step by having him circle just one object and rewarding close to it. After several successful repetitions, you can add the other one back in.
Hi Anna – I have a question. I have just started the turning around obstacles unit. It is a work in process at this point. I am also taking Daisy’s foundation 1 course at the same time. We are just starting circling around a cone. She is asking that we not add a cue right now and just have him offer. Do you have any words of wisdom to training these two exercises at the same time?
Hi Sandy, I talked to Daisy and she agreed that it is fine to add a verbal cue to the behavior 🙂
Thank you so much for your very prompt answer 😀
Today Lulu and I tried turning around objects for the first time with a left and right verbal. I had to help her at the beginning of each side but then she started getting the hang of it. As usual she does better when she is on my left. But she did eventually have some success on my right. I was pretty happy with our first session on this! Is there anything I should be doing differently?
What great progress throughout the session! On some of those tries I could tell that she was really thinking about which way to turn, like at 3:28. Left is looking good. To help her a little more on turning away from you to the right, you can hold her in a collar restrain right next to the object, ask her to turn right until you see her head turn, then release. Also, there are a couple variations I like to play around with to mix things up a bit and increase focus on the obstacle: – Don’t always reward from… Read more »
We had our second session today using objects. I decided to start with dog on right since that seems to be our weak side. I added the occasional multiples and also sometimes dropped the toy instead of handing it to her. This is clearly a work in progress. Sorry that my videos are long but I’m trying to show you the ups and downs of a session without too much editing so as to give you a true picture of where we are at in our progress. I was pleased that once Lulu was turning in the right direction, the… Read more »
Hi Sylvie, It seemed like the collar restrain worked well. I would release a little later, once you see her head turning to the correct direction. That way you can reduce the number of failed attempts. Also, I will typically start out the session with the dog not restrained. Only once the dog fails, I use a collar restrain to keep from getting stuck in a loop of failed attempts. Multiwraps looked good and mostly tight. That right multiwrap at 4:16 was awesome! I like how you don’t always ask for the same direction after a failed attempt. Sure, you… Read more »
Here is our turning around object video. Looking forward to your feedback!
Wow, good job Sandy!
So many good things in this session! Rewarding close to the upright is great. And already doing some restrains 🙂
When standing next to her, be careful not to help inadvertently with your hand. Try to keep your hand close to your body. Also, take the step away from the upright before you ask her to turn towards you, not after. It is a physical indicator of which direction you want 😉
Enzo is doing great with this! I think he has it!
He also is turning in some extra credit; I can stand behind him and he can discriminate on verbals alone. 🙂
Wow, Elise, Enzo Einstein looks amazing! Such a smart cookie! Lets see those same behaviors on a real jump with wings 🙂
Here’s our video turning around objects. I filmed both left & right around both objects but only posted one each as an example.
Those turns look great Janie! Very good discrimination and no problem switching back and forth between the objects. You are all set for the next session 🙂
Here is Enzo’s Left/Right over a wing and jump. Since I filmed this he has progressed to being able to do this with me standing behind him. He did it perfectly today! I just didn’t get it filmed. 🙂
Elise, he looks great! I think it was a good idea to lower the bar. Of course he needs to be able to do it at full height, but when working on the discrimination and having lots of repetitions, I prefer the bar lower.
His discrimination looks very good! You should browse through the rest of this module, as you already did the exercises. And then check out module 2 🙂
Hi Anna! We made great progress in the previous lesson so jumped ahead to turning around around objects (cones). I placed the cones close together to support her turns around them. Belle’s really thinking in some places. 🙂
Here’s our first attempt:
Good call on moving on to the next unit! Looking good. Try to stay more upright next time. Do another few sessions on objects until she gains more confidence, then move on to jump wings (next unit).
Hi Anna, I have a question – I have been using Cik (anti-clockwise) and Tap (clockwise) with Dream as my cues to turn around objects… so in other words not “Left” and “Right” although left/right are the cues I used to teach Dream to move in a circle (i.e. just circling on her own without moving around any object). So I’m kinda stuck now…. which cue to use for this exercise… I would like to use “left”/”right” as verbal cues to mean turn left/right and take the left/right obstacle rather than circle a wing for a tight turn. Any thoughts… Read more »
Hi Sharon, it is great that you have trained 2 sets of left/right cues already. For this exercise you should use your Cik and Tap, as it is about turning around the wing. Your other set of left and right cues will be useful for turns on the flat, off a contact and so on. I hope this helps 🙂
ok thank you! ?
Super! Very well done. He is already demonstrating super understanding of the turns! You can add a low jump bar or put one on the ground to help him learn the correct image of going over the bar and then turn 🙂