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Training In Ten Minutes, Episode #8 – Collection

In this episode of the 10-Minute Trainer, we’re going to work on collection cues. Collection cues are different than turning cues; most of the time, turning cues are sufficient to let your dog know where to go next on a course. However, there are some times when you need to more specifically cue your dog to collect, or slow down. Some of the cue combinations you do with your dog on course may be causing your dog’s response to your collection cues to be dulled (or nonexistent!). In this 10-minute trainer, we’re going to take a look at whether or not you can cue and get collection. Remember, you get what you reinforce – so if you cue collection, and your dog does not give you collection as a response, and you continue on, you’ve reinforced something other than collection as a response to your collection cues!


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Chispa works through Module 1 of MJSFF

Chispa’s training continues, and it is FUN. I haven’t been posting very often here, because there hasn’t really been anything new going on EXCEPT for working through Linda Mecklenburg’s Mastering Jumping Skills: Foundation Flatwork material. Right now, Chispa and I are working through Module 1. The videos below are all of the videos you’ll see in Module 1, although only the first video has received Linda’s OK to be included in the official material. The collection recall has been reviewed by Linda; the rest have yet to be reviewed.

We’re also continuing our running contact training, and Chispa is now on a full height dogwalk. She’s not completely confident on it yet so we’re just doing the down ramp for now, taking it easy. I switched from my lower wood dogwalk to the full height aluminum dogwalk, mostly because I was tired of hauling the wood dogwalk around on PVC legs. The aluminum dogwalk is a couple feet higher from where we were, and, because each plank is hinged in the middle, it’s noisy and a bit bouncy. So,  until Chispa is ok with those things, I won’t be asking for much speed, just understanding and confidence. I continue to be amused and proud that my own methods using the Treat and Train have been adopted by Europeans and are spreading; it’s nice to see people actually training their dogs instead of just throwing toys. Admittedly, it seemed to work for some, but I think the vast majority of dogs will learn better when the differential reinforcement is greater, and when they’re thinking about what they’re doing, for the food, rather than a thrown toy.

In any case, here are the videos!

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