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04-23-2014 07:15 AM
BoTaBe
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Originally Posted by Lilie View Post
LOL! Somehow that makes me feel a bit better! LOL!

I started using "Let's go!" a lot more at home (not always after a command). I'm going to see if that made a difference this week at lessons. Hoping he'll connect with my body language and the cue as a release.
Yes, that's definitely a possibility. My GSD knows "ready, set, go" and really goes crazy, but as I mentioned before, the opposite would ne nicer sometimes...
Good luck!
04-21-2014 01:30 PM
Lilie
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Originally Posted by BoTaBe View Post
Honestly, I wouldn't work on it at all! I'd pay you a lot of money if you could teach my dog that kind of start-line behavior!
If he starts running and has fun, just leave it at that - it's all better than having a dog that goes crazy because (s)he can't wait to start (like my dog^^).
LOL! Somehow that makes me feel a bit better! LOL!

I started using "Let's go!" a lot more at home (not always after a command). I'm going to see if that made a difference this week at lessons. Hoping he'll connect with my body language and the cue as a release.
04-21-2014 01:23 PM
BoTaBe Honestly, I wouldn't work on it at all! I'd pay you a lot of money if you could teach my dog that kind of start-line behavior!
If he starts running and has fun, just leave it at that - it's all better than having a dog that goes crazy because (s)he can't wait to start (like my dog^^).
04-17-2014 11:50 AM
Lilie Another question......(please!)

We are now working on sitting in front of the first obstacle and waiting till I release him to begin the course. He will sit and he will 'wait' till I release him. But...there is a few moments of hesitation between his release to when he begins. He stares at me like he has no clue what I'm asking, or he is waiting for a reward. This is something he knows very well. But for some reason there is a disconnect at the agility field.

Each time (durring the lesson) we begin again, the hesitation is a bit longer. That tells me that I am not making it clear to him what it is I want and I can't figure out how to be any clearer.

He runs the course with zeal and finishes still bouncing and ready to continue. I can rule out with all certainty that he doesn't want to run the course.

He is 100% food motivated. I used to treat him at each obstacle. Now I treat him when we've completed the run. He's fine with that. But...I think he somehow has seperated the sit and wait with running the course. Like they are two seperate activities, totally. Therefore, he thinks he should be rewarded for the sit and wait and then rewarded at the end of the run.

Does this make any sense? How would I work on that at home, without messing it up when we get to the agility field?
03-15-2014 07:49 AM
BoTaBe That sounds great, congrats!

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On a side note....I can barely walk today.....and here I thought this would be great exercise for my dog!!!!

Won't be the last time, I can tell you that...
03-13-2014 10:20 AM
Lilie
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Originally Posted by MaggieRoseLee View Post
You can work thru this and your instructor is giving good information.
I wanted to give a bit of an update - my instructor...ROCKS! I really had my doubts about her, but by my third class she totally has my number! She says that I need to get out of my dogs head. And then she pointed out and example of the error of my ways...

He knows 'tunnel'. But last night he started to go in and then he'd would back out again. After that one time, he'd act like he was going to go through but wouldn't even try. My instructor told me that my body language was correcting him before he even had a chance to fail. I was stooping (as if to grab his collar) and hesitating (as I knew I'd have to catch him) after I gave him the tunnel command. And to make it even worse, when he did go through, I'd pretty much mug him at the other end, to catch him (he's still working on leash).

With a few modifications (for me!) and under the watchful eye of my instructor, we did it! By the end of the class she had us run through a series of jumps, tunnels and the A-frame OFF LEASH! He rocked it! It was more for MY benefit, than my dogs!

On a side note....I can barely walk today.....and here I thought this would be great exercise for my dog!!!!
02-21-2014 03:57 PM
Lilie Thanks for the info BoTaBe! He is wicked good at blood tracking (despite me!!). I could add more 'distractions' while working a track. Hmmmm....not a bad idea at all!

Just another tool to add to the training box!!! Thanks!
02-21-2014 03:06 PM
BoTaBe Already some great advice here, just wanted to add something:

When I read your sentences like
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because he doesn't do anything slow
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So the next time I said, "tunnel" he raced through
it sounds to me like he is enjoying agility itself but just has some problems when it comes to the volume of you commands/praise.
I would just start agility and try to speak resp. give commands as quietly and "unexcitedly" as possible. If he loves to race through the tunnel, just let him without praising him verbally when he gets out, just throw the cheese so he can chase after it and pick it up (maybe think about using a clicker?).

As soon as he gets what it's all about and with your training steps you are doing to get him used to louder things outside of agility (personally I would also train something like this while blood tracking, if that's somehow possible) he will become more and more confident and will be able to deal with commands, praises etc. better.

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The instructor said he needs to be more bouncy and excited about what we are doing
See, I wouldn't say that. With some dogs, they just have to learn to enjoy it (as silly as it sounds ) but your dog seems to be one of them. Just let him do his thing first, keep quiet in the beginning and increase the volume when he gets a little more self-confident.

Just my two cents!
Good luck!
02-21-2014 10:15 AM
MaggieRoseLee
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GREAT information MaggieRoseLee!!!! Gives me something to work on!!! (I was sooo hoping you'd respond!) Thanks so much!
Those last 2 videos I added on 2/2/14 are SPECIFICALLY puppies being raised with agility in mind. So all the games and play are all going to help.

02-20-2014 10:43 AM
Lilie GREAT information MaggieRoseLee!!!! Gives me something to work on!!! (I was sooo hoping you'd respond!) Thanks so much!
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