Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
Has anyone taught directional changes away from the stock?
How did you go about doing this?
I was teaching Zefra "go bye" and have been using pylons, shaped in an arch to the left. I place her toy at the end of the arch, opposite the side I am on, then sit her front of me. Once she looks at me I send her in that direction using my arm and giving the command. In time, I will take away the arm movements and only use my hips and body movements to cue her on top of the verbal command. I do this without the aid of a staff at the moment (we do use a rake in the pen with stock though which is why I think she understands directional changes in the pen but not so much out at this point).
I thought I would have sort of an advantage since she does have a pretty good blind search, but I feel like she is sorta confused and just going through the motions and not really understanding what I am asking (just going in the direction I point) because she sometimes goes through the pylons (on the inside of the arch of pylons) to get to the toy.
Will ask my trainer at our next lesson this week but was curious how others train this away from the stock, or if you only work directional changes with the stock present?
She seems to understand better when the stock is around but really she is being guided with body cues, and the rake and of course has the stock to move around.
Any good links or videos would be helpful as well. Thanks!
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