Re: Please help me to plan next training stage
There are some threads either here or in the Training Theory section that talk about teaching a retrieve (formally), teaching tricks, clicker training, etc. There are SO many neat fun things we can do with our dogs, and many of them can be trained without going to classes (although classes are invaluable as they help teach our dogs to respond even with distractions).
I do a bit of training with my dogs each day, and sometimes it's just things like tricks (spinning, waving goodbye, etc.). Today I worked a bit on "tick-tock", which is Khana's command to high step with her front feet - left foot up, then right foot up, and so on. I also did a bit of refresher on attention, where the dogs had to continue to look directly at me even when I brought a treat right up against the side of their muzzles - and then I would say "YESS!!" and they'd get the treat.
You can start teaching the weaves by using a couple of toilet bowl plungers - set them up in a line and teach your dog to enter at the left of the first one and then weave past the second one to a target.
You can use a small step or sturdy box and teach your dog to run to the step/box and put his front feet up on it, and "pose" until you release him. I initially used an exercise step for this - one of those portable steps you use for stepping up on and down for exercise.
You can teach him to lay his chin in your hand when you hold your hand out. This is a good calming exercise.
You can teach him to touch his nose to a target - a piece of duct tape or colored tape on a door/wall works well as a target. Or if you need a larger target, use a lid from a butter container, taped to the wall.
You can teach him scent discrimination - a simple way is to set out a few unscented sticks, and then take one stick and do some play retrieves - and then toss the stick into the center of the other sticks so he has to figure out which is "his" by sniffing and finding the one you played with. Most dogs will do this pretty automatically.
Clicker-type training, whether done with the clicker or with a reward word/sound, is absolutely fantastic for teaching behaviors. There was a recent thread that talked about how to do some of this training.
Good luck - and remember, a dog's training is only limited by our own ability and imagination!
Melanie and the gang in Alaska
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