Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
I just walked in from training in the rain and wind (horrible!!!) and we were working on the pattern off lead as well.
If he breaks I do go back, put him back into the position (whatever that may be) and then we try again.
If he does good (like today!) then I return to my dog, stroke, verbal reward (good sits/boy/way to go goober, etc..) and we continue heeling a few steps and then break for reward (tug).
For his sit in motion, he stands usually, so I need to make my command VERY clear (verbally SITS) and not jumble my words. If I give a nice loud SITS! then 9/10 he does comply. Yesterday I worked on it with him and I kinda just said, "sits" and continued walking (no handler help) and he stood there.. lol. So, I returned to him, gave the command again and then walked off... returned to him and took a step or two and rewarded.
Stark reverts to a stand and not a platz, where I think most dogs (at least the ones I work with) seem to revert to a platz..
Stark has a nice quick/clean platz/sits/stand so I am very happy with this aspect of his training to be honest, there are always things to clean up and such but right now, at the point we are at, it's good.
We were going to trial next month but are holding off on the BH until spring. I may... a big maybe...... do his AD next month though. All depends on the weather. My breeder is bringing her 2 dogs through the BH and AD that weekend and I am going anyways...... so might do it. We will see where we are next week.
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