I never thought i'd see this day, but Berlin ignored a food reward and instead wanted his ball reward. A few IPO training sessions and my food crazy boy has been transformed into this ball/tug crazy dog. He will do ANYTHING for that darn gappay ball, I swear. Which leads me to my question....I have been using the gappay ball for obedience (heel, hier, and proofing his sitz/platz/focus etc). What is the best way to reward with a ball or tug? I will ask him to do the command (if its proofing, he has to do some reps of it) and then engage in a game of tug, or throw the ball. Just wanna keep his drive up, and not bore him, so I make sure I reward him frequently.
Also, what size tug do you all use for obedience? My 12x3in one is too big, cannot hide it, cannot carry it with me...but is the 8x1.5 inch one too small? or 10X1.5inch?
His jute tug came in today..and now he could care less about the french linen tug. He goes crazy for the jute...thats what the bite pillow/wedge is made out of at our club...so I guess he just likes that more. Sucks cause I just ordered a smaller french linen tug!
Also, who has done the AD with their dog? When he goes for his IPO1, he will be doing his AD too. I have looked into it, our club offers it with their trials...just wanna know how to prepare. We already run a lot, his pads are tough...so just keep that up? He can run 6 miles with little issue.
Berlin is finally getting the hang of this protection work game...he was a little confused the first two times, kept looking back at me, like..."what am I supposed to do ma? Go after this guy with the pillow?" But this past week, he did awesome! He is SOOOO close to barking, but still hasnt. lol. I, on the other hand, suck, and am interfering with his awesomeness.. I cannot be a 'tree' to save my life.
Tracking is going exceptionally well. He LOVES to track. He works the box so intensely, snorts and grunts and works the edge of the box so nice. If he goes out of the box, he immediately corrects himself. He will be moving on to small tracks this week.
He did obedience training this week for the first time also, and did way way better than I expected. He comes out onto the field so excited, and ready for anything. Says hello to the people quickly, and then comes right with me (
) I didnt have to hold his lead, he was so focused on me and the task at hand for being in a situation with a buncha doggy smells, exciting people, etc. He did great, and keeps surprising me.
Sometimes, I get so frustrated with him and what ISNT going right...that when I finally stop to think about our progress, I realize how many things he IS doing right and progressing with so much. I dont give him enough credit. I couldnt ask for a better dog, really. I love him so much. I love the bond that is strengthening already from training in IPO. Its so awesome, and one of the main reasons I wanted to get into this with him. I am so proud of him when hes out there!
I bought "Training the Behavior" by Gary Patterson, it came in today, hope its a good read! (Probably shoulda waited until finals were done with...
) Any other recommendations people have for schH books are welcome.
Thanks in advance for any feedback!