Re: 3 Behavior Modes
Aloha, George. I set myself up for success, (we are just starting this Mode method). By success, I know where the areas where cats, mongooses, exciting smells are, etc. and go into the "liberty mode" before we get to that area. I make myself all excited and try to keep a distance from Rasa. If Rasa comes to my side and tends to stay there, I good girl her and say Close, good girl, etc. I try to define the modes by stopping and assigning the mode. That way the mode (what is expected of Rasa) is defined and I hope Rasa becomes to understand it is NECESSARY to act properly in that mode. (the reward is when we get to a high distraction area, I allow her to go into Liberty mode.) This method is still evolving as I just started it.
The one success I had today was an area of the back street where truck drivers party after work on a friday nite. You see beer bottles and most importantly plate lunches with pork bones, discarded meat, etc. Rasa was in the Close mode when we went by this area and although I had to "close, good girl, stay, good girl-close" several times for the 1/2 block and Rasa had her head turned toward the discarded food the whole time, she did not "break formation". When past that area, I stopped and gave her Liberty and she wandered off a bit and checked out smells, etc.
The Close mode has lots of commands, leave it, turn left turn right, no Visit, Visit, Stay here, etc. etc. The Liberty mode has basically only a couple commands "come here, go get 'em" all done with excitement. Like I say, it is evolving and developing,,,hoping to get some good suggestions, advice here.