but at the very end when you had him sit and clicked.... were you clicking/rewarding the 'sit'? or that he gave eye contact? or something else?
There were two clicks at the end. The first one was for the rolle-over and the last one he made eyecontact and thats when I clicked.
Watch when you click as a marker. Cause it's SO precise
I hear you. I hope I am doing it right because I pretty much taught it myself by reading a book and articles on the internet. That's why I figured that it might be a good idea to get a video camera and record it so some of you can point out things that I can do better like this:
I know I was told that if I sandwich the dog between a wall and myself, it's a huge help to keep MY body in line with the dogs. As well as prevent the normal bending around our dogs tend to do. This also helps when we add the one step at a time to the heeling. The wall prevents the dogs from having their behind swing around, and WE can keep walking a straight line!
That is an AWESOME idea. I would have never thought of that myself and I especially have that problem with Zenzy. She's NEVER walking straight and always heeling cricked and I've seen the cricket heeling a lot because the dogs are trying to get a better position to look into your eyes and I also noticed that Yukon is sort of leaning over to the other side to get a better look.
Have you added a tug toy to his training/release yet? This REALLY helps with their joy for wanting to train with you. Fun, short and fast sessions with tons of treats, AND the tug toy for a short play session before continuing really keeps their interest.
Yes, when I am outside I use his ball but in the apartment I can't use any toys because the downstairs neighbors.
I think a good, clear release can function as a very powerful teaching tool. Both Ivan Balabanov and Michael Ellis (I'm sure there are others) use the marker as simultaneously a mark and a release. In other word, the marker word ("Ok" or "Yes") that tells the dog he did something right is also the dog's release word. When the dog does something right and you mark AND release at the same time, things become very clear, very black and white to the dog. Whatever the dog was doing when he got marked/released, THAT was what he did right, THAT is what you are rewarding him for. So in the beginning when I did attention with Ike, I would get eye contact and say "Yes" and that would be his cue that (1) he is getting a treat and (2) he is free to do whatever he wants and we would goof around some and then start the exercise over again. Later on we added "good" as his keep going marker word (keep doing what you are doing, your release/reward is coming). But in the beginning we did lots of start and stop, mark, release, and then reset.
I will definitely try that. Thank you so much for the advise. I love watching your Ike videos by the way
So for the next session I am including a release word and more praise and will get the DVD set for the agility foundation. For the heeling part I have to look where I can find a wall but a fence should do it too, right?