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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-19-2011, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Well, after 2 run throughs at a local match yesterday, I certainly know what I need to sharpen up on before our trial next Saturday. Tori has CD legs thus far (scores 189.5, 190.5), we are hoping to finish her CD on the 25th. Last night she demonstrated how beautifully she can perform all of the exercises (really nice job), until/unless she gets distracted by: a familiar face ringside (there are lots of those!), a squeaky toy in another part of the building, the sound of the overhead fan kicking on, the door opening, a potential dog-friend walking past the open gate, etc. You get the picture. When she is "on", she's REALLY on. When she's just playing around, it gets a lot more sloppy. But, I guess if her tail is wagging, no harm done....

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-19-2011, 09:50 AM
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How do you reward/treat Tori? I was using food as a motivator with Yoko for the first couple of years. Her toys were too much for her to handle (they had more value for her than food). We have since switched to a toy for reward. Needed to up the anty. I have now started to work her right before we enter the ring, using the toy for motivation. She gets rewarded, then we start over. Right before we enter the ring, I have the toy in hand, have her focus, put the toy out of sight (like I always do when training). Toy would be in your right hand, perhaps against your thigh, should have eye contact with dog, heel toward ring, drop toy (or hand to someone you have set up waiting for you). Dog thinks toy is still on you, unbelievable focus in the ring.

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Interesting idea, Dawn. I use treats to reward Tori -- she is VERY food motivated. She is also chronically happy, and very social. The hard part with her is getting her to maintain focus on the exercise when she wants to visit the other dogs & people near the ring. She once NQ'd on the stand for exam because (in Tori's mind) the judge took too long to come and say hello, so she went to him. Judge wasn't impressed with that, so Tori then did a perfect finish to the Judge. She couldn't figure out why no one was rewarding her...

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How have you proofed for distractions?
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