Saturday, September 26, 2009

TTouch Method

This is from the TTouch website ~~ TTouch - the Tellington TTouch - is a method based on circular movements of the fingers and hands all over the body. The intent of the TTouch is to activate the function of the cells and awaken cellular intelligence - a little like "turning on the electric lights of the body."

Targeting for Shy Dogs

Hand Targeting for Shy Dogs - The best bloopers are a click away

Targeting Exercise For Fearful Dogs - Amazing videos are here

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

On Failure in the Ring

I think I know *why* a lot of people lose badly.

Firstly because they build in errors by working on past mistakes in training, and by paying attention to mistakes.

Secondly because they don't start with enthusiasm.

Thirdly because a show is a very different environment to where a lot of people train, and where owners act weird.

And, fourthly because they practice whole exercises.

The first one is easily fixed. If your dog looks away when teaching
heelwork, stop.

Do small amounts of heelwork perfectly, not large amounts with faults in the middle.

If your dog doesn't do a perfect front, don't give the cue to heel. Chains are reinforced by giving the cue to continue the chain. Don't reinforce mistakes by cueing the next part.

Never, ever pay attention to mistakes either. This means don't reinforce a mistake by trying to get your dogs attention. The classic one most dogs learn is that if they look away or wander off while heeling their dad gets liver out. Over time I have watched people train their dogs to heights of innattention with this method, and I have done it too.

Secondly train with play. Throw food so your dog has to run and get it, play with toys, play with your dog without toys, surprise your dog, use FANTASTIC treats, use rubbish treats, use bizarre treats, but get them off your body as soon as possible!

Thirdly train in weird places, train all over, train in new places and allow your dog to explore them after he works. Of course if he doesn't work, he doesn't get to go explore.

Train where you feel embarrassed. I find any where public embarrassing, but places with bigger audiences worse, like lawns outside schools, high streets, public parks.

And, fourthly don't practice whole chains. Split 'em up. A typical practice session for me would include my dog sitting at heel while I throw toys and food out, heelwork through all those distractions, sending my dog to collect a distraction, calling it back to present, sending it for a toy, calling it back through my legs, taking the toy (no present) getting a finish then leaving in a stay, walking away and turning suddenly waving my arms in the air etc, then releasing the dog to go fetch another toy, and so on.

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Jane Curthoys

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Your First Track

Tracking is a great game to play with your dog. Any age dog or puppy can be started on tracking.

Your First Track


Here is a good article about punishment. It explains what punishment is and why not to use it.

"But isn't that Pain?"
"I hereby swear to listen to my dog and not give in to trying human
suggestions that I know will reduce her choices and increase her discomfort."

Marra Apgar

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Circus Poodles

Here is the finished product of excellent training! I think I'd be a good trainer if I had a poodle.

See if you can spot the dogs getting treats in the ring.

"If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us."
— Jim Rohn: Author and motivational speaker

Thursday, September 10, 2009