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Foundation Concepts - Module 03

Obj 2 Dog Sniffs on Cue

Add the cue just as soon your dog starts to sniff, then mark and treat. Can you see at 2:09 Lucy keeps her head up and looks around? It looks like she’s processing what is happening. Did you see her air sniffing towards me at 2:17? She might be testing to see if I will […]

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Obj 1 Dog Sniffs

Choose a location where there will be many things in a  small area that your dog will want to sniff. A park entrance, a community mail box, anywhere there are raised objects like rocks or logs that other dogs tend to pee on. Watch him until he starts sniffing. Mark and treat when he does.

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Obj 5 Use Both Cues

Objective 5: Dog hears both cues and the marker. I use the cue “Thank you” as the release cue. At 0:50 Lucy starts backing up as a sort of tug behavior because I waited a little longer to say it. At this point it is fine but not ideal. Very quickly the backing up could

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Obj 4 Give/Release on Marker

Objective 4: Dog releases when the handler gives cue Stop using the “take” cue when first training the give cue. Just present the object in the same way as before and your dog should take it.  Just before you click, say the “Give” cue.  Then reach for and deliver the treat as before. Repeating this

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Obj 3 Add Take Cue

Objective 3 Dog takes the object after the handler gives the cue. I add the cue just before I know she’s going to take it. Then mark and treat. We are aiming for a nice smooth repetition of the training.  Cue behavior mark and treat. Note I am placing each hand in the same spot

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Obj 2 Take Object

Objective 2: Dog takes object from your hands. Okay now you are going to do it for real!Get your dog in front of you.  1.Bring out the object and when you are ready present it 4 inches in front of your dog at nose level.  If your dog sniffs it or touches it with her nose

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Interactions with People

Here are more behaviors but this time interactions with people. We notice the same behaviors that dogs use with other dogs. Did you notice the interpretation of the behavior at the beginning of the clip? Watch it again!  What does the narrator say that is an interpretation, not an observation? Is “avoidance” a behavior

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Discussion M3L11

1). Take a look at these two photos of dogs near bicycles. What signs of stress do you observe?  Then make an interpretation of what might be going on for the dog (s). What in the limited context we can see leads you to think that? 2). Observe your own dog for the 3 most

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Observation in Training Context

Observation in Training Context   When training our dogs, it is important that we learn to observe their behaviors. Jessie (black and tan dog) often showed subtle signs of stress when during training if she was uncomfortable. In particular, she didn’t like the camera pointed at her. That added a baseline level fo stress every

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Subtle Signals

Here is a video that shows some of the more common subtle signs. Go back and make a list of the specific behaviors you observe.   Next, watch the following video to see a dog using a few behaviors in context. List the ones you observe.

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Seeing the Behaviors

Getting practice with watching for behaviors in context is key. This reactive dog is on leash and sees another dog in the distance. This dog is exhibiting several look aways to signal that he has some stress. Here’s the same dog when he gets a little closer to the other dog. He switches to

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