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reinforce him or he will lose interest and give up. Again, knowing how long to hold out will depend on your dog’s personality and training, but here is a rule of thumb to get you started. If your dog has offered three behaviors and they have not been what you want, drop back on your criteria and take a little less so that the dog gets a reward on the fourth try. For example, if you are holding out for a footstep toward the poles and you only get the same old glance at the poles three times in a row, just click the glance a few more times. If you continue to hold out for more, you run the risk of the dog just giving up. Once the original behavior (the glance, in this case) has been strengthened by a few more repetitions, your dog may feel confident enough to keep trying “improved” behaviors. The “rule of three” is only a very conservative generalization to get you started. You will be amazed at how quickly you will begin to read your dog and know when to raise the training criteria and how long you should hold out. Here she is, weaving away. Look at her eye and head position—she understands what she has to do. It would take many sessions in many different contexts to teach her competition weave poles, but in just a few minutes a dog that had never even seen a weave pole actually learned how to weave in this context. Is the Result Worth All the Effort? You know, this seems like a lot of trouble, doesn’t it? Heck, it would be easy to get your dog to go through that entrance by leading him through on a short leash, or by putting a piece of food in front of his nose and luring him through. You could get him to go through in about 10 seconds using either of those methods, as opposed to minutes, hours, or even days if you free shape. Is free shaping worth it? Why not just physically guide or lure the dog through the weaves? You can certainly get any behavior by physically guiding/ manipulating your dog, and that will work well for some dogs. Yet, when you are starting with a dog that is not predisposed to work with you, those methods can present some challenges. If you are physically guiding your dog (by pulling him through the weave poles on a leash, for example), he will not readily perform the behavior without the guidance unless he is somehow otherwise motivated to perform. Do I have to tell you that Pigs Fly dogs are not otherwise motivated to perform? Luring presents its own set of problems. When you are luring your dog around with a cookie, all your dog sees is that cookie. He probably has no idea what the rest of his body is doing. So long as his mouth is oriented toward the cookie, he thinks he is in good shape. He is not really learning how to make adjustments, find entrances, and wrap around poles—he is learning to follow a cookie. Also, if you are luring your dog, the likelihood of your dog performing any particular behavior is a simple calculation Troubleshooting If your dog looks like he is losing interest or giving up when you start holding out for an improvement, you may be trying to raise the bar too quickly. Go back and reinforce the behavior he was last offering a few more times. Once that behavior is strengthened by a few more reinforcements, you can try again to hold out for the next approximation. Your dog might also give up if the approximation you have chosen is too big a step. For instance, if you have reinforced a glance toward the poles and now you are holding out for a footstep and you are not having success, try reinforcing intermediate approximations such as a head turn, and then a head turn with weight shifted in the direction of the poles. Don’t worry if it seems like it is taking an inordinate amount of approximations and reinforcements of those approximations to get a behavior. The answer to the question of how many approximations and reinforcements of each approximation should be done is “as many as it takes.” As your dog gets more experienced with the shaping game, you will find that you can escalate through the approximations more and more quickly for each new behavior you teach, but for now, be patient. Even if your dog has not given up, but is repeatedly offering a behavior you are not looking for, you need to find a way to LURING Look at the dog’s eyes and head position. She has no awareness of anything except the food in my hand. March 08 | Clean Run 53

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run Magazine - March 2008

Clean Run Magazine - March 2008
Contents
Editorializing: An Anthropologist at a Dog Show
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Give Your Dog a Running Start
On Course with Ronda Carter
Trainer’s Forum
How to Get the Most from Your Agility Classes
Foundation Fundamentals: Restrained Recalls and Chase Games
What Is a Handling System?
Pre-Agility Skills: Laying the Foundation, Part 1
Alternative Medicine for Your Canine Athlete: Navigating the Options
Agility? Deaf-initely!
When Pigs Fly: Agility Success with “Impossible” Dogs
Skill of the Month
Shelter Champs: Sadie
Spy Kids: Goals to Prepare for Competition
Distance Challenge
Focus on Recalls
Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Back and Trunk Strengthening
In Cider
Letters
Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Clean Run Magazine - March 2008
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 2
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Contents
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 4
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Editorializing: An Anthropologist at a Dog Show
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 9
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 10
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Give Your Dog a Running Start
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 12
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 13
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 14
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 15
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 16
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 17
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - On Course with Ronda Carter
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 19
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 20
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 21
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Trainer’s Forum
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 23
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 24
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - How to Get the Most from Your Agility Classes
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 26
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 27
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 28
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Foundation Fundamentals: Restrained Recalls and Chase Games
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 30
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 31
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 32
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - What Is a Handling System?
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 34
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 35
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 36
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 37
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Pre-Agility Skills: Laying the Foundation, Part 1
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 39
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 40
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 41
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 42
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Alternative Medicine for Your Canine Athlete: Navigating the Options
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 44
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 45
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Agility? Deaf-initely!
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 47
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 48
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 49
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - When Pigs Fly: Agility Success with “Impossible” Dogs
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 51
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 52
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 53
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 54
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 55
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Skill of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 57
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 58
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Shelter Champs: Sadie
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 60
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 61
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 62
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Spy Kids: Goals to Prepare for Competition
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 64
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 65
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 66
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 67
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 68
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Distance Challenge
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 70
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 71
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 72
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Focus on Recalls
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Back and Trunk Strengthening
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 75
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 76
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - In Cider
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 78
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 79
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 80
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Letters
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 83
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 84
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