Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 58

X toy X toy X toy X toy Loading onto Boards We want Sweep to learn to adjust and straighten his path on approach to a contact obstacle. We started with the short board slanted up to a low platform. Since Sweep has learned to target in a two-on/ two-off position at the end of a board, we did not want him to get on a flat board without targeting his two-on/two-off position. In this training he will be marked for loading onto the board straight, but be reinforced as he is running forward and off the board. We used wire mesh formed into little tents that can be moved around and are not attached to the board. Choose material that Start with an easy approach and then gradually change your position relative to the dog until you can send him from the opposite end of the board and he goes around the tents to get onto the board straight. Remember to work the dog on both sides. is smooth so your dog cannot get tangled in it. If you have already been doing targeting work, your pup should send ahead of you the minute he sees the board. If not, then you will need to reward the dog first for stepping into the “chute” formed by the tents, and then for getting on the board and build from there. I hold onto Sweep’s collar and then release him forward. Place yourself outside the tents or you will not be able to step into position to reward. I give a verbal marker (Yes) when Sweep is on approach and straightened and hand him a cookie at the spot marked X. Next I throw a toy or cookie forward to keep him traveling up and across the short board. He does not need to stop at the end. The drop is only a few inches and we encourage him to run through by tossing the toy. I keep changing my position relative to Sweep so that I can teach him to send around the tents to get onto the board. Eventually you can stop giving a reinforcement treat at X, and just reinforce off the board. If your dog starts to cut the corner, go back to reinforcing at X. We will be fading these aids in the next few months so that Sweep will straighten up as he runs to a contact without the little fencing around the approach. Restrain Reward Reward T T T T Wait for the dog to look forward to the target, send him with your cue word, and then wait for him to touch the target. Mark the nose touch and move quickly into position to give the reinforcement cookie. Change your position relative to the dog almost every time you send to the target. Here are some examples. Targeting Work Sweep is still using an electronic target disk. This month we will introduce targeting to the disc without the additional aid of the sound. We already mark his hitting the target with a verbal Yes. As discussed in previous articles Sweep is released to the target with the word Touch. He is either restrained by his collar to build some excitement or is on a stay facing down the line of the board. Sweep is reinforced with Yes and a treat as he holds a headlowered position close to the target; then he’s released to a toy thrown forward or to come to us for a game of tug. Remember, when you are giving your cue for your dog to go to the target, stand perfectly still without moving a muscle. Wait for the dog to look forward to the target, send with your cue word, and then 58 wait for him to touch the target. Mark the nose touch and move quickly into position to give the reinforcement cookie. If your dog does not hit the target, do not move, do not click, do not say yes. Just wait to see if your dog will hit the target, even if you need to stand there motionless for a while. If you never get a touch, you have made the job too difficult. Go back to being 12" from the target and get some good strong nose touches without any aid or movement on your part. Then begin moving farther and farther away (backchaining). Don’t add difficulty until you have some speed to the nose touch. Change your position relative to the dog almost every time you send to the target. Don’t pattern the dog while you hold the same position every time. You will have a hard time getting the dog to generalize the behavior with you in a different place if you create a pattern of only being in one place hundreds of times. You can and should practice targeting to your board or on the bottom of a step in as many different places as possible: all around your house and yard, at the park, at friends’ homes, at hotels, and so on. Get a short board for training if you do not already have one. And find some other equipment or aids to add some angle to the board as well. Large bricks or a short stool covered with nonskid fabric works well. The two-on/two-off behavior on a narrow board or with the dog’s rear feet on a step or low stool will transfer quite easily to the bottom of the A-frame. If you have access to an A-frame you could also do some backchaining to the bottom of a low A-frame. Clean Run | February 08

Clean Run Magazine - February 2008

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

Clean Run Magazine - February 2008
Contents
Editorializing: Barbarians at the Gate?
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
On Course with Annie Lehman
Basic Turns
Trainer’s Forum
Do You Have a Preferred Handling Speed?
Foundation Fundamentals: Dealing with Distractions, Part 2
Case Study: The King of the Off-course
Conquering Ring Nerves: How Do I Stop Shaking When I Step to the Line?
Sports Retraining for Agility Athletes
When Pigs Fly: What Is an Operant Dog? Why Should I Care?
Power Paws Patterns: Number Three
Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Increasing Challenges on the Ball
Spy Kids: Balance in Training
Skill of the Month
When the Click Doesn’t End the Behavior: Conditioning a Release Signal
Shelter Champs: Dunk
Distance Challenge
Letters
Agility Organization Update
Nested Courses for Mardi Gras
Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Clean Run Magazine - February 2008
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 2
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Contents
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 4
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Editorializing: Barbarians at the Gate?
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 9
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 10
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 11
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 12
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 13
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - On Course with Annie Lehman
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 15
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 16
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Basic Turns
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 18
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 19
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 20
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 21
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Trainer’s Forum
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 23
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 24
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 25
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Do You Have a Preferred Handling Speed?
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 27
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 28
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Foundation Fundamentals: Dealing with Distractions, Part 2
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 30
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 31
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Case Study: The King of the Off-course
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 33
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 34
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 35
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Conquering Ring Nerves: How Do I Stop Shaking When I Step to the Line?
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 37
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 38
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Sports Retraining for Agility Athletes
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 40
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 41
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 42
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - When Pigs Fly: What Is an Operant Dog? Why Should I Care?
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 44
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 45
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 46
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 47
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 48
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Power Paws Patterns: Number Three
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 50
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 51
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Increasing Challenges on the Ball
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 53
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 54
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 55
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 56
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Spy Kids: Balance in Training
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 58
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 59
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 60
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 61
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Skill of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 63
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 64
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - When the Click Doesn’t End the Behavior: Conditioning a Release Signal
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 66
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 67
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 68
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Shelter Champs: Dunk
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 70
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 71
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 72
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Distance Challenge
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 74
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 75
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 76
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Letters
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 78
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Agility Organization Update
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 80
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 81
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 83
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 84
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