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the gAme
To begin this engagement game, choose
an environment that will help your pup be
successful-a location that will not overstimulate. You can change the location to
add higher levels of arousal once both of
you are comfortable with the technique.
Choose three simple behaviors-ones
that your pup knows extremely well and
require no props so that you can do them
anywhere, anytime; for example, sit, down,
high five with paw, spin, hand touch, etc.
Cue each of the three behaviors in random order-we don't want to create a
pattern that pup anticipates; we are promoting thinking!
Reinforce each behavior when pup perceives the cue and responds with the appropriate behavior. You want a high rate
of reinforcement, which means lots of
cookies often. And I do recommend that
you use food, especially in the beginning,
a treat that's easy and quick to ingest so
you can rapidly get to the next behavior.

Being able to maintain a high rate of
reinforcement is one of the reasons we
want to use simple, known behaviors
that can be performed quickly. If you use
complicated or new behaviors, it will reduce the reinforcement rate.

troubleshooting
What should you do if the engagement
is not happening and pup doesn't do the
behavior you cued? First, run through
this checklist:
*	Is the behavior truly well understood
by your pup?
*	Is the behavior simple and easy to do?
*	Are you starting with a pup that's
already overstimulated and unable to
access their brain?
*	Is your reinforcement so exciting that
it's creating a distraction?
*	Is the environment too exciting?
Set up for success and get the behavior you
asked for! If that means you initially start

the game in your kitchen when everything
is quiet and use Cheerios as the treat, then
that is what you do. Once you can get
engagement in that environment and pup
is performing each of the cued behaviors,
then you can gradually increase difficulty
in terms of the arousal level.

increAsing the ArousAl level
Once I can get the pup thinking and engaged, I can increase the difficulty of the
game (and subsequently build my dog's
comprehension) by increasing my pup's
arousal. Slowly build toward being able
to play this game right by the agility ring,
next in line to go. Think of how useful
it will be when you have a method that
instantly connects you with your pup and
"turns on" the teamwork right before you
step to the start line.
You can increase your dog's arousal by
changing the environment, introducing distractions, and using reinforcers
that are more exciting than food; such
as go outside, dinner, mad tug play, or
a jackpot. Realize the more exciting the
reward, the more difficult the transition

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