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back to mindfulness, so choose reinforcers appropriate to pup's current level of
understanding and ability to play the engagement game.
Be a savvy trainer; use reinforcement that
fosters comprehension not fights it. Just
starting to learn? Keep reinforcement
more calming. Is pup becoming pretty
awesome at the game? Add in some reinforcement that creates excitement and
work more extreme transitions.

At shows and training classes, if the
excitement is overwhelming and pup
is unable to successfully play the With
Me in Three game, add enough distance
between you and the exciting activity so
that pup is not over threshold and can
successfully perform the cue. Get the
behavior! Once pup can respond appropriately, then you can move closer again,
rewarding and increasing difficulty at the
same time. Moving away from the exciting thing is also a consequence. If your
pup cannot be responsive, she cannot be
near this exciting thing. That is part of
the learning too.

PrActicing every dAy

This technique to strengthen mindfulness
and teamwork is extremely simple and
easy, and it can be done anywhere, anytime. It requires you to be aware and to
manipulate the environment so that your
pup can be successful at the game. When
they're successful, it allows you to reward
them for actively choosing engagement
instead of over-threshold excitement.
Increasing arousal level but keeping the
With Me in Three behaviors straightforward is the most effective and efficient
way I have found to a happy, eager, keen,
and mindful teammate-a rocket ship
that thinks. And that is a lot of fun for
everyone. D
courteSY oF dudleY ShuMAte

Be aware, notice what gets your pup
excited, and work the transition to engagement with you before pup goes over
threshold. These are not long sessions.

© kAren & iAn SteWArt

Real life training, what we do and reward
every day, is what pup learns best. Arousal
management techniques are easy to incorporate into every-day life because they
do not require special props, lots of space,
or equipment. I can find many chances to
do literally one or two minutes of training
multiple times, even during a busy day.
Whatever excites my pup is a chance for us
to practice transitions to mindfulness. Going outside to potty? Take 30 seconds to go
through the With Me in Three game first.
Pup gets to go outside as the final reward.
Almost time to feed? Another chance to
take a minute to practice engagement. Are
there other pups in your family? They can
be great helpers. Play an appropriate bit
with your "teacher assistant," just enough
to get your pup excited but not completely
unable to think, then go to the With Me
in Three. If pup can be responsive, reward
with the fun game you were playing just
prior with your assistant.

Remember to be random in your cues
when using this technique. Its effectiveness lies in the fact that pup cannot anticipate the pattern and turn off her brain.
"Thinking" is what we are trying to encourage and promote. Simple behaviors,
randomly cued, high level of reinforcement-that's the magic. Use any situation
that gets your pup excited as an opportunity to practice. Just one or two minutes
is all you need. If pup cannot respond,
put enough distance between her and
the exciting situation until she can. Start
with food rewards initially as they tend to
elicit less excitement than toy rewards.

courteSY oF dudleY ShuMAte

But always remember, as you increase
arousal, you still need to keep the behaviors simple. The goal is a thinking creature
who can process and respond to different
cues quickly and easily, not performing
super-complicated tricks. Save that for
another time. Pup attending to the cues
and responding appropriately is what we
are trying to accomplish.

summing it uP

Get engagement, reward, and be done. A
lot of very short sessions multiple times a
day is the most efficient way to get in the
most repetition and reward, and consequently, the fastest path to learning.

And don't miss out on a chance to work
transitions after a run if you are showing.
Come out of the ring, celebrate like crazy
for a minute, and then see if you can get
pup to mindfulness immediately using
With Me in Three. Can pup transition
from a wild party to thinking teammate?
After a run, I do not leave the area by the
ring until my pup can think-best transition practice in the world.

Dudley Shumate has been loving and training dogs of various breeds-including Cocker Spaniels, Standard Poodles, Border Collies, and most recently a terrier mix and a
rescued All-American-for over 25 years. While enjoying competitive success in obedience, tracking, and herding, agility is their forte. Dudley and her pups have earned
126 top placements regionally, nationally, and internationally, 39 of them first places, including five national championships. Before dogs, Dudley was an avid horse
trainer and three-day event competitor. She lives on a farm in North Carolina, baking and hiking when she isn't trialing or teaching seminars.    
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