Don’t Work Too Long!

Ahhh the mistake of training too long. It’s so easy to do. At least for us humans. The dogs can tell us, though, when they are done. Maze is super good at letting me know!

I worked him too long today. This is the good parts of his game today of pushing stuff around in the pan. At the end (the part I’m not showing) he left me and wandered off, he was done!

Since I want him to like things that move and bang, I thought maybe it would be a good idea to pile up some boxes and have them push them over. Eventually I can change it up to pieces of wood and metal, so he makes more noise. So this video shows him pushing the box out of the way to get to his cookies. I think he did a good job!

I also worked Maze’s cart a little bit… but, because yesterday it moved in a scary way, he didn’t want to get on the cart today. Oh no… so I have some fixing to do. I want to build him up, not take a step back! However, I’m human, and unfortunately will probably make mistakes along the way.

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And here are some short videos of training Jet and Quinn to close the door. 🙂 I want to build on this game and make it fun!

Nosework Practice on a Friday

IMG_5592Did some Nosework training at home today! I wanted to work the dogs on alerts too… since they don’t really have strong alerts and I’d like them to be nice and obvious. And I know I know… UKC rules say they can’t be aggressive alerts… like a Paw… but, I’m sticking with the paw. Ya’ll can sue me. I hope it will be a gentle paw. Jet is going to do a sit or a down, whichever he prefers. Quinn has an awesome paw touch in Barn Hunt and I’m keeping that. He’s not aggressive with it, it’s just like he’s saying “Paw there it is, let’s find the next one.” Connor I’d like him to be able to really communicate to me his indicator. He needs a nice clear confident alert. Maze hasn’t done much indication… I’ve been just clicking/treating for when he’s on the odor. But I would like a nice clear indication with him too.

So here are today’s Videos. Maze got a little tiny bit of 2o2o board work too. It’s not a 2o2o yet.. it’s just getting him to walk on the board. 🙂

Maze Board:

Maze Nosework 01:

Maze Nosework 02:

Connor Nosework:

Quinn Nosework:

Jet Nosework:

This is How I Train

So here are some of my other dogs’ training videos. I will probably put Maze’s training videos in posts dedicated to him. The rest of the dogs I may lump into the same posts. Either that or I’ll have just too many posts. I’ve been training almost every day. I’m retired now, and so I love to train with the dogs first thing in the morning. I clicker train. I do tell my dogs no when they do something I don’t want them to do (more in life than in training, but sometimes in training too).

Here are Connor’s training videos from today. Connor is a Danish-Swedish Farmdog and he loves to learn and train. He’s a bit less confident than my other Farmdog, Jet, but Connor is sweet and loving and very soft:

Perch Box:

Begging on Cue:

Settle, the precursor to roll over:

Connor’s back up is good!:

Jet is learning how to roll himself up in a blanket. I can do a post just on his progress, as I’ve uploaded quite of few videos of him learning. He’s awesome. He knows all the little doodles that I am training the other dogs, so I had to train something with him that would challenge him and myself. He does awesome! Jet is also a Danish-Swedish Farmdog:

Cuddle Up!:

Rear Up:

Quinn is my smooth blue collie boy. He’s learning some obedience doodles like signals. In this first video I’m trying to get him to wait before he throws another behavior at me. I’m trying to teach him signals and a stand and a little back too. I don’t know if we’ll every compete in obedience… I love to train obedience. I just get so nervous in the obedience ring. But the training is really fun:

Signals and Wait for Cue:

Rollover:

The Growing Quinnie

Oh boy… puppies just grow up so fast! I put together a little collage of the pictures I’ve taken over the last months. I had some fun pictures like this of my guide dog for the blind puppy, Greta, waaaay back in the 90s. As she grew I took pictures of her next to Kip, my Shepherd mix.

So I thought it’d be fun to do the same with Quinn.

So here’s the three (the BCs are not included since they do more with their Dad than with me). These are of Tatum, Jet and Quinn. Quinn just grew so fast!

Growing Quinn
Growing Quinn

Our Screaming and Barking Solution

What to do when the dogs think it’s super fun to go screaming and barking down the hall, when something exciting happens in the other room? This is the solution my husband and I came up with, and it’s working really well!

My husband is quite often in the basement, as is typical anymore, on his computer. Me and the dogs are upstairs in the bedroom, me with my kindle, the dogs with some bully sticks on the bed. This is the picture of our winter evenings since it’s 10 degrees outside and there’s nothing much on TV.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog
Jet and Quinn on the bed

Before we got Quinn, when my husband came up, Jet would get barky and growly on the bed, stand up, and woof. Just more in an alert type of way, probably because things sound funny to him in our house. Not really a big issue and he’d say hi to my husband and give him some good licks after the initial woof.

Enter Quinn last June. This behavior escalated to full blown screaming and running and barking down the hall with both of the boys, when my husband came up. Okay, this behavior was unacceptable and quite annoying. Plus if the dogs got too high or grumpy, a fight could result, which we didn’t want to have happen either.

So I was thinking, if I only knew when my husband was coming up, I could provide a good distraction to the boys, such as treats or a game or something.

Just to note, Tatum could care less who was barking and running down the hall, and would just give the boys’ that girl look that said “boys are stupid.” 🙂 And the border collies are downstairs with my husband, so the issue was only with Jet and Quinn.

I decided to look up those remote type doorbells that are either motion sensitive, or something my husband could ring, that would warn me of his coming up. We decided on a doorbell that would wirelessly ring a chime upstairs in my bedroom.

We’ve been doing this for a couple of months now, and I must say, the results are awesome! After only about 2 or 3 rings of the door-chime, Jet realized that it meant treats! So now when it goes off, he immediately orients to the dresser where I keep the treats, and he’s ready for his yummies. Quinn usually just does what Jet does (since Jet is coolest big brother ever).

Danish-Swedish Farmdog
Boys in the Bedroom

Now when I’m comfortably reading my Kindle, and the door chime goes off.. we have some nice and calm yummy treats. Usually my husband is letting the other dogs outside, so after some treats, I let Jet and Quinn go off into the other room, and they are nice polite boys and walk calmly down the hall to see what’s going on.

Woo hoo! I just love it when things work. I’m hoping that eventually, just the act of my husband coming up will trigger that treat response in the boys, and we won’t have to use the door-chime anymore. But even if not, it’s working like a charm!