Today I worked on a few little things with Maze. The first thing was having him push over some plastic containers in order to make some noise. Yesterday I had him push over some pieces of wood, but they made too much noise for him. While he didn’t flinch when they clanked, he moved away after he ate the treats, telling me that was too much. Here is yesterday’s video:
So I backed it down and made it easier for him. I want to build up his sound confidence slowly so he masters it and is eager to make the noise. Today was much better! You can see how he willingly pushed over the plastic to make some noise. Good boy, much more confidence!
I was very pleased with the plastic!
Then I asked Maze to get onto the cart again. Well, I want him to ask ME to get on the cart! And although he liked the treats in the prior exercise today (Red Barn Log), he wanted something different for the cart. Yes, he is very picky with food, and not super food motivated. So I gave him Real Meat instead, which was more acceptable for the cart. Silly guy.
I’m having him eat a pile of treats while I gently move the cart, which he is fine with. He doesn’t jump off, he doesn’t look nervous at all at the movement. So that’s great, yay Maze!
I also am training Jet to put things in a container. I’ve never trained this before, but many dogs learn it and do great. So I’m using a glove and a plastic basket I got from the dollar store. He’s doing pretty good! I am trying to put the basket at a distance from myself so he understands to take the glove to the basket. He has an awesome retrieve, so he’ll naturally bring me the glove (which he should, for obedience). So for this trick, he needs to take it to the basket instead. Jet is such a joy to train, so enthusiastic! He’s a Danish-Swedish Farmdog. 🙂
Such fun to train! Indoors today, ’cause it’s raining outside. I’m so ready for the weather to warm up so we can be outside on a regular basis.
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.
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!
Did 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. 🙂
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:
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:
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:
Wow has it been a whole year almost already? I can’t believe it’s December of 2013. Wow! This month Jet and I are going to Agility Invitationals in Orlando, Florida again. It will be fun and we are looking forward to it!
I think it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. We had a new addition to our family, another Danish-Swedish Farmdog. His name is Connor and he was born in Sweden in June 2013. He is an absolute doll and I’m so thrilled he’s part of our pack. Hopefully well be able to do agility together, and obedience, maybe some flyball, and we’ve already been doing some tracking!
Since I retired on August 1 of this year, I haven’t been on the computer much anymore. I was a computer programmer and was on the computer All The Time. So now that I have more free time, I am not spending it on the computer!
However mayhap I’ll try to post more on the blog in the next little while. Though if you can’t find me here, I’m usually pretty chatty on Facebook. 🙂