And if he reaches that, what is the next step up from that, so I am ready to add another criterion if he is cruising with the first one. She tends to make assumptions about what I am asking for, without actually listening to the cue I used. The more often she did this, the shorter was the interim between breaks. Have i-click, have dog, ready to “go”! [Photo description: A gleaming white toilet in a corner, flanked on the left and rear by tan tile walls. As some of you know, because of my inexperience with puppy training, which led to too-high expectations on my part, and frustration and confusion for both of us, Barnum seemed to be a “slowly dog.” He did the skills, and he seemed to overall find training pleasant (once he finally had some idea of what we were working on — poor dude! This exercise is great for the dog who is way too interested in squirrels to focus on you when you're on a walk, or way too distracted by the other dogs to concentrate on the exercises when you're in your agility class. In. Training and Behavior related content and discussion... communiyt.DOG.com Do you wanna train? I wish I had the foresight to think of doing training sessions in the bathroom when I started fostering him. ), suggested I use Give Me a Break with Barnum. I keep meaning to put together my “suggested reading and viewing” page so I can give mini reviews on the scores of dog and behavior books and videos I’ve read/watched/listened to. canyon does really well with the short sessions compared to longer ones, I wish I had thought of this when Cessna and I were doing our fun training a year ago – we’ll start now though Sorry for the ramble, but again thanks for posting all these great tips. nose target (can be the same one to start) then dismiss. I have been doing this with tuna while the foster is crated. Teach your pet new tricks and good manners at Seattle Humane Society's public pet training classes! (Using text, photos and videos) From selecting and socializing puppies, to basic … Eileen says: Yeah, I figured he wouldn’t necessarily eat them, but even just knowing that they’re there, and that he won them, sometimes that helps. Your kisses were divine. Later in the day she worked beautifully with me for two different training sessions, so at the time I didn't give it much thought. . (Too much information? Anynoodle, he is now way into training, and this is what we trained tonight, all in a row, in a bunch of short sessions. There’s some great things in this video. Foot (give me right foot or left foot, as requested, and also let me examine your nails). Then I say, “Oh! 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I think you would find it useful, Brooke, because you already have so much dog-training background, but for someone who is a clicker novice, I think a lot of it would be pretty much gibberish. Facing Life After the Loss of My Service Dog. Also, five days every month, we have a few longer sessions, if you catch my flow. (I’m rebuilding down from a stand instead of a sit, and using a lure to get him to slide sort of play-bow really fast into the down.). Skip to step 3 with a more experienced dog. Latent learning is also one of the reasons why it’s much more effective (as well as more fun and less exhausting), to do several short sessions a day than one or two long ones. While I did do a loooooong shaping program to get Barnum over his stair fear (and he now thinks stairs are just the best thing ever), I also found that just leaving treats on the stairs full-time was very helpful. Gimme a Break. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. This article includes a list of general references, but it remains largely unverified because it lacks sufficient corresponding inline citations. Your well-appointed dog training bathroom is not only an excellent way to employ shorter training sessions, but I can think of several dogs that are fearful of the bathroom that this would absolutely benefit. Also, in the book Control Unleashed, Leslie McDeavitt discusses relaxation, stress, thresholds and the game called ‘gimme a break’ which starts with a training session aimed at delivering rewards in rapid succession followed by a “break, or allowing the dog to do as they wish. Sometimes this means we do four or five mini-sessions for one behavior and then move on to several more mini-sessions for several more behaviors. The foundation is easy. And once a day, we have a longer toilet-training session (if you catch my drift). Check? . Again, thanks for this post. [Photo description: View from the toilet. (All these scatological metaphors are not just me getting literarily lazy; they are dramatic foreshadowing!). But, fwiw, CU is not a book I’d recommend to someone new to clicker training (or to dog training and the concepts of behaviorism). Take/hold the wooden spoon (as seen on top of freezer). Jersey was a master of the “single-event phobia.”. I actually say my goals to myself, in my head or, more often, out loud, to make sure I’m clear about what I’m expecting of both of us. What will my criterion be that I want us to work on? These foam pieces are placed under the nail file board to provide a better angle for scratching his claws.]. The front cover is very colorful, with several dogs in a variety of poses and lots of agility equipment and toys around them. Plunger for added decor? You can give her treats or play with her to take her mind off the collar. Check. I've also been working on basic obedience exercises outside in the context of Leslie McDevitt's "Gimme a Break" game with very high value treats and working on obedience exercises for a toy (though I first need to overcome above-described overstimulation problems). After a minute or so of working, say your release word like "All Done" or "Break" and turn away from him and go sit in your chair. If that is going well, we then take a structured walk around the space, using the 3 Steps game (gimme 3 steps), and return to the mat or car. Huh, I didn’t even think about bathroom phobia. I have no idea. Naturally this isn't particularly useful. Whenever I head to the bathroom, Barnum follows, and we have a session that lasts as long as it takes me to pee! Go to Mat on his dog bed AND nonverbal recall (very important for him to come to me when I don’t have my voice. Are you doing desensitization/counterconditioning w/Early Bird for the bathroom already? If you work on it in low-distraction environments until your dog is reliably reorienting to you after you release him, you will gradually be able to count on his attention even in very distracting environments--like in the backyard with all those squirrels! (I’ll get to that, shortly.) Lok and I have been challenged to teach Lok how to fetch a hot dog without eating it for our tricks class graduation project. I had some new years goals (call them resolutions if you want)…and then life intervened. It’s very exciting, and I’ve found a lot in it that was readily applicable, but it’s pretty dense reading in places, as well. Random leave it. Works much better now that we’ve both matured. with much cognitive impairment, frequently tell folks, “i don’t know what i think until i say it outloud.” speaking goals is good idea–now have to remember to do it. Any time something changes in the environment, we default to the Look at That game (Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt). A "How To" blog for anyone training their own assistance and service dogs. If your dog disengages first by looking away or going away from you to sniff, immediately go sit in your chair. Some examples are, “All four paws on the mat,” or “Click for front going down before rear,” or “Click during the second scratch, not at the end of the scratch, which means I need to remember to depress the clicker partway while he is eating his previous treat so I can be ‘faster on the draw’ with my click.”, I don’t know if this technique is useful to people without brain injury, as well, but I suspect it probably is. Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog, by Emma Parsons, The Power of Positive Dog Training, by Pat Miller, Unlock your Dog's Potential, by Sarah Fisher. Barnum lies on the floor at my feet looking up at me. however, i’ll start integrating it now with my severely shy rescued dog, zenji. (January 2012) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)Following is a list of major or supporting actors from Michigan I don’t really know what’s in them, though. These teach the dog to self-calm, to bring himself/herself down off the cliff. I've also been working on basic obedience exercises outside in the context of Leslie McDevitt's "Gimme a Break" game with very high value treats and working on obedience exercises for a toy (though I first need to overcome above-described overstimulation problems). On the left is a toilet-paper roll with a green i-click clicker hanging from the metal dispenser. In the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to conduct at least three short training sessions a day, each one composed of several very short sessions (five or six treats), with as high a rate of reinforcement (RR) as I can give (usually a shaping session). http://www.seattlehumane.org (Most, but not all, of these are Training Levels behaviors. Another bonus to Gimme a Break for your’s truly is that I can take the breaks to think very clearly and specifically about what I want to do next: What skill will we do now? You can experience the effects of latent learning if you take a day or week or month off from training and discover that your dog is farther ahead than where you stopped off. I cue him to go to his dog bed, then make my kissy noise to call him to me, treat, and cue to mat again). Leslie McDevitt. I want to get Barnum out into public more to practice our skills in different environments. I have been working on shaping a bit, but he is fearful enough that he won’t take treats within 3 feet if the bathroom door. This really shows his progress! (I try to throw in at least one or two zen exercises every day, including now I often toss some treats on the floor and then we train something else, and he has to focus on what we’re doing while also ignoring the food on the floor. will find she chooses to re-engage sooner than the . Do 5 really fast behaviors in a row like. Yesterday I practiced restrained recalls with the boys in my in-laws' back yard. She is about ten months old and the reason given for surrendering her was "lack of time". A very smart and supportive reader of this blog (Hi, Eileen! . First Things First If your puppy doesn't know about leashes yet, start slowly. Giving the access all the time would be more ideal, but I am having some success with the limited access. He doesn't do it for any great deep abiding love of the sport. Needs a special home! Transcript of Video: Barnum’s First Time in a Store! It was intended primarily as a book for trainers, and secondarily for people heavily involved in agility. Receive new blog posts right in your email! I’ve heard of it, but it’s not something I’ve dealt with. They have a very large back yard, BUT it is on a main street. First Foster Failure and Second New Mexico Brown Dog, 2000-2014. You can also check out, online, September Morn's (yes that's a woman's name) "Go Wild and Freeze" game. I think your “toilet training” is an excellent idea! And I wasn’t always able to move far from wherever we were. We will continue to work at the distance he is comfortable with and inch our way closer as he is more comfortable. (Neurotypicals, let me know: Do you do this, too?). Martha & Lily Martha asks: We rescued Lily, a Yorkie, from our local humane society. She loves offering stuff and so would rather run through her extensive repertoire of skills until I pay for one. Very gradually extend the time of your training sessions, but keep them short enough that your dog does not choose to disengage before you say your release word. It’s amazing how night and day the house/backyard is from the front yard. Choose a behavior to work on, and an enclosed, low-distraction area like a fenced yard or large basement to work in. i just ordered control unleashed. (I try to do contact at least twice a day, but preferably at the beginning of any training session each day. Foot target a yellow styrofoam rectangle (as seen on top of freezer). (he was a rescue and spent the first year and a half of his life in a basement, so he really didn’t have any house skills) This is something that I will absolutely be doing with my current foster and all fosters to come. Finally, tonight, I got some relief (no pun intended, really!) Although, if I’m feeling truly lousy and not up to opening the freezer lid, I just use the kibble I keep in a sealed container on the back of the toilet. 2019 Adult 40+ Middle States Philadelphia Area F 3.5: Scheduled Date: 06/22/2019: Match Site: Valley Creek Park: Match Criteria: Points per Position: Match Type: It is important to me to do no harm, and to convince my dog (or any dog that I work with)… Or I might just do one or two clicks — if he is tired from a long run or something, I click him for flopping down when he gets in the bathroom, toss the treat, he (usually) gets up to get it, and then I can click again for him flopping back down. I’d just leave treats at the bathroom door entrance and a few scattered inside, all the time. Well then, you’ve come to the wrong blog. If you're doing Go to Place, reward your dog frequently as long as he's on the mat. T. Rex-Alien-Pit Bull mix. There It Is! If you’re new to clicker, there are better places to start. But I bet it will be eventually, because it’s selling so well. What I mean is training from the toilet — my toilet! Not only does where I sit or lie down vary, the room does too — we go wherever there are the fewest distractions, or the most room, or the least exhausting/painful for me. RSS Entries and RSS Comments. Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment. Requires focus!). My previous 2 had a lot of random phobias, but neither were abused and neglected the way Earl was. The exercise helps the dog reorient to you by showing him that focusing on you is what's really rewarding...not by punishing those times when he is distracted. ?” And he acts excited. **ODS SUMMER WORKSHOPS SERIES** **Intro to Parkour - Sunday July 5th - 10:00am – 1:00pm** Have you ever wanted to try parkour and didn’t know where to start? If he does not reorient to you, reengage him and resume the work you were doing . Oh, right! That way, there was no pressure. [Image description: A photograph of the paperback book, Control Unleashed, lying open, spine up. As dogs practice, they quickly get to a point where they don't even want to take a break--instead, they remain focused on us when we give the release cue and ask us to keep working. So it is a work in progress. Tonight we made it to a count of 18 with six treats! Maybe you should try teaching her drop it and hold it retrieve it separately so she can understand the different commands. McDevitt originally conceived of the idea as a way to capitalize on latent learning in her dog who was reactive, extremely distractible, and had a very short attention span. Another “trick” I’ve added to my repertoire is Toilet Training. Dealing with phobias is hard. Thank goodness, we are waaaay past those days by now! FREE Shipping on $35 or more! Aug 9, 2015 - The Paperback of the Doodles: A Really Giant Coloring and Doodling Book by Taro Gomi at Barnes & Noble. Apparently it’s not intended to stand on its own. Barnum’s food (raw meat) is stored in my bathroom, in our extra freezer, so it’s just that much more convenient. I am an “external processor” — have been since before I got sick, actually, so I suspect for people like me, cognitive issues or no, saying it out loud (or writing it in a training journal), probably helps stay organized. McDevitt originally conceived of the idea as a way to capitalize on latent learning in her dog who was reactive, extremely distractible, and had a very short attention span. Thanks for your comments! Play break (tug with plush spider and “I’m Gonna Get You” chase game). No, not house breaking the pup! Lok and I have been challenged to teach Lok how to fetch a hot dog without eating it for our tricks class graduation project. Ron Watson Post author. We are primarily working Level Three and Level Four): Earlier today we also did go to (yoga) mat (the blue one on the freezer), eye contact, touch (nose target), “quiet,” Look at That (another Control Unleashed exercise, because he is still slightly reactive to the vacuum cleaner), and two of his most important and highly accomplished skills, “Hold down the floor,” and “Look adorable.”, -Sharon, the muse of Gadget (hmm, is it possible that Barnum might actually be worthy to succeed me? . Here is one of them: This exercise is great for the dog who is way too interested in squirrels to focus on you when you're on a walk, or way too distracted by the other dogs to concentrate on the exercises when you're in your agility class. For Heel, walk in a circle and reward as you walk and your dog stays close by you and gives you his attention. I had to bathe Barnum a lot when I first got him, which put a wrench in my plan to train him that the tub, and baths, are wonderful, wonderful things of treats and no pressure, building up slowly and happily from the start. Then I offer Barnum the choice to stop or to continue. Why is it always that these defining moments happen on April 1? Isn’t this Leslie McDevitt’s Look At That? Sometimes we just do one mini-session for one behavior, and that’s it. will try the toilet traing tonight. It’s the spraying and shampooing that will be the bigger hurdles. Now we both feel soooo much better! I would recommend getting Control Unleashed: The Puppy Program by Leslie McDevitt (it doesn't just apply to puppies) and taking a look at her "Gimme A Break" and "Off-Switch" games. i-click clicker hanging off toilet-paper dispenser? . We are having success, but it is coming slowly. I’m glad to know that Give Me a Break is working so well! Post was not sent - check your email addresses! He doesn't do it because he loves to GO GO GO. So, we’ve had to go back to scratch, although now we are up to him joyfully leaping into the tub, sit and down in the tub and even holding a down with a little water dribbling in. If Barnum wants to keep going, he comes around and faces me and throws a behavior. Today I am watching the 4 DVD set of Leslie McDevitt’s Control Unleashed seminar. ), but he wasn’t wildly enthusiastic, and he tended to perform slowly. Have a chair for you to sit in. And, it’s contagious! This is very common in clicker dogs in a session in the morning that is a leap from the previous night, or sometimes even a big leap an hour or two after the previous session. Your comment reminded me — there is a DVD set of Control Unlelashed, but from what I read, it’s to be used as a companion to the book. He has some severe allergy issues and while we are getting them under control, the baths are giving him considerable relief from his itching. 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