Thursday, October 4, 2012

12 Weeks - Training

Brown Noser

I had an epiphany this week.  I realized I use the clicker to mark positions too much rather than movement.  As a result, my greyhounds tend to default into sits, downs, and even stand stays when they are confused or do not know what they should offer.  It drives me crazy because it makes them get stuck.
I am not sure why this jumped out at me with Maddie, but I felt like she was stuck and needed to be unstuck.  So this week, I did not use the clicker for any obedience work.
Instead, we worked on free shaping.  I would give her an object such as a lid, a block, box, or a balance disc and I would click and treat her interactions with the object.  Anything to get her to offer movement.  Here is some of that.

We also worked a lot with toys.  I want her to go after "dead" toys or toys that are not moving.  I want her to let go when I ask.  And I want her to tug when I offer.
It will be interesting to see if I am able to use the toys in training and as a reward at times in the future.  Here is a video of some of her toy work.  She is tugging really well and reluctant to give it up which I think is a good sign.
All in all, I think Maddie is doing great at 12 weeks.

8 comments:

cleptogrey said...

she's doing greyt! that's the age i started teaching felix to carry things on our walks. first a toy, then stick/branch, then umbrella(it rained a lot that summer) then a bag from the store. at 5.5yrs he's still carrying stuff!he always gets a smile when people see him w/ umbrella in mouth:)

cleptogrey said...

she's doing greyt! that's the age i started teaching felix to carry things on our walks. first a toy, then stick/branch, then umbrella(it rained a lot that summer) then a bag from the store. at 5.5yrs he's still carrying stuff!he always gets a smile when people see him w/ umbrella in mouth:)

Greyhounds Aren't Grey said...

Arrrgh she's just too cute I can't stand it. I want a puppy!

andrea said...

great work - and great epiphany too!

houndstooth said...

She looks great! I kept grinning over her long, long tail and thinking of all the times Kuster had a body part that was a lot bigger than the rest of him. My husband worked a lot with Kus on toy drive, and I remember how despondent he got when Kuster seemed to lose it around five months old, but once those puppy teeth were gone and the big teeth were in, he took toys A LOT more seriously! lol

jcp said...

Ok here is what i read the first time.. cute puppy pic.. "blah blah blah" Her ears are inside out!.. "blah blah blah" puppies playing and training are cute i want a puppy... Then I went back and actually read the post. Good info on the "free shaping" Kassa also just sits and or lays down if he doesn't know what to do and may alternate. Good advice to mix things up and reward the motion rather than a position. Thanks :)

Ximena said...

Ahhh! She's getting so leggy!

Awesome work. Her interactions with the box were some of my favorites. Weird, awkward box haha.

Claire Krigbaum said...

Is that a little baby growl while tugging? I have yet to get Indi to growl but boy does she tug hard. My shoulders have never had such a workout! I like your "sit still and do nothing" method for give. I am having a hard time with drop also. I was using food to trade but she would rather keep tugging than eat it.