will find she chooses to re-engage sooner than the . (I’ll get to that, shortly.) Finally, tonight, I got some relief (no pun intended, really!) Foot target a yellow styrofoam rectangle (as seen on top of freezer). Have a chair for you to sit in. If he does not reorient to you, reengage him and resume the work you were doing . Yeah, let me know if it helps. But, slow is fast. There are three plastic containers on the toilet tank, one of which is a blue and white cottage cheese container, which holds the kibble. Works much better now that we’ve both matured. . ), but he wasn’t wildly enthusiastic, and he tended to perform slowly. For Heel, walk in a circle and reward as you walk and your dog stays close by you and gives you his attention. . I'll preface this by saying that my dogs have usually had good "off switch"es, despite several of them being high drive, or reactive. Lok and I have been challenged to teach Lok how to fetch a hot dog without eating it for our tricks class graduation project. The cue I use for “break time” is to sign the ASL for “break/interruption” and say “Gimme a Break,” and then wheel elsewhere or just rotate. Check. “Control Unleashed,” visibly damaged when my unleashed, out-of-control teething puppy decided it made a colorful and delicious chew toy! You . I think your “toilet training” is an excellent idea! One of the issues I've had with Gimme is that she has poor listening skills. . ), Super-fast down. 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. If you’re new to clicker, there are better places to start. She is about ten months old and the reason given for surrendering her was "lack of time". A "How To" blog for anyone training their own assistance and service dogs. 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. I relate; I have cabin fever due to my broken powerchair, AGAIN, combined with the snow. Repeat. 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). What will my criterion be that I want us to work on? 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: Well, an amazing thing happened. I’ve heard of it, but it’s not something I’ve dealt with. And I wasn’t always able to move far from wherever we were. It’s amazing how night and day the house/backyard is from the front yard. 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. Hi Sharon, I’m going to see if I can get Control Unleashed in audible format, otherwise I’ll see if Huib can scan it with me. The issue is complicated by the fact that I have to bathe him with medicated shampoo a couple of times a month. The second your dog reorients to you--glances your way, turns an ear towards you, or comes up to you in your chair, you want to reengage him in your rewarding exercise. I haven’t until now, but it sounds like a splendid idea! We are armed with DAP and green tea (opted for that instead of the L-theanine). Then I say, “Okay, let’s train!” I grab my five or six pieces of meat, rotate  or move to a new spot, and we do our next short session. Making Your Blog Accessible/Disability-Friendly, Jewish Resources for Mourning a Dog (with Inclusive Mourner’s Kaddish), Video Transcription: Training a Psychiatric Service Dog Skill: Soothing Agitation. At first, it took a while for Barnum and me to develop a communication system, because the system McDevitt uses — standing in one spot to train, then going to sit down in a chair in another spot for the break — didn’t work for us. 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. Loose Leash Walking, Part 2. If I’m working from my bed, instead of moving or rotating the chair, I just turn my body slightly. [Image description: A photograph of the paperback book, Control Unleashed, lying open, spine up. (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.). View from guess where? Jersey was a master of the “single-event phobia.”. What I mean is training from the toilet — my toilet! Gimme a Break. 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. Do you wanna train? Oh, the Irony! Gimme a Break From Mean Training Thursday, May 31, 2012. If you're doing Go to Place, reward your dog frequently as long as he's on the mat. Another “trick” I’ve added to my repertoire is Toilet Training. Then I offer Barnum the choice to stop or to continue. Now we both feel soooo much better! Have i-click, have dog, ready to “go”! 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. It has worked great! I will try it and get back to you. It’s when our brains sort out and store what we’ve learned. Tonight we made it to a count of 18 with six treats! 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. Plunger for added decor? FREE Shipping on $35 or more! First Things First If your puppy doesn't know about leashes yet, start slowly. Maybe you should try teaching her drop it and hold it retrieve it separately so she can understand the different commands. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Well then, you’ve come to the wrong blog. These foam pieces are placed under the nail file board to provide a better angle for scratching his claws.]. Monday, February 28, 2011. . Eileen says: i have many of same health issues as you. Huh, I didn’t even think about bathroom phobia. Choose a behavior to work on, and an enclosed, low-distraction area like a fenced yard or large basement to work in. Step 1: Put the collar on, and let her get used to it. from the pain and exhaustion that had been holding me down all day, and I managed to pull myself out of bed and distract myself from the dramarama. 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. Blog at WordPress.com. Multidog households — I always forget about those! 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. 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? When your dog is giddy over training, you will get happy, too, and enjoy the rush of “endolphins” (my favorite fractured word from Postcards from the Edge), after using these techniques, too. No, not house breaking the pup! 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. Tonight’s post is the first of a series on How to Build Enthusiasm in your dog. I have no idea. She was spayed by the humane society and we have since learned she was in season at the time of the spay. (All these scatological metaphors are not just me getting literarily lazy; they are dramatic foreshadowing!). Yesterday I practiced restrained recalls with the boys in my in-laws' back yard. Then I say, “Oh! Sometimes we just do one mini-session for one behavior, and that’s it. 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! Very soon, the moment McDevitt had gone to her chair for her “time out,” her pup was demanding to start up the training again. I decided to start the series tonight because I’m feeling the high of a lovely series of training sessions after a really shitty day. In. 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Floor and wall are tiled with large speckled tan/salmon tiles.]. Then re-engage her, do the . Lok and I have been challenged to teach Lok how to fetch a hot dog without eating it for our tricks class graduation project. And I had to scramble to keep on my toes. ?” And he acts excited. Wall-e's first indoor trial is tomorrow. I have a clicker that I hang on the toilet paper roll. Lots of hindsight. First Foster Failure and Second New Mexico Brown Dog, 2000-2014. Since we finished our first CU class and didn’t sign up for the next class, I wanted to watch this seminar, see Leslie demo the games and see how Leslie talks about reactive dogs and the example dogs in the seminar. Latent learning is what happens (in any organism), between training sessions/lessons/classes. He has some severe allergy issues and while we are getting them under control, the baths are giving him considerable relief from his itching. 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. For up to a minute, allow your dog to sniff around and do his thing while you stay in your chair. We will continue to work at the distance he is comfortable with and inch our way closer as he is more comfortable. , McDevitt describes a few ways to help distracted dogs that use completely positive methods. The goal of this exercise is that your dog becomes less interested in distracted sniffing around, because focusing on you is so rewarding. [Photo description: Barnum’s head in the foreground, looking at a large white chest freezer, next to which is a doggy nail file, and on top of which is a blue yoga mat, a yellow foam rectangle duct-taped to a mouse pad, a long-handled wooden spoon, and two odd-looking white foam pyramids held together with duct tape. I gauge it by his enthusiasm, or by what I’m up for. Today I am watching the 4 DVD set of Leslie McDevitt’s Control Unleashed seminar. Do not talk to him during this time; remain unengaged. I'd noticed during a walk Gimme had the attention span of a gnat. Giving the access all the time would be more ideal, but I am having some success with the limited access. These teach the dog to self-calm, to bring himself/herself down off the cliff. Your kisses were divine. Ron Watson Post author. Oh, right! grin. It’s the spraying and shampooing that will be the bigger hurdles. 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? She tends to make assumptions about what I am asking for, without actually listening to the cue I used. Usually it’s sit ‘n stare. He doesn't do it for any great deep abiding love of the sport. He could wander over whenever and — surprise! Leaving treats scattered will be a bit difficult b/c I have a foster pup who will gobble them down as quickly as I can scatter them. Receive new blog posts right in your email! Again, thanks for this post. Barnum lies on the floor at my feet looking up at me. The front cover is very colorful, with several dogs in a variety of poses and lots of agility equipment and toys around them. After that build up to the 'Gimme a Break' game by. Random leave it. With Barnum, I’ve had to relearn splitting (A, A, A, B, B, B…) because Gadget-the-Genius got me into a bad lumping habit. I’ve been using Sue Ailsby’s Levels site casually, but we don’t have a crazy amount of room to really do serious training indoors – it will have to wait until the summer. Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment. Dealing with phobias is hard. I grew up in a family where we referred to the bathroom as “the library” or “the reading room,” and my dad discussed manure at mealtimes). nose target (can be the same one to start) then dismiss. Also, five days every month, we have a few longer sessions, if you catch my flow. It’s called the “Give Me a Break” game, which can be found in Control Unleashed, by Leslie McDevitt. Sometimes, it’s something in between, like two mini-sessions for a behavior, another couple of mini-sessions for another behavior or two, and that’s it. RSS Entries and RSS Comments. I had some new years goals (call them resolutions if you want)…and then life intervened. I know it will help me! Thank goodness, we are waaaay past those days by now! I want to get Barnum out into public more to practice our skills in different environments. Also, if Barnum’s really not in the mood to train, it’s no big deal, because I have still accomplished what I got up to do (empty my bladder). Barnum’s food (raw meat) is stored in my bathroom, in our extra freezer, so it’s just that much more convenient. I just wanted to mention that, for others who might be thinking of getting it. Plastic container full of kibble? Naturally this isn't particularly useful. I was assisting at Al Winder's Control and Focus class with, this past weekend, and was reminded of how great some of Leslie McDevitt's exercises are for calming impulsive dogs and helping distracted dogs focus on their people. Gimme a Break From Mean Training Saturday, May 19, 2012. 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. Foot (give me right foot or left foot, as requested, and also let me examine your nails). A green i-click clicker is visible hanging off the toilet paper dispenser.]. 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. . The top part of the book is shredded, especially on the spine, torn and bitten up.]. 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. Whenever I head to the bathroom, Barnum follows, and we have a session that lasts as long as it takes me to pee! 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. My previous 2 had a lot of random phobias, but neither were abused and neglected the way Earl was. You can give her treats or play with her to take her mind off the collar. **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? It’s a great, easy way to keep sessions short, and to squeeze them in on a day that I’m feeling lousy and would otherwise have difficulty training. 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). (Too much information? I don’t really know what’s in them, though. This article includes a list of general references, but it remains largely unverified because it lacks sufficient corresponding inline citations. This really shows his progress! 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. 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