Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Training Tuesday

April 4-11

Texas

Old Cues:
Sit
Down
High Five
Spin
Roll Over
Done  (Training/playtime over) 
Hand Signal is Palms Facing outward and putting everything away.
    New Tricks:
    • Playing Dead: Having a one eyed dog presents some interesting challenges, especially when he knows Roll over (rolling completely over) and wants to do it, every time I try to lure him into the "playing dead" position. I think we may have to scrap this idea at the moment.
    • Retrieving Objects: Dachshund's are NOT retrievers, and since the last time we'd worked on this command, I was marking every-time he touched the object, he thought that was what he was supposed to do. I was able to get him to grab the object with his mouth about 10 times, before we called it quits. Next session we'll work on picking up the object. Update: We did work on him picking it up, but now he'll pick it up and throw it in the air. lol. He is succcch a goof ball. 

    Comments:
    Its been a while since Texas and I have sat down and worked together and it shows. He's soo excited when he sees me get out the clicker that he goes a little bonkers..aka barking and "throwing" behaviors at me to see if he can get a click. So I started out loading the clicker just to help him settle, and realize yes he was going to get something.

    Once he calmed down a little bit, we started working on the duration of our sits and downs, because well, they needed work. For this session five seconds was the max I could get him to chill for, and that's ok. We're rusty. 

    Being a reactive dog, I want him to learn to relax regardless of where we are, and I want to use it to keep him in position, as his attention span is actually shorter than Robs...though we've been working on this with Rob longer, so yeah duh Erin.

    Rob
    Sit - Verbal only 
    Up-Sit - verbal and physical cue
    Down - Verbal command only 
    Leave it 
    Take it
    Out
    Off
    OK
    Forward 
    Come
    Comments:
    Started to set the timer, for our five minute training session, so I don't wind up pushing him too far. In public, he's doing great. When we enter my classroom on Tuesday and Wednesday's, he immediately assumes the "down" position, and calmly looks up at me or other class mates. This is a huge improvement for him, as getting him so young, I actually had to teach him to relax. Fun fun!


    Woohoo! I reached my goal of 60 dogs for my survey! THANKS SO MUCH EVERYONE!!

    9 comments:

    Kari in WeHo said...

    Rob sure is learning fast!

    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com

    JackDaddy said...

    I think sticking out your tongue is a pretty cool trick too! :)

    Frankie Furter said...

    I LOVE LOVE the Air Lick pic..

    I also like the timer idea. I remember when mom was helping me with my lessons... I think she sometimes made me work toooooo long. It would be better to have 5 mins. of work and 10 mins. of rest... at least fur me.
    Glad you met your goal of 60.

    Tracy said...

    awww, so cute! I'm so glad to see your talents :)

    I really enjoyed visiting your site...very cute!
    Since you like dogs, check out my book about our golden retriever :)
    http://sbpra.com/tracyspaine/

    3 doxies said...

    I am actually quite impressed withs what you can do Texas.
    Uh, I...ummmmm...I retrieve. I really do, they throw and I go gets it and brings it back. Let's leave dis just between us though.

    Yes, I am a mini doxie and so is my brudder and my sissy but, yu wouldn't believes how much bigger they are compared to me.

    Puddles

    Tracy said...

    awww, so cute! I'm so glad to see your talents :)

    I really enjoyed visiting your site...very cute!
    Since you like dogs, check out my book about our golden retriever :)
    http://sbpra.com/tracyspaine/

    Texas T said...

    LOL I like the 10 minutes of rest!

    Texas T said...

    Yeah too bad its not really a trick. BOL!

    Lori said...

    I had to chuckle when reading about Texas continuing to roll over when you wanted him to play dead. We recently taught our dog Gus to play dead but it took him awhile to learn it because he kept wanting to roll all the way over. I'm sure Texas will have it in no time.