Finally! I feel like I haven't done any training outside of club practice or agility lessons for months! I haven't tracked since work started getting busy for our inspection. But that will be over next week so hopefully I can start that back up.
I just joined a Facebook Group abut cross training dogs. Mostly dedicated to dogs who do bitesports and other sports, but any cross training talk is allowed. I was having trouble with Dottie not understanding the utility articles, and I thought perhaps the tracking articles confused her. This is what I wrote:
After posting that, I decided to get it on video so other people can
see the problems, and maybe offer help. Since I've already worked food
in just one container, I started off with three. Much to my surprise,
she did much better! I eventually progressed to 5 containers, then
sending to the pile, then even once or twice with no food, and just my
scent. She messed up a few times, but that is fine, she seems to be
"getting" it much better. She seems a little stressed, which isn't
good. Not only do I want her to be having fun, but also a stressed dog
is more likely to make mistakes. Hopefully as she understands better,
her confidence will build and the stress will diminish.
reason she could have been doing better is previously I only tried it
inside. Perhaps my scent is too strong inside and it was washing over
everything, including the food smell. Also, this time I used really
stinky treats. Usually I don't have such smelly treats, but by good
luck I did.
Here is the video.
PS- It is never fun to hear how annoying you sound while training dogs. I bet the dogs find it annoying also.
I'm happy with where we are! I think we will continue to progress. Now I must work on signals. So far not so good. But as I tell my student every time we practice signals with her dog, it takes a lot of time and training. Unless you are Fancy, then it happens magically.
Drill tomorrow, for the second time this month. But then we don't drill in June, so I can show every weekend! And I might do that, since I showed so little in May, and IPO has been taking up other weekends and I just haven't been doing as much agility as I'd like. Dottie needs more than just ONE lonely MX leg.