I went to Switzerland to teach last weekend and I decided to bring Squid with me. She hasn’t been on an airplane for several years, but she dealt with whatever like a pro and was an outright dream to take a trip with. I truly feel like teaching is so much easier when I have among my pet dogs with me to reveal things with. Especially when teaching in another nation where my design of training may be really brand-new and different, as well as particularly when there is a language barrier and things get lost in translation. Another incredible feature of utilizing my own canines when mentor is that things happen when I reveal things with them, which brings up subjects that might have been lost otherwise. On Sunday in Switzerland, I was lucky adequate to have a trainee videotaping many of my presentations, that made it possible to share among these fantastic minutes in the blog.Squid was showing some distance control to the group when I discovered that her “up “cue truly wasn’t working the method it should. She was sluggish to react, in some cases didn’t react at all and didn’t go all the method up in a nice sit. I rapidly realised that this was due to the fact that I have actually used the” up” cue a lot in her dexterity begins, attempting to get her so sit up better before launching her in a trial. And we haven’t done official obedience in a very long time. When I began competing in dexterity, I would wait for her to use the nice stay up prior to releasing, but for the past years I have used the hint. Often lot of times prior to I’m pleased with her sit.Cues need to operate as “thumbs-ups “to the canine.
They ought to be enhancing and provide the pet consent to start a behavior that they truly like to perform. I never ever want to feel like I need to ask or plead the canine to do something. I realise that I utilize the term “poisoned hint” in the video in a various method than many people would, and I will stop doing that. A poisoned cue is typically defined as a cue taught with both negative and favorable reinforcement. This is not the case here, the hesitation is just a function of poor use of the cue. It still feels “poisoned” to me, which is why I used that term, however I have to consider something else (“yellow light”, possibly?).
The repair for an issue like this is easy when your canine is utilized to use habits, even if it’s currently on stimulus control. I truly sympathize with trainers who never permit the pet dog to provide habits as soon as the cue is added. How do you fix it without nagging more? No matter it’s a problem with responding to the cue, or an issue with carrying out the habits correctly, the solution is the same. Get the behavior offered, reward the excellent reactions, repair any problems with execution while the behavior is provided, make sure the pet dog is truly eager to duplicate the behavior, then– add the stimulus control back in and get the cue to work as a thumbs-up that enables the pet dog to perform the habits she’s now very pleased to reveal you.I would typically go through this process rapidly right before and obedience trial, to make sure that Squid was very eager to carry out the range control positions (particularly the first one). She always had truly excellent distance control scores.Here’s the video where you can see the before, the procedure, and the outcome. Truly quick training with a huge distinction in before and after.