Today was the 6th day of training, here is the video…
This is about par for the course, his sitting is coming along nicely and I never have a problem getting him to chase something. When we start our fun walk after the session I always take a squeaky toy with me to give him a few retrieves on our trek. Trying to get as many excitement opportunities as I can without him getting bored. Trying to keep that balance and do more excitement than OB, especially since his “sit” is doing so well.
I also take a look at the way he acts throughout the morning and afternoon for that “super excited” attitude that dogs get every now and again, he’ll start jumping around and running so fast his butts almost on the ground. I jump on that opportunity to throw him some retrieves, usually 1 or 2, never more. When I take advantage of these moments he charges the way I love to see him, like a bullet. My goal is to replicate that every chance that I get.
I have Traffic Cop coming in the mail tomorrow and will be taking a look and asking some questions I’m sure.
Lastly, will be getting him on a live bird this week, probably Thursday. I’m excited and scared, the last thing I want is for him to get frightened. Talk to you soon and thank you.
You are right Oscar seems to recognize the “Sit” command and is sitting on que very nicely. Be sure to give the rope a little tug straight up to reinforce that sit. You should reinforce your verbal command and the rope tugs several times each time Oscar sits. Eventually, the rope tug will be replaced when you get to collar conditioning. At about the 2.06 mark in the clip, I noticed Oscar was sitting but then seemed to jump up just a nano second before I think you intended. If that is true, watch out for that because that is not sitting to the standard you want, which is a motionless sit until told to do otherwise. I want to be sure you understand this as it will be critical later. Feel free to ask me any questions in-between posting clips.
I noticed in your introduction to your clip, you use the word “retrieve” a few times, I want to be sure you have the correct mind set, at this point Oscar is chasing something, avoid falling into the trap of classifying it as a retrieve. It does not matter that he does or doesn’t bring an item back, you are working on attitude and introducing the act of chasing after something.
When Oscar does sit or chase something and grab it say “good” once and quickly, within one second. If you over use the “good” it looses its intended value as a reward for doing something right.
You are doing a great job with the excitement keep it up and make sure you put that in at least three times in a four minute clip. You will see why when you start to add the “on-off switch” Hillmann talks about in his DVDs.
So here is your next assignment. I am glad you are getting the Traffic Cop DVD. It is invaluable and do not underestimate the value of a motionless sit in the field or in competition. Once you have a dog that creeps, it is a ton of work to fix it so when you get the DVD study it and be sure you understand what is going on and be able to identify the distractions presented as the dog advances through the process. Don’t worry I’m here to help and answer any questions. In your next clip I want you to see if you can get in at least 8 examples of sit, not all at once but something like this:
2. “Sit”, using the rope tugs, and repeat the verbal and tug three or four times for each sit.
3. Walk on the lead
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3
5. Chase something
Go through the outlined process three or four times in each clip.
Oscar will be having a big week if he is to get his first introduction to a live bird. Again, watch the Training a Retriever Puppy DVD and review several times Nick’s introduction to a bird. He may or may not run after the bird, or he may or may not pick it up. Regardless, make it fun for him and keep it short, you want him to think this is fabulous and you want to build that desire, so keep the session short.
Next time I want to talk about introducing “hold” and how you can work with that in the field during your sessions and in the house too.
Keep up the good work, keep practicing and have fun,