|Barked: Thu Jan 3, '13 9:33pm PST |
|Looks like you got a ton of already amazing feedback, but for my own experience I used freeshaping with treats to finesse Miyu's down. She KNEW it, but there was a point where she'd look at me like my head sprouted another nostril when I asked her to down. "Whatchoo askin' me to doooo?"
So I've started giving her treats when she goes into a down. She offers it to me, I mark with a "Yes", and then give her the treat. I've extended it also to being outside, around people and distractions. If we're at a dog friendly place eating, I reward heavily her being down, and calm, and still. She now gets treated randomly, but often enough that she has incentive to stay down. Food's her biggest motivator, so that is HUGE. She knows, it's connected, and she offers it all the time now. Just standing around not doing anything? Oh Mom, here's a down, aren't I being good? And guess what? Now when I make the sign for down she couldn't hit the ground faster.
It worked so well I've begun to use the same concept for her waits/stays. I didn't realize this until one of our agility classes, but stupid me, I was rewarding her stay at the wrong time. We've been working at this a little more and she already shown massive improvement. So yeah. Especially if Sarah is food motivated, freeshaping done right is something I really have had good experience with. Definitely try working with somebody if you can on it though. Timing is so huge on any training, I know that if I tried this by myself I'd err horribly, and then you get a dog that gets so frantic and excited for the treat they'll offer you thisthathowabouthisnowdididoitright??? Our trainer's even confessed she ruined her first dog with free shaping because of her inexperience. So yeah. Just sharing what worked for us.
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