|Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 5:46pm PST |
|Risa and I finally taking a class again (AKC rally run throughs) and working on focus amid dogs and other distractions. Since we haven't been in a class in 2 years, she's really lost her ability to focus in highly distracting areas. Since we plan on trialing in the spring, it's important to gain this back!
At home, we're working on positions using a platform. Right now, I'm really working hard on teaching her what the platform means (stand square with all four paws on it looking at me). While I'm training that, I'm also building more value for the front position which she needs a lot of work on. Once I get her really solid on understanding what getting on the platform means, I am going to start fixing her left side heel and working on her right side heel. Then we'll start standing behind.
I'm also teaching her right side backwards circles and she's really catching on to that fast. Of course, she LOVES to do them on the left so this doesn't surprise me. I'm working on getting them on cue only right now and then I will wean her off the training gates.
With my foster puppy, Sawyer, I'm working on desensitizing him to human touch (especially around his collar), building some confidence, and learning self-control. I just picked him up on Saturday and I like to give my fosters a week to settle in before I do any structured training.
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