|Barked: Mon Jul 21, '08 9:56pm PST |
|Since very few people have been hanging out on the Advocates site, I am left to assume you're all busy training your dogs!
So, what are you working on now?
With Mokie, I've been working on:
* our 10 part behavior chain for the KPA final
* a hearing dog chain for KPA that goes:
-dog hears audible stimulus (say, doorbell)
-dog finds handler, puts paw on handler and holds until...
-handler cues "show me"
-dog goes to source of sound, targets with nose, and sits, waiting for the trainer to arrive.
I got stuck a little bit at the end, but with some good advice from Helix Fairweather and Tia Guest on the KPA board, am back on track.
I'm also teaching her to play this silly toy piano when she sees this outrageous picture of Elton John. LOL.
For fun, we've been working on a "song and dance" routine. Mokie will make all kinds of funny noises and pump her front feet up and down.
Monte also seems to like the piano, but one paw takes up most of the keyboard and he slams it down so hard I wouldn't be surprised if he breaks it. I'm thinking I might get him a toy drum and teach him to play that, he and Mokie can follow in their dad's footsteps and be superstar musicians.
Other than that, with Monte, as always, we focus on the "life skill" of controlling his reactivity in real-world situations. Also, we've been doing a lot of focus exercises.
So, what have you all been up to?
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