|Barked: Fri Oct 30, '09 10:42am PST |
|Mulligan, I think Lil' falls in the Northern Breed, but has herding instincts too.
It seems you'd shape the behavior the same way as a 2o2o or down or whatever by rewarding the behavior you want and building up the consistency by practicing it a little each day (short sessions - so they want more when you stop) and adding distractions. If you use the word "down" somewhere else you might want a different word for the behavior on the DW so it's clear it means that specific contact behavior.
Try using a small board and seeing if Mulligan with offer the behavior for you at the end of the board... add treats (on the ground - not from your hand by dropping them) and say the new contact word to associate the name with behavior. Build up with running with Mulligan and asking for the behavior and reward when he does it. That's for work at home and then use the command in class when you feel confident he understands the association with the behavior.
I know how you feel. I have gotten slopping on contacts in trials by doing a quick release command and our contacts have become nearly running each time. I am working on clearer definition again. Sometimes I don't ask for her to stop 2o2o. I'm sure it can be a slippery slope to a launch from the dog walk.
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