|Max is In The Game! He is focused and ready|
to do what I ask to earn his reward of
my throwing the tennis ball.
I tend to do a lot of my training from a sitting position and know I should watch myself and train from both sitting and standing positions if I want Emma to be fluent in a behavior. I am falling under the simple law of laziness which states if I can do it with the least amount of effort I will. In my case, not only is it easy to do it with the least amount of effort, but a lower level of pain. Standing for prolonged periods of time increases my pain levels - I have to bend to deliver the treat, and standing alone increases my pain levels. Thus, I will start and proof a lesson while sitting and have to start again while standing.
Recently, with rapid weather changes, I have been skipping the standing portion of our training. Today I stood and Emma went into Wilting Willow mode again. She refused the kibble I offered (clearly asking her to train while I stood over her for just kibble was not worth her effort) and would go and hide behind my recliner. What to do?
I had decided that she needed to be loosened up a bit anyway. She's got sitting and staring at me and laying at staring at me to get me to click down pat. What she doesn't have it active, get up and move and try different body positions and explore her world to get me to click down yet. What to do?
Shape her of course.
|Emma is not In The Game. She has hidden her|
face when I asked for a down. (Picture taken early in her training)
Emma has been out of the game for most of the week and I need her in it in order for her to learn. What to do was abandon any plans I had and just get her In The Game today! So, I started talking in a happy, excited voice and playing Catch Me If You Can and clicking every little thing she did and stuffing food in her mouth. In short order she was In The Game and I continued to click for anything that she did to encourage her to explore and try to get me to click and feed again. We bounced and played and laughed and barked and soon she was play bowing at me and I focused on the rapid play bows and clicked for them.
She also did Stomp Feet at me when I stomped my feet and shook her head and just had a gay old time. Attitude barked, Max raced around the house and we had way too much fun. I was clicking for bows and she soon was throwing them faster and faster and having too much fun doing that. We finished our "loosen up Emma" session with a lot of play and fun.
Yes, we did get some goal oriented learning done today, but mostly, we spent the day getting In The Game, which I felt was way more important than any goal I may have set for the day.
Go To Mat
|Emma (21 weeks) sits in the box on her mat|
while I a seated in my chair. She doesn't know this
behavior when I stand - yet.
|Focus||Lazy Leash||Go To Mat||Crate||Distance|