A weekend of training

It’s been a wonderful weekend of dog training! It was the second weekend of the “year long” (= four weekends a few months apart) dog trainer-class and Pipette was a star!

I was lucky and sweet Ann Kristin with Mimmi (pomeranian) took a few photos of Pipette in action.
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My bouncy puppy!

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Get that thing!

She played really well on Saturday, despite lots of people and action. She was a bit more easily distracted on Sunday, probably because I had better treats on Sunday. I only used dry kibble on Saturday which was my bag of back-up treats. But since I left the proper treats that was what we had to work with and she was perfectly happy with it. She had a couple of rounds on Saturday trying to get some of the fun people to play and cuddle with her. Unfortunately they were all broken and just ignored her. How rude! (VERY useful training for a social little doggie.) She had a GREAT hand target session and a good heeling- and (jumping) stand session, too.

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Sunday she was more easily distracted. She’d rather have treats than the toy and I spent a large amount of time running around and tossing the toys until she’d finally show interest in it. It would have been better to do training that didn’t require treats so she didn’t have them at all, probably, but OTOH this bit of “don’t wanna don’t hafta” might be useful to work through, too. We did eventually move into a different room (one of the other dogs were really noisy) with only a couple of crated dogs and a few people watching and that eliminated the DWDH. I think all the people and dogs training (we were 4 dogs at a time in the main room and 8 handlers + two instructors) PLUS really yummy chicken and meatballs at the same time was too much for her to make the good choice and stick with me.

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Sunday we worked on “flow”. Having a fluent behavior means it’s automated and the dog hardly has to think to perform it. Basically you do lots of repetitions (we worked on sit) until you have virtually no time between eating the treat for a well performed repetition and doing it again. Sit – click – chew -sit and so on. Then stupid me wanted to change to a different behavior once she was fluent with sit. Instead she chose to demonstrate one of the benefits of a fluent behavior – it’s very resilient towards extinction. So she just sat, and sat, and sat some more. She tried sit/stay and she tried multiple sits, but she didn’t ever lie down like I was hoping she’d do. I should probably have decided to click for “anything not sitting down” but by the time I realized just how much time it would take before she came up with anything other than the sit… well… Let’s just say I’ll do it a bit differently next time, but I was really happy with her intensity and willingness to keep working even when sitting didn’t work “the way it was supposed to”.

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Then we worked on doggie zen and she was almost TOO good. I haven’t used this kind of training with a bowl before, just treats or toys on the ground and she wouldn’t take a treat/toy on my que if it was in a bowl. Just shows you how important it is to vary how you do stuff. So we worked mostly on getting a reliable release to a reward in a bowl. We made a lot of progress, but need to keep working on this. Having a bowl can help with visibility at a distance (help the dog to find the treat or toy in the grass or whatever) so it’s useful to spend some time on this.

Vacation!

We spent almost two weeks at our cottage. Mom’s severely sprained her ankle and is on “crate rest”, but we left anyway!

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Pipette had her very first boat trips

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Pretty, right?

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We went through the channel that goes trough the narrowest part of the island!

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Pipette wasn’t entirely certain that the boat was a good place to be

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Mom had to keep her leg up! 😉

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I had a good time!

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Pipette on top of the world! 🙂

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Having a little chat with Virus on the porch!

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Playing with my little sissy

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Such a beautiful view from the deck!

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Pipette is growing up

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Pipette at the beach

Pipette and I went to the beach on Friday with Sirius the Cocker puppy and his mom!

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There is no puppy here. Srsly!

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Silly Pipette would walk on tippy toes trying to reach the toy.. and if it was too deep to reach without swimming she gave up and turned around… and swam back to shore. Yes. She’d swim back, but not to get the toy. Silly dog!

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Sirius was supposed to be her instructor, but he was sleepy and not in the mood for swimming.

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He was darn cute, though!

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Relaxing and watching people bathing and walking by.

She was a really good girl! I hope to take her swimming again next week and hopefully she’ll be more inclined to swim if I do so too!

Pipette can wipe her paws, too!

FHTOTD 13 video 3 pips from The WriggleButts on Vimeo.

She’s a clever little one 🙂 Getting a good recall is going to be a challenge, but she’s so smart! We’re doing the LoLaBuLand online puppy/tricks class at the moment and she’s enrolled in obedience class in May. They only had puppy class or obedience level 2 so I asked if we could join the level 2-class and that was okay. It’s later and easier for me to get to on time, plus she’ll have a lot of her basic skills in place by then. Will be interesting to see how she’ll work around other dogs, though.

Trick of the day 13 wipe your paws

We’ve been working on the thirteenth trick from FreestyleHundar’s trick challenge.

FHTOTD 13 video 1 from The WriggleButts on Vimeo.

First session

FHTOTD 13 video 2 pips from The WriggleButts on Vimeo.

Pipette’s second session. She’s so CUTE!

FHTOTD 13 video 2 gummi from The WriggleButts on Vimeo.

Gummi finished his trick today! Doing it outside might be too much distraction for Pipette at the moment but we’ll see! Doing it from a meter away is the criteria, so she can finish her trick indoors if necessary.