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.
My bouncy puppy!
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Yay! We’re home again! Not that it isn’t lovely up by the lake, but when the computer died we missed out on sharing all our adventures and reading and commeting on yours!
One of the fun things that happened by the lake was that I met a new friend. We think her name was MeiMei or something like that. I hope we meet her again in the future – we had fun! We were walking home from the city at night when we met her out with her dad. The lighting was a bit poor for both pictures and video, but the video turned out the best. At least there’s no doubt we had FUN!
The other day my FRIENDS came to visit. Can you believe how lucky we were to find new friends on the tracking course? Mom made tracks for Dino and Hamlet and Caroline made tracks for me!
Dino’s favorite part is finding the noms!
Little Hamlet got to follow a track in our yard and on the field so he didn’t get stuck in too much underbrush.
Making sure his human can keep up!
He did really well, but struggled a little with the (rounded) 90 degree turn. It’s actually easier to follow a track in thick underbrush, which makes more scent when bruised and disturbed, so he really did well!
Silly Auntie Caroline managed to wander off into the marsh! It was really wet – the stuff that looks like ice and snow is actually water. Hard to get sharp images when I’m virtually flying across the ground, you know.
The silly humans kept insisting I had to walk away from the track because THEY thought they knew BETTER. Hah.. as if! I managed to get them back on track (literally) again, though, even if they never found one of the markers. If they’d just listened to the expert (ME) they’d have found it for sure!
Quite blurry, but you can see my red self jump across a log in the middle of the marsh. I was up to my belly in water at one point (Auntie Caroline went into water so deep her wellies weren’t tall enough (scroll back up to see them in the photos with Dino and Hamlet!) to keep the water out and had to turn back but even with this little trick I found the way! I’m Gummi the SuperTracker, you see!
Mmm! A nice big piece of pork chop at the end! Now that the tracks are longer and more difficult I even take the time to stop for snacks along the way if someone seems to have dropped a piece of raw meat or half a hot dog, and a nice treat at the end like this isn’t wrong either!
Freia, my new friend from the tracking course came over for a little play session and some tracking yesterday! We’re already a bit tired by the time Mom got us on video, made it easier for her when we slowed down a bit. Tee hee!
I hope you had a great time over Easter. Mom worked this weekend so we went home on Friday, but here are the last batch of photos from our trip. The second time we went out playing with Lykke and Saga Mom brought the real camera, not just the phone. Not sure it made that much of a difference, it’s getting old and struggling to focus. Either way, here are some action shots, mostly myself and Lykke. She was a little grumpier the second time, but we had fun too.
Here I’m following Saga around, if you don’t bother her too much she’ll tolerate you for a while!
Lykke is more fun, though!
Haha! I’ll get that stick for sure!
I wants it, and I’m stronger than you you know!
Hee hee hee…
Uh… okay.. sorry!
Look at me splashing thorough the water like it’s not poisonous at all!? I did bang up my left dewclaw, though, running on all the rocks!