After reading the Clean Run article about teaching your dog to teeter, I wanted to go back and retrain Oreo's teeter.
Oreo has always loved his teeter. Almost to the point of obsessiveness. He would go in the yard, and teeter all on his own.
I think he picked up some bad habits, because I never put a stop to it. I didn't know better at the time. I really am new to all this dog training stuff.
At trials, the teeter is often a place where Oreo stops and looks around, especially right before it pivots down. Not good for a dog who stresses.
What does he do in the yard? Walks as high as he can on the teeter before it tips, stops and peruses the yard, neighbors' yard, woods, searching for movement.
After reading that article it all clicked in my brain. I've created this "stopping" problem. However, do I need to go back to square one? There seemed to be an enormous amount of steps in the process.
Yea, let's just go on to the next article about "speed". Another issue.
One part of that article which stood out was something about rewarding speed with speed.
Hmmmm. That gave me an idea.
Today, I got our teeter out, and began throwing Oreo's ball and later his treat tube after he tipped the teeter. The ball seemed to be quite effective. What else is new?
Here is a video of what we did today.
I have also pushed the teeter to the side, to discourage any random teetering on his own.
You'll see we have some table issues. I don't work on table much, since there is no table in DOCNA (love them for that), and CPE just requires a touch and go on the table. However, I think we may have to do some "real table" stuff in our agility league, and that could be quite embarrassing if we don't practice a bit!