Tuesday, August 2, 2011

tricky t-day~perch work

We have been working thru Silvia Trkman's heeling steps for weeks.  I've been really taking my time with this, because I want Chewy to learn it without much help from me.  I know this skill is going to come in handy for so many things.  I use it with Oreo all the time, especially in rally.

Chewy finally got independent full turns in both directions last week.  This week I added myself into the equation.

For the longest time, he only wanted to spin counterclockwise.  Then, I really started focusing on clockwise, and for awhile he would rarely go counterclockwise.  Crazy.

Now, I think he finally understands that both ways are rewarding.  I started adding the command "heel" and "side".

The next step will be changing the object he's standing on, and eventually moving to standing on a piece of paper.


Chewy is really good at tricks that involve motion, but I am having a difficult time teaching him tricks where he has to stay still, like cross paws.  He crosses paws for a split second and then wants to do something else.  He'll start offering me different tricks instead, because cross paws is sooooooo boring. Maybe with maturity he'll be more willing to do those kind of tricks.

Regardless, Chewy is a blast to train.  His enthusiasm is such a day brightener.


Priscilla said...

He's a little genius!!!!!!
Oh, how I love watching him work!! He's such a joy to watch, and he just looks like he's having a blast!

Dawn said...

He's probably a teenager, and you know the attention span of THOSE!

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Gosh Sara - that is amazing! Chewy really understands both directions - you just inspired me to work on this with Ricky again - he only wants to go one way around also!

Lassiter Chase and T said...

Wow! He's got the moves pivoting left and right, now if you could just attach a garden hose to him --he can be a doggie water sprinkler to water the lawn on these hot summer days! That was really impressive Chewy!

Ninette said...

Very good - Chewy is a real little superstar! Such enthusiasm. My Baloo also "herds" us like Oreo is doing - lol :-)

Helen said...

Chewy is just awesome but I see Oreo wanted to get in on the act too. Two wonderful fellows, you have there!!!

Mack and Murph said...

Wow, Sarah, Chewy is brilliant! Chewy always puts a smile on my face. I love when Oreo starts going in circles around Chewy and you- trying to get in on the action!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

What a great video!! Chewy continues to amaze me! He is so smart!! Oreo looked very cute too going around in circles!! Lots of love, Debbie & Holly

houndstooth said...

He definitely is enthusiastic! I love the part where he's going around and Oreo is following! I have a feeling Chewy is going to have a huge repertoire if tricks by the time he grows up.

Bailey said...

Chewy is quite the performer.

Mr Lonely said...

walking here with a smile.. have a nice day ~ =D

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Diana said...

Wow, he has really gotten that down. whoohoo! And he is very quick about it too.

Rob said...

I like how Oreo sits and watches, Tommy is always wanting to join in so I end up with him doing stuff and Tess stands there waiting for him to do the trick so she can have a treat!

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

Chewy is truly amazing and I have to agree that is enthusiasm is just infectious!

I love how during part of the video Oreo was circling around...it was funny!

Reilly / Bree said...

He is one super clever puppy - that is for sure. We are working with Denny and getting the basics down - we have discovered he loves to crawl on his belly - so easy to teach him that one.

Anonymous said...

Funny I should check back when you wrote this one. I was just working on this today with Luna. She is not NEARLY as advanced as she likes to have her way. Where did you get the info for the process to teach this? I want to work at it more to prep for the possibility of rally later on.

And on another same note, I was working on Luna learning cross paws last night too.. problem I am having is she wants to touch with her foot and grab with her toes. AKA it's not a soft touch at all, and I have no idea how to get her to touch softly instead of trying to grab the target with her foot. Pawing with her feet whether it be a door to shut it or a high five/shake are second to wanting to bark during tricks. Any ideas?


Sara said...

I learned this method by watching Silvia Trkman's heeling video.


I am now taking a distance puppy class with her as well. It is wonderful!

Silvia suggested using a long wooden spoon/spatula as the target if your dog gets rough with the target and ends up scratching you. She also says to never reward pawing/scratching at target, because it is very hard to fade the pawing once they start. Better to click for a quick touch, and jackpot if they hold it a bit longer than usual before resorting to the pawing. Tough thing to do when you have an eager dog.

Luna sounds a lot like Chewy. Lately, I've been doing any "paw" tricks at the end of our training session. I find Chewy is a "bit" calmer then, and less likely to go crazy with his paw.

Maybe do a lot of click/treat for soft touches while the target is on the ground? Then, gradually move it up for other tricks.

Hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the ideas... I wouldn't say she is overly eager, it's her way of trying to control, because she is actually gripping with each toe rather than touching lightly. I will try doing it at the end when she is a little tired.. I also started using my foot, and was very quick about clicking then treating and putting my foot right back out again as she was downing the treat which caused her to touch a little lighter. but if I wait for her to touch lightly it has the opposite effect, she gets even more intent on smacking with her paw rather than touching gingerly. She is the same way with shake, high five, and door shutting, she just likes to paw full force. So I am not sure how to break it or if I can. Not sure how a spoon would help with the cross as it needs to be something you place on the ground eventually, but I can see how it would save my hand.

Guess I will just have to think on it and get more creative. Let me know if you think of anything else.

Nicki said...

Stay still? That's crazy!