July 31, 2023
We had 5 pick-up-an-object sessions throughout the day. That’s no problem at all for a workey dog, but not what I would advise for a dog who isn’t crazy about training. Train the dog in front of you and don’t overdo it! Stop training while they still want to keep going!
In Chai’s case, this is easy: if I train as much as I have time to, I still won’t hit her limit. That makes her perfect for me. How do I know? As soon as I put out the puzzle mats (they are usually up against the wall, not on the floor), she races there. As soon as I grab my tripod, she starts jumping up at me. As soon as I ask Game to station on her mat, she gets all excited because it’s a predictor of a session for her!
August 2, 2023
The second day we’re working on this!
Session 1: how about picking up this football-shaped toy we found at the park last night?
Session 2: adding a second object since the goal for this is to put one object into another.
I’m using a water bowl here because it looks different from the bowls we have been using for the 4 in trick.
August 3, 2023
2 sessions with the basketball toy and the water bowl!
August 4, 2023
Today, I tried using a larger container the toy wouldn’t bounce out of – and one that we haven’t worked with in a while: box #2 from our 4-in trick. We’ve been using bowls for weeks now, so I hope to get less paws in a box! I’m happy with the results so far!
August 7, 2023
Same object, slightly smaller box I have never used for 4 in:
Same box, switch to a new object mid-session: a paper cup!
I am REALLY happy with how well Chai did today! Go puppy! Is there anything more fun than an operant dog?!
August 8, 2023
Put the baseball toy, a paper cup, a shoe and a roll of tape into the crate! Superstar puppy! doG, I love operant dogs!
Below is an example of Chai saying, “I know I can’t do this so I won’t try. Basic physics, human!” I respect what she tells me. Her communication below is as clear as the one above: she considers one of the two behaviors a solvable riddle and the other one not. Listen to your dog – they know themselves best! Good listening skills on your part will lead to trust and trust leads to excellence.