The Puzzle Week – Part 3: More Mat Work, CU-Style!

Now that I’ve built confidence around my presence and movement, and Puzzle is drawn to the mat, we’re ready for some actual CU-style treat dropping: I am wandering around the mat, clicking for being on the mat and for sniffing for treats, and dropping treats all over the mat while she’s busy eating. We continue building the association mat equals treats (rather than handler equals treats).

As a side-effect, Puzzle gets introduced to her second marker cue: the clicker.

A snippet from her fifth mat session (Day 2), showing that she has become magnetized to the mat:

A snippet from session #6 (Day 2), showing both attraction to the mat, CU-style treat delivery, and how she learns about her release cue – another useful word she is learning on the go in the context of mat work!

In session #7, Puzzle and I talk some more about release cues, and the fact that the mat goes offline when there’s no puppy on it. Backing up off of the mat works, too! Watch until the end for the cutest part:

Links to all posts in the CU mat-work walk-through:

1st post:
2nd post:
3rd post:
4th post:
5th post:
6th post:
7th post:

2 thoughts on “The Puzzle Week – Part 3: More Mat Work, CU-Style!

  1. Theo Jak e/o Zimet says:

    Nice way to teach staying on the mat (duration).
    Yes, she offers a down.
    The mat is the best place to be.

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