For your amusement, I am including the YouTube video of Ike last week working on outs. Very funny, he kept targeting the cone with his foot, and I flail about like a goober. That's always funny to watch. I can't remember if I wrote about that class - I think I might have been too tired. [Ann, you will especially enjoy this!]
Foot targeting comes up because last night in ABC class we worked on target plates. And d*mn if Carmen didn't pick it up in a snap. Who is this dog? : )
It's very, very exciting.
After last week's seminar and last night's ABC class I am determined to try and shape a nose touch with Ike. I think he has become confident enough and operant enough that it might be possible.
Last night we also worked on Outs. I think it is official - I am not coordinated enough to use toys while training my dogs! Carmen did really well with the outs and absolutely excelled with the targeting. By the end of the class I was at least 10' - 15' away from the target plate and she was hopping over jump poles to "Go, touch."
Negative: She was in Nervous Nellie mode and much more vocal last night.
Positives: We were working off lead and she was really tuned into me (for Carmen). The targeting! Swoon!
3 days ago