I worked with both boys this evening.
Bug worked on Sit-Stay and Down-Stay, as well as heel (Finish). I am pleased to say that now that he has the idea he isn't nearly as crooked as he was the first time I played around with Heel.
I am finding his Down to be fairly slow. I do not know if this is teenage rebellion, i.e. I'll do it at my pace thankyouverymuch or something else. Any suggestions on teaching a faster down?
In general Bug is clicking right along. He is a smart corgi.
Ike worked on his Down-Stays and Sit-Waits. We are making huge progress there. I also worked on Heel and "Right-Finish," which I am calling "around." That is coming along nicely.
I am also fooling around with shaping Ike's Front since it sucks so badly. Right now I have a dish towel folded in front of my feet. I have reinforced down and anything BUT sit with Ike so much that we are making VERY slow progress. When I first tried to get Ike to offer behaviors, any behavior, he would just sit. That is why sit hasn't been very highly reinforced and I am getting lots of downs and touching every sort of object. BUT, I did get a few fairly straight sits - MUCH straighter than I have been seeing. So maybe it isn't a terrible idea.
I am looking for input or games people might play with their dogs for snappy downs and Front behaviors. Now I am off to google!
3 days ago