Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tricky T-day

This week has been about teaching Eva about how wonderful the clicker is and also for a few more 'tricks' for you to watch!

After teaching 'Touch', as you saw on tuesday, we decided to teach 'Zen'. In Zen, a dog has to stay away from the handler's hand holding the food. Go one step further, and we've done it on different surfaces!


14 comments:

Sara said...

Eva, what a good girl! What self control you have! Plus, you're so cute :)

katie said...

Priscilla, how good you both are!! I love your joy, it is the same way I feel when I see one of my girls get it "right" when training.

Eva is doing so well! I love how in the first clip she just stares intently at the treat and by the last clip she is looking to you for permission, "Please mom! Please can have that treat?"

I noticed you didn't use a release word. I'm not sure how most clicker trainers handle this, but when I started with Maizey I let the clicker "end the behavior". Meaning I did not use a release word(okay) consistently. Now I have a very determined little girl who won't release when she is done! I know she thinks "If I just stay here she will surely give me more goodies!!"LOL

As far as I know there is no harm (and I think a fair amount of benefit) to combining a release word w/ your click, thus conditioning the release word to mean the same as a click.

You guys are doing great!! And I love the video, they are so helpful!

Bandit's Pack said...

Wow, Eva is certainly a champ at "leave it!" What a cute, cute video!

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Aww... very good leave it!!! Eva is so smart!

houndstooth said...

She is certainly getting the hang of that one! We always tell ours "okay" before we let them have whatever it is, because sometimes they have to "leave it" and can't have it, like dropped meds at the nursing home or dead birds on our walks.

AC said...

Eva, you're on your way to becoming the princess of tricks!

So funny that Eva will stare at the treat. Kona is the opposite. She completely avoids looking at the food. I think it may stress her a bit, but it's a good thing to learn!

Remington said...

GREAT! That is amazing!

Tanuki Maxx said...

What Zen-ism you have!!

Cheers,
Maxx

Josie said...

Priscilla and Rosie,
So good to be back. Thanks for understanding and visiting me right away. What a wonderful welcome! I checked out your posts and love the video of Eva learning "Touch" and "Leave-It". Isn't it so much fun when they "get it"! Working on it with Blues, but it's going slow. Great picture of Sheltieland! I want to go there. Love you, Woof! MB, Josie and Blues

Mini Aussie Ace! said...

That is a snazzy trick!!!! I am working on that with Ace, he is getting pretty good!!! :)

Ah, yea the fleas....Ace got them from my uncles dog. The pitbull. He is such a sweetie, but he lives outside full time, he has a nice little house, etc. But because it does get hot and humid here in North Carolina, the summers can be harsh with fleas. So....The pitbull got fleas BAD and then the yard got infested, and then Ace ran up to the pitbull before I could stop him...and bam...fleas everywhere! lol
So I'm thinking thats how it happened....but he could have even just picked them up in the yard!!! It is very country out here and there are all sorts of animals that wander through, Deer, rabbits, squirrels, neighbor dogs! You never know who has fleas!!! We just need to get it treated before we leave next week to my dads in NY, I dont want their dog and cat to get infested!!!!

Lian said...

Clever Eva! She learns the clicker so quick! Great job!

Happy said...

Then You, Kimi and I. We three shall set a challenge see whose gonna leave the treat for the longest, gets to eat 5 tiny sausages without doing anything, not even a sit :) Shall we?

Nat said...

Haha, I love the chewed-up cardboard.

Sagira said...

Nice job on your "leave it" command. :)

 
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