You can get more speed and excitement from your dog, even, or especially, if he’s new to clicker, a puppy, low self-esteem/confidence, low food drive, and more. I am an “external processor” — have been since before I got sick, actually, so I suspect for people like me, cognitive issues or no, saying it out loud (or writing it in a training journal), probably helps stay organized. For about the last 5 years I have moved more toward counter-conditioning the entire process with continuous treats and in the most recent 2 or 3 years have progressed to something more like Leslie McDevitt’s Gimme A Break game which I, unfortunately, did not highlight, outline or embarrassingly, even use in the following videos. Also, in the book Control Unleashed, Leslie McDeavitt discusses relaxation, stress, thresholds and the game called ‘gimme a break’ which starts with a training session aimed at delivering rewards in rapid succession followed by a “break, or allowing the dog to do as they wish. And, it’s contagious! It’s amazing how night and day the house/backyard is from the front yard. So it is a work in progress. Making Your Blog Accessible/Disability-Friendly, Jewish Resources for Mourning a Dog (with Inclusive Mourner’s Kaddish), Video Transcription: Training a Psychiatric Service Dog Skill: Soothing Agitation. We are having success, but it is coming slowly. I’ve heard of it, but it’s not something I’ve dealt with. If Barnum wants to keep going, he comes around and faces me and throws a behavior. Tonight we made it to a count of 18 with six treats! This exercise is great for the dog who is way too interested in squirrels to focus on you when you're on a walk, or way too distracted by the other dogs to concentrate on the exercises when you're in your agility class. Do 5 really fast behaviors in a row like. If I’m working from my bed, instead of moving or rotating the chair, I just turn my body slightly. It’s a great, easy way to keep sessions short, and to squeeze them in on a day that I’m feeling lousy and would otherwise have difficulty training. Transcript of Video: Barnum’s First Time in a Store! Here's my training philosophy in as much as a nutshell as I can manage: I believe in using training that is humane, effective, and promotes a mutually trusting and rewarding relationship with my dog. Just visible in front of me and to Barnum’s right is the foot rest of my powerchair. Mika and Wall-e Training Feb. 21, '11 video. You . A very smart and supportive reader of this blog (Hi, Eileen! The goal of this exercise is that your dog becomes less interested in distracted sniffing around, because focusing on you is so rewarding. I actually say my goals to myself, in my head or, more often, out loud, to make sure I’m clear about what I’m expecting of both of us. These foam pieces are placed under the nail file board to provide a better angle for scratching his claws.]. When your dog is giddy over training, you will get happy, too, and enjoy the rush of “endolphins” (my favorite fractured word from Postcards from the Edge), after using these techniques, too. As some of you know, because of my inexperience with puppy training, which led to too-high expectations on my part, and frustration and confusion for both of us, Barnum seemed to be a  “slowly dog.” He did the skills, and he seemed to overall find training pleasant (once he finally had some idea of what we were working on — poor dude! Any time something changes in the environment, we default to the Look at That game (Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt). I’d just leave treats at the bathroom door entrance and a few scattered inside, all the time. Thanks for your comments! We are armed with DAP and green tea (opted for that instead of the L-theanine). Later in the day she worked beautifully with me for two different training sessions, so at the time I didn't give it much thought. i have many of same health issues as you. Today I am watching the 4 DVD set of Leslie McDevitt’s Control Unleashed seminar. Since we finished our first CU class and didn’t sign up for the next class, I wanted to watch this seminar, see Leslie demo the games and see how Leslie talks about reactive dogs and the example dogs in the seminar. It’s the spraying and shampooing that will be the bigger hurdles. Sometimes this means we do four or five mini-sessions for one behavior and then move on to several more mini-sessions for several more behaviors. Anynoodle, he is now way into training, and this is what we trained tonight, all in a row, in a bunch of short sessions. It’s called the “Give Me a Break” game, which can be found in Control Unleashed, by Leslie McDevitt. Barnum’s food (raw meat) is stored in my bathroom, in our extra freezer, so it’s just that much more convenient. We will continue to work at the distance he is comfortable with and inch our way closer as he is more comfortable. Another “trick” I’ve added to my repertoire is Toilet Training. FREE Shipping on $35 or more! If your dog disengages first by looking away or going away from you to sniff, immediately go sit in your chair. I'll preface this by saying that my dogs have usually had good "off switch"es, despite several of them being high drive, or reactive. Then I offer Barnum the choice to stop or to continue. Yeah, let me know if it helps. Maybe you should click AFTER she retrieves it rather than clicking when she picks it up. I’m glad to know that Give Me a Break is working so well! I decided to start the series tonight because I’m feeling the high of a lovely series of training sessions after a really shitty day. Plastic container full of kibble? (January 2012) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)Following is a list of major or supporting actors from Michigan Thank you for posting this entry about your training places and sessions with Barnum, I also do training in the bathroom and kitchen so we get short sessions all the time. It became a way of building enthusiasm and focus. In hindsight. And if he reaches that, what is the next step up from that, so I am ready to add another criterion if he is cruising with the first one. McDevitt created the game by doing a very short (five treats), very fast (high RR) shaping session, and then stopping and giving a “faux release.” This was not her true release that meant, “Okay, we are totally done with training now.” This release meant, instead, “Go cool off, have a chill, watch the birds, play with a ball, let me know when you want to start up again.” It was a way to take the pressure off her dog, who otherwise found training too stressful. She was spayed by the humane society and we have since learned she was in season at the time of the spay. But, fwiw, CU is not a book I’d recommend to someone new to clicker training (or to dog training and the concepts of behaviorism). And once a day, we have a longer toilet-training session (if you catch my drift). McDevitt originally conceived of the idea as a way to capitalize on latent learning in her dog who was reactive, extremely distractible, and had a very short attention span. You can give her treats or play with her to take her mind off the collar. Random leave it. T. Rex-Alien-Pit Bull mix. the dog for one minute. Or I might just do one or two clicks — if he is tired from a long run or something, I click him for flopping down when he gets in the bathroom, toss the treat, he (usually) gets up to get it, and then I can click again for him flopping back down. He has some severe allergy issues and while we are getting them under control, the baths are giving him considerable relief from his itching. McDevitt originally conceived of the idea as a way to capitalize on latent learning in her dog who was reactive, extremely distractible, and had a very short attention span. Latent learning is also one of the reasons why it’s much more effective (as well as more fun and less exhausting), to do several short sessions a day than one or two long ones. Jersey was a master of the “single-event phobia.”. Your well-appointed dog training bathroom is not only an excellent way to employ shorter training sessions, but I can think of several dogs that are fearful of the bathroom that this would absolutely benefit. Have a chair for you to sit in. Giving the access all the time would be more ideal, but I am having some success with the limited access. Usually it’s sit ‘n stare. No, not house breaking the pup! Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment. (I’m rebuilding down from a stand instead of a sit, and using a lure to get him to slide sort of play-bow really fast into the down.). . At first, it took a while for Barnum and me to develop a communication system, because the system McDevitt uses — standing in one spot to train, then going to sit down in a chair in another spot for the break — didn’t work for us. Blog at WordPress.com. Floor and wall are tiled with large speckled tan/salmon tiles.]. Posts about leadership written by g.r.o.w.l. The stairs were a cookie-dispenser! This is because sometimes I train from my bed, sometimes from my pchair, sometimes, um, elsewhere. . ), suggested I use Give Me a Break with Barnum. While “on break,” I break up more training treats while (seemingly) ignoring Barnum. We are primarily working Level Three and Level Four): Earlier today we also did go to (yoga) mat (the blue one on the freezer), eye contact, touch (nose target), “quiet,” Look at That (another Control Unleashed exercise, because he is still slightly reactive to the vacuum cleaner), and two of his most important and highly accomplished skills, “Hold down the floor,” and “Look adorable.”, -Sharon, the muse of Gadget (hmm, is it possible that Barnum might actually be worthy to succeed me? however, i’ll start integrating it now with my severely shy rescued dog, zenji. Martha & Lily Martha asks: We rescued Lily, a Yorkie, from our local humane society. Whenever I head to the bathroom, Barnum follows, and we have a session that lasts as long as it takes me to pee! (Using text, photos and videos) From selecting and socializing puppies, to basic … What will my criterion be that I want us to work on? The cue I use for “break time” is to sign the ASL for “break/interruption” and say “Gimme a Break,” and then wheel elsewhere or just rotate. If that is going well, we then take a structured walk around the space, using the 3 Steps game (gimme 3 steps), and return to the mat or car. from the pain and exhaustion that had been holding me down all day, and I managed to pull myself out of bed and distract myself from the dramarama. Foot (give me right foot or left foot, as requested, and also let me examine your nails). Tonight’s post is the first of a series on How to Build Enthusiasm in your dog. I have a clicker that I hang on the toilet paper roll. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Sometimes we just do one mini-session for one behavior, and that’s it. I haven’t until now, but it sounds like a splendid idea! Why is it always that these defining moments happen on April 1? Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Well, an amazing thing happened. It’s all soooo convenient! This exercise is great for the dog who is way too interested in squirrels to focus on you when you're on a walk, or way too distracted by the other dogs to concentrate on the exercises when you're in your agility class. What I mean is training from the toilet — my toilet! ?” And he acts excited. canyon does really well with the short sessions compared to longer ones, I wish I had thought of this when Cessna and I were doing our fun training a year ago – we’ll start now though Sorry for the ramble, but again thanks for posting all these great tips. Sometimes, it’s something in between, like two mini-sessions for a behavior, another couple of mini-sessions for another behavior or two, and that’s it. And I wasn’t always able to move far from wherever we were. i just ordered control unleashed. Not that I don’t think it is well-explained and useful to people but I do not see any essential differences. More of the same, or switch to something else? Wall-e's first indoor trial is tomorrow. Loose Leash Walking, Part 2. Fostering, grooming, and training dogs for a better world. It was intended primarily as a book for trainers, and secondarily for people heavily involved in agility. She loves offering stuff and so would rather run through her extensive repertoire of skills until I pay for one. Default sit/wait before going through doorways. Monday, February 28, 2011. http://www.seattlehumane.org They have a very large back yard, BUT it is on a main street. Yesterday I practiced restrained recalls with the boys in my in-laws' back yard. I have no idea. I was assisting at Al Winder's Control and Focus class with, this past weekend, and was reminded of how great some of Leslie McDevitt's exercises are for calming impulsive dogs and helping distracted dogs focus on their people. With Barnum, I’ve had to relearn splitting (A, A, A, B, B, B…) because Gadget-the-Genius got me into a bad lumping habit. I will try it and get back to you. [Image description: A photograph of the paperback book, Control Unleashed, lying open, spine up. Barnum lies on the floor at my feet looking up at me. Some examples are, “All four paws on the mat,” or “Click for front going down before rear,” or “Click during the second scratch, not at the end of the scratch, which means I need to remember to depress the clicker partway while he is eating his previous treat so I can be ‘faster on the draw’ with my click.”, I don’t know if this technique is useful to people without brain injury, as well, but I suspect it probably is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xYtdnubHyo We work on one skill until I think he’s peaked — by which I mean that either we have gotten a teensy bit further along than the last time we worked, or we’ve made a teensy bit of progress with whatever criterion I’m looking for in that session, or I get that gut feeling that if I try to do one more rep, it will not be as good as the last one or the behavior will actually fall apart. I think your “toilet training” is an excellent idea! For up to a minute, allow your dog to sniff around and do his thing while you stay in your chair. But, slow is fast. Behaviors you might work on include Go to place,  walking in heel, or even playing tug of war. [Photo description: View from the toilet. Gimme a Break From Mean Training Thursday, May 31, 2012. After that build up to the 'Gimme a Break' game by. I know it will help me! It is very similar to Leslie’s work. He could wander over whenever and — surprise! I just wanted to mention that, for others who might be thinking of getting it. Another bonus to Gimme a Break for your’s truly is that I can take the breaks to think very clearly and specifically about what I want to do next: What skill will we do now? This is very common in clicker dogs in a session in the morning that is a leap from the previous night, or sometimes even a big leap an hour or two after the previous session. I relate; I have cabin fever due to my broken powerchair, AGAIN, combined with the snow. Hi Sharon, I’m going to see if I can get Control Unleashed in audible format, otherwise I’ll see if Huib can scan it with me. There It Is! Aug 9, 2015 - The Paperback of the Doodles: A Really Giant Coloring and Doodling Book by Taro Gomi at Barnes & Noble. Not only does where I sit or lie down vary, the room does too — we go wherever there are the fewest distractions, or the most room, or the least exhausting/painful for me. The foundation is easy. Apparently it’s not intended to stand on its own. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Although, if I’m feeling truly lousy and not up to opening the freezer lid, I just use the kibble I keep in a sealed container on the back of the toilet. But I bet it will be eventually, because it’s selling so well. There’s some great things in this video. It took most of 3 miles to get her able to focus. I have been doing this with tuna while the foster is crated. will try the toilet traing tonight. He doesn't do it because he loves to GO GO GO. Isn’t this Leslie McDevitt’s Look At That? Gimme a Break From Mean Training Saturday, May 19, 2012. As dogs practice, they quickly get to a point where they don't even want to take a break--instead, they remain focused on us when we give the release cue and ask us to keep working. The exercise helps the dog reorient to you by showing him that focusing on you is what's really rewarding...not by punishing those times when he is distracted. Your comment reminded me — there is a DVD set of Control Unlelashed, but from what I read, it’s to be used as a companion to the book. I want to get Barnum out into public more to practice our skills in different environments. (All these scatological metaphors are not just me getting literarily lazy; they are dramatic foreshadowing!). Maybe you should try teaching her drop it and hold it retrieve it separately so she can understand the different commands. Leaving treats scattered will be a bit difficult b/c I have a foster pup who will gobble them down as quickly as I can scatter them. It was very helpful on several levels. 9 years ago. It’s when our brains sort out and store what we’ve learned. My previous 2 had a lot of random phobias, but neither were abused and neglected the way Earl was. Teach your pet new tricks and good manners at Seattle Humane Society's public pet training classes! Again, thanks for this post. Check. ), Super-fast down. Then I offer Barnum the choice to stop or to continue. wink. Learn all about our fun classes and training courses at the Seattle Humane Society. Repeat. Here is one of them: This exercise is great for the dog who is way too  interested in squirrels to focus on you when you're on a walk, or way too distracted by the other dogs to concentrate on the exercises when you're in your agility class. Barnum and I did some training. After a minute or so of working, say your release word like "All Done" or "Break" and turn away from him and go sit in your chair. And also, any session beyond 2 or 3 reps was really too much for him anyway, and I didn’t get that. Training and Behavior related content and discussion... communiyt.DOG.com RIP Beautiful Lady! 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