Repeat. Go to Mat on his dog bed AND nonverbal recall (very important for him to come to me when I don’t have my voice. I want to get Barnum out into public more to practice our skills in different environments. If we’ve been working on down, he will sometimes platz ‘n stare. [Photo description: Barnum’s head in the foreground, looking at a large white chest freezer, next to which is a doggy nail file, and on top of which is a blue yoga mat, a yellow foam rectangle duct-taped to a mouse pad, a long-handled wooden spoon, and two odd-looking white foam pyramids held together with duct tape. Thanks for the suggestion! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Gimme a Break From Mean Training Thursday, May 31, 2012. A very smart and supportive reader of this blog (Hi, Eileen! Martha & Lily Martha asks: We rescued Lily, a Yorkie, from our local humane society. Take/hold the wooden spoon (as seen on top of freezer). I don’t really know what’s in them, though. Your kisses were divine. Also, five days every month, we have a few longer sessions, if you catch my flow. Tonight’s post is the first of a series on How to Build Enthusiasm in your dog. 2019 Adult 40+ Middle States Philadelphia Area F 3.5: Scheduled Date: 06/22/2019: Match Site: Valley Creek Park: Match Criteria: Points per Position: Match Type: Training and Behavior related content and discussion... communiyt.DOG.com I’d just leave treats at the bathroom door entrance and a few scattered inside, all the time. You can experience the effects of latent learning if you take a day or week or month off from training and discover that your dog is farther ahead than where you stopped off. The top part of the book is shredded, especially on the spine, torn and bitten up.]. I did try Gimme a Break w/Barnum when he was a puppy, but we didn’t have the communication for it. (January 2012) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)Following is a list of major or supporting actors from Michigan I hope to work up to feeding him in the bathroom. She was spayed by the humane society and we have since learned she was in season at the time of the spay. Step 1: Put the collar on, and let her get used to it. A green i-click clicker is visible hanging off the toilet paper dispenser.]. Then I say, “Oh! It’s the spraying and shampooing that will be the bigger hurdles. These teach the dog to self-calm, to bring himself/herself down off the cliff. Usually it’s sit ‘n stare. And I wasn’t always able to move far from wherever we were. Plunger for added decor? Now, I just wish I could fit my dog food freezer in my bathroom! (Too much information? It’s called the “Give Me a Break” game, which can be found in Control Unleashed, by Leslie McDevitt. I wish I had the foresight to think of doing training sessions in the bathroom when I started fostering him. Huh, I didn’t even think about bathroom phobia. The foundation is easy. I relate; I have cabin fever due to my broken powerchair, AGAIN, combined with the snow. The goal of this exercise is that your dog becomes less interested in distracted sniffing around, because focusing on you is so rewarding. One of the issues I've had with Gimme is that she has poor listening skills. So it is a work in progress. 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! Resume walking, going to mat, or doing whatever you were doing, with a high rate of reward. (ahem, my Early Bird is one of them). 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. [Photo description: A gleaming white toilet in a corner, flanked on the left and rear by tan tile walls. I've also been working on basic obedience exercises outside in the context of Leslie McDevitt's "Gimme a Break" game with very high value treats and working on obedience exercises for a toy (though I first need to overcome above-described overstimulation problems). 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. Very gradually extend the time of your training sessions, but keep them short enough that your dog does not choose to disengage before you say your release word. same 5 really fast behaviors and dismiss. Also, if Barnum’s really not in the mood to train, it’s no big deal, because I have still accomplished what I got up to do (empty my bladder). (I try to do contact at least twice a day, but preferably at the beginning of any training session each day. 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. Mika and Wall-e Training Feb. 21, '11 video. Multidog households — I always forget about those! Maybe you are.). Barnum’s food (raw meat) is stored in my bathroom, in our extra freezer, so it’s just that much more convenient. I think your “toilet training” is an excellent idea! Isn’t this Leslie McDevitt’s Look At That? grin. If I’m working from my bed, instead of moving or rotating the chair, I just turn my body slightly. I haven’t until now, but it sounds like a splendid idea! 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. Jersey was a master of the “single-event phobia.”. Anynoodle, he is now way into training, and this is what we trained tonight, all in a row, in a bunch of short sessions. He has some severe allergy issues and while we are getting them under control, the baths are giving him considerable relief from his itching. i just ordered control unleashed. Fostering, grooming, and training dogs for a better world. Floor and wall are tiled with large speckled tan/salmon tiles.]. After that build up to the 'Gimme a Break' game by. The front cover is very colorful, with several dogs in a variety of poses and lots of agility equipment and toys around them. And, it’s contagious! 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. It took most of 3 miles to get her able to focus. Teach your pet new tricks and good manners at Seattle Humane Society's public pet training classes! Learn all about our fun classes and training courses at the Seattle Humane Society. (he was a rescue and spent the first year and a half of his life in a basement, so he really didn’t have any house skills) This is something that I will absolutely be doing with my current foster and all fosters to come. 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. . It has worked great! I have been working on shaping a bit, but he is fearful enough that he won’t take treats within 3 feet if the bathroom door. This really shows his progress! (All these scatological metaphors are not just me getting literarily lazy; they are dramatic foreshadowing!). Well, actually it’s been a pretty miserable last few days, with today being sort of the turd on the crap-cupcake of the week, where I was feeling particularly physically cruddy, as well as emotionally flattened. 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. I grew up in a family where we referred to the bathroom as “the library” or “the reading room,” and my dad discussed manure at mealtimes). Maybe you should click AFTER she retrieves it rather than clicking when she picks it up. 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. I would recommend getting Control Unleashed: The Puppy Program by Leslie McDevitt (it doesn't just apply to puppies) and taking a look at her "Gimme A Break" and "Off-Switch" games. 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. It was very helpful on several levels. The more often she did this, the shorter was the interim between breaks. While I did do a loooooong shaping program to get Barnum over his stair fear (and he now thinks stairs are just the best thing ever), I also found that just leaving treats on the stairs full-time was very helpful. (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.). 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. Behaviors you might work on include Go to place,  walking in heel, or even playing tug of war. A roll of toilet paper hangs from a metal chrome-colored dispenser. He doesn't do it because he loves to GO GO GO. I gauge it by his enthusiasm, or by what I’m up for. I doubt CU is yet available widely available in alternative formats, as it’s still relatively new. (Neurotypicals, let me know: Do you do this, too?). 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. You can also check out, online, September Morn's (yes that's a woman's name) "Go Wild and Freeze" game. Do you wanna train? I just wanted to mention that, for others who might be thinking of getting it. 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've also been working on basic obedience exercises outside in the context of Leslie McDevitt's "Gimme a Break" game with very high value treats and working on obedience exercises for a toy (though I first need to overcome above-described overstimulation problems). More of the same, or switch to something else? 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. This article includes a list of general references, but it remains largely unverified because it lacks sufficient corresponding inline citations. Not that I don’t think it is well-explained and useful to people but I do not see any essential differences. Just visible in front of me and to Barnum’s right is the foot rest of my powerchair. If he does not reorient to you, reengage him and resume the work you were doing . 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. We will continue to work at the distance he is comfortable with and inch our way closer as he is more comfortable. 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. Barnum and I did some training. 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. Dealing with phobias is hard. . Maybe you should try teaching her drop it and hold it retrieve it separately so she can understand the different commands. ), and Barnum (true business SDiT). i have many of same health issues as you. They have a very large back yard, BUT it is on a main street. Oh, right! He doesn't do it for any great deep abiding love of the sport. . Well then, you’ve come to the wrong blog. (I try to throw in at least one or two zen exercises every day, including now I often toss some treats on the floor and then we train something else, and he has to focus on what we’re doing while also ignoring the food on the floor. If you're doing Go to Place, reward your dog frequently as long as he's on the mat. Gimme a Break. Then re-engage her, do the . The stairs were a cookie-dispenser! My previous 2 had a lot of random phobias, but neither were abused and neglected the way Earl was. Blog at WordPress.com. For up to a minute, allow your dog to sniff around and do his thing while you stay in your chair. minute as being there is really boring and training with. I cue him to go to his dog bed, then make my kissy noise to call him to me, treat, and cue to mat again). First Things First If your puppy doesn't know about leashes yet, start slowly. Another “trick” I’ve added to my repertoire is Toilet Training. Check? Loose Leash Walking, Part 2. (If you’re not already doing this. It’s all soooo convenient! wish i’d know about the value of shorter sessions before. Learn more at http://www.seattlehumane.org Facing Life After the Loss of My Service Dog. Foot (give me right foot or left foot, as requested, and also let me examine your nails). The second your dog reorients to you--glances your way, turns an ear towards you, or comes up to you in your chair, you want to reengage him in your rewarding exercise. RIP Beautiful Lady! 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. 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. I’m glad to know that Give Me a Break is working so well! 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. Latent learning is what happens (in any organism), between training sessions/lessons/classes. . http://www.seattlehumane.org Requires focus!). 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. I had to bathe Barnum a lot when I first got him, which put a wrench in my plan to train him that the tub, and baths, are wonderful, wonderful things of treats and no pressure, building up slowly and happily from the start. Then I say, “Okay, let’s train!” I grab my five or six pieces of meat, rotate  or move to a new spot, and we do our next short session. 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. Lok and I have been challenged to teach Lok how to fetch a hot dog without eating it for our tricks class graduation project. Check. You will get there eventually, and then it will seem like it really wasn’t all that long to get him to love the bathroom. And also, any session beyond 2 or 3 reps was really too much for him anyway, and I didn’t get that. with much cognitive impairment, frequently tell folks, “i don’t know what i think until i say it outloud.” speaking goals is good idea–now have to remember to do it. the dog for one minute. I have been doing this with tuna while the foster is crated. Sometimes we just do one mini-session for one behavior, and that’s it. Start working on your behavior, rewarding your dog frequently. 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. Default sit/wait before going through doorways. This is because sometimes I train from my bed, sometimes from my pchair, sometimes, um, elsewhere. . It is very similar to Leslie’s work. Well, an amazing thing happened. In the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to conduct at least three short training sessions a day, each one composed of several very short sessions (five or six treats), with as high a rate of reinforcement (RR) as I can give (usually a shaping session). The issue is complicated by the fact that I have to bathe him with medicated shampoo a couple of times a month. Have i-click, have dog, ready to “go”! It was intended primarily as a book for trainers, and secondarily for people heavily involved in agility. FREE Shipping on $35 or more! Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. That way, there was no pressure. For Heel, walk in a circle and reward as you walk and your dog stays close by you and gives you his attention. 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. Have a chair for you to sit in. 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? Thanks for your comments! Transcript of Video: Barnum’s First Time in a Store! There It Is! Then I offer Barnum the choice to stop or to continue. There are three plastic containers on the toilet tank, one of which is a blue and white cottage cheese container, which holds the kibble. “Control Unleashed,” visibly damaged when my unleashed, out-of-control teething puppy decided it made a colorful and delicious chew toy! 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. Leslie McDevitt. 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. I’ve been using Sue Ailsby’s Levels site casually, but we don’t have a crazy amount of room to really do serious training indoors – it will have to wait until the summer. Oh, the Irony! Yeah, let me know if it helps. ), but he wasn’t wildly enthusiastic, and he tended to perform slowly. Play break (tug with plush spider and “I’m Gonna Get You” chase game). Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog, by Emma Parsons, The Power of Positive Dog Training, by Pat Miller, Unlock your Dog's Potential, by Sarah Fisher. But, slow is fast. Apparently it’s not intended to stand on its own. 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. 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