Yes, I am working D/CC with the bathroom issues with Earl. 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 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 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. ), Super-fast down. 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. Behaviors you might work on include Go to place,  walking in heel, or even playing tug of war. It’s the spraying and shampooing that will be the bigger hurdles. Check. You can also check out, online, September Morn's (yes that's a woman's name) "Go Wild and Freeze" game. Also, five days every month, we have a few longer sessions, if you catch my flow. 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. 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. Thanks for the suggestion! 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. First Foster Failure and Second New Mexico Brown Dog, 2000-2014. View from guess where? The foundation is easy. It’s all soooo convenient! These foam pieces are placed under the nail file board to provide a better angle for scratching his claws.]. 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. Any time something changes in the environment, we default to the Look at That game (Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt). She tends to make assumptions about what I am asking for, without actually listening to the cue I used. Fostering, grooming, and training dogs for a better world. 9 years ago. (Using text, photos and videos) From selecting and socializing puppies, to basic … RSS Entries and RSS Comments. Repeat. These teach the dog to self-calm, to bring himself/herself down off the cliff. It took most of 3 miles to get her able to focus. You . 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. 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 have a clicker that I hang on the toilet paper roll. (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. The issue is complicated by the fact that I have to bathe him with medicated shampoo a couple of times a month. i have many of same health issues as you. Very soon, the moment McDevitt had gone to her chair for her “time out,” her pup was demanding to start up the training again. Receive new blog posts right in your email! 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). 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. (January 2012) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)Following is a list of major or supporting actors from Michigan It’s called the “Give Me a Break” game, which can be found in Control Unleashed, by Leslie McDevitt. Training and Behavior related content and discussion... communiyt.DOG.com 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). I think you would find it useful, Brooke, because you already have so much dog-training background, but for someone who is a clicker novice, I think a lot of it would be pretty much gibberish. Needs a special home! wink. Gimme a Break. If we’ve been working on down, he will sometimes platz ‘n stare. I wish I had the foresight to think of doing training sessions in the bathroom when I started fostering him. One of the issues I've had with Gimme is that she has poor listening skills. Do you wanna train? 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. 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. Loose Leash Walking, Part 2. I keep meaning to put together my “suggested reading and viewing” page so I can give mini reviews on the scores of dog and behavior books and videos I’ve read/watched/listened to. 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. Step 1: Put the collar on, and let her get used to it. i just ordered control unleashed. Your kisses were divine. And I wasn’t always able to move far from wherever we were. . Monday, February 28, 2011. Then re-engage her, do the . Default sit/wait before going through doorways. Naturally this isn't particularly useful. Aug 9, 2015 - The Paperback of the Doodles: A Really Giant Coloring and Doodling Book by Taro Gomi at Barnes & Noble. More of the same, or switch to something else? , McDevitt describes a few ways to help distracted dogs that use completely positive methods. Do not talk to him during this time; remain unengaged. I’d just leave treats at the bathroom door entrance and a few scattered inside, all the time. If I’m working from my bed, instead of moving or rotating the chair, I just turn my body slightly. 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. Yeah, I figured he wouldn’t necessarily eat them, but even just knowing that they’re there, and that he won them, sometimes that helps. I relate; I have cabin fever due to my broken powerchair, AGAIN, combined with the snow. I'd noticed during a walk Gimme had the attention span of a gnat. It was intended primarily as a book for trainers, and secondarily for people heavily involved in agility. (I’ll get to that, shortly.) You can give her treats or play with her to take her mind off the collar. Why is it always that these defining moments happen on April 1? 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. In hindsight. Lok and I have been challenged to teach Lok how to fetch a hot dog without eating it for our tricks class graduation project. 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. nose target (can be the same one to start) then dismiss. 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. Mika and Wall-e Training Feb. 21, '11 video. [Image description: A photograph of the paperback book, Control Unleashed, lying open, spine up. will try the toilet traing tonight. A green i-click clicker is visible hanging off the toilet paper dispenser.]. same 5 really fast behaviors and dismiss. 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. Are you doing desensitization/counterconditioning w/Early Bird for the bathroom already? But I thought I’d mention that in case there’s enough audio that doesn’t rely on visuals to make it worthwhile for you to look into the DVDs. 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Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment. . 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. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 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. Skip to step 3 with a more experienced dog. . I don’t really know what’s in them, though. Gimme a Break From Mean Training Saturday, May 19, 2012. Anynoodle, he is now way into training, and this is what we trained tonight, all in a row, in a bunch of short sessions. She is about ten months old and the reason given for surrendering her was "lack of time". After that build up to the 'Gimme a Break' game by. If you work on it in low-distraction environments until your dog is reliably reorienting to you after you release him, you will gradually be able to count on his attention even in very distracting environments--like in the backyard with all those squirrels! (ahem, my Early Bird is one of them). I did try Gimme a Break w/Barnum when he was a puppy, but we didn’t have the communication for it. 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. First Things First If your puppy doesn't know about leashes yet, start slowly. 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. For Heel, walk in a circle and reward as you walk and your dog stays close by you and gives you his attention. **ODS SUMMER WORKSHOPS SERIES** **Intro to Parkour - Sunday July 5th - 10:00am – 1:00pm** Have you ever wanted to try parkour and didn’t know where to start? Gimme a Break From Mean Training Thursday, May 31, 2012. Again, thanks for this post. Then I say, “Oh! Eileen says: She was spayed by the humane society and we have since learned she was in season at the time of the spay. Yeah, let me know if it helps. But I bet it will be eventually, because it’s selling so well. 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. In. . I’ve heard of it, but it’s not something I’ve dealt with. Maybe you should click AFTER she retrieves it rather than clicking when she picks it up. Well then, you’ve come to the wrong blog. A "How To" blog for anyone training their own assistance and service dogs. It’s amazing how night and day the house/backyard is from the front yard. 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. Lok and I have been challenged to teach Lok how to fetch a hot dog without eating it for our tricks class graduation project. This article includes a list of general references, but it remains largely unverified because it lacks sufficient corresponding inline citations. (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.). It became a way of building enthusiasm and focus. It is very similar to Leslie’s work. So it is a work in progress. It’s when our brains sort out and store what we’ve learned. FREE Shipping on $35 or more! 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? A roll of toilet paper hangs from a metal chrome-colored dispenser. 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. 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. Another “trick” I’ve added to my repertoire is Toilet Training. Foot (give me right foot or left foot, as requested, and also let me examine your nails). 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. Plunger for added decor? 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). Thanks for your comments! 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). Random leave it. Teach your pet new tricks and good manners at Seattle Humane Society's public pet training classes! Foot target a yellow styrofoam rectangle (as seen on top of freezer). Choose a behavior to work on, and an enclosed, low-distraction area like a fenced yard or large basement to work in. Barnum lies on the floor at my feet looking up at me. Learn all about our fun classes and training courses at the Seattle Humane Society. Leslie McDevitt. Thank goodness, we are waaaay past those days by now! I had some new years goals (call them resolutions if you want)…and then life intervened. While “on break,” I break up more training treats while (seemingly) ignoring Barnum. ), suggested I use Give Me a Break with Barnum. (Neurotypicals, let me know: Do you do this, too?). Take/hold the wooden spoon (as seen on top of freezer). Resume walking, going to mat, or doing whatever you were doing, with a high rate of reward. There are three plastic containers on the toilet tank, one of which is a blue and white cottage cheese container, which holds the kibble. 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. Now, I just wish I could fit my dog food freezer in my bathroom! 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. Works much better now that we’ve both matured. He doesn't do it for any great deep abiding love of the sport. minute as being there is really boring and training with. . We’ll get there. (Most, but not all, of these are Training Levels behaviors. We are having success, but it is coming slowly. Plastic container full of kibble? Requires focus!). Have i-click, have dog, ready to “go”! Huh, I didn’t even think about bathroom phobia. Facing Life After the Loss of My Service Dog. It was very helpful on several levels. What I mean is training from the toilet — my toilet! Then I offer Barnum the choice to stop or to continue. Transcript of Video: Barnum’s First Time in a Store! (All these scatological metaphors are not just me getting literarily lazy; they are dramatic foreshadowing!). If you're doing Go to Place, reward your dog frequently as long as he's on the mat. 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. Play break (tug with plush spider and “I’m Gonna Get You” chase game). I will try it and get back to you. Yesterday I practiced restrained recalls with the boys in my in-laws' back yard. What will my criterion be that I want us to work on? the dog for one minute. Start working on your behavior, rewarding your dog frequently. On the left is a toilet-paper roll with a green i-click clicker hanging from the metal dispenser. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xYtdnubHyo If you’re new to clicker, there are better places to start. 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. 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). ), but he wasn’t wildly enthusiastic, and he tended to perform slowly. 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. We will continue to work at the distance he is comfortable with and inch our way closer as he is more comfortable. Not that I don’t think it is well-explained and useful to people but I do not see any essential differences. Latent learning is what happens (in any organism), between training sessions/lessons/classes. wish i’d know about the value of shorter sessions before. Have a chair for you to sit in. The more often she did this, the shorter was the interim between breaks. Tonight’s post is the first of a series on How to Build Enthusiasm in your dog. So, we’ve had to go back to scratch, although now we are up to him joyfully leaping into the tub, sit and down in the tub and even holding a down with a little water dribbling in. My previous 2 had a lot of random phobias, but neither were abused and neglected the way Earl was. however, i’ll start integrating it now with my severely shy rescued dog, zenji. 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: I know it will help me! She loves offering stuff and so would rather run through her extensive repertoire of skills until I pay for one. I think your “toilet training” is an excellent idea! Barnum and I did some training. Floor and wall are tiled with large speckled tan/salmon tiles.]. Then I offer Barnum the choice to stop or to continue. Finally, tonight, I got some relief (no pun intended, really!) 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. If he does not reorient to you, reengage him and resume the work you were doing . The goal of this exercise is that your dog becomes less interested in distracted sniffing around, because focusing on you is so rewarding. T. Rex-Alien-Pit Bull mix. Oh, the Irony! We are armed with DAP and green tea (opted for that instead of the L-theanine). The stairs were a cookie-dispenser! [Photo description: View from the toilet. I’m glad to know that Give Me a Break is working so well! (If you’re not already doing this. Giving the access all the time would be more ideal, but I am having some success with the limited access. Learn more at http://www.seattlehumane.org This really shows his progress! 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