Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Weave Poles & Discrimination

We spent about 50 minutes in the training building after class tonight. We've just started Step 5 of Susan Garrett's 2x2 weave poles method. During step 4, Laev was actually going out through the poles, retrieving her toy, and then returning through the poles to play tug with me.

We also did some fronts, some finishes, some random and mildly distant sits and downs, and I tried to lure/shape a paw lift. Not much success there; I'm going to have to try something else. We also worked on discriminating between "Strike A Pose" (paws up on a chair, looking at me) and "Park It" (lying on a mat) while returning from chasing a bouncing treat. She was starting to do pretty well with the discrimination, until Jon walked in. That distracted her, and then she was tired enough mentally that she had a hard time getting back in the groove. We quit after a few correct reps in a row.

At least she'll sleep well tonight. :-) I need to look up Sue Ailsby's Training Levels and see where we are now and where we need to be.

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