Sunday, May 9, 2010

Wisp Training

I started using a mat to help her learn stay. She is struggling with the concept of not moving. I started by free shaping her to the mat, eventually clicking for all feet on and going for duration (staying on the mat). I have progressed to only rewarding for a sit on the mat and have moved it to my left side to help her understand she is to come back to that side rather than sit in front. I am trying to be proactive and combat her wanting to be in front. She is starting to learn what parallel path means and the mat is helping her achieve this. She also can hold a stay on the mat for about 5-10 sec. We are moving in the right direction.

She loves her frisbee and her yellow duck toy the most. She is starting to tug with the duck toy. When she brings them back, she must give me eye contact, she gets a food reward and then moves into position on her mat for another throw. My thought is that this will teach her to bring me into the game, look to me for direction and stay on one side or the other. After I have the behavior on the left side, then I will move the mat and work on the right. What I was getting before is a pacing in the back, in the front of me and she didn't know quite where I wanted her.


  1. Sounds like you guys are doing awesome and Wisp is getting the idea, yippie!

  2. Oh she is an absolute doll. Can't wait to meet her in person.