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The Competitive Boxer => Obedience and Rally => Topic started by: BoxerWB on June 27, 2012, 09:44:07 AM

Title: Delta learning retrieves @15wks
Post by: BoxerWB on June 27, 2012, 09:44:07 AM
I can't recall if I mentioned it here, but I've been working with Delta on retrieves a little bit for the last week or so.  I haven't been consistent enough to move past the first step yet, but I'm loving her willingness.  I'm exposing her to the 4 textures she'll work with in Obedience - a plastic dumbbell, a metal article, a leather article, and a cloth glove.

The method I'm using is a combination of my trainer's method (teaching reach and hold separately) and shaping.  My trainer's method uses an ear hold and since Delta is so young, I'm using shaping in place of that. So the first step is pretty simple, especially with a teething puppy.  ;D  All they have to do is open their mouths and put the object past their canines.  No grip, no hold, and essentially no distance to reach for it.

http://youtu.be/PVCXytPJFaI

This is normally done in heel position, but since she's still small, I've been doing it facing her.  I plan to move her into heel position for the reach before we begin working the hold (which is done facing the dog).
Title: Re: Delta learning retrieves @15wks
Post by: LOVEBUG on June 27, 2012, 09:58:27 AM
Amazing! What a smart girl! :smitten:
Title: Re: Delta learning retrieves @15wks
Post by: Rubidawg on June 27, 2012, 10:16:59 AM
She's doing great! :thumbsup: It's fun working with a pup, isn't it? Their lil sponge-like minds are so much more interesting to work with.
Title: Re: Delta learning retrieves @15wks
Post by: BoxerWB on June 27, 2012, 10:24:09 AM
Yes and a pretty huge difference to work with a dog who doesn't care if they get it wrong!
Title: Re: Delta learning retrieves @15wks
Post by: RocketBoxer on June 27, 2012, 01:01:56 PM
Great job  :thumbsup:  And wow, she is getting soooo big.
Title: Re: Delta learning retrieves @15wks
Post by: Christina on June 27, 2012, 02:17:17 PM
She is getting so big!