FREE Shipping on $35 or more! 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. With the exception of when my 1st and 2nd SD overlapped, I’m used to dealing with just one dog at a time. 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. Fostering, grooming, and training dogs for a better world. Play break (tug with plush spider and “I’m Gonna Get You” chase game). Naturally this isn't particularly useful. Why is it always that these defining moments happen on April 1? He doesn't do it for any great deep abiding love of the sport. Again, thanks for this post. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 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. It took most of 3 miles to get her able to focus. Foot (give me right foot or left foot, as requested, and also let me examine your nails). 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. Mika and Wall-e Training Feb. 21, '11 video. Check. 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. And, it’s contagious! The foundation is easy. 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. Then I say, “Oh! 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! Gimme a Break From Mean Training Thursday, May 31, 2012. Hi Sharon, I’m going to see if I can get Control Unleashed in audible format, otherwise I’ll see if Huib can scan it with me. Not that I don’t think it is well-explained and useful to people but I do not see any essential differences. If your dog disengages first by looking away or going away from you to sniff, immediately go sit in your chair. Check. RIP Beautiful Lady! I did try Gimme a Break w/Barnum when he was a puppy, but we didn’t have the communication for it. Have a chair for you to sit in. You can also check out, online, September Morn's (yes that's a woman's name) "Go Wild and Freeze" game. 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). Here's my training philosophy in as much as a nutshell as I can manage: I believe in using training that is humane, effective, and promotes a mutually trusting and rewarding relationship with my dog. , McDevitt describes a few ways to help distracted dogs that use completely positive methods. Any time something changes in the environment, we default to the Look at That game (Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt). A very smart and supportive reader of this blog (Hi, Eileen! Take/hold the wooden spoon (as seen on top of freezer). 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. . Choose a behavior to work on, and an enclosed, low-distraction area like a fenced yard or large basement to work in. It’s very exciting, and I’ve found a lot in it that was readily applicable, but it’s pretty dense reading in places, as well. Your well-appointed dog training bathroom is not only an excellent way to employ shorter training sessions, but I can think of several dogs that are fearful of the bathroom that this would absolutely benefit. Tonight we made it to a count of 18 with six treats! I used to start out sessions with Gadget with the steps in my mind of each criterion, but he had a tendency to leap steps, so we’d go A, B, F! Then I offer Barnum the choice to stop or to continue. 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. 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. I relate; I have cabin fever due to my broken powerchair, AGAIN, combined with the snow. I gauge it by his enthusiasm, or by what I’m up for. It became a way of building enthusiasm and focus. I have a clicker that I hang on the toilet paper roll. In hindsight. Making Your Blog Accessible/Disability-Friendly, Jewish Resources for Mourning a Dog (with Inclusive Mourner’s Kaddish), Video Transcription: Training a Psychiatric Service Dog Skill: Soothing Agitation. Eileen says: Tonight’s post is the first of a series on How to Build Enthusiasm in your dog. http://www.seattlehumane.org ), suggested I use Give Me a Break with Barnum. Now, I just wish I could fit my dog food freezer in my bathroom! I’d just leave treats at the bathroom door entrance and a few scattered inside, all the time. It is important to me to do no harm, and to convince my dog (or any dog that I work with)… ), but he wasn’t wildly enthusiastic, and he tended to perform slowly. 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 doubt CU is yet available widely available in alternative formats, as it’s still relatively new. At first, it took a while for Barnum and me to develop a communication system, because the system McDevitt uses — standing in one spot to train, then going to sit down in a chair in another spot for the break — didn’t work for us. The more often she did this, the shorter was the interim between breaks. The issue is complicated by the fact that I have to bathe him with medicated shampoo a couple of times a month. Gimme a Break. Maybe you should click AFTER she retrieves it rather than clicking when she picks it up. What I mean is training from the toilet — my toilet! 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. Just visible in front of me and to Barnum’s right is the foot rest of my powerchair. minute as being there is really boring and training with. [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. I don’t really know what’s in them, though. Resume walking, going to mat, or doing whatever you were doing, with a high rate of reward. 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. 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). Jersey was a master of the “single-event phobia.”. Gimme a Break. 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. I think your “toilet training” is an excellent idea! 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. It’s all soooo convenient! First Foster Failure and Second New Mexico Brown Dog, 2000-2014. Repeat. Do 5 really fast behaviors in a row like. Gimme a Break From Mean Training Saturday, May 19, 2012. . I have no idea. 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. I will try it and get back to you. 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. Works much better now that we’ve both matured. Random leave it. As dogs practice, they quickly get to a point where they don't even want to take a break--instead, they remain focused on us when we give the release cue and ask us to keep working. Martha & Lily Martha asks: We rescued Lily, a Yorkie, from our local humane society. 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. nose target (can be the same one to start) then dismiss. Apparently it’s not intended to stand on its own. Your kisses were divine. It’s the spraying and shampooing that will be the bigger hurdles. For up to a minute, allow your dog to sniff around and do his thing while you stay in your chair. Another bonus to Gimme a Break for your’s truly is that I can take the breaks to think very clearly and specifically about what I want to do next: What skill will we do now? [Photo description: A gleaming white toilet in a corner, flanked on the left and rear by tan tile walls. Lok and I have been challenged to teach Lok how to fetch a hot dog without eating it for our tricks class graduation project. 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. Start working on your behavior, rewarding your dog frequently. Yesterday I practiced restrained recalls with the boys in my in-laws' back yard. (ahem, my Early Bird is one of them). i-click clicker hanging off toilet-paper dispenser? It’s when our brains sort out and store what we’ve learned. 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. 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. . Are you doing desensitization/counterconditioning w/Early Bird for the bathroom already? Oh, the Irony! Now we both feel soooo much better! i have many of same health issues as you. **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? He doesn't do it because he loves to GO GO GO. If I’m working from my bed, instead of moving or rotating the chair, I just turn my body slightly. 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. Learn all about our fun classes and training courses at the Seattle Humane Society. Another “trick” I’ve added to my repertoire is Toilet Training. While “on break,” I break up more training treats while (seemingly) ignoring Barnum. grin. 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. I hope to work up to feeding him in the bathroom. . Facing Life After the Loss of My Service Dog. . i just ordered control unleashed. Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment. This is because sometimes I train from my bed, sometimes from my pchair, sometimes, um, elsewhere. . In. 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. Posts about leadership written by g.r.o.w.l. I’ve heard of it, but it’s not something I’ve dealt with. View from guess where? however, i’ll start integrating it now with my severely shy rescued dog, zenji. 9 years ago. Check? Foot target a yellow styrofoam rectangle (as seen on top of freezer). These foam pieces are placed under the nail file board to provide a better angle for scratching his claws.]. (More on “quitting while you’re behind” in a future installment of “Building Enthusiasm.”). Lots of hindsight. I had some new years goals (call them resolutions if you want)…and then life intervened. wink. Huh, I didn’t even think about bathroom phobia. And I wasn’t always able to move far from wherever we were. Dealing with phobias is hard. These teach the dog to self-calm, to bring himself/herself down off the cliff. Do not talk to him during this time; remain unengaged. 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. The goal of this exercise is that your dog becomes less interested in distracted sniffing around, because focusing on you is so rewarding. 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 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. ), Super-fast down. 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. Then I offer Barnum the choice to stop or to continue. 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. Plunger for added decor? T. Rex-Alien-Pit Bull mix. I wish I had the foresight to think of doing training sessions in the bathroom when I started fostering him. Sometimes we just do one mini-session for one behavior, and that’s it. Leslie McDevitt. Barnum and I did some training. Skip to step 3 with a more experienced dog. I know it will help me! 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! She tends to make assumptions about what I am asking for, without actually listening to the cue I used. He could wander over whenever and — surprise! 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, fwiw, CU is not a book I’d recommend to someone new to clicker training (or to dog training and the concepts of behaviorism). (I’ll get to that, shortly.) A green i-click clicker is visible hanging off the toilet paper dispenser.]. I have been doing this with tuna while the foster is crated. Requires focus!). The top part of the book is shredded, especially on the spine, torn and bitten up.]. Whenever I head to the bathroom, Barnum follows, and we have a session that lasts as long as it takes me to pee! You . We are armed with DAP and green tea (opted for that instead of the L-theanine). 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). 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. Giving the access all the time would be more ideal, but I am having some success with the limited access. There It Is! 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. Oh, right! 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. 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: 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? 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