Monthly Archives: December 2020

Meet Jack

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Lost on the streets, Jack had unexpected introduction that changed his life forever. Jack loves his new home where he gets to play ball with his person whenever he wants to.

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Foundation skills don’t need to be drills

This video is a one-minute compilation pulled from a 15-minute training session.  The entire session looked pretty much like this.

There’s a little bit of verbal processing (see my recent blog) but mostly this session is following obvious body cues to build Dice’s enthusiasm for his foundation skills.  Legs apart?  Go there.  Side to my dog with movement?  Go there.  Send out to an obvious target?  Go there.  If I place an object on the ground?  Go there.  If I’m moving backward looking to my front?  That’s what I want!  Throw an object?  Fetch it.

90% of work can be intuited by your dog by your body cues, without any real need to listen at all.

Listening is important!  But it’s hard.  If I throw an object and then cue a down, my dog will listen harder but the flow will be broken; it’s a trade-off. Flow with foundation skills will proceed in a much smoother and more motivating fashion if it’s fast-paced and fairly obvious what is required at the moment by creating patterns and using them to advantage rather than breaking them.

You need both! Listening to slow your dog down and make them pay close attention and flow/fast-paced work to keep motivation strong and rates of success high.

And always always – keep an eye on your learner.  What does YOUR dog need right now?  If your dog gets too high and careless and has motivation to spare, maybe more listening games. And if your dog tends to flatten easily and gets discouraged with a lot of listening games, then make the body cues and patterns obvious so flow is front and center.

Here you’ll see both but mostly motivation games, based on foundation skills, with relatively little listening required.

How many different foundation skills can you see here?  There are quite a few.

I post almost daily videos of Dice’s progress on Instagram and often Facebook as well.  If you’d like to follow along or ask questions as we learn, feel free to follow me on IG at:  @raikasmom or on FB: Denise Fenzi

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Episode 811 – The New Normal: Distance Learning & Telecommuting

Victoria and Aly talk about how to be more effective when learning and working from home. Social distancing is the thing these days, but how do we keep from going nuts and what are the best practices to stay productive and efficient when working or learning from home. Dealing with the social aspect of isolation. Aly shares some top tips for how to be productive while staying home, including staying engaged and avoiding passivity. The use of rituals of physical, technical and mental preparation in staying efficient at home.

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Forget About Stress & Anxiety

POSITIONING THEMSELVES FOR REINFORCEMENT First off, sorry. The title was designed to get your attention. We cannot forget about stress and anxiety but rather than focus on those conditions we assume a dog is experiencing, let’s get down to the business of behavior. It has been important that people have been encouraged to […]

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Forget About Stress & Anxiety

POSITIONING THEMSELVES FOR REINFORCEMENT First off, sorry. The title was designed to get your attention. We cannot forget about stress and anxiety but rather than focus on those conditions we assume a dog is experiencing, let’s get down to the business of behavior. It has been important that people have been encouraged to […]

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Top Ten Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe & Calm this Fourth of July

 

 

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Forget About Stress & Anxiety

POSITIONING THEMSELVES FOR REINFORCEMENT First off, sorry. The title was designed to get your attention. We cannot forget about stress and anxiety but rather than focus on those conditions we assume a dog is experiencing, let’s get down to the business of behavior. It has been important that people have been encouraged to […]

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Forget About Stress & Anxiety

POSITIONING THEMSELVES FOR REINFORCEMENT First off, sorry. The title was designed to get your attention. We cannot forget about stress and anxiety but rather than focus on those conditions we assume a dog is experiencing, let’s get down to the business of behavior. It has been important that people have been encouraged to […]

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Forget About Stress & Anxiety

POSITIONING THEMSELVES FOR REINFORCEMENT First off, sorry. The title was designed to get your attention. We cannot forget about stress and anxiety but rather than focus on those conditions we assume a dog is experiencing, let’s get down to the business of behavior. It has been important that people have been encouraged to […]

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Forget About Stress & Anxiety

POSITIONING THEMSELVES FOR REINFORCEMENT First off, sorry. The title was designed to get your attention. We cannot forget about stress and anxiety but rather than focus on those conditions we assume a dog is experiencing, let’s get down to the business of behavior. It has been important that people have been encouraged to […]

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