This short video demonstrates some basic obedience, indoors, using treats as a distraction. It includes:
‘place’ (with distraction)
‘free’ (release from all commands)
Ebi – Off Lead Heel
Notice that I don’t need to hide any treats in my left hand for Ebi to follow. She does though, of course, get them at the end :)
Off Lead Heel with distraction video coming soon!
Ebi – Off Lead Obedience
Recall and Sit/Stay with distraction.
Ebi’s raison d’etre is to chase things. Anything!
She is also obsessed with balls. So I decided to make a video with Ebi practising off lead obedience with a ball as a distraction.
Chester – Come, Sit, Down & Free
This is Chester, a very energetic 6 month Cocker Spaniel doing a quick Recall & Sit/Down/impulse control demo.
Orla – Learning Heel
Look at her focus – paying attention and maintaining a good position, all without having to ‘follow’ a treat. Instead, a reinforcement/continuation marker is used throughout – she gets the treat at the end though :)
William – Recall Drill
A short video demonstrating Distraction Training within Recall. We usually use “Come” as the command for recall but William has previously learnt “Here” so we are using that instead.
Distraction Training involves teaching the dog that the quickest route to uninterrupted access to the distraction is to comply with the obedience request first, therefore improving the reliability of the obedience. In this clip I am the distraction (with treats) and William has learnt that to get the quickest way to get the treat I am offering, and the treat he receives for doing the recall, is to perform the recall straight away. A win-win for William!
In the real-world the distraction could be anything and it is good-practice to train with many different (safe) distractions. When the owner sometimes need to recall and clip the lead on, the ‘losing-out’ William experiences will be vastly outweighed by the number of times he is let back to engage with the distraction. He would of course still receive his treat (on a variable reward schedule) for performing the recall.
Does your dog pull? Don’t despair!!
With a bit of time and consistent practice, you could have them walking like a pro :)
Alfie – ‘Climb’ command
This video shows Alfie practising the ‘climb’ command. This command helps to develop impulse control in a way that is easy for your dog to understand. You can try pulling them (gently) off the board and they’ll resist – even towards their favourite treats/toy etc. This is another of the innovative techniques that we use to help improve reliabilty.