Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I had a long (for us) agility session with Wyatt tonight really working on the "out" command in conjunction with discrimination. What I am finding is that the word "out" does not mean much to him. I think we get frustrated because we expect dog to understand verbal command but they really are 90% or more reading our body language. What did REALLY help a lot was "painting the line" - drawing a line with my hand/finger about 2 feet ahead of the dog where I want the dog to go and really pushing perpendicular into his line about 1/2 way between the previous obstacle and the 2 discrimination obstacles. My current class with Lynn Smitley gave me these tips. They really work - when you remember to use them consistently.

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