Reply To: Week 4 Instructor’s Assignment


I would like to comment on Annie and Dottie: #5489 video posted June 23, 2015. I read her comments and analysis of the video as well. First I do think Dottie does have an idea of the search cue, it does not matter I find what the actual words are, Dottie does get the game. In the first search, Annie does tend to speak more than I would like in the search, at 30 and 35 and then she says did you find them before the indication by Dottie. at 52 Dottie actually does an indication by pawing under the ottoman. Dottie chews on the bag with the truffle, I would just substitute the bag quickly for the toy or food, as soon as she indicates. I would not worry too much about this chewing as it is just retrieving at this time, rewarding Dottie quicker would probably eliminate the chewing on the find. At 1:38 where Annie says Dottie is frustrated, can be remedied by actually starting her again. As in an imaginary start line, or taking her back to you and starting her once, with a cue find em…then be quiet. There was a lot of talk or encouragement from Annie (especially in the first search) which I would try to eliminate, with just a find em cue, let her go and then verbal praise after her indication. Annie does improve (by being quiet) with this each time I see Dottie search, so well done there! By the 3rd search at 2:46 there was a definite start line, and at 3:02 Good girl praise after the indication. Each search showed improvement on Dottie’s searches, she does know what the game is, and likes to search. Overall very nice improvements in each search sequence in this video.