July 21, 2014 at 5:35 pm #2437
Welcome to class Claire! This is the forum topic where you will post your questions and homework videos for feedback from the instructors. Please take a moment to tell us about yourself, your dog and your interest in truffle hunting.
*to be notified by email of replies in this forum topic please check the box below your reply.August 7, 2014 at 10:45 am #2516
Just checking in to see how things are going as it’s quiet in here! Just let us know.August 20, 2014 at 7:49 am #2606
Hi Claire. We would love to hear an update on how training is going and see some video. Please check in.September 14, 2014 at 11:47 pm #2774
HI Claire. Just dropping a line. You got my email, but let us know when you’re ready!
September 24, 2014 at 5:27 pm #2811ClaireParticipant
- This reply was modified 9 years ago by Alana McGee.
I’ve been working with Seamus for the past week and am very excited by his progress. I think he had a rough start in life and did not know how to learn but now he’s catching on quickly. I’ve been clicker training him with a cheese reward and he’s a pro. He would easily pass a canine citizen test–Finn watch out!. He sits, stays, sits pretty, shakes, and noses the truffle scented box.
I’ve been working with the two of them together and that’s working well because they compete. By next week, I’ll be hiding the truffle container from Seamus. No issues to report.
ClaireSeptember 28, 2014 at 1:07 am #2815
Sorry I’ve been traveling!
Sounds good. Remember that Finn being in the room may act as a distraction at some point for Seamus. Just bear that in mind. Let us know if you have any video you would like us to take a look at and we can help with.
-AlanaSeptember 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm #2816ClaireParticipant
Good point. Finn tends to dominate the show. Here’s a link to my first youtube video with Seamus:
It shows clicker and treat use and truffle scent training.October 1, 2014 at 2:37 pm #2825
One note about timing for clicking. Ideally you want to click right as the dog offers the behavior. The click marks the specific moment in time you want to ‘mark’. If you click afterwards, it marks that moment in time when you click- which may just be Seamus looking at you- so that is what you are reinforcing.
We know this video may be very basic, and we know you know clicking, but take a look. Notice the timing. https://vimeo.com/101340554
We know it is dog trainer-y and perhaps nerdy, but we would recommend investing in a treat pouch.
This is the one I use personally, and I like it. I believe Mudbay or All the Best has them. Just makes treat delivery faster. http://tinyurl.com/op4u8o7
Seamus looks excited to play 🙂 which is great!
Try when you are practicing the basic imprinting games like you are doing in the video with the ?find it? start a little smaller. Start with it in your hand and having him nose touch (which you & he did great! at the 0:30 mark) and then place it just down on the ground and then a foot away and then you can do what you did by placing it farther.
Also try to reward ?at source?. this means as close as possible to the target, which will build more value for Seamus. So like at the 0:57 mark see how he finds it (yay!) but instead of rewarding him from a standing position, if you can, try to give him the treat down by the target!
At 1:06 that timing on the click was perfect. See how he then sits and waits for his cookie from you, that is good. He very much understands the click and it?s meaning.
Try to limit the times you offer the verbal cue of ?go find the truffle?. The enthusiasm is great, but we want to be very clear with Seamus on what you are asking of him. Too much noise or using the cue too frequently will act to diminish it?s value and eventually just become noise.
It is great to encourage him and build on successful finds, but you also were helping him a lot by how you were orienting your body and pointing at it. Allow Seamus a chance to go to the target and be successful before you offer help. We want them to always ?win? but it will be a stronger association for Seamus if he finds it through his own efforts as opposed to you pointing it out to him. We also don?t want him to become dependent on your for knowing where the target is, or for permission to find it.
It?s a lot to remember, but also pay attention to your body orientation. If you are facing Seamus you may be body blocking him from going to the target. We call this ?pressure?. If you orient sideways it is like an open door allowing him to move forward to approach the target.
by working right near you body for a bit, it will make this easier and you also won?t have to put him in a stay which is an obedience command and adds to the things he has to do ?correctly? in order to be successful. Does that make sense?
I think it actually will be very valuable to have Seamus work without Finn around for now.
You guys look good though, and he obviously understands the game. It is some of these little things that will help his confidence and make training a bit easier in the long run, and more reliable at finding!
You guys look good though. The enthusiasm is there on both sides 🙂
And Seamus is a cutie 🙂October 2, 2014 at 4:45 pm #2828
Let us know if you have any questions!
We graded your Lesson 2 Quiz, you should be able to view it and our comments.October 28, 2014 at 10:59 pm #2951
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Let us know how it is going!November 5, 2014 at 10:25 pm #3001
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Let us know how it is going! We are here to help!November 29, 2014 at 9:21 am #3731
We have graded your quiz. Nice work! You are ready to move on to the next level. We have a class, perfect for your training stage beginning December 1st hosted at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. You can read about the course here http://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/index.php/courses/2024.
Included in FE530 will be all of the lectures for FE520. That allows us to accommodate students at various levels. You can simply begin the lecture at the stage you are at and as a Gold student (similar to our Full students here), you will get video feedback in the discussion forum. Hope to see you there! Please let us know if you have questions.
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