Video: Flatwork – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Video: Flatwork

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  • Valerie Spadaccini says:

    sometimes you use release and sometimes you call “come”. what is the criteria for which word you use?

    • Sarah Baker says:

      For me, release has the potential to be more general and could give him permission to do something else. When I think he might choose something other than coming to me I use come to make sure he understands I am releasing out of position for a recall, not for a free for all. For example if I try to recall him in front of a lake, I better use come. If I say release he will be in the lake. If all my dog wants is me, his general release cue is fine.

  • Judi says:

    How old was skeptic when he was doing bigger circles. Having a hard time fading the treats out. Starts bumping and nipping my leg. I think I am expecting to much! lol

    • Sarah Baker says:

      Skeptic’s age does not really matter… Whatever behavior you are working on, if your dog is not doing it to criteria make sure to lower your criteria and raise your rate of reinforcement. You can also try tossing the reinforcement on the opposite side of your dog that you are on. But if he is nipping, definitely get that reward out there before the behavior is rehearsed!

      • alincoln1963@gmail.com says:

        I was JUST going to ask this question as my cattle dog nips me when we run. Skeptic looks so nice running alongside you and my pup sort of does but is also trying to nip me. So your saying reward the run BEFORE she nips at me, I think I get it.

        • Sarah Baker says:

          Exactly! Mark when all 4 feet are on the ground then reward. You can also try going slower or faster.

          • alincoln1963@gmail.com says:

            I will try slowing down, lowering criteria and raising reinforcement. If that doesn’t work I will post a link to a video so you can take a look at whats going on.

          • Sarah Baker says:

            Sounds good! I would love to see video even if it is going well!

  • robinzclark@gmail.com says:

    Wow. This is an amazing video. Very very helpful to me. Thank you!


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