Jungle Gym Teeter – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Jungle Gym Teeter

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  • catbryant says:

    I have trouble maintaining end criteria on the teeter. I taught a down thinking it would be better on my dog physically for absorbing the bounce at the end – she turned it into a 2o2o and I went with that. I notice you have a sit. I would think the same potential issue of not going to the end (or going beyond the end) of the teeter would arise with a sit or a down or a 4on? I am curious as to why a sit specifically and not a down. or is it arbitrary?

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      When I initially trained this teeter I picked a sit because 1) I felt it would be quicker for her to get into that position vs a down and 2) I thought it would be easier for me to maintain (butt on the ground for the sit vs elbow on the ground for a down). Someone along her career I put a 2o2o on her DW – she previously had a RDW – and in doing that her teeter became a 2o2o as well. I didn’t ask her to do that but the reps and reinforcement of that behavior transitioned over. I complete understand the theory of why a 4-on-the-board behavior is faster/better but I find that with my own dogs and with students dogs that the 2o2o is more clear for most of them. Even Bee, show still has a RDW, was converted from a sit at the end to a 2o2o.

      I have a 12 week old puppy and I’m not 100% what I will do with him. It might depend on his size. My small sheltie, Taylor, has a WONDERFUL sit at the end of the teeter but I trained it different than I show here. I taught her to sit on a mousepad and then put the mousepad at the end of the board. It worked like a dream but it don’t think this can be down with RDW dogs. I am working with Fudge (11 months) on a sit at the end as well but training it different with Bee, Hi5, or Taylor. We will see how it goes πŸ˜‰

      Feel free to submit video so we can take a look. If the teeter is something that is currently presenting problems, let’s work on it!!! You can post video here in the comments or send over privately via email.

      • judyvedder@gmail.com says:

        Hi Jennifer, I have a puppy and I would love an update on your training. Can we get more details about the 12-week-old puppy you referred to and how his/her teeter training is progressing? Can we get more details about Bee, Hi5, and Taylor’s performance at the end of the Teeter?

        • Jennifer Crank says:

          Hey there! Yes, a teeter update is a good thing πŸ™‚ Especially since I have different dogs doing different things for various reasons.

          To be honest, the 4-on teeter performance is much hard to maintain criteria, in my experience. While the initial training of sitting/downing at the end is pretty easy, if is hard to maintain what defines “the end” of the board. Hi5 started to sit earlier and earlier instead of driving all the way to the end. The 2o2o is much easier to define but still isn’t ideal for many small dogs. I give my recommendation of performance based on the dogs size.

          Fudge (frenchie) – does 4 on with a sit
          Taylor (8″ sheltie) – does 4 on with sit
          Bee and Hi5 – trained with 4 on with sit and retrained to 2o2o; we are all much happier πŸ™‚
          Flirt (who I believe is the puppy I was referring to) learned a 2o2o as she grew big enough I wasn’t worried about the board coming back up to hit her in the butt.

  • cordell.barbara@gmail.com says:

    Hi Jenn. We are back to square one with the teeter. He was doing fine and then for some reason he now refuses. My dog is still reluctant to just get on the board. He walks alongside with his 2 front paws on. Towards the end of our session today he was offering that more frequently so my question is should spend more time with him getting all four paws on and off without hesitation before moving to working in the fulcrum area? Thanks!

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Maybe send some video. He may think that’s the new game. I would try different handler positions to encourage him to get all 4 feet on. You could also do some work on a single board on the ground next to the teeter, and then immediately go work on the teeter to see if he makes the connection.

      • cordell.barbara@gmail.com says:

        OK will do and thank you Sarah.

      • cordell.barbara@gmail.com says:

        Here is Blue doing the crab walk. He did finally get on the teeter and towards the end of our session he was getting on a little quicker so just wondering if I should work more towards him just getting on/off/on before moving towards trying to get him to turn around on it etc as Jenn does in her video.(?) Thanks!
        https://youtu.be/M3tmu46iyrU

        • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

          So, many dog very naturally β€œfront” their handler. So I think I’m this case your position facing the dog is making it harder. I would try walking next to the plank so your shoulders are facing the length of the plank, not the width.

          • cordell.barbara@gmail.com says:

            Of course that’s an important observation. I’ll give that a try. Thank you Sarah!


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