Box Method – Introducing the Verbal Cue and Remote Treat – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Box Method – Introducing the Verbal Cue and Remote Treat

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  • Leslie Wood says:

    Hi, Jennifer. Here I have added the TNT and also worked on giving a verbal “sit” while in motion. Anything we are doing wrong or could be doing better? Should we move to putting the box on the a-frame or more work here? Thanks!

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      The hits inside the box are SOOO much better! These are what we are looking for; each foot to hit once. I would maybe do a session where you put the box in sequence to confirm the understanding while speed and motion. Even just aa U-shaped tunnel to the box would be great. Also, put the box a bit off line from the TnT and see if she will go out of her way to hit in the box. If that goes well, we’ll add the aframe.

      I think there was some confusion with the verbal against motion (“sit”) since you were so close to the box. Try doing that work away from the box to not be so confusing to her.

      • Leslie Wood says:

        Thank you! This is great. Here is our latest session. I read your comment wrong and put the jump off line from the box instead of the box off line from the TnT, but I’ll do that next session.

        • Jennifer Crank says:

          This session looks great! Even her verbals against motion are getting better. Still some delay there but she is thinking.

          Near the end of the video there were a few reps where you beeped the TnT a bit early. Make sure it beeps as she hits her BACK feet into the box; not her front feet and not before she enters the box. I would do maybe one more session with more speed and distance (really get her extending like she did at 61 seconds) and then add the aframe at a lower height.

  • says:

    In this video, it looks like you are teaching a sit stay while you are in motion. On one of the jungle gym videos, it also looks like you are teaching a sit on the ends of the teeter, while you are in motion. It made me suddenly realize that my puppy does not understand this. To be honest, my older dogs are not great at this, either. Do we need to teach this before progressing to the a-frame itself?

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      It is very important to me and a strong part of my foundation that all my dogs learn to respond to verbals independent of motion. After all, isn’t that a big part of what agility is?! Many times in agility our verbal my not be consistent with what are motion supports. We might be RUNNING into a front cross while giving our VERBAL collection cue. We can’t expect our dog to respond if we haven’t first taught them the value of our verbals.

      In the beginning stages, demoed below, I am looking for my dog to respond to simple, non-agility verbals like sit, down, left, and right. If your dog cannot sit/down while you jog forward in an empty field, how do you expect them to respond to a more complex verbal when there is more speed, adrenaline, and distractions?

      So what you are seeing in this video is me practicing a bit of this concept during our box session.

  • Callie Cromwell says:

    Hi Jennifer! Question on the verbal cue! Yours in this video is “touch” for hitting in the box. Will this be the same verbal that will be used to cue the aframe in a course?

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      It really is up to you. Some people just cue the aframe with the box cue and the entire obstacle becomes “touch”. Others choose to cue the aframe seperate; “climb” to get on and then “touch” once they are on.

  • kpdewit says:

    This box is quite a bit higher than the once I have used. I guess that encourages more jump/ bounce movement into AND out of the box.

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      Yes, this one is higher than many but I love it for that reason exactly. I like a bit of height to help create the form I want for jumping in and out. I don’t think there is necessarily anything wrong with a flat one but this Clip and Go box is my favorite.

      When I put in on the aframe I actually leave a bit of height to encourage the jump into the box and then flatten it as we progress. But of course you will see that in the other videos 😉

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