Challenge #2: Starting with Distractions – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Challenge #2: Starting with Distractions

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  • sebravo says:

    Hello Sarah
    I am not sure if I my challenge and link for the video
    Arrived🧐🧐

  • hylandertollers@gmail.com says:

    Is it better to use a lower or a higher value reward for this? For example, if my dog prefers a toy, should I reward with a toy or stick with food? I can “reset” quicker with food but I think it would be a bigger test of criteria to use a toy.

  • Susanne says:

    Video submitted. Hope you can see my dog and not just MY posterior! 😂

  • Carrie B says:

    I would like to submit videos for 2 dogs, but only get credit for 1, is that OK? Synergy would be my credit dog…

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Yes! The REAL purpose is for you to get better!

      Also – the video submissions will not be monitored unless your name is drawn in the raffle. If there’s something you need help with, but sure to explicitly let us know.

  • Angela.sarra@yahoo.com says:

    Interesting! Journey has a very nice start line in agility. However, I’m struggling with his steadiness in hunting which is essentially a stand stay in the presence of some very enticing rewards that are difficult for me to control. He LOVES to flush and chase the birds. I think I’m going to apply this challenge to his steadiness training…🤔

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Sounds perfect! Just think about how you can test him, what distractions you can add, and the MOST important thing is holding your criteria and working up your distractions without dropping your criteria. Most people end up with a “good enough” start line that then degrades into “not good enough”!

  • karen says:

    That was lots of fun.
    I always thought that my start lines were perfect until I tried this.. The faces of my dogs were priceless.. they thought I went crazy or something..

    We did made it.

    I hope the video is good enough, because of the very bad weather I did this inside my home. Hope it was good en clear enough.

  • Susanne says:

    Is this to be one continuous video?
    Thanks

  • nonaleard@comcast.net says:

    Love this exercise. I use a verbal “jump” in this case as the release. I added a jump to the mix because we have nice stays most anywhere, even the five minute out of sight for USAR. When we walk into the agility ring, all bets are off. I also discovered that my girls had a much harder time with this exercise, especially in lead out position. Will be doing much more of this.

  • Patty4027 says:

    My verbal “okay” ends the behavior. Does that count the same as “yes”?

    • kitkat73 says:

      Same for me with my dog. Waiting to hear what Sarah says before I attempt the challenge!

      • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

        Yes – we’ve decided that okay as a release word basically functions as a click in this situation. It both lets the dog know they were right AND releases them (in fact, so does a click in our training world). So you may use the okay to mark correctness.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Yes – we’ve decided that okay as a release word basically functions as a click in this situation. It both lets the dog know they were right AND releases them (in fact, so does a click in our training world). So you may use the okay to mark correctness.

  • Cherribob says:

    I am not coordinated or have balance for this. I think my dog thought I was going to grab him and run away. Lot of fun.

  • Holly D says:

    I currently no longer mark the behavior with a yes or clicker. My cue is wait and release with okay. Will adding the clicker marker change her behavior? Clicker for other behaviors is a release or sign she has done behavior and reward is coming. If I tell her to wait she only releases with okay.

  • Barb says:

    Are you going to send us an email whenever a new “lesson” comes up?


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