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At agility class, I click and treat in the back of the crate when she's lying quietly. But I can only do that when I'm waiting my turn, not when I'm out helping set up the obstacles or listening to the instructor. That's when she's barking . . . I don't leave her in the crate too long when we're waiting our turn. I'm trying to build up her stamina.
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At agility class, I click and treat in the back of the crate when she's lying quietly. But I can only do that when I'm waiting my turn, not when I'm out helping set up the obstacles or listening to the instructor. That's when she's barking . . . I don't leave her in the crate too long when we're waiting our turn. I'm trying to build up her stamina.
When I did Crate Games with Kodi, I did it at home, in a quiet environment at first, when I didn't have any oressure to do anything but concentrate on training my dog. I didn't really need to do "formal" Crate Games training with either of the firls, becuase they just sort of learned from being next to Koid. Sort of "this is what we all do, side-by-side, no big deal". Sometimes an older sibling is a big help!
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Some more motivational heeling with both dogs last night!

Panda:
https://youtu.be/HnQNrfYDCc8

Here is Kodi, who, of course, has had much more experience with this. You can see how much fun he has with it!:
https://youtu.be/eX-eagRveWs

Note, that the time spent in both segments was quite short. With Kodi it was under two minutes, because he was more engaged, and I spent less time on getting the kind of heeling I wanted. Panda is less experienced, AND was a little sleepy. Her class is after Kodi's, and RIGHT at what would be supper time if we were home. I COULD have gotten much more engaged heeling immediately if I'd pulled out the food, but the whole point is to get that engagement through play. So with her, it was still under 2 1/2 minutes.

Thanks so much for sharing these videos too, Karen They have all been so helpful and I really appreciate your willingness to share! Tonight I tried some motivational heeling with Layla and it went really well, yay! I took her to a tennis court at one of our parks where I could have her off leash, but safe and there being plenty of distractions. I kept it short and took her rabbit on a bungee toy (I always forget it and need to use it more), she did great and was surprisingly attentive and looking at me. It was awesome to have her back and engaged again! Although, tonight I was using some food I wanted to just get her excited about working again and we can move towards less food in the future. Maybe having some time off after the show has been a good thing.
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Thanks so much for sharing these videos too, Karen They have all been so helpful and I really appreciate your willingness to share! Tonight I tried some motivational heeling with Layla and it went really well, yay! I took her to a tennis court at one of our parks where I could have her off leash, but safe and there being plenty of distractions. I kept it short and took her rabbit on a bungee toy (I always forget it and need to use it more), she did great and was surprisingly attentive and looking at me. It was awesome to have her back and engaged again! Although, tonight I was using some food I wanted to just get her excited about working again and we can move towards less food in the future. Maybe having some time off after the show has been a good thing.
Kodi definitely can't handle too much showing in a short time period. I usually only show one day of a weekend, especially if it's AKC, which is more stressful, and usually not two weekends in a row. They aren't Border Collies! They are smart and willing but definitely softer dogs. But they are SO smart, and want SO much to work with us, it's worth finding ways to compete with them AND keep them happy and enthusiastic!


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Kodi definitely can't handle too much showing in a short time period. I usually only show one day of a weekend, especially if it's AKC, which is more stressful, and usually not two weekends in a row. They aren't Border Collies! They are smart and willing but definitely softer dogs. But they are SO smart, and want SO much to work with us, it's worth finding ways to compete with them AND keep them happy and enthusiastic!

I'm finding that Layla (and me) does better with just one day of showing too! She is so sweet and does want to please so much, it's most important to me to keep it fun

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I'm finding that Layla (and me) does better with just one day of showing too! She is so sweet and does want to please so much, it's most important to me to keep it fun
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I just found this thread. Make me wish mine are puppies so I can try this right. As is I tried it with Zelda and she quickly figures out putting her head in my hand loop gets a treat. Not "chin" resting but maybe that's ok? Link being the more forceful dog tends to push and stick his nose around the front of my thigh to get to my right hand (treats).

I'll try to keep this up as much as possible and see if I can get it to work. Thanks for the instruction.
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I just found this thread. Make me wish mine are puppies so I can try this right. As is I tried it with Zelda and she quickly figures out putting her head in my hand loop gets a treat. Not "chin" resting but maybe that's ok? Link being the more forceful dog tends to push and stick his nose around the front of my thigh to get to my right hand (treats).

I'll try to keep this up as much as possible and see if I can get it to work. Thanks for the instruction.
If you hold your "loop" hand a little higher, she will have to rest her chin in your hand, and you want her head fairly high. As you transition away from having your hand down there, you want the dog to heel in a "heads up" position, looking toward your face.

As far as Link "pushing you" is concerned, again, having your "loop" hand higher will make that harder for him. LOCK your fingers against your pant seam and don't ALLOW him to push that hand further forward. Your're bigger than he is!


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Thanks for the tips!
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