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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-18-2016, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Our new "anticipation" habit...

Mario has always been big time into anticipation when it comes to the next command. I have no clue what causes it, but often times he will do a spin after coming or roll over after given the down command. We've learned to curb this habit to an extent, but if the treat is really special, it will come right back.

I wouldn't say Nino's new behavior isn't necessarily anticipation, but something he learned so well he became attuned to his body placement in relation to mine. I discovered it the other day while having him free stack while I was in front of and facing him. He squared up so that I was facing his left side, moving his back legs every time I tried to get in front of him It's not something that will hurt us in the ring; in fact, him always placing himself specifically in relation to me could help with predictability. It's pretty funny to watch. He gives me this look like "Psh, you think you can trick me? I got this!" This handler awareness will come in handy once he starts training for agility
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Wow thanks for sharing this good experience to us Good luck for his training Do you have any picture of him? Can't wait to see him.

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His willingness to "work" for you is fantastic, and will help you in whatever you do. But all of dog training is teaching behaviors AND self control so that they perform the behaviors you ask for when you ask for them, but ALSO understand that they must wait until cued for the behavior if they want to be rewarded for them.

For instance, when teaching a dog a formal recall, you need to teach them to come when called (obviously) but also to wait, in a sit, while you walk to the other end of the room and the judge tells you to "call your dog". The same is true in agility. You need a dog who will break fast when you tell them to, but also one who will wait on the start line and on the table while you lead out as far as you need to to set your next line. So even though it's adorable that Nino is already anticipating what you ask for, I'd also be working on that self-control too!


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So even though it's adorable that Nino is already anticipating what you ask for, I'd also be working on that self-control too!
Quick clarification: this is only when I give him the stand command verbally or with a hand signal, and only when he has his "special" lead on If he were doing otherwise, I would be more concerned about fixing it.
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