Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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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