Thursday, July 3, 2014

Training games!

Tammy's training games make "work" fun for the handlers as well as the puppies. First up, the "contraband" dice game we played at the Baraga Correctional Facility.

A bald man with a goatee wearing green pants and a white t-shirt has just tossed a pair of six inch dice. The dice are out of focus in mid-air in front of him. His left hand is holding the leash of a young german shepherd puppy, who is pulling to the right toward a small black lab. There are two other men sitting on the right side. The first man, wearing blue pants and a white t-shirt, is holding the leash of the black lab, who is standing between his legs looking at the german shepherd. The man's right hand is reaching toward the puppy's chest. The man on the far right is wearing green pants and a long sleeved white t-shirt and glasses; he is looking down at the puppy and he has his left leg crossed over his right leg at the ankle. There are several other people sitting behind the man standing.
Doug tosses the dice, but FLD Chewy is more interested in FLD Ashley.
The same man is now in mid-jump of a series of 10 jumping jacks. The german shepherd puppy is now sitting on his left side looking up at him. The puppy is wearing a blue Future Leader Dog bandana. The people sitting around behind him are watching.
Now FLD Chewy seems curious as to why Doug is jumping and flailing his arms.
A different man, dressed in blue pants and a white t-shirt has just thrown the same dice, which are caught in mid-air by the camera. The man is holding a leash at his chest with his right hand and at his waist with his left hand. A golden retriever is sitting at his left side looking up at the dice. The puppy is wearing a blue Future Leader Dog bandana. There is a woman dressed in blue jeans and a grey t-shirt with her arms on her hips behind and to the right of the man. Another man is sitting down on the far right. He is wearing the prison blue pants and a green sweatshirt. His arms are folded on his chest. A golden retriever is lying down underneath him.
Matt throws the dice and is amused at FLD Harper's intense attention.
This man is now in mid jumping-jack and he is looking down at the golden retriever, who is looking back at him. The woman standing behind is smiling at the pair. The photo now shows two men sitting on the right side, the same man with the golden, and the man with the black lab, who is also lying niced under him. There are two other women sitting down directly behind the man jumping.
Good boy, Harper!
A different man is in mid jumping-jack with his feet off the floor and his arms spread wide. He is the one wearing blue pants and a green sweatshirt. A golden retriever is sitting at his left side looking up at him. Another  yellow lab is standing in the foreground, looking toward the man and golden retriever. The lab is being held by a leash and is wearing a blue bandana. There is an orange cone in front of the golden retriever and a pair of large six inch dice on the floor too. Three women are sitting behind the man and one woman, dressed in blue jeans and a grey t-shirt with her hands on her hips, is standing behing and to the right.
FLD Drummond keeps close watch on Scott, who is in mid-air doing jumping jacks. Lucky number seven has been rolled several times and the task is: "Sit your puppy while you do 10 jumping jacks." I'm not sure, but I think FLD Ekco is the interested puppy in the foreground.
The woman dressed in jeans and a grey t-shirt is standing on the left side of the photo, looking to the right. A man wearing blue prison pants and a white t-shirt and is bald, is standing in the middle of the photo with his arms at his side. He is looking down to the right at a yellow lab that is sitting on a tile floor. The puppy's leash is laying on the floor next to her, attached to her collar. She is wearing a blue bandana. There are two large six inch dice about to come to rest on the floor in the foreground. The man with blue priosn pants and a green sweat shirt is sitting on the right side with his arms crossed on his chets. Ther eare three women sitting on chairs behind the others.
Churchard and FLD Ekco wait for the dice to land.
The bald man in the white t-shirt is squatting down facing away from the camera on the right side. The yellow lab is coming toward him, dragging her leash, her right front paw is crossing in front of her left paw. The man in the green sweatshirt sitting in the background is bending over to pet the golden retriever that is lying onf the floor beneath him. There are three more men in the background sitting in a row on stools attached to lunch tables. All of their faces are out of the camera's view. They are all wearing white t-shirts, one is wearing green pants, the two on the right side are wearing the blue prison pants.
The task this time is a recall across the room. Even though Churchard has only had FLD Ekco for two days, the pup comes to him when he calls. And ignores the dice distractions and all the other puppies!
A man wearing the blue prison pants and a white t-shirt is walking by some orange cones on the tile floor with a yellow lab, who is wearing the blue Future Leader Dog bandana. The man is looking down at the puppy with his right hand in a fist up high on his chest. The puppy is slightly in front of the man, looking up at his hand. The leash is fairly tight. There are six men sitting on the lunchroom table seats in the background, all are wearing white t-shirts and blue prison pants, except one man has green pants. There are three black lab puppies underneath three of the men. The puppy on the far left is standing, the other two are lying down. There is also a chew toy on the floor in front of the puppy on the right.
Eric and FLD August's task is to loose leash heel through a series of orange cones. It appears that Eric might have a treat in his right hand, which could be causing August to swing in front of him. Tammy has them repeat the exercise because the leash was a bit tight; she knows they can do better. And they do!
A man dressed in maroon sweat pants and a white t-shirt is bending over toward a golden retriever that is standing in front of him, facing him and away from the camera. The man is holding out a green plush toy to the puppy and holding the dog's leash with his left hand. The puppy is wearing the blue Future Leader Dog bandana and a black body harness. There is an orange cone just visible in the foreground. There are three women sitting in the background but not quite visible, and the woman in jeans and a grey t-shirt with her hands on her hips standing behind the dog, but she is only visible from her shoulders down.
Morrison offers FLD Bravo a plush toy to "take" as part of his task. Bravo isn't sure and has to be coaxed to take it. The pup readily "gives" the toy back to Morrison when asked.

Coming next - a game that simulates a real-world situation....

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