June 27, 2014
Tammy packs a lot of exercises in her training class. We work on settling with the relaxation protocol, loose leash heeling by "connecting the dots," meet & greets, and ignoring distractions.
We even play a "doctor's waiting room" game, a real-life simulation. Handlers and their puppies enter an imaginary doctor's office. They must maneuver past annoying patients who reach out to pet their puppy, take a seat, and put their puppy under the chair. They are given a clipboard and asked to write their name, their puppy's name and number, and something their puppy has taught them. A rolling cart adds a noisy distraction to a chaotic scene.
At the end of the session Tammy gives the AKC Star Puppy test to teams Axle, Bear, Copo and Dax. Everyone passed!
|FLD Bear looks up at his handler during the relaxation protocol. Notice how he ignores the tissue distraction.|
|Is FLD Dax relaxing, a little stressed, or just bored?|
CONNECT THE DOTS - Tammy sets up a course using orange cones at various distances apart. I demo a loose leash walking exercise with FLD Baker. The task is to treat the puppy at each cone, as a reminder to keep the rate of reinforcement high. After my demo, Tammy asks for someone to try it next. Mondo steps up first with FLD Axel.
|FLD Farley wants to try.|
|Teams in line for meet & greet practice.|
MEET & GREETS - Tammy has the teams line up on opposite sides of the room, facing each other. Step by step they approach and retreat. Eventually the handlers are able to meet and shake hands in the middle without the puppies reacting.
|Steve uses a treat to "lure" FLD Farley while Barry and FLD Axel wait patiently for them to approach.|
AKC STAR PUPPY
|Ricky gives FLD Bear a hug while Black looks on. One of the puppy behaviors in the Star Puppy test is the "owner can hug or hold puppy (depending on size)."|
|P gives FLD Baker a big, happy hug.|
|Chad reaches to take a stuffed toy from FLD Dax. "Give" and "take" is another part of the Star Puppy test.|
|Ricky "gives" the stuffed toy to FLD Bear.|
|FLD Bear has given the stuffed toy to Ricky, but is still interested in it.|
|FLD Farley snuggles with the stuffed toy. The men asked to borrow the toy for the month for distraction practice. Later, Steve told Tammy that FLD Farley slept through the night all curled up with the toy.|
|And just because. FLD Eco is too cute.|