I’m back for Part 2 of the course, having learned a lot from Part 1. I practice the Part 1 exercises while walking my dogs, and it’s really added a whole lot of fun to our day! (I’d never before been able to make two dogs stay while sending the third to go get a thrown treat!)
I can’t believe how well this back-up exercise worked!! I have to admit, I was skeptical. I had visions of my dog just curling around my hand and acting silly in an attempt to get the treat. But it worked beautifully, first time, every time, with all 3 of my dogs! What a great technique!
This is partly why I find your courses so interesting and enjoyable. While other trainers insist on doing everything a particular way, with a view to being 100% consistent in all areas of our lives, you have a very laid-back approach to training.
I’ve always believed that dogs could learn to do one thing in two (or more) different ways (e.g. sometimes running a two-on-two-off contact and sometimes doing a running contact in agility, depending on what the handler tells them), but hearing about your experience is very reassuring! ~ Sharon