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HOW TO CREATE A MOTIVATING TOY

Many times in agility training the need will arise to use a toy to motivate your dog to move on without you (example: teaching a "get out" or doing weave poles or any sequence of obstacles for a gamble). People will ofren lament that their dog is not "into" toys. Some dogs will not innately want to play with toys but you can create the desire within them with a little work on your part. If your dog is really motivated by food...

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DEPOSITS INTO THE PERFECT RECALL ACCOUNT

To increase the probability that your dog will come to you, each and every time you call.

This is achieved by building a solid foundation of them doing just that. You must be diligent, and make sure that the number of times your dog comes to you when you call, is far, far greater than the number of times your dog chooses not to come when called (ideally you don't ever want that to happen!).

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DISTRACTIONS FOR YOUR RECALL

Sometimes it is difficult to come up with ways to "test"your dog's understanding of his cue to "come to you". This article gives you some suggestions when your imagination falls short.

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SHAPE YOUR TARGET CUE

A great way to start to introduce your dog to nose tapping a target for contact training is to split the behaviour into smaller responses. Try to flip your hand out to your side and reward your dog for looking at/walking towards/sniffing or touching your outstretched hand. Your goal is to shape your dog to give you well placed nose taps into your palm. Do not try to get your dog to nose tap a target until you have worked through this shaping session first.

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LIST OF REINFORCERS

This article contais a list of all the things your dog may view as a "true" reward. You may like to believe affection from you is a real turn on but that doesn't necessarily mean you dog agrees. Circle your dog's motivators and then add them to your list ranking them "A", "B", or "C".

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SAY YES TRAINING REMINDERS

1. Work=play=work. All play is fun and so all work should be as well. If your dog makes a decision during play (example he grabs his toy without being invited to do so) you are reinforcing his right to make decisions during working with you as well (ahh, maybe I will chase the cat rather then practice A Frames right now!).

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