Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Penny learns to put her paw around a cane

At the canine freestyle seminar last weekend here in Melbourne, Richard Curtis showed us how to teach our dogs to put their paws around a cane. You can use this movement in different ways when it is solid, for instance having the dog put her paw around your leg.

He taught us to hold the cane diagonally in front of us with the dog sitting facing us and ask for a paw touch on our hand. If we then move our hand further from the dog so she can't reach our hand, her paw will fall down onto the cane. We should click or mark that action and reward.

When this is established, it's just a matter of raising the cane gradually, rewardingtouches, until the cane is vertical. We can then tidy up the action by rewarding the paw wrapping more around the cane rather than just touching.

I think the following video is hilarious and shows how Penny was smarter than me at the seminar. She worked out what I wanted almost straight away and kept nudging me for her treat, but I was so focused on listening to Richard's instructions that I didn't see how well she was doing it. In the background of the video you can hear the people who were filming it for me chuckling at my silliness.


Maggie and Mitch said...

Great job, Penny! You are so smart!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

parlance said...

Penny's smarter than her human at times.

Honey the Great Dane said...

Ooh, I must try this with Honey!! We didn't actually learn this trick at our workshop - he must have done different tricks for each - so this will be something new to try!


parlance said...

Hsin-Yi, he did different things even in our workshop. He'd do one thing with the first group, and the second group watching and learning; and then sometimes something different with the second group. It was a great technique.

At our workshop the random group of dogs who got up first (me and Penny included) just didn't seem to be as good as the second group, so I think that dictated some of the different teaching.