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Old 05-25-2013, 12:48 AM
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Okay, I think Logan's just...really thick about this. I have been trying and trying to get Logan to do rear-foot targeting and he just doesn't get it. I click for ANY hind foot movement, but he almost always moves either a front leg or his head at the same time...so he assumes I'm clicking for the front leg/head movement. If I click for back leg movement ONLY he gets frustrated and start trying stuff that has worked in the past. This has been going on for a while, but I have stopped training the last few weeks because it's frustrating for both of us. He's in desperate need of rear end awareness. Is there a better way of going about doing this? Or some exercise(s) we can do to sort of "prime" him for rear-end-learning? It's like his back end belongs to a completely different dog. Gavroche is slow-going, too, but NOT LIKE THIS! Gavroche is actually making progress.
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:58 AM
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One thing I learned in the few agility classes and such I took...have him walk through a laid down ladder. If he doesn't pay attention to where his back feet are at, he's going to trip. Enough repetitions and he should learn to pay attention to where his rear feet are at?

Sawyer has rather poor hind end awareness too, whereas I'm pretty sure I could teach Marley to jump rope, because she can skip over her long-line like nobody's business.
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:02 AM
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Michele Pouliot talked about this at ClickerExpo. There's a write up of it at Stale Cheerios.

stalecheerios.com/blog/dog-training/michele-pouliot-step-basic-platforms/
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:13 AM
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Kes had a similar issue. We used Michelle's technique with the platform and VOILA partial handstand in about 15 mins of work! <3 her technique!

ETA: We were at the same CE session the blog link posted above mentioned!
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:34 AM
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Awesome, thanks! I'll give that link a read and see what happens
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:42 AM
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Okay, using platforms sounds awesome. I like perch-work for pivots and the like, so this is very similar. What do you use as a platform? Logan's fairly large, so I'm having a hard time thinking of something that's high enough to get him off-balance if he steps off. I would imagine that for a lot of things something flat and contrasty would work, but for hind feet it sounds like being raised above the ground a bit is very important.
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