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Old 03-10-2013, 10:40 PM
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Default Do you have a contact word?

Auggie's word is "touch," it means to drive down low and get into the 2o2o position. However I was thinking with Payton to not bother having a contact word. Last year at Louisville a friend of mine said he finished a run and his dog had blown a contact, and some lady told him "You didn't tell him to touch!" He said "I don't ever tell him to touch." Driving to the contact is part of the behaviour of performing the dog walk (or a-frame or whatever.) IMO this makes a lot of sense and what I was planning on with Payton, and at times wished I had done it with Auggie too.

I bought this book on training stopped contacts and in the book there's a lot of discussion about giving a contact word and expecting the dog to get into position. There's some good stuff in the book but also stuff I don't agree with; this is not exactly something I don't "agree with" so much as I wasn't really planning on teaching it this way. I'm trying to figure out if I can adapt the exercises without ever bothering to put a word on the 2o2o behaviour and if it will work that way... but I thought this would be an interesting discussion... do you have a word for your contact behaviour? Why yes or why no?
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