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Old 01-19-2014, 10:10 PM
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I think I have to start with a wall so that it is solid and she gets comfortable. Then I will try to transfer it to my body.

I've got bath mats, but remember my dogs are a lot bigger than yours. Lol. I do not have enough mats to give us a decent working area. I remember looking at some kiddie flooring a few months ago, and I might get that. It's like multicoloured foamy puzzle pieces that you stick together. I might pick some up tomorrow and see if that works. But I'd still have to clear furniture to give me enough wall space to do this. So there's that inconvenience as well.
I forget everyone doesn't have a giant supply of bath mats (and I meant the rugs not the ones in the shower). I use them for crates so I have a huge stack of them.

How were you planning on teaching it? Because I think if you use a slanted (or flat on the floor to start with) board you could do the beginning stages pretty easily without using any wall or needing carpeting.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:19 PM
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I forget everyone doesn't have a giant supply of bath mats (and I meant the rugs not the ones in the shower). I use them for crates so I have a huge stack of them.

How were you planning on teaching it? Because I think if you use a slanted (or flat on the floor to start with) board you could do the beginning stages pretty easily without using any wall or needing carpeting.
Agreed. If you're going to use a board or something similar, it'll just be basic targeting and maybe a "send out" in the beginning, which could be done on any surface.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:24 PM
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I forget everyone doesn't have a giant supply of bath mats (and I meant the rugs not the ones in the shower). I use them for crates so I have a huge stack of them.

How were you planning on teaching it? Because I think if you use a slanted (or flat on the floor to start with) board you could do the beginning stages pretty easily without using any wall or needing carpeting.
Yeah... I've got one bath mat and the grip on it sucks. I've been using my muddy paws mat which is awesome... But I only have one because they're like $40.

I've got a board leaning up on the wall. Which is going alright. But even for that we need a mat down. These dogs fall on a daily basis just walking around the house. When Kili runs around in here or plays with toys it's like a face plant or Bambi splay every 10 seconds. Which she doesn't seem to mind until you're trying to teach her new things.

Summit is practically afraid of the one bend coming out of the bedroom. If you try to walk there beside him (or Kili tries to push past him) he starts to freak out and either gets his claws out and scrabbles and nearly falls, or he freezes. These dogs... Not made for hardwood. It's super annoying.

But seriously, if these kiddie mats don't slide on the floor they might work. I'm going to check it out tomorrow and hopefully get some more work done!

E: she's already done lots of work on boards on the floor. That was how we trained 2 on 2 off contacts. She sees something on the floor that even remotely resembles a board and she's on it looking for a treat. So she definitely needs to be going vertical now. I think so anyway. Which isn't saying much since I usually don't know what I'm doing. Lol!
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:38 PM
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E: she's already done lots of work on boards on the floor. That was how we trained 2 on 2 off contacts. She sees something on the floor that even remotely resembles a board and she's on it looking for a treat. So she definitely needs to be going vertical now. I think so anyway. Which isn't saying much since I usually don't know what I'm doing. Lol!
Is she doing the correct motion? Going onto it, turning on direction and coming off to complete a circular motion? That's going to be your core movement which is what you're hammering down before you put it vertical. That start is what is going to make sure all her feet go in the correct spot and start the muscle memory for the behavior later on.

So if she's doing that consistently then I would say it's time to put it at an incline like you're doing, but if she's not I would backtrack and have it flat to get that circular motion down.
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Ohhh I've been wanting to do this with Jackson forever! I will try to work on this this week.
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Backup had a killer wall turn! ahhhh I'm fascinated by the alternative training method, we used touch stick luring and reward placement in flyball to get a wall turn (before putting them on the box).

I haven't decided if I will mess with this for Phelan but maybe Sloan.
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Backup had a killer wall turn! ahhhh I'm fascinated by the alternative training method, we used touch stick luring and reward placement in flyball to get a wall turn (before putting them on the box).

I haven't decided if I will mess with this for Phelan but maybe Sloan.
Any video's on how you trained it Adrianne?
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Any video's on how you trained it Adrianne?
I don't think so but I will look.
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Is she doing the correct motion? Going onto it, turning on direction and coming off to complete a circular motion? That's going to be your core movement which is what you're hammering down before you put it vertical. That start is what is going to make sure all her feet go in the correct spot and start the muscle memory for the behavior later on.

So if she's doing that consistently then I would say it's time to put it at an incline like you're doing, but if she's not I would backtrack and have it flat to get that circular motion down.
Yes, we worked on that yesterday. She gets it but so. slow. So I will probably revisit that step today after I buy the kiddie footing and see f I can't improve the speed a little.
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Here's an old video of Zuma's foot rebound. It's tightened up a lot AND I no longer have to lean on something. So yay. I'll get a new video sometime.

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