The challenge of working 10-12 hours every day for weeks (possibly months) on end is that the pace leaves little room for much more than survival. That means, other than the usual daily dog training cues and rewards, not a lot happens. So, to keep myself on track and to renew my commitment to all of you who follow our dog training tales, here is a recap of what’s currently on our dog training dock / dog training wish list.
- Using the clicker to shape funny / cute dog tricks
- More sheep and / or goat herding lessons
- Perhaps a spin at some treibball lessons this spring
- Maybe a Control Unleashed class
- Maybe some private agility lessons
Because of time constraints, including that most formal dog training lessons require me to drive at least an hour each way, things I can train at home are probably easier to fit in than others. But, I also need to have the time and patience to do clicker work. Clearly, that isn’t something you should do when crabby.
But, I also came across this interesting video 2011 Canis Film Festival recently that shows a dog learning how to do visual matching. Long-time readers might recall we attempted to teach scent alerting and scent matching years ago (without much luck). I would think visual matching is even harder than that.
It looks like fun … though somewhat expensive since you have to have TWO of every item you want to use in the process of teaching the dog to recognize then choose the matching item.