Towards the end of June I wrote a blog post containing some of the scent work training I had been doing with my dog Fibi. If you missed that post you can see it here >>> http://bit.ly/Fibi-scent
Since that time we have been flat out proofing her indication behavior and adding all sorts of variation into our training (including me lying down)! Consequently, I wanted to provide you with an update on some of this training – with 5 more short videos to share;
And as always, many thanks to my amazing teachers Sarah Owings & Helix Fairweather and the fantastic Cyber Scent community where I am learning all about the wonderful world of nose work!
Video 1 – Lying down
We are enjoying the process of adding as much variety to our indication behavior as possible. This is both with what I am doing and the containers the scent article is concealed within.
Note: this is potentially the first time I have lied down intentionally to cue a behavior lol … & you will see on the first one I couldn’t get up fast enough to reinforce Feebs!
Video 2 – Different rooms
We had a go at doing some indications in different rooms of our house and practising timing of our ‘eyes on” cue to the moment Fibi surged ahead of me helping to build her independence in the search.
Video 3 – Adding chatter to the background
Here we added in different words – whilst Fibi was targeting and additionally when she was on her way to the odour. She shifted her body weight slightly in response to some of the words but you can see her stay on target.
Video 4 – Leash pressure
In this video you can see me staring to add pressure to the leash whilst Fibi is targeting and Fibi hardly even flinches;
Video 5 – Discrimination training
Now we are working on discrimination and fibi learning it really is all about the scent. She is starting to quickly pass over the containers with no scent in them and indicate on the “hot one”.
We have one month left of our cyber scent journey before our next adventure! Fibi and I will be starting on our Karen Pryor professional dog training professional program and we couldn’t be more excited!
What about you? What training are you up to at the moment? I would love to hear about it, you can leave your comments at the bottom of this page.
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