The last two installments of this series outlined the behavioral strings and knots metaphor and examined 5 ‘strings’ of behavior and their relationship to behavioral knots and to each other. I am going to continue to stretch this metaphor and cover some less tangible behavioral strings that are precursors and requirements for engagement, interaction, and […]
Yesterday’s piece was about how solving behavioral problems is kind of like untangling knots. Today I’m going to talk about the strings that make up the behaviors and how they can be used as well as what happens to other strings when you tug on them with bitework.
This is a typical Bitework Application session. There is a plan, in this case, we’re going to develop a Hoop, skill where the dog leaps through a hoop made from the handler’s arms. Working this skill with Bitework yields a loose a sloppy understanding and performance of the skill. It works, it’s fast, but if we want to teach this skill well, cookies would be a better method. Teaching this skill with Bitework will yield a ‘quick and dirty’ trick.
Disc Dog Bed and Breakfast Guest, Linday, performing Bitework in the Context of a Consequent Game with Juicy Juice of the Pawsitive Vybe Pack.
How do you teach a high drive dog to Wait? Teach him to Bite on cue. This bitework lesson is about creating a wait with a Bite Cue.
Flag and Flash Cuing is a cuing system developed by Pawsitive Vybe for teaching dogs to leap over and off of their handlers. The quick and dirty Over and Vault applications are great. Pro discdoggers should have this tool in their toolbox for sure.
A video on Bitework Rule # 3. If you’re getting bitten by your dog during play this is a must watch.
Shaping a Give with a Single Toy.
When a Bite is offered as a cookie the dog has earned the right to attempt to Bite that object. It’s a very empowering experience. The dog learns that he can make the bite happen by showing some Patience, giving Eye Contact, offering a Back Up behavior, or whatever.
Leashes make good Tug Toys.
Most of the behaviors that we create with our dogs are really chains of small concepts and chains are only as strong as their weakest link. Dog trainers and dog sport handlers need to be able to break down complex behaviors, isolate the weak concepts and mark and reinforce them to make them stronger.
Sometimes when dogs are learning the game of bitework, they can really tear the disc out of your hand after you ask for the Give. Here’s a simple video that can be quite effective for handling this.
A zoomed out look at the game of Bitework focusing on creating an Infinite Reward Loop where every thing the dog does is successful and creates more opportunity.
Two Target Bitework lesson with Indy by Ron Watson of Pawsitive Vybe.
Ron Watson’s original Three Rules of Bitework.
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