Slacker Training with Epic – Duration at a Distance


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Here’s Epic working on a Pedestal while Ron whips up some Turkey Dogs à la Pawsitive Vybe. This is what I like to call Slacker Training. Freeshaping and capturing the environment without all of the formal training. This is a typical slacker training session. Epic has had four or five formal Pedestal for duration sessions […]

Pedestal Circuit for Confidence, Rear End Awareness, and Ballwork


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This is what we call a pedestal circuit here at Pawsitive Vybe. In the video, Ernie & Rusty are working on generalizing the Stall behavior to grease the skids for getting Rusty on an exercise ball for Ballwork. Favorite

Marking with a Finger Point

Marking with a Finger Point


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One of the things we like to do at Pawsitive Vybe is to use a finger point to mark behaviors. The above video is a demonstration of the finger point mark. It’s real nice for keeping a dog’s focus on the handler and for silently marking behaviors. This is quite useful with multiple dogs because a […]

Principles for the Working Dog

Principles for the Working Dog


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Set Position When we set the working dog on their Spot or Pedestal, it would be a good idea to use a very high rate of reinforcement not unlike Step 2 from last week – Creating Desire for Duration. At Pawsitive Vybe, any time we encounter a challenging situation or absolutely must have the dog […]

Principles for the Distraction Dog

Principles for the Distraction Dog


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The Distraction Dog is not very important to this exercise. This dog is simply used as a distraction for the Working Dog’s duration behavior. The ‘work’ that we do with the Distraction Dog is not important. What’s important is getting to the Release for the Working Dog. Start Simply We can work a sit with […]

Generalize the Spot Behavior

Generalize the Spot Behavior

While it is true that dogs do not generalize as well as humans, generalization may be enhanced through training. And the dog surely won’t be able to generalize unless they practice. Generalizing the spot behavior is critical to being able to use the skill successfully in our daily interactions. We need to be able to put our dogs in many different spots, as it is not practical to always have ‘your’ Spot with us.