Expanding the PVR

The way the Pawsitive Vybe Ribbon is constructed, our dogs are likely to mistake the PVR for a simple Go Around. If we look at the grayed out path that represents a typical PVR pattern, we can see that it’s quite close to a Go Around set up move. We’re going to use Reward Placement to place value on an arc at a particular distance around the handler.

Choosing the Arc

Notice the grayed out circle. That’s the arc that we’re going to try to put our reinforcement on (throw the disc there). If we can get enough reps on that arc the dog will gravitate to that distance. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Let’s choose a 5-7 meter arc.

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Setting the Arc

Once we’ve chosen the Arc, we’ll need to set it. So we have the PVR is set up after our dog drops. As the dog commits to the Consequent Cue, we’re going to push a disc outside the dog’s line, on about a 45 degree angle to the side the dog is going.
The idea here is that we push them further out than normal. We then call the drop and toss the next disc out along the arc. Call the drop and repeat. Several reps of this and we’ll get a bit of breathing space on the regular PVR.

Left or Right Handed

We can work this in both directions, but most dogs will have a strong and a weak side. If our dog is stopping and reversing field on us, odds are that we’re running the dog in the wrong direction. It is possible to work through this, but we should avoid learning on the weak side.

Get Out Instead of Reward for Position

Expanding the PVR can be done by teaching a Get Out, agility style. We’ve not been working that here at PVybe because we’ve wanted to develop the Rewarding for Position methodology.