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 […]
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.
DOC is our Environmental Management Protocol. It is designed to help dog trainers learn to passively handle their dogs through shaping and reward and repetition.
This video features EZ Ryder, Kiva, Ska, Pan Hot, Harpyr, Prima & Si of the PVybe Pack and Captain America, Animal Farm Foundation Assistance Dog candidate hanging out in the early evening sun.
Change the venue of your multiple dog working environment. Start to generalize the environment.
Paying the Release of a duration behavior is important as duration is defined by the Release. Without the Release, duration can’t happen. It’s also important to have the dog seek out the handler for reinforcement after the duration behavior has been performed.
A sample session of working multiple dogs on taking turns using a pedestal.
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 […]
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 […]
In this Video, Apryl Lea and Pan work on a Pedestal, or raised spot. The intent of the session is to Manufacture the Approach and Generalize the Handler position.
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.
Generalizing the Pedestal behavior can be done quite easily by creating a circuit of many different pedestals and working them in rapid fire succession.
We like to use Pedestals here at PVybe HQ because it is a very Black and White behavior. The dog is either on it, or not on it, plain and simple. A Spot, while definitely more concrete than simply putting a dog in a Sit or Down, is not nearly as concrete as the Pedestal.
Behaviors can be broken down into many root concepts. Spot training offers us several active root concepts that we can teach our dogs that will come in handy in other situations.
Spot Training in 3 steps: shape interest, add value, release.