The internet is acting up, so best to punch this in and hope for the best....
Went to class tonight -
Tucked Jacks in the "tent" and took Bertie out onto the floor for training play time. He was a lot of fun out there. I even did go outs to a stanchion (I forgot to pack a binder clip). He got the idea fairly quickly what the target was. <- I do have cheese to squirt on the stanchion if necessary and I may do that with Jacks to get him over his touch issues (I just realized at class I could do that). Bertie doesn't need it at least. As soon as he got the idea, he was running out there to gently nose touch that stanchion.
I did treat toss comes with him - and he was running out so fast he was actually SKIDDING as the bouncing treat changed direction or if he outran the treat. And comes were equally enthusiastic.
I'm happy to say that with the training, as long as he knows we are training and he's working for food he has a good head on his shoulders when off leash. He's only focused on me.
I kept it very light and went back to chit chat with the other person who always comes early to get extra practice in before class.
Jacks was a doll.
We got through articles a LOT faster today so we had time to talk about other things to do and practice other things.
Jacks' articles reminded me I need to still be setting up a practice retrieve to remind him he's retrieving before we start. He still needs that reminder. He did do the "finds" very nicely though. Instructor watched and suggested I give him more time to see if he will pick up the articles on his own. And she suggested spacing the articles out a bit more to make it easier for them right now learning to scent. <- I'm going to practice this at home, see if I can set up the patterns without my mat.
I moaned about how much I missed novice with its simplicity. Not the training part - just the part about how much STUFF you have to carry to class. I even moaned about how how I can train articles anywhere around the house, but the setup portion (my chair or table to set all the articles, treats, etc) is a bit more complicated than just with novice where you just needed a good collar and leash.
And we did signal work and a little bit of directed jumping.
Signals did not go very well - I'll admit we haven't practiced them in AGES. Jacks was anticipating the come intensely. He was butt-bouncing. I didn't correct him when he broke and came running to me, but since I didn't reward him either and took him back, he stressed up and started getting silly trying out all different kinds of things to earn treats. >.<
Directed jumping was - different - then how we learned at the Monday classes last fall. I like this method a LOT better, because there's less you have to wean off. And I got ideas for teaching this to Bertie as well.
This was putting Jacks in line with the inside jump upright while I stood in line with his inside shoulder. I was tossing a treat to lure him over the jump, but she said I could use a toy as well.
Jacks was REALLY ON as far as jumping. He kept anticipating the jump and popping over while I was trying to get set up.
And then we finished with Go-outs. Jacks did these VERY WELL. He even had one of the other ladies at class coming up and asking us how I taught him the go-out, especially the sit part. He has a rapid spin sit - actually this is problematic since he anticipates the sit and will spin sit in the middle of the send vs going all the way to the target sometimes (why the idea to squirt cheese on the stanchion vs using a clip at this point was such an epiphany). <- I went blank, because we've done so much since I started training go-outs that I don't remember what specifically WORKED as far as the sit. I think
I was running out with him and luring the sit up close, and then over time increased distance between us when I asked for the sit. Because it was always the same (turn around and sit), he learned it fast.
I'm not sure if I'll train the sits that way with Bertie or do the treat toss sits like our instructor recommends? It's tempting to go with what I know. But then she knows a LOT more ring-proofed methods of training utility dogs, so yeah...
That was what we did today.
And Bertie piddled while meeting a fellow trainer's flatcoat after class. I've never had a dog do a submissive/excitement piddle before. That was a complete surprise to me. o_O As was the inch or so of snow that fell in the hour that we were in class.