What method(s) do you use to teach your dog to go into a great free stack?
But in conformation you don't want the dog sitting first.This might not be the way...
But I always thought that if you have a dog with a good structure and good idea of where his feet go, you can do a kickback stand with him and then teach him to step (one step) forward to get that full stack.
And people use clickers and treats with this.
All good ideas. I agree... watching a video would be helpful. Its tough trying to teach a dog something when you're not exactly sure how to go about it. You get frustrated and the dog gets confused.I am actually working on this now with my little one. I first had to keep him from sitting. He thought that because there was a treat in my hand, that he needed to sit. Once i got over the sit and acconplished a good stand, i would gait him around (down and back) and at the end give a verbal stack.
I love a clicker for first starting. when he gets in a good stance, i click, then quickly give a treat. i repeat over and over. He realizes...oh i did something good.
I move the treat from my stomach, to my side, and make sure he does not sit anytime while doing this.
I will write more later. There might be a better way, this has just worked for me.
i wonder if there are any good videos of free stacking.
Where do u put your bait? can you reach for it as you are reaching the end of the down and back? I always have a piece of cheese or chicken in my other hand when we do down and back as many of my suits do not have pockets :-(I think my Sam just likes to gait.....its like he was a complete natural never had any movement problems always wagging the tail, just perfect....but when it comes to stacking I don't think he sees the point. I mean there is bait involved, but never while gaiting (cause I want him looking forward) and by the time I get the bait ready for a free stack, it takes too long. I mean I am the problem in the situation, we just need a good way to practice with a person he doesn't know standing there as the judge. When we practice with a person he knows, that is a whole different distraction. One time in a show we were on the out and back and as we were turning his eye caught my boyfriend in the stands, and Sam lunged out in the direction of my boyfriend...(SO embarrassed).
Although to change the subject a bit, do people generally have a preference between indoor and outdoor shows. SO far it might have just been the venues, but I greatly prefer the outdoor shows, because the rings are bigger, and I think you get a more natural gait. But thoughts on the matter?