Sunday, February 6, 2011


My name is Kathie - I'm an obedience training addict.

There, I've said it. Being addicted to obedience training as I am, I couldn't just quit when we reached our goal. So, I started thinking about what new goals could I set now to keep me motivated. What I've decided for the time being is - to continue training Jackson to try to improve his execution of the various exercises, and to improve and expand my training skills. I probably won't enter many trials with Jackson, but I may enter a few local trials at times to measure our progress. I think it's going to be interesting to see if things improve now just because we don't have the pressure of attaining any titles.

I'll be continuing with the previous goals I set to accomplish the improvements - incorporating a lot of play and treats, and learning new tricks. I think I'll probably drop the tug thing though. He's just never going to be a tugger :)

Now that the pressure is off Jackson, I've also started doing more training with Jolee. I don't know if I'll enter her in any trials, but I'm sure having fun trying a lot of new training methods with her - primarily using the clicker. Her personality is so different from Jackson's, I think it's really going to expand my ideas on training.

Which brings us to the following video - clicker training Jolee for articles. Up to now, I've not done anything with articles with Jolee, so I thought I would try clicker training them. I used the traditional tie-down method with Jackson and he is very reliable with the scent discrimination exercise. But, I thought it would be fun to experiment with something completely different with Jolee.

These are our first two attempts with it. I put out three metal articles - one which I scented - and clicked and treated whenever she would hesitate over the scented article. In following sessions I will look for more committment to the scented article before I click, and so on.
Please excuse the background noise. Note to self: turn off the tv when taping :)


Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

I'm really glad you're going to continue training for obedience! You've put in such hard work and it will be great to see what works for Jackson.

I don't think I even knew you had a 2nd dog, you should write about her more! I clicker train a lot of things but didn't with the articles; I used the food on articles method. It'll be interesting to watch her progression (hint to post more on it!).

Kathie R said...

Laura, Thanks. Jolee is Jackson's littermate. She was showing in conformation so haven't done a lot of obedience work with her, although she does have her CD title. I'll be working with her more now that I'm not so focused on Jackson.

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh how cool! YOu've inspired me now!! :-) I've always wanted to teach Honey scent discrimination but never knew how to do it...I'll be watching Jolee's progress with great interest! (She looks like she's catching on fast already!)

By the way, how do you actually lay the different articles out? Like do you hold only one with your hands to get the scent on and then hold the others with tongs?


Kathie R said...

Hsin-Yi, Honey should catch on quickly with this approach since you've done so much clicker training with her. I'll be interested in seeing how it goes with her - maybe together we can figure this out :)

I scent one article by holding and turning it in my hand for several seconds. I either use tongs to set out the additional articles or I have someone else set those out.