Week Four Ranch Dog Manners

We have covered a lot in class already. Last week we worked on default behaviors at the gate and also asked the dogs to look back and acknowledge us once we went through the gate. Like 10 comes a day for something and don’t stare at the food this is something that should become part of your daily routine.

  1. The 300 peck “heeling” method. Years ago I took a clinic and private lesson with famous positive training instructor from Canada named Sue Ailsby. She taught obedience and I really didn’t do obedience competitively but her method helped me with all kinds of things that I use to this day.

A Review of the 300 Peck Method

FEBRUARY 16, 2017

Last week we introduced the agility tunnel. This is a really cool exercise to build speed and distance to an obstacle–in this case, the tunnel. I like to set up the exercise with 3-4 hoops in front of the tunnel. I am going to list the steps that I would like everyone to use in training for distance to an obstacle. Remember that the TUNNEL is always the LAST obstacle.

  1. Start your dog very close to the tunnel  with your hand holding their collar and say ONE TIME: Go Tunnel. The dog should pull out of your hand to the tunnel. As soon as the dog BLASTS through the tunnel meet them about 15′ past the tunnel and reward.
  2. If the dog enthusiastically did the tunnel with no begging, luring or pleading then start the dog again about 5 feet from the tunnel. Repeat holding the collar and saying “Go Tunnel”.  If the dog BLASTS to the tunnel pulling from your hand you graduate and add a few more feet. If you have to beg, lure or plead then go back to close to the tunnel and start again.
  3. A perfect tunnel is one where the dog looks straight ahead and is running at their squirrel chasing speed.
  4. Start to take note of the distance where you dog will be 100% successful. This is your spot you go back to after every failure (not fast, looked around, lured, pleaded, begged). After you go back slowly add back the distance one go at a time until you reach a failure again. At that point of failure go back to the 100% successful mark.
  5. Repeat this exercise at home with your chairs, stools, or garbage cans. Push, push for distance and then go back to 100%.
  6. These two links can be looked at for more understanding: Part one of 300 peck methodPart two of 300 peck method

Here is a summary of a training session on going out and around a stool based on the article:

A typical home session might look like this:
Around Stool – 1 step away, mark and treat
Around Stool – 1, 2 steps away, mark and treat
Around Stool – 1, 2, 3 steps away, mark and treat
Around Stool – 1, 2, 3 , 4 steps away, mark and treat
Around Stool – 1, 2, 3 , 4, 5 steps away, FAIL
Around Stool – 1  step away, mark and treat
Around Stool – 1, 2 steps away, mark and treat
Around Stool – 1, 2, 3 steps away, mark and treat
Around Stool – 1, 2, 3 , 4 steps away, mark and treat
Around Stool – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 steps away, mark and treat
Around Stool – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 steps away, mark and treat
Around Stool – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 steps away FAIL
Around Stool – 1 step away, mark and treat
Around Stool – 1, 2 steps away, mark and treat

The dog will fail randomly and so the reward is not predictable which is the power of positive training.

Now take this same idea and apply it to walking on a loose lead, or staying while you walk away. The method is powerful because it makes the reward random.

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