Friday, March 12, 2010

dukey duke

last night we had a break through. duke learned how to 'stand' on command.

this after 2 years of not being able to get him to stand through, luring, tickling and prodding methods that we learned from the obedience school that we attended.

stand is the cue for a dog to stand on all four paws and is usually used for show dogs and is also used in rally obedience.

each time we enrolled in courses, there was always 1 or 2 commands that we just couldn't teach duke. in the first basic obedience course it was down. in fact, the instructor couldn't even get duke to go into down position and went through all of his different techniques to no avail when he was using duke as his demo dog.

during our 2nd more advanced class, we just couldn't get duke to 'stand'. last night, however, after 2 minutes he learned to 'stand' on cue from being in 'down' position.

what was the biggest difference? clicker training that didn't require me to touch his body to move into position or use a lure to bribe him into position. since duke already knew touch, we started with him being in down and then calling for a 'touch' on my hand. soon after, i started saying 'stand' before the touch command and in a few short minutes, he had transferred the 'touch' command to the 'stand' command.

so now that he has learned all of the basic obedience positions, it's time to polish them all up and hopefully we'll be able to debut duke at a rally obedience competition. i'm hoping we can get him a novice title by the end of the year!

cross-posted to baying beagle


Grace said...

Go Duke Go!!

Daizy, George, Taiki n Keegan said...

The sport of Rally-o will never be the same with you two, the dynamic duo!

Very exciting. I posted on Baying Beagle but Andre let me know you and Duke will be competing. Hope you keep us fans in the loop :)

happyd said...

thanks grace :)

kathrine! you are too kind!! andre tells me there's a chance we might be able to meet up with you while we're on the westcoast?

i'd LOVE to tag along on one of your hikes with you and your houds!!

Daizy, George, Taiki n Keegan said...

Just let me know what you want to see in the way of scenery and I'll pick out a trail!