Saturday, March 27, 2010

scent articles

So we practiced again.
  1. First a couple of straight metal retrieves. He needed additional commands to pick it up. I worked a batch on holds and carries, and making him move about and actively hold it, even when I tapped it.
  2. Metal with one unscented metal. Worked and after some delay, brought back the scented one.
  3. Metal with 5 unscented metals. worked and brought back scented one.
  4. Metal + one unscented leather. First try brought back leather (though had indicated metal). I just stared ahead and he, after a pause of 5 seconds, went back to bring the metal one.
  5. Leather + 5 unscented leathers. worked and brought it back.

Friday, March 26, 2010

It's the fetch, stupid.

Writing it down is helping already. Bo is failing to fetch, not failing to scent. So I need to get him to fetch the metal without any of the quavers and hesitations and "ooohhh I think it has cooties" that he currently has.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

scent articles -- the ongoing struggle

OK. Maybe if I keep track of it each day, I will see some progress. so here we go.

  1. Retrieve solo scented metal: Bo did not want to pick it up at all, and tried rolling it to me.
  2. 3 metal + 1 scented metal: Bo worked the whole pile and slightly reluctantly brought the metal.
  3. 3 leather + 3 metal + scented leather. worked whole pile and eagerly brought the leather.
  4. 3 leather + 3 metal + scented metal. indicated leather article, then deliberately brought back lather. I ignored, smiling at pile for a minute, nothing. so I resent him. He worked sniffed the metal, thought about it, and then picked up a leather. stopped after a foot or two, and stared at me. I stood and smiled. He dropped, went back and considered the OTHER leather. He chose not to and stared running away. I pointed out the metal one and he picked it up and brought it to me.