Harry made us this
wonderful tunnel obstacle. Deirdre Martin and I tried it out for
the first time this morning. It has been in their pasture for a few days
so they weren’t scared to approach it. But no one had voluntarily gone
Deirdre coached Hercules through it using Click and Reward off
lead. He followed her through targeting her hand with her backing up
through it, no problem.
The other boys were not so willing. We took them
through it with halters and leads.
It was easy to get
them to duck down to touch my hand using Click and Reward.
They had to keep
their head down and in the tunnel to finish eating their reward.
I backed further
into the tunnel keeping them on a very loose lead and they again touched
my hand on command were clicked and ate their reward.
Each boy handled it
a little differently. Raphael stopped in the middle of the tunnel.
It took me a minute to realize that he wanted me out of the way to get
out of the tunnel. I was going too slow!
For the next touch
they followed my hand out of the tunnel and received their reward.
It took very little
time and the next time through they just followed my hand all the way
The second time
through, I faced forward and they just followed me through to get a
click and reward outside of the tunnel.
Then we worked on going through it
faster with no hesitation.
Deirdre would shake the Tunnel to
proof them against the noise wind or someone bumping into might make.
This made a great obstacle to get
them to follow us anywhere. Deirdre plans on covering one end next
so that they have to go into a cave as opposed to an open ended tunnel.
W also took them through
in the other direction. It is important to go both
directions. They can get very one sided with obstacles,
especially with jumps.
We had a great time
playing with our new obstacle. Since we were already out there we then
took them over the jumps and through the tires. We picked up feet,
showed teeth and other general training that we wouldn’t have done had
we not already had them on lead.
Click here to see an article on the last Clicker clinic.
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Using Click and Reward at Public Events.