Monday, March 28, 2011

Raining tables

Well its been raining for 3 days now. So what better thing to do than try to work on Mileys table. Ive been trying to find things  that are exciting when she is getting on the table.  Most of the things Ive tried have failed to be more exciting the doing agility.  But then I thought, hey the vacuum . She goes crazy for the vacuum. Not something I should encourage but whats more important  tables or vacuums.  Uh, no brainier here, the agility table.  LOL  My goal was to be able to turn the vacuum on while she is running pass and for her to keep going and get on the table.  I had a lot of video but this first clip is short and just to try and show you how exciting she finds the vacuum. This is already after 6 minutes of having the vacuum out. I dont think the clip truly shows how much she goes crazy over the vacuum but there you go.

But what turned out to be the real challenge was getting her to hold her start line when turning on the vacuum.  I had to first work through that.  Then I could try turning on the vacuum when running by.  Here is the next clip.

I know kinda crazy to do but Im trying to get her on that table. Im probably going about this the wrong way, but Ive tried everything else.


Dawn said...

Your home certainly lives up to the title of this blog! 4 dogs and a vacuum!! You ARE crazy! :)

Ricky the Sheltie said...

OMG - I am laughing so hard!! I definitely see what you mean about training being quiet at my house! You might be crazy but Miley is getting on that table!!! If this method works, you can charge people lots of money for e-courses on how to do it!

Kathy said...

I think that is a fantastic example of the Premack principle and excellent training!!! Good job thinking out of the box

OBay Shelties said...

The neighbours will be talking again.... LOL

Sara said...

OMG, this cracked me up!

I'm in love with Guiness. He was ready to bark as soon as you went toward the switch.

I'd say that bewteen the vacuum and Guiness, those were some good distractions.

Priscilla said...

What a fantastic idea!!! I had spent a long time to let Eva get use of the vacuum but I'd never thought of doing agility with vacuum on at all. This is brilliant!!!