Monday, February 6, 2012

Thoughts


So of course with all this down time, Im thinking about Miley's table.  Why she wont get on the table. How I can go to a training class and she gets on the table with no issues and the next day at trial, that in the same place, stress and doesnt get on.   Do I have any ideas, not really.  But something that is interesting. Ive been working on shaping with Miley. Well , its really stuff for Java in Sylvia's running contact class. So since its rear legs stuff, I figured I work Miley too.  She is crazy over the top when its her turn to work. I mean so crazy, that she cant think. She keeps offering behaviors so quickly, and gets frustrated within a millisecond if I dont click. Sometimes I dont even have time to click before she is offering something else.  I just makes me wonder if this  has anything to do with what happens at trials.  As long as she is moving, she is ok but as soon as its  a stop behavior, craziness kicks in. She is so over excited that she cant control herself?  Maybe , maybe not. 

10 comments:

Sara said...

Interesting. Shaping really helps you learn about your dogs frustration level.

Nat said...

You mentioned Silvia and I got an idea...have you ever emailed her to ask her thoughts on Miley's table? Silvia is so helpful in emails, and seems to have ideas about almost everything :) I'd give it a shot.

corbinwooten said...

Interesting thoughts. It could be related.

Miley's offering behavior sounds a lot like Lexi's. She offers behaviors in rapid succession and if she doesn't get a click soon enough, she gets really frustrated. Usually she is barking the whole time in between clicks.

Sam said...

If that's the case, can you train her to do certain behaviors on the table? I'm not sure how feasible it is, but now that the AKC doesn't have any requirements about position, I can totally envision Miley doing tricks on the table to keep her high-speed brain occupied at trials!

Dawn said...

She really is fast...always fast, always excited. I always thought she didn't want to get on the table because that meant she was stopped. And stopped to Miley is no fun.

Chris and Ricky said...

Interesting thoughts. Some day you will solve the table issue and write a book about it and make millions! :)

Kathy said...

...interesting....maybe more shaping will help her handle that frustration level? I think those problems that crop up in competition are so hard to fix because it is so impossible to recreate for training --- I have been reading a lot about that in relation to contact problems sort of the same things...

Keith Andrea said...

.,Hi nice photo.,looks like a lion. what breed is this?

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Diana said...

Keith, its a sheltie.

Lian said...

That is an interesting thought Diana! I have the same problem with Sing. Whenever I work Sonic, he just can't content himself; when it is his turn, he went all bonkers and offered me all the tricks he knew and I just don't know whether to click or not? We both got very frustrated and go nowhere!

I have seen dogs in my training club who are crazy, if the handler is slow and not clear what they want the dogs to do, the dogs just go spinning and do what they want to do. That makes me think, maybe this is also happen to Miley at trial. Do you get a chance or have time to think how you want to run her? If you can plan ahead and carefully, also plan if she goes off course, what will you do?