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Teaching Ember to Bowl - Ember - 01-05-2018

Yep, that's right! We are deep into our shaping class. I don't want it to end! We are having so much fun and Ember's confidence is skyrocketing! Remember when I tried 101 Things To Do With A Box and failed miserably? Remember the dog that couldn't offer behaviors other than a belly roll?

Yea, that dog is long gone!

Time: 5:37
Video with footnotes for clarity.




Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUts1wl7ncQ


RE: Teaching Ember to Bowl - Tasha's&Mattie'sMom - 01-05-2018

That was great! I love watching Ember trying to figure out what you wanted and the "Hi-five" at the end is really cute! I may have to try this class with Mattie.


RE: Teaching Ember to Bowl - Gideon's mom - 01-06-2018

She is so amazing!


RE: Teaching Ember to Bowl - Trifan - 01-07-2018

Beautiful work, you are both doing great. Your timing to end was perfect, I noticed her last nudge at the ball was her most deliberate. I bet she impresses you when you next do this. It amazes me sometimes how they often zoom to a whole new level when you have another go at a new behaviour.


RE: Teaching Ember to Bowl - Ember - 01-07-2018

TMM you should Sue Ailsby is amazing. Very patient and helped me work around Ember's stuck points. We spent the first 2.5 weeks just getting Ember to understand she can work AWAY from me. You can see in our session here that that finally paid off Smile. Such a great class!

GM she really is! Still a bit slower and definitely a low energy worker but she's enjoying it finally! And we both know what we are doing now and can communicate so much better!

Trifan I bet she will too. We're also working on a retrieve so we are flipping back and forth for variety. I am trying to keep her stationary as much as possible but we just started baby aspirin daily and she is moving around much much better, so I started the bowling work lol. Maybe we can go back to TEAM exercises after all Smile She only has to walk over stuff and get up on a pivot - not too stressful on the joints.

We had a huge enrichment day yesterday. A bully stick, training, a longer walk (15 minutes) in snow (GASP! I need to post those here...), and then to get her out of the house I took her to Lowe's (hardware store that allows dogs) for another 15 minutes. And she enjoyed it! I'll post more on that too.


RE: Teaching Ember to Bowl - Keller-b-border - 01-07-2018

[video https://youtu.be/wsHdIMbCQ8E[/video]


RE: Teaching Ember to Bowl - Ember - 01-07-2018

LOL That's awesome too! Maybe I should call it soccer in our case LOL! I didn't think he'd pick up enough momentum to knock one over there!


RE: Teaching Ember to Bowl - Trifan - 01-07-2018

(01-07-2018, 04:53 PM)Keller-b-border Wrote: [video https://youtu.be/wsHdIMbCQ8E[/video]

What a good boy. I love how he lays his face on the ground. Max does the same thing when anticipating games, it's so cute.


RE: Teaching Ember to Bowl - Keller-b-border - 01-07-2018

(01-07-2018, 05:41 PM)Trifan Wrote:
(01-07-2018, 04:53 PM)Keller-b-border Wrote: [video https://youtu.be/wsHdIMbCQ8E[/video]

What a good boy. I love how he lays his face on the ground. Max does the same thing when anticipating games, it's so cute.

That is the face you get as you stand at the stove working on a meal and he has to stay outside the doorway of kitchen. However I failed to implement no tossing your toys into said kitchen rule. Which unfortunately resulted in me kicking the toy out of the kitchen out from under foot without thinking. And that face. A bad habit formed from good manners. Turning into boredom busting game for humans and dog. Hows that for a smart creative dog training his humans.


RE: Teaching Ember to Bowl - Keller-b-border - 01-07-2018

(01-07-2018, 05:18 PM)Ember Wrote: LOL That's awesome too! Maybe I should call it soccer in our case LOL! I didn't think he'd pick up enough momentum to knock one over there!

It depends on the ball. He does jut his muzzle up and spit it kind of and the lip of the carpet helps. We have had to retire balls as he chomps them to an oblong shape that no longer rolls well. You should see the stuff he tries to "roll" including the chickens in the shot.  Rolleyes Smart and dopey all in one package. What's not to love in it.