matildasmom (matildasmom) wrote,

Control Unleashed Class Five

We started with massage.  Then we took turns doing box work.  The person in the box moved around inside the box clicking and rewarding his or her dog for focused attention.  This time Kienan added distractions.  She sent me near to the box to do mat work with Matilda.  I called her and then sent her to her mat repeatedly from varying distances and positions.  When Matilda and I were in the box, Kienan and another woman came inside the box, too, making noises, gestures, squeaking toys, etc.  Matilda did a good dog staying focused.  One dog when he was in the box was constantly sniffing .  Kienan had the owner shuffle his feet up to the dog's face.  When the dog looked up Kienan had the man back off, no treat, backing out of the dog's space was the reward.  Kienan had us work on other games outside the box:  Look at That and Leave It were two.  Matilda and I worked on Leave It. I threw a piece of food on the ground. At first she went for it and I covered it with my foot. When she looked away from the food, I clicked and treated.  Kienan asked me if Matilda would tug.  I said I thought she would.  She said I should walk around others who were working and play tug with Matilda.  I took out my Kong on a rope and got Matilda playing tug. Our last exercise was  group mat work. We got our dogs on their mats fairly close together and then took turns moving in and around the other dogs on mats.  We also jumped around and tried to distract our own dogs from the down stay on the mat. We don't actually tell our dogs to down-stay on the mat, when you send your dog to the mat it means down-stay.

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