A Typical Foundational Positioning Session


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You watched the instruction now its time to get to work. Do the following exercises with a short break in between:

Three Reps of Heel in a Row

(using the wall if necessary)

Obtain Heel position by luring into position, halting motion and lifting cookie. Mark when the butt hits the floor. Pay generously as position is held. Step forward luring the dog and repeat.

End of SessionGo Do Dog Stuff – Max time 2 minutes. Ideally less than 30 seconds.

Three Reps of Side in a Row

(using the wall if necessary)

Obtain Side position by luring into position, halting motion and lifting cookie. Mark when the butt hits the floor. Pay generously as position is held. Step forward luring the dog and repeat.

End of Session -Go Do Dog Stuff Max time 2 minutes. Ideally less than 30 seconds.

Three Reps of Front in a row

Obtain Front position by luring the dog into a frontal position, step back luring your dog, lift your cookie up and towards you. Mark the butt hitting the floor and pay generously. Step back with the lure and repeat.

End of Session – Go Do Dog Stuff –Max time 2 minutes. Ideally less than 30 seconds.

Big Picture

Take your time relax and be successful hitting each one of these positions. After you get done with Front, take a break and dismiss your dog. Let him go get some water or something. Chill out for a few minutes. Then go ahead and work the next position. Try to make working with you an opportunity for your dog.

There is no law that says you have to work all of these positions in the same session, so doing 20 seconds of Heel position is totally cool.

If your having problems, let’s solve them in comments below.

What is Go Do Dog Stuff?

Go Do Dog Stuff is a term we use for dismissal of the dog. When a dog is Dismissed, the handler is not available. When a handler is unavailable, the dog has limited access to the handler and interaction with the handler becomes valuable.

If you know about Dismissal, go ahead and dismiss your dog after working each position. Mark and capture something you like and reinforce with an opportunity to work.

If you’re not familiar with this, you will be soon. Here is a link to get you started:

Economics of Distraction

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