Running Contacts Fun - What to say when?

2014-10-06 11:45

 

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Photo: Emelie Magnusson

Our North American tour for this year is getting close to it's end and we have, as usual, had a great trip. Really, it has been fantastic! But I will not write about that now, that will be the next blog or something. I have been playing around with my verbal commands for the dog walk and I had some difficulties to decide what to say in different situations. I don't remember exactly what I wrote, but it has probably changed since I wrote my blog how we trained Lilli's RC. And now when I have finally decided what to say when, it feels like the last little piece is put in place! 

So, first I always say the command for the DW, which is "balans".  Then I have a forward command ("fram") that I say if I want her to go straight and take the most logical obstacle ahead. If I want her to listen to a turning command on the down ramp or my moving direction I say "jajaja". So that could be "jajaja" all the way on the DW until the down ramp where I could say for example "sväng" (turn left) or "back" (turn right), and then I want her to turn either left or right immediately after DW. I could also say "jajaja" all the way and then "runt" (backside) on the down ramp, and then I want her to go to the back side of the jump after DW. If I just keep saying "jajaja" I simply want her to follow me in the direction I run. I also have a command "kom hit!" (come here NOW!) that I can say after the DW when I have used "jajaja" for her to follow me, and then I want her to avoid all obstacles and come right to me. And I think she has got a pretty good understanding for this whole concept. It's also pretty easy for me to plan the course walk and decide what to say (at least together with Nettan ;)). The best thing with this is that, whatever happens after the DW, I can still push her with my "jajaja" so she keeps her speed better all way down, even in turns. But, she really needs to hear the command for what comes next on the first part of the down ramp, otherwise she already has a plan and she might continue straight forward ;). But as long as I remeber what to say and I say it in time she is pretty consistent now :). 

Yesterday after the seminar here in Orchard Hills Training Center, (Barto, PA), Mary-Ellen, George, Kathy and Elena helped me to set up and video a training session where we played around with all those commands in different combinations. George was shooting from up on the DW so you can see it all from Lilli's perspective. It was fun, thank you guys for training company and video help!! 

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RC words

3 år 9 månader sedan
I love the idea of working all of these verbals....I would love to get to one of your seminars...I am going to be at a camp with MEB at the end of the month...hoping she will share....
Wendy Pendleton

RC words

3 år 9 månader sedan
Maybe some day we will work together :) I'm sure MEB will share what she learned! Have fun!
jenny

Great kombination of cues and

3 år 9 månader sedan
Great kombination of cues and they work just perfectly. Awesome! How have you introduced the "jajajaja"-command (which kind of means don't take any obstacles yourself but wait for my cues?)?
Leena

Great kombination of cues and

3 år 9 månader sedan
Great kombination of cues and they work just perfectly. Awesome! How have you introduced the "jajajaja"-command (which kind of means don't take any obstacles yourself but wait for my cues?)?
Leena

Jajaja!

3 år 9 månader sedan
Thanks Leena! I use jajaja for other situations when I want my dogs to do somethings faster and want to excite them, so I simply started to say that on the DW and rewarded to me. Then I started to vary between "fram" (that she knows very well in other situations) and "jajaja", so she got an understanding for the different commands. I also just introduced "sväng", "back" and "runt" on the down ramp, as she knows very well on jumps. But the good thing was that I could keep pushing her with my "jajaja" so she didn't get to my thinking on the way. And still I could keep "fram" clean for only GO FORWARD and don't think about me! :)
jenny