Monthly Review: March 2021

Note:

This post will shall be updated every day the entire March.

The monthly review is keeping me and my dogs accountable. Starting March, I decided to differ things slightly. Since I’m focussing on one behaviour an entire month, I thought of including the videos from our daily training sessions.

The goal for this month with Max is to improve the hold and include distraction and duration.

March 01, 2021

I want Max to drop the toy once he hears the click. Only after watching this video I noted a problem. Max drops the toy as soon as he brings and picks the toy again and waits. The whole time I had been reinforcing this behaviour without realizing my mistake. I must iron this out before I move any further.

March 02, 2021

Oops, I didn’t train Max today.

March 03, 2021

Today, I shall be helping Max succeed by marking a bit earlier so he doesn’t drop the the toy.

There are two problems that I noted after watching “Session 01” video — the retrieve isn’t straight and Max is finding not much value in bringing the toy back to me.

I began “Session 02” by building value for bringing the toy back to me. I fall back to using the clicker once I find Max understanding my expectation.

March 04, 2021

Max again falls back to the dropping the toy. The bringing back skill has to be refined before moving further.

March 05, 2021

My goal today is to get Max used to bring what ever I ask. So I will use two to three different objects today.

While he brought the Orange squeaky toy, he didn’t bring the TV remote and the plastic container that I used. The good thing is I wasn’t upset about his failures. Indeed, I was so proud that he gave his best.

March 06, 2021 & March 07, 2021

During the weekends, I don’t train my dogs. I tend to walk my dogs longer than usual and let them do things they love — Sniffari, digging around, etc., essentially letting them be dogs.

One of the golden moments in our life together.