A little on the job training tonight with S&R, as Skye and I worked to build a relationship with a lost and frightened exbreeding bitch.
The lost dog is comfortable around dogs, not so much people. So this exercise is about moving a dog close to her - but facing away so as not to be intimidating or put any pressure on her... and allows me to reinforce a long down stay with massive distraction.
You can hear the poor pup barking at me, she's to the right of the bushes, it would be lovely to take things slowly, but unfortunately she's hiding out between a motorway and a dual carriageway so time is of the essence to get this girl safe.
Traps all set, with meaningful scents, food and equipment, and being constantly monitored and adjusted by a FANTASTIC team of volunteers. Fingers crossed for an early morning capture x
For the behaviour geeks... I have accidentally captured a tongue flick in my back up ๐ I'm training that separately, and we know whatever we train shows up more in other behaviour. I think is quite cute!
Downstay released onto a preplaced stationary ball, so as not to have a flurry of excitement - we are working on disengaging from stationary balls, is coming along well, much less stickiness.