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Choice Rewards

OMG seriously OMG it worked. After one time it was practically failsafe in the most overthethreshold instances possible.

I took Stella for her mid-day walk and had to do an errand twelve blocks away on the avenue but decided to take the preferred meandering route up through the park instead of along the avenue which she is not as find of. During off leash hours the squirrels know to keep scarce but middle of the day they are busy on the ground all through the wooded areas. Stella was in her harness and on her long leash and I decided if she spotted a squirrel and was going bananas about chasing it... If I called her name in the midst of her frenzy and she actually turned to look at me I would let go of the leash and release her to chase the squirrel. First time I kinda barked her name at her and she whiplash turned to look at me and then could not BELIEVE her GOOD FORTUNE when I gave her permission to chase.

But the OMG amazing part is for the next twenty minutes while we were in squirrel territory every time she saw one she whiplash turned to look at me for permission. I can not believe this. How could I have not tried this before. And when I whistled she came flying back. What fun.

Of course I had to pick my spots. Not near the inner road or outer road where it could be dangerous.

Should I thank Frankie or Susan or Sylvia or all three? All three !!!

blue no background squirrel


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Feb. 28th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)

We have an area where I can give "squirrel" rewards as well. My startline stay there is the best thing evah. hahahah.

So much fun!
Mar. 1st, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
i just couldn't believe her brain would let her turn away from the squirrel to ask for permission---and after only one time.

Mar. 1st, 2013 03:54 pm (UTC)
You guys are a good working team. I think she knows what you're asking. She's a smart cookie!
Feb. 28th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
simple Premack. I recommended it to my students all the time. I did a lot with Whisper and other squirrel chasers.
Mar. 1st, 2013 01:03 am (UTC)
I should be thanking you too!!! but i thank you every time i put on your coat too---i really hope i can put it away now though
Mar. 1st, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
Not really... you never took my pet classes. Glad the coat is awesome and getting good use. That coat is a walking sleeping bag - huge and warm. It's about 13 years old now! I do hope you guys can get rid of it soon. It's been cold here - didn't reach 60 yesterday. That sounds warm but it is quite cold. 50 feels like 30 down here. Warming up a bit this weekend so I'm happy.
Mar. 1st, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
Did you ever read Leslie's Premack article. It's all about squirrel chasing.
Mar. 1st, 2013 03:12 pm (UTC)
all about squirrel chasing
NO! the article from where?
Mar. 1st, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
Re: all about squirrel chasing
It was in CR but I think in the CU book.
Mar. 1st, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
you certainly did help me with a jumping-up issue--premack style
Mar. 1st, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
Well and teeter stuff too.
Mar. 1st, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
yes! the teeter/soccerball and of course the importance of meatballs
Feb. 28th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
What a great idea!
Mar. 1st, 2013 01:06 am (UTC)
she had a blast and so did i and her bad behavior over squirrels wasn't "bad" anymore! of course i would use the most static photo ever to put on this post, but i took it before we got to the squirrel glen
Feb. 28th, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
*takes careful notes for her dogs* AWESOME. How fun!
Mar. 1st, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
it was very cool. to see her learn that fast and over something she usually can not control herself over at all.
Mar. 1st, 2013 02:56 am (UTC)
Mar. 1st, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
the pleasures of being a little crazy...
Mar. 1st, 2013 10:48 am (UTC)
I love a good training success story. I could read them all day. I'm smiling for you:-)
Mar. 1st, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
well yes, success for 20 minutes or so... will she really look back at me today when she sees a squirrel???
Mar. 2nd, 2013 04:49 am (UTC)
That's wonderful! I'll have to find a way to try that.
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