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our premack squirrel hunting

Ok, so I videoed another Squirrel Hunting With Stella Walk in Prospect Park and I managed to get our action-packed TWO HOUR walk down to about ELEVEN MINUTES and then decided not to bore everyone again and literally just cut to the chase with this little less-than-a-minute segment from the whole thing---which wouldn't you know it, I shot SIDEWAYS and had to use youtube's editing tools to get it right side up again and so now its small---but anyway, you can see what I have been trying to do with the squirrel hunting is: wait for her to lock on to a squirrel, get a whiplash-head-turn when I say her name and then release her/drop the leash as big reward for looking at me... she can't go after the squirrel until she looks at me. Then after she gets her chase I also want a good recall. It doesn't always work perfectly. Like in this one, sometimes I do get the whiplash-head-turn and she gets a good chase, but then not the instant recall... other times, I may have to say her name a second or third time to get her to look back at me (I probably should just say her name once and wait, but sometimes she just really can not hear me she's so over the moon about seeing that squirrel) and then after her chase I WILL get a brilliant recall... because she knows we can do this all over again! In any case, the exercise is fun and relationship building.

PS: the head turn also gives the squirrel kind of head start. I really don't know what I'd do if she caught one...


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Nov. 11th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
I wish I had vid of Razor on one of his squirrel excursions. She certainly is a fan. We really need to come up with some sort of squirrel tree-ing sport. How fun would THAT be!
Nov. 11th, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
while i was editing the clip, every time it played she jumped to her feet and made eye contact and tail up, relived the moment in our living room. she doesn't usually pay any attention to video ever, you know how some dogs will hear video or TV dogs barking and will bark back, never her, like she can tell the difference between real and not or rather live and taped... but with this one, nuh uh.
Nov. 11th, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
squirrel tree-ing sport
Squirrel Defenders of America would never let it happen. But I guess we can dream...
Nov. 11th, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: squirrel tree-ing sport
I think all people who don't want dogs to chase squirrels should probably adopt a squirrel and keep it safely in their home.

Not really. I know, I know, but they LOVE it soooooooo
Nov. 11th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
Re: squirrel tree-ing sport
Stella would certainly like one at home. (Bronagh wanted one as a pet at some point) Of course we'd have to have an elaborate cage system running along the ceilings of every room and some trees. The cats would be amused as well...
Nov. 11th, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
Sugar gliders are very squirrel like if you want to have squirrels in your house. Emily was pretty certain we had magical powers that we could both catch and house squirrels when she got to go in the glider room the first time.

Funny too how some dogs can really understand the difference between pet squirrel and wild squirrel. I always worried about Ricky with them because he's such a hunter, but a couple times they escaped the room and I'd wake up with a glider on my head and Ricky just sitting there wagging his tail. They'd climbed right over him. The dogs would sit thrilled to no end when we'd bring the gliders out, but never went into hunt mode. </p>

What a fun game to play together! I am glad you are having fun exploring outside the box ideas of training, so much fun!

Nov. 11th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
sugar gliders???????? you HAVE A ROOM OF SUGAR GLIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov. 12th, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
I did, for 15 years, we lost the last one last winter. Actually just today I remodeled it and it will start tomorrow being my art studio:)
Nov. 11th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
I wondered about the sideways video when I opened the first one on my email. Now I can see what's going on. The stills help, too. Really good self-control exercise and such a fun one.

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