Well, not quite yet, but it's getting there! We have a very nice Max200 tunnel, a long chute, a tire, a few jumps, and the teeter, along with the 12 weave poles. Franklin managed to run it while carrying a tennis ball yesterday. Those will be staying inside on subsequent equipment uses, as will Lucy - wayy too distracting!
Nothing like a dip in the baby pool after a run, and it's all fun, fun, fun.

Now I need to get some more jumps, a table and then to build an a-frame and dogwalk. I have a feeling that painting will be more of a pain than the building.
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Well, not quite yet, but it's getting there! We have a very nice Max200 tunnel, a long chute, a tire, ... a tennis ball yesterday. Those will be staying inside on subsequent equipment uses, as will Lucy - wayy too distracting!

Must win lottery.
Must buy house next door, knock down, and build agility course.

Must buy acreage across street and dig technical training ponds.

Must win lottery.
(Are you using the tennis ball as a reward?)
Storm gets more animated for her ball than for any other thing, including a duck. (which is probably good, because most agility folks would not approve of me throwing a stinky duck carcase over the jump to encourage Storm to go on...)

I'm starting some attention heeling work this week and think I'll try to leverage the ball instead of food to get her into working mode.

Kate
and Storm the FCR
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How fun! When he gets his confidence up having things like toys laying around and your other dog out there is great for distraction training. IN our class my trainer lets her dogs play before class and she leaves the toys laying all around the field and our dogs just have to deal with it. Lauralyn
My agility dogs:
Cheyenne MXJ MX, AAD
Shylo MXJ MX, AAD
Lakota - the crazy BC!
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Must win lottery. Must buy house next door, knock down, and build agility course.

LOL - this is squished in at the back of a 1/2 acre lot.
Must buy acreage across street and dig technical training ponds.

OK - now THOSE would be good. In a marital agreement, the inground pool is off limits.
Must win lottery.

Absolutely.
(Are you using the tennis ball as a reward?)

No - he's way too distracted but any rewards - food, toys, etc. He's an all or nothing kinda guy.
Storm gets more animated for her ball than for any other thing, including a duck. (which is probably good, because ... me throwing a stinky duck carcase over the jump to encourage Storm to go on...)

I like that image! Franklin is ball obsessed - no doubt about it. We have used a ball for tunnel speed a bit, but it doesn't reallyn matter much.
I'm starting some attention heeling work this week and think I'll try to leverage the ball instead of food to get her into working mode.

My silly boy is very easily distracted by any externals. We rely on me as the motivator, because he goes a little overboard otherwise.
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How fun! When he gets his confidence up having things like toys laying around and your other dog out there ... class and she leaves the toys laying all around the field and our dogs just have to deal with it.

Yeah, we're not there yet by a longshot! One day..
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My Border Collie is like that. But it really didn't take him long to figure out if he wants that ball or tug toy that he has to do what I ask first. Lakota is a really green dog. But his concentration is a whole better now because I trained with toys visible to him and sometimes in my hand.

This was something I learned fro Stacy Peardo -Goudy several ago at a novice seminar. She told a person to get whatever motivates her dog the most, it happened to be a Kong on a rope. The person said but all he does is look at the Kong if I've got it in my hand and he won't do anything. Stacy said, TOUGH! He doesn't get it till he does what you want. Before lunch this dog was doing wonderful things with that Kong visible.
Lauralyn
My agility dogs:
Cheyenne MXJ MX, AAD
Shylo MXJ MX, AAD
Lakota - the crazy BC!
http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?username=computype2
This was something I learned fro Stacy Peardo -Goudy several ago at a novice seminar. She told a person to ... get it till he does what you want. Before lunch this dog was doing wonderful things with that Kong visible.

Hmm... you're giving me food for thought again. :}

I gave up on trying to use the frisbee in Madigan's training because she was just too focused on it. She couldn't even hear my commands because her mind was going, "Frisbee, frisbee, frisbee, frisbee..."

I can see how persisting with this and getting over that hump could be extremely valuable. Once she realizes she absolutely has to work for that frisbee, she will mow my lawn for it if I ask her to. :}

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The person said but all he does is look at the Kong if I've got it in my hand and he won't do anything. Stacy said, TOUGH! He doesn't get it till he does what you want.

She'd meet her match with food motivated Rocky. I had to quit one session of classes early in his agility training when the trainers wouldn't believe that they could overcome his overwhelming urge to eat.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
My Border Collie is like that. But it really didn't take him long to figure out if he wants that ... get it till he does what you want. Before lunch this dog was doing wonderful things with that Kong visible.

So:
I know how to use the ball to rev Storm up, and I know how to use it as a release/praise toy. For attention heeling, I would rev her up, hide ball behind back, and try to channel the intense attention I get when she is trying to See the Ball Through me, and then release to the ball when we get good, focussed attention?

Kate
and Storm the FCR
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