February Challenge

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  1. Jojo83

    Jojo83 Registered Users

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    Just by coincidence this popped up on my FB feed this morning and thought of the challenge. Lovely video of the power of the treat and train combined with proprioception :)



    The video is by Jane Ardern of WaggaWuffins with her dog Drift
     
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  2. SteffiS

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    Has anybody else bought these pods? Are the cheaper human ones the same as the dog ones?
    I've had a surprising amount of success with Ripple using old table mats chopped in half. We can do the front feet but not mastered back feet yet, I think this is partly because the texture is not very different to the feeling of standing on the floor. So, can't believe I'm saying this :rolleyes:, I thought I might buy some.
     
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  3. snowbunny

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    I believe the human ones are slightly bigger, but that should be OK for a Lab.

    I've not started on back feet yet! I think this might be going into March.

    Willow and Luna are both really good at the front feet - I'm using colours to discriminate which foot goes on which. A blue pod is the left foot and a red (well, grey to them!) is for the right foot. I've not progressed to both at the same time yet, but that's just around the corner.

    Shadow is a different kettle of fish. He's such a "doer" that it's tough to get him to stop and think and he scratches the pods and sends them flying! So I've been working with a flat target, and a chopping board, marking for stillness, but he is still struggling a bit with keeping his feet still! The treat and train is a good idea, I'll give that a go :)
     
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  4. SteffiS

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    Ordered some :).
     
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    first time posting a picture and couldn't seem to add words to it - so - This is Jaffa on her 4 pods on top of a giant rockerboard !
     
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  7. Beanwood

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    Oh that's brilliant @FoxyLady! Hmmm, are you sure they are not glued on? :D
     
  8. FoxyLady

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    the pods are not glued to the rocker board and the paws are not glued to the pods !!
     
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  9. FoxyLady

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    possibly helpful hints for back feet - (forget doing the front ones)
    - use one larger target and work on "back up" to this target
    - try and wedge the pods against something so they don't move as easily - (eg pod against a book on floor which is against a wall)
    - then when they are standing on the back pods - add the front pods and see if they can keep their back feet on while putting their front feet on
    - then when they have really got the idea they can work on putting their 4 paws on when there are 4 pods down on the floor
    it did take a while - I think the next challenge is to turn the pods upside down so they wobble .... hummmmmm
     
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  10. Joy

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    That is very impressive @FoxyLady ! Thanks for the training tips too as I’m finding this one very difficult.
     
  11. SteffiS

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    The glue is a brilliant idea @Beanwood :D - to the board not the dog of course ;).
     
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    So not easy..... But at least Monty is very happy actually standing on them which I really didn't think he would be.... Hates his feet being messed with. In fact so relaxed he just lies all over the wobble boards:D CollageMaker_20180216_155017511-960x960.jpg
     
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  13. snowbunny

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    I had another session this evening after quite a long break. Squidge is up to both front feet on, pretty solidly. It's still a struggle with Shadow to stop him b****y moving! I've been using flat targets for his back feet and he's been getting that.
    I need to dig out the T&T :)
     
  14. Beanwood

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    What, you buried it???? :cwl:


    sorry, couldn't resist...:rolleyes:
     
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    I love the expressions on the dogs faces. They are just so funny.
     

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