Take a break for It's Yer Choice

We’ll get back to the reactivity posts quite possibly tomorrow… it was a very busy weekend with a Nicole Wilde seminar and then a full-day’s worth of family time with extended family.  It’s only 10:30pm and I’m falling asleep.  So, instead of writing a post, I finished up a video I started the other day to show the beginnings of It’s Yer Choice.

The dog I’m using is a dog walking/training client named Alice who will be 14 weeks old this week (the video was shot when she was 12-13 weeks old).  Alice is totally new to training and is having a blast.  She is a Bulldog and can be brute-ish with her desires… she’d break down the door before during the handle (typical of Bulldogs).  For her, learning impulse control is going to be very important… but learning impulse control when in a state of drive will be even more important.

I start IYC without any cues (I don’t use a cue for IYC at all).  You’ll see Alice learning that coming towards the food/hand makes the access go away (hand closes) but staying back means I will continue to feed her.  Again, no cuing.. just giving feedback on the behavior I want and that I don’t  want.  I hope you enjoy (don’t die of cuteness overload!)!

  1. Too late. I clicked on the video before I read your warning and I am now hyperventilating as a result of the sheer adorableness of this little guy. I totally need a puppy to play with right now. Squee!

    By the way, I have nominated you for a My 7 Links post: http://rescuedinsanity.com/2011/08/08/my-seven-links/ I wasn’t sure if you’ve received a nomination yet but if not, it’s about time! I’d love to see what you come up with.

    • Isn’t she cute! It’s CRAZY! She’s such a sweet heart…

      I saw your post this morning… normally I’d say thanks…but it seems like a daunting task LOL–I did enjoy getting to see/read posts of yours that were before I started following you which was really nice!! Even though it’s a bit of a task, thanks for nominating me, i suppose it’s good to go back through posts and actually reflect on them. Gonna take a few days to go through my posts and come up with my list of 7!

  2. Oh. my. goodness. She gives new meaning to a rollie pollie puppy! I was slow to pick up on the importance of a touch command, but both my dogs love doing it! I use that any time we go to the vet or a spot that may stress them out so that they stay focused and have fun. Good video on IYC, have you already explained how it differs from leave it type training? A trainer I used to work with used the same methods for early teaching of leave it, but this seems more general for self control…


    • She IS so rolly polly… she’s my little potato bug! LOL! I generally consider IYC a default leave-it behavior. I teach it much the same way but never cue it (i do add a leave-it behavior after the dog has very strong impulse control). It’s on my list of things to do list

  3. I want to squish the baby! ^.^ How precious!

  4. Oh please oh please oh PLEASE tell me the rest of the videos feature Alice!! How adorable!

    Great video … useful AND over-the-top cute. I think that’s a winning way to explain things 🙂

  5. Great training video. The beginning is very similar to how I was taught to teach the Leave-it command. And OMG, the warning is NOT enough. Alice is freakin’ adorable!

    • I teach IYC just like I do leave it but i simply don’t start using a cue. I make it a default behavior by expecting and rewarding it without cues.

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