This is our fourth session training the behaviour of "go to spot". Ira is 16 weeks in this video and since we had not done any training on this for three weeks he has regressed a little bit.
I made sure to make my position conducive to achiveing the correct behaviour by standing on the side opposite from where I was tossing the food reward. This made it easy for Ira to get to the mat since he wanted to come back towards me and would have to cross the mat to do so.
All in all, I think our progress is quite good.
This is Ira's second session working on stacking boards. This session was not that great but we still made some progress.
If you use this method to train stacking make sure the board is on a flooring surface that is not slippery so that th board does not move around when your dog stands on it.
The floor here is somehwat roughened so it was OK. Vinyl flooring or polished wood flooring won't work. Other than that keep rewarding your dog for hitting the board with both his front feet at this point.
For those of you who know what I do, you'll know that I am in favour of all dogs learning new things. This applies to people too. Learning new things helps the brain grow new synapses and therefore is a deterent to dementia - in othe humans AND dogs.
If you want your dog to be vital and happy for his whole life, train your dog more.
And never, ever put a ability limiting label on a dog. All dogs can learn. All dogs are smart.