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Video: Guarding Things
At the initial stage of learning to guard things, the dog must learn the following:
- its paws must be in the basket, while the dog is on a long leash in front of the trainer;
- the dog must always turn in the direction where the instructor is moving, while the instructor excites the dog;
- the dog must be able to patiently observe the instructor who stops a meter and closer to the thing;
- the dog must grab the instructor who is retreating and then put its front legs back into the basket.
After that, they move on to the next stage of training: the trainer moves away from the dog and works with it at a distance, then hides from it.
Practicing protection of things at a distance. Up to this point, at the preparatory stage of training, the trainer was in close contact with the dog and touched the thing in order to draw its attention to the object with twitching and give it the opportunity to understand the essence of the lesson. Now the trainer should move away from the dog with the item and stand about 5 m, holding the dog by the leash.
A place. In this case, the "Place!" implies the ability of the dog to put the front legs in the basket on the command "Place" or "Do not move!" and move in this position. For the first time, it is recommended to position the dog so that the handler and the instructor are at the same time in his field of vision. Thus, the dog does not lose vigilance in relation to the instructor, at the same time, closely follows the instructions of the trainer. After the dog has been in the correct position relative to the basket for some time, the trainer approaches it. This exercise is repeated many times with the twitching of the leash on the dog to remind him of how to position himself. Based on my experience, I do not recommend practicing the "Place" technique without an instructor,because the dog loses its vigilance and fixes its attention too much on the trainer. (In our tradition, it is customary to first work out the command "Return to the place" - within the framework of the general course. Therefore, slightly different approaches to working out the protection of things are possible. there is both a thing and a dog.Approx. ed.)
Photo 3. Dog agitation. The trainer controls her actions with a leash
Work on a leash. As soon as the previous technique is mastered by the dog, the trainer moves away from it with a leash at a distance of about 5 m. In order to be able to control the actions of the dog while working on the exercise, this time the trainer stands behind the dog. The instructor is in front of the dog and teases it to prevent the handler from turning (photo 3).
The instructor's task is very important and delicate: by his actions he must attract the attention of the dog, but not excite it too much, so that it does not leave the basket prematurely.The instructor must carefully monitor the dog, as soon as it becomes more excited, he must immediately moderate his actions or stop them. at all. The instructor moves gradually around the object, constantly keeping the dog alert. Simultaneously, the trainer moves symmetrically to the instructor, each time standing in front of him and behind the dog. If necessary, the handler twitches the leash and forces the dog to turn or take the correct position (similar to the influence of the leash in the previous exercise). When the instructor approaches the dog at a distance, the handler pulls on the leash. The instructor stops and does not movethe handler then releases the tension on the leash to allow the dog to throw (photo 4). 5 seconds after the bite, during which the instructor tries to pull the dog along, the trainer begins to twitch the leash, approaching the dog. The trainer takes the basket and throws it 3-4 m, ordering the dog to return to it (twitching with the leash + command “Place” (photo 5).