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Video: The First Lessons With A Puppy In The Big Ring Program
(contact with a stack, hands, transition from a cloth to a cloth roller (harness)
The "attaching" of the puppy to the rag is started on a leash, then the puppy is released to be thrown. The trainer reinforces a "sense of ownership" in the puppy, then trains him to make a firm grip.
Further classes include practicing the following techniques:
- teaching a puppy to touch the instructor's hands, - teaching a puppy to touch a folder (stack), - moving from a rag to a tourniquet, - preparing a grip on a suit, an instructor.
The instructor strokes the puppy on the head to teach him to use his hands
1. Teaching the puppy to touch the instructor's hands. During the period of working out with the puppy of all the listed techniques, it is important not to run ahead and strictly follow the sequence, because how the dog will work in the future depends on their assimilation. During the practice of the grip, the puppy should be comfortable with the touch of his hands. The instructor and do not pay attention to his movements (in the sense of not being afraid of them). This will come in handy later, when the instructor will threaten the dog with hand movements, and the effect of the stick will become more noticeable. In the beginning, we recommend that the instructor simply pat the puppy on the head. This is done as follows: as soon as the dog performs the grip, the instructor, holding the rag with one hand, puts a stick on the ground with the other hand and strokes the dog with his free hand on the head, pulling the rag towards himself.
Thus, the instructor's movements will not be scary for the puppy, because for him they will be associated with pleasant sensations. The puppy will develop a sense of trust in the instructor - or an indifferent attitude towards anything that has nothing to do with grip.
To strengthen the puppy's grip, the instructor pretends to take a rag from his mouth
During the bite, the puppy will calmly perceive the instructor's hand movements and will feel more confident. In the future, the dog will be able to behave correctly at the competition when the instructor resists it. After this step is successfully completed, I recommend working on strengthening the puppy's grip. To do this, at the end of each bite, the instructor must pretend that he is trying to open the puppy's mouth with his hands and take the rag away from him. It is important that the instructor does not really take the rag, but only tries to do it, then the puppy, not wanting to part with the rag, will cling to it more tightly. The instructor should give the puppy the opportunity to "win", the more energetically the puppy behaves, the stronger his grip becomes.
2. Teaching the puppy to stick (stack). If the puppy is accustomed to the touch of the instructor's hands and their movements, if he is familiar with the sounds of blows with a stick at a distance, then he will be carried away by the only goal - to take possession of the rag. Only at this stage of the puppy's training does it make sense to move on to training with a stick. When the puppy performs a grip, the instructor chooses the moment to lightly touch his back with a wide movement from the side. At the moment the stick touches the puppy's back, it is necessary to pull the rag or move it to focus the dog's attention on it. In general, increasing the tension of the rag is very useful in every case when it is necessary to introduce a new more complex problem into the learning process.
The transition from a rag to a tourniquet. The rag is folded into a bundle
Working with a stick includes the following phases:
- Touching the dog's back with the stick, - Change of hand: the dog must get used to the fact that the stick can be in either hand, because in the future, in the competition, it may have to work with a left-handed instructor, - Strikes with a stick on the ground (at the beginning of the training, the stick does not touch the dog's paws): the dog should not forget about the existence of the stick, in addition, it must get used to it in order to be able to continue working without hindrance at the stage when the instructor begins to use the stick as threats.
Further, in working with a stick, the dog is taught that the instructor bends in front of it and hits the ground with the stick. Each time, trying to achieve something new from the dog, one should not forget about the old, periodically going back and repeating the past. Repetition of simpler techniques is necessary to make the dog feel more confident in the work. After the dog starts working well with the stick, the grip can be started on the tourniquet.