The dogs and I went over to the park to run and stretch. After that we did a bit of proofing contact behavior with the travel plank.
The dogs did surprisingly well. I was surprised and please with Tip. She is my queen that has lots of moments of brilliance which is sometimes peppered with no impulse control. I love her to death and most of the time I don't mind that she is constantly testing the rules (I have put the frustrating days behind us).
Tangle did great. Broke a couple of times, but that is ok. Gives us an opportunity to clarify the behavior. I am trying really hard to keep his dog walk contact solid.
Poor Split has been retrained one too many times and not by a person who knew how to retrain behaviors (it was me). To compound his problem, he was initially taught a 4 on, which when I think about it now the criteria is next to impossible to communicate to the dog. Then I tried to retrain the behavior to a 2o2o. So, now I am thrilled when Split gives me either!
In this particular video I was only working with a medium value toy. After this, I brought out the tennis ball (over the top value) to make the game even harder. I didn't incorporate too much motion into this for 2 reasons. 1 - I have a strained muscle and was hoping to get it healed, 2 - that is the hardest for the dogs and I wanted to keep a high rate of reinforcement today and just renew their love for the end of the board.
Next session we will put in more motion, forward and lateral. I will begin to reinforce the dog maintaining the forward line.