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猛獣ショー

シロクマ通信です。しばらくぶりです。

「タレント」クラスへ通った話、書いていませんでした。犬のクラスにもいろいろあって、これは犬に「芸」を教えるクラスなのです。役に立つことをしつけるのとは違い、すごいね可愛いねと言ってほめてもらうためのクラスです。

「お手」はごく普通でみんなできますが、「バイバイ」だとどうでしょう。おおすごいね、って言いたくなりませんか。一番最初のレベルではそんな感じで、そこからすこーしずつ技を高度にしていくわけです。目標、サーカスのプードル!

5週間の訓練を終えて、いくつか新しいことを覚え、基本的な考え方を理解して、さてこれで何をしようか…

猛獣ショーです。当然じゃないですか。

というわけでせっせと練習し、初級の芸を組み合わせて、始まりから終わりまで3分弱のショーができあがりました。

タイトルは「クロンダイクの火災と地震対策特別シンポジウム」(名前はそのときの気分でもっと大げさになることがあります)

垂れ幕も作りました。ロゴ入りのスツール飾りも。Photo(35)onStage

これは本番の写真です。場所はうちの居間ですが、数十人のお客さんの前で披露したのですよ。なかなかもっともらしいでしょう? お客様はみなさんけっこう本気で喜んでいました。というかまあ、パーティに呼ばれてそこの家の犬とホストがやっているわけですから喜んでみせないわけにはいきませんけど。なんか旦那芸っぽくて迷惑かもしれないシチュエーションですね。ふふふ。

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これが垂れ幕というか後ろにある看板の絵です。伝統的な見世物小屋の絵看板の様式で描いてあります。

すでに次の「タレント」クラスへ申し込みを済ませました。しばらくこのネタで遊べそうです。市民犬もおやつを余計にもらうのがうれしいみたいですし。

また書きます。

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Klondike Makes The Front Page and Gets Styled!

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Read all about it! Klondike was delighted to be featured in the Spring 2015 edition of the PIDO Pointer, the official publication of the Point Isabel Dog Owners Association, courtesy of Marla Miyashiro. Check out the in depth interview with Klondike (really)  – it’s a pretty tail thumping read, if Klondike doesn’t say so himself!

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And speaking of Point Isabel, that’s Klondike you see above taking a restorative swim and dust bath between rounds of gopher digging, ball borrowing and chase playing. I regret not having any good before and after photos of his dirt rolls.  In the course of maybe thirty minutes he went from bright white to brown, to black and cream.

Interestingly, each dip in the water also seemed to raise his energy level. When we first arrived in the park he was in full Pyrenees mode. Polite, friendly, willing to be sniffed and sniff back, but much more interested in a slow and deliberate cruise around the park than vigorously playing with other dogs. Then he went into the water and emerged energized, ready to run and jump with any large dog at the park. Then he went in again and came out yet more pumped, and ready to run any dog who would play. It was pretty amazing watching his energy meter fill up!

And while there is no greater pleasure than watching a happy dog, having a wet, dirty dog to transport home by car is not what most people would consider a fun activity.  And to make matters worse, I had forgotten to bring a beach towel with me. So my choices were putting a sopping wet, muddy dog in the back of the car, or rinsing Klondike off with the hose, which he hugely dislikes, and then putting a clean(ish) but soaking wet dog in the back seat.

After some thought, I chose plan C.

Kate and Klondike at MudPuppiees

Mud Puppies Tub ‘n Scrub, the on-site groomers at Point Isabel and home to Katie, one of Klondike’s personal stylists. Yes, that is Katie you see above in the purple apron, Klon you see in the white fur and Klondike’s picture decorating the wall.

Klondike’s life is not limited to press interviews, outdoor sports and beauty treatments. He also has a very serious side. He’s back in school, enrolled in  BravoPups! Talent class, a basic introduction to performance.

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This is Klondike getting ready to catch a swinging trapeze

Klondike with Sandi - Ta Da tricks class

And this is Sandi of BravoPup! doing some one-on-one instruction with Klon. Gotta give the beast credit.. he knows how to stay hungry and focused!

スローフード、ファストフード

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シロクマ通信です。

上の写真はスローフード。夕食前におやつの牛の蹄をもらい、骨髄を食べ尽くしているところ。市民犬クロンダイクは「おいしいものは外メシ」と決めていて、骨は必ず芝生の上でゆっくり食べます。ゆっくりとはいってもせいぜい20分ですけど。

ファストフードは数秒です。すごいスピード。この写真の骨を食べ終わった後、キッチンのカウンターの上に夕ご飯の骨付き鶏肉400グラムくらいがシロクマボウルに入って用意されているのを発見し、私が目を離したすきにカウンターの上に顔を出し、あっという間に食べたのでした。変な音がしたのでキッチンへ戻ってみると、空のボウルがカウンターの上にありました。ボウルの位置は変わっていませんでした。ちゃんとカウンターの奥の方に置いておいたのに〜!!

これは叱れません。発見したのが犯行後ですから。犬を叱るときには現行犯でなきゃダメなのです。とはいえ自分の食べ物を自分で盗んだらドロボーでしょうか。よくわからんところです。

どちらにしても市民犬は満足そうな顔をしていました。犬が幸せなら問題ありません。

ではまた。

Klondike Support Team Staff — Represent!!

Team Klondike

Sandi and Katie, Klondike’s instructors in Dog 1, Dog 2 and Extreme Recall at the most excellent Bravo!Pup dog training school model their Klondike Official Support Team shirts.

Klondike Support Team

And speaking of Bravo!Pup, here’s Klondike showing the recall skills he learned from Sandi and Katie. It’s a little hard to tell in this video, but when called Klondike is checking out a gopher hole. Overriding a dog’s prey drive is not easy, but we are making progress. You’ll also notice I’m running backwards. That’s a technique to make recall more like a game. And if you listen very carefully you’ll hear Klondike being paid in treats for his good work. And then you’ll see and hear Mieko call him back.

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Thanks Bravo!Pup

リコール訓練の考え方

シロクマ通信です。

上のビデオは、玄関脇のセキュリティカメラがとらえた呼び戻しの場面。Uターンが素早くてうれしいです。

リコール訓練ってどうやるの? と聞かれることがあり、説明が長くて面倒なのでここに書いておくことにします。

呼ばれたら必ず全速力で来る犬を目指すためにするのは、この3点です。

1)犬と人とのつながりをスーパー強化する。

2)呼ばれて行ったら良いことがあると何度も何度もすり込む

3)訓練中、特に初期は絶対失敗させない

犬の訓練というよりは、犬にお願いするという感じです。1)2)3)全て、私たちがお呼びしたら直ちにおいでいただければ決してご損はさせません、と言っている。

呼んでも犬が来なかったら、それは犬の失敗ではなく人間の側の魅力が足りなかったということだと考えて、更にお願いを重ねます。

具体的にどんなエクササイズをするのかは、また次回。

では〜。

 

Xtreme Recall In Action

As regular readers of this blog know, Klondike and his official support staff (that would be me and Mieko) finished Bravo! Pup’s Xtreme Recall Class a few weeks ago. I have security camera footage from last night of what we learned in the class saving us.

The video shows (no audio)  a very pumped up Klondike (he’d just finished a deluxe dinner of raw chicken and was anticipating his evening walk) dashing through the front door I’d left open and then turning on his heels when recalled. I can promise that without Xtreme Recall I would have had to chase him for a few blocks while praying that I could catch before he got himself hit by a car. Thanks Bravo! Pup !

Klon Graduates From XTreme Recall 3度目の卒業式

Klon graduated from his XTreme Recall class on Monday. Thank  you Sandi and Katy! We are so proud of him, but the training continues…

目出度い3つ目のクラスの卒業式。このクラスについては、またあらためて書きますね。

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Klondike Extreme Recal Certificate

 

 

追いはぎ、強盗、危険!!

シロクマ通信です。

うちの近所の交差点が危険地帯になりました。追いはぎが出るのです。狙われるのはポケットの中のおやつ。

犯人は白くて大きくて耳がぱたぱたしています。尻尾が生えています。一見シロクマに見えますが、犬です。

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どういうことなのかというと…

どうやらリコール訓練で何かするたびおやつをたくさんもらうのに慣れた市民犬が、横断歩道の前でしつけ通りに座ったのにおやつをもらえないと不満に思い、「そこに入ってる!」「ちょうだい!」「くれないなんてずるい!」と抗議をするようになってしまった、という話です。

座りなさいと言われなくても自動で座り、信号が青になって「ほら行くよ」と言われてから道を渡るようにずっとしつけているのです。犬は信号見ないし、左右確認してから道を渡るという考えはないようなのですが、交通量の多い道は危ないです。人間の気休めかもしれませんが、一応。

ついこのあいだまでお座りのたびにおやつを要求するようなことはなかったのに、飛び回ってポケットを前足で叩き、鼻先でぐいぐい押し、服の端をくわえて引っ張るようになってしまいました。困った…。小さい犬なら可愛いわねで済みますが体重97ポンド(40キロ超)のクロンダイクはお行儀良くしてもらわないと。

おまけに最初にこれが起きたとき、びっくりした私は要求されるままにおやつを出して与えてしまい間違った行動を補強してしまったのです。あーあ。

まず当面の対策は「反応しない」です。一度補強しちゃった行動をうまくすぐに忘れてくれるでしょうか。この犬、バカじゃあないのです。

ため息ついてます。

ではまた。

Klondike’s Favorite Things + Extreme Recall Side Effects

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This Chart of Klon’s Favorite Things, ranked 10 (most) to 1 (least) is based on a list of distractions prepared for his Extreme Recall class.

Klondike may be the world’s greatest companion, a certified Canine Good Citizen and the beneficiary of something between 19,000 and 32,000 years of domestication, but list up his favorite things (as we did as part of an assignment for his Extreme Recall class) and it’s clear he’s very much an animal, and a predator at that.  As you can see above, his favorite things, with the exception of stinky cheese, all involve either dead animals or animals he’d like to kill. However, he is a predator with refined tastes – he strongly prefers the more expensive stinky cheeses.

And speaking of Klondike’s Extreme Recall class, it continues to go well and we are starting to see results. Klon will turn on a dime when he hears his name and come even when presented with distractions up to about a seven on the above chart. He just might be able to go above a seven but I’m not 100% confident of that yet.

In the above video from Extreme Recall you see Klondike being distracted by lead instructor Sandi who is holding a bowl of kibble. I call him, he puts the recall above the kibel and comes. Full disclosure: though Klondike did a good job, I did not. Rule one is only call once. That’s because dogs learn to count, and if you call multiple times they often start thinking coming on the second or third call is OK, even desired. Klondike is not the only one who needs regular training!

The insight behind the Extreme Recall class is that for a dog to come even when coming would take it away from something it really likes (say, chasing squirrels), the dog has to believe that all good things come from or through the person. Thus in the video you see me taking Klon back to the treat bowl after he’s come to me. By the same token, in the class we are taught that if we are walking and the dog sees something it wants (say, a cat), to call the dog and when it comes as a reward to point it towards whatever it wants and give it permission to go after it.

But here’s the surprise twist: I think the course is making Klondike more affectionate with us. He’s always been a friendly dog, especially to the family. And increased friendliness may be due to just getting more closely bonded to the family – today marks five months since he joined us. But it feels like a little more than that – and I think learning in class that all good things come from us is at least a large part of the reason why. I don’t think there is anything wrong with this, but it sure feels like a lot of responsibility.

Totall Recall -or- Temporary Ixnay On The Oggie Day Aisle Stay

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Since I’m the one with thumbs I got to hold Klondike’s notes during class

As many of you know, Klon’s unleashed, unauthorized and rather ill-advised exploration of the world, including some busy streets, the day before Thanksgiving earned him a place in BravoPup’s Total Extreme Recall class.

The class is exactly what’s needed.Total Extreme Recall is all about developing emergency recall. That is, a recall command so strong, so deeply imbedded that no matter what distractions are present – even things that the dog will strongly, instinctively respond to like a squirrel, a fire, another dog, or a piece of raw steak, the dog will give your command to come priority.

The bad news is that making this work means, at least during the five weeks of class, you can never, never allow your dog not to come to you. And that means removing distractions. So no off-leash excursions to the dog park, no swimming, no dogie play dates. It’s not the behavioral equivalent of a no fat, sugar or solids diet, since we can still go on leashed walks, but it’s kinda close.

‘No distractions’ period aside, there is a major benefit for The Klon. Total Extreme Recall is held at an auditorium at the Oakland Zoo. We had our first class and looking at Klon’s reaction it’s obvious that the grounds smell just amazing. And before class, which is held in an auditorium outside the main gates, Klon immediately founded and followed the path right to the zoo entrance and was clearly disappointed he couldn’t go in.

Stay tuned for further updates!