02 Mar Keep Going Signal Revisited with Body Targeting
My freestyle instructor www.cassandrascanines.ca uses a Keep Going Signal (KGS) with her clicker. She does a single click to tell the dog to keep going, and a double click as an event marker. You can read more about it in a previous post here . Recently I’ve found some literature supporting the use of the KGS at www.synalia.com. I was really excited so I quickly bought the manual and downloaded it. The author recommends using a KGS that sounds like xxxxx… when the dog gets is right, the terminal marker is a loud X. I got a better idea after watching this video targetting body parts and decided this would be the first thing I would teach Tyson with the new verbal KGS. Of course he caught on quick, too quick and I wasn’t prepared. Should I be adding cues here. If yes, I need to work out if I’m going to call his body parts using rights and lefts. I’ve always struggled with naming R and L because I’m not particularly good at rights and lefts, on my own. Just watch me do a yoga class and you will see the problem. To make matters more complicated, when I’m facing my dog and talking about his left shoulder which is targeting my right hand, it becomes really confusing for me. Despite my training errors, Tyson always seems to figure out what I want.
Teaching your dog to target with their body parts is a really fun and useful exercise, particularly if your dog is hand shy like my Tys. A lot of dog’s don’t like it if you put your hand on top of their head but Tyson is slowly learning to place pressure on my hand to earn his reward. My next challenge is to get him to life those back paws. Stay tuned.