13 Apr Taxes and Training
There are two things that have been occupying my time lately: taxes and training Tyson to cross his paws. Neither of them were going that well -until today. Taxes almost done and one paw being crossed. Progress!
Crossed paws is a hard one to train. Freshly back from clicker expo I wanted to apply the skills I was taught by the masters: Isolate the leg movement first; Raise criteria slowly, and PLAN AHEAD. Just when I think I’m doing everything right suddenly a nose touch appears, the wrong leg start moving, and the rest is history. Not exactly confidence building. After rewatching Emily Larlham’s video I see that her crossed paws training video was also not without its challenges. So I guess I don’t feel so bad – it’s a tough one to teach and my clicker skills are a work in progress. If you are looking to sharpen your training skills this one is a great one to practice. It’s a toughie. Hopefully the left leg will be easier now that I know what I’m doing. Once I polish my skills teaching the trick I’m going to do a video with Delilah where I will break down the steps. Tyson is more forgiving of my training errors so he’s a better practice dog.