'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Protocol for Relaxation: Day One.

Happy tricky t-day! In lieu of a trick, I'm providing this.

As of yesterday, we're starting Protocol for Relaxation, in an attempt to help Lola chill. Or something like that! We did two sessions of day one PfR today, the second of which I recorded. Yesterday, we were just working on sit & treat, sit & treat, sit & treat... Lola likes this game!

Protocol for Relaxation: Day One: Dog's Tasks
Sit for 5 seconds
Sit for 10 seconds
Sit while you take 1 step back and return
Sit while you take 2 steps back and return
Sit for 10 seconds
Sit while you take 1 step to the right and return
Sit while you take 1 step to the left and return
Sit for 10 seconds
Sit while you take 2 steps back and return
Sit while you take 2 steps to the right and return
Sit for 15 seconds
Sit while you take 2 steps to the left and return
Sit while you clap your hands softly once
Sit while you take 3 steps back and return
Sit while you count out loud to 10
Sit while you clap your hands softly once
Sit while you count out loud to 20
Sit while you take 3 steps to the right and return
Sit while you clap your hands softly twice
( V not done in today's videos, BUT was done in today's earlier session with no problem)
Sit for 3 seconds
Sit for 5 seconds
Sit while you take 1 step back and return
Sit for 3 seconds
Sit for 10 seconds
Sit for 5 seconds
Sit for 3 seconds
( ^ not done in today's videos, BUT was done in today's earlier session with no problem) 





Interestingly, you can see Lola reacts negatively to the clap at the end of the second video (startling) which she didn't do earlier in the video, or in the previous session. Watching the videos now, I have to say that I shouldn't have treated Lola for her flinch to begin with, and shouldn't have let her turn it into an arousing/worrying game. I should have moved straight on to conditioning.

I decided immediately after ending the second PfR video to forgo the final few parts of PfR, which were pretty much sit for x seconds and a sit/step away, to work on conditioning.



Don't worry--I'm usually much more enthusiastic in training than this! I was trying to keep Lola as low key as possible by keeping my behaviour and body calm and fairly still. If she'd gotten too hyped up, she wouldn't have been able to think.

1 comment:

Sara said...

I've done a lot of RP with Oreo. But, we do it in a down.

It's such a cool tool to have, because now, whenever I make my "RP stance", which is one arm behind my back, Oreo lies down and knows that we're doing that "relaxing thing".

He had the most trouble when I had to open a door and knock.

Lola is doing great!