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    Default Susan Garrett Recaller Games - rego closes Saturday June 28 lunchtime.

    Hi all

    Just in case you wanted to get to the source of most of my training words of wisdom - this is where most of it comes from.

    Susan Garrett - she's a world champion agility dog and people trainer - and an animal behaviour scientist
    https://www.facebook.com/SusanGarrettDogAgility

    She's running her promo videos for Recallers at the moment, and in a week or so she will open up registrations for her online course.
    Breaking the Dog Training Rules

    PPS first promo video - she did say share with all your friends...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y83WACBjHw

    If past years are anything to go by - there will be one live coaching call a month that you can submit questions for ahead of time - and then when the live call is over, the tape of that is posted a couple of days later so you can watch and learn ahead of time.

    The most recent live calls have been done with youtube. They're usually 6:30pm Toronto time which works out around 8am or 9 am Australian Eastern time. Which is better than 2 in the morning for the Swiss students.

    There's about 35 or so recaller games - for relationship building.
    It includes the foundation games - its yer choice, collar grab and crate games (she posts a fair bit of this but she really wants you to get the dvd so you don't have to repeat yourself.

    There's heaps of info on what to do when things go wrong and demo videos for each game / drill. Some you do by yourself, some you do with other people. There's usually minimum equipment required - no fancy agility stuff.

    If you do the reinforcement zone stuff - you get some really fancy heelwork... must make the video...

    essentially you're learning how to train your dog. the main aim is a brilliant recall - the sort that will stop your dog chasing a rabbit into the path of an on coming truck.

    I can't say my recall is perfect yet, but I haven't followed all the exercises properly yet (first 18 games or about four weeks mean no off lead self helping to reinforcement ie no off lead foraging at the park). But my recall and dog training is So much better than before I started. I no longer have to go up the stairs to the football club balcony to put my dog on lead so I can go home...

    I still haven't figured out how to stop her from licking my brother with adoration...

    It's not free. I'm in the ICPeeps version - which means I get access for a full year and coaching calls for a full year...

    Even if you don't fork out - you can still learn quite a bit from the promo videos and from SG's blog.
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    Just for completeness...

    the intro videos are free.

    The actual course with all the resources was priced like this last year.

    Advanced at around $250 (4 months of access, 3 coaching calls - you post questions in advance and she answers online, call is usually recorded and you can watch later if you want)
    Brilliant at around $400 (another 2 months)
    Inner circle - for new people at about $2000 (renewing is much cheaper)
    included 12 months of access and monthly coaching call and lots of extras.

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    Promo Video 2 is out... (free / costs your email address)

    It's a complete introduction to the game of "it's yer choice"

    Breaking the Dog Training Rules

    featuring a naughty cattle dog cross - of course I wouldn't know anything about those. Or their squeaky bark of frustration.

    And there is a written set of instructions too.

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    SG on an USA radio podcast about dog things
    K9SK Susan Garrett 06/17 by K9 Sports Konnection | Pets Podcasts

    worst sound quality ever... but I'm putting a link here so I can find it again. FB is crap for reference cos you can never find stuff again.

    Ok the sound quality is a little better if you download the mp3 and listen to that.
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    Hi Hyacinth,
    I'm watching the live video of Susan Garrett at the moment and wondering again whether I should join the Recall Program, it seems to be a one-off payment of $399 for Brilliant Recalls ... I know that I have to take the responsibility to take this onboard and do all the exercises (I don't have a crate, I should probably buy one as it's a good thing to have) ... do you think it's worth me starting with Brilliant Recalls for $399? or is there a better program to begin with.
    Ruby is 3 years old now and relatively obedient, but if we're at the beach she's taken to chasing 4WD's that drive along the beach and she runs off at the speed of a greyhound ... not badly disobedient, but comes back when she wants to and I fear that someone will drive over her or stop and pick her up and steal her ... I'd love to have the recall training under control.
    Cheers

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    do you think it's worth me starting with Brilliant Recalls for $399? or is there a better program to begin with.
    You can sign up and if you don't like it (in the first two weeks) you get your money back. I'm not sure how many games will be up by then.

    Crate games really helps with self control but the magic happens with "stage 4" and "stage 5" games. And your dog running after 4WD - that is insanely scary. If I see a car or a bike on the beach - my dog goes on lead so she doesn't have the opportunity to chase.

    But there is so much joy if she will recall back when I want. And every time around I learn so much more about how to get that right. Eg I still deliver way too many cookies when we're out walking - and I really need to work in some failure too.

    You think building in the mistakes - would put a dog off and sometimes it does but when they finally figure out what gets the cookie they are so excited about it.

    Eg we've got that with our "start line stays" so while my call recall isn't so reliable if I wave my hat at her and cue a start line release - she will blast back to me with much speed and joy no matter what else is going on around her.

    But you do have to do as many of the exericses and different ones as possible. A few of them involve getting other people to help - which I find difficult. Some of them involve cookie proof hallways - which I don't have but there are usually ways to modify the game so you can still play it.

    You could probably play some of the crate games with a mat or a dog bed - something with a clearly defined edge and if the dog chooses to get off, you put them back - but a crate door being closed in the dog's face - seems to accelerate learning. I keep thinking I need to make a wire crate door for my soft sided crate - out of a cookie airing rack or something - because the zip up doors are too slow.

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    Yes, I think I will join ...

    Ruby chased the 4WD's twice, I can see both entrances to the beach (it's about 3 hours from Perth so not much traffic either vehicles or people) ... the first time she chased, there were some kids in the back of the 4WD ute who all shouted out when they saw her and that was what took me by surprise and got her undivided attention, the second time she let the ute pass us, then about 20 seconds later, she turned after it and took off ...

    Now I am eagle eye on both beach entrances and the minute I see a vehicle entering I put her back on the lead ... I don't make a fuss, sometimes she turns and watches the vehicle pass us then I make it loads of fun and throw the ball in the water and I have her attention again.

    I think the crate is a good investment, and I'm really enjoying watching the live session - I love listening to Susan and watching her work. She's doing the working with failure now, I think her lessons could work for us!!

    Cheers
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    I think it's good that all dogs should be used to crates - just for the convenience and safety of it - much safer than tying them to a pole - saw a dog get hit by a hockey ball on the weekend because it was tied to a pole next to the field and not in a crate. Dog was ok but it could have been really bad.

    and just for the vet factor - if your dog ever has to stay at the vet - it really helps if they're comfortable in a crate.

    And then there are the games...

    I tried to do the poodle thing with my dog and not give her a treat until she forgot they were there (it was actually the kibble part of her dinner ration). She YELLED at me. She went in her crate and came back out again and then (bizarre hound) she went and shut the lounge room door. Wha?

    I did not do a good job of waiting her out either. Will have to try again tomorrow.

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    last days for rego $400 usa up front or 4 x $133 instalments or $532

    http://www.brilliantrecalls.com/sp/3...ampaign=custom

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