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    Default Recall in high drive

    It was a bit cold this AM so let the dogs out and went back to bed.
    Few minutes later hearing a big kerfuffle and what I thought was a crow screaming,
    leap out the door omg the chooks. (gate - my fault)

    First reaction Snoopy!! come on!!
    Snoopy runs up to me on the steps.
    Second reaction, Ginny!! good girl!! (er?!? this is just how I call her)
    Ginny runs in carrying our poor Rooster in her jaws..
    Drop it!!!!
    So she did! I nearly fell over in shock, especially when the rooster jumped up and ran away.

    Double collar grab & Ginny howling in grief at losing her prize.
    Dogs inside, catch rooster, back in pen all safe, 3 chooks ok, rooster ok just a cut on one toe.
    He is some sort of Chinese fighting rooster, he did a stellar job at holding off two dogs
    while protecting his hens.

    Thank you to whoever first mentioned "training in drive" (maybe Bernie) it paid off in spades today.

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    That is very impressive. Especially with 2 dogs!

    So how did you go about proofing their recall? I can tell I have a lot to learn from you. Banjo will respond when chasing birds or ducks on walks, but I lose her when there's roos nearby.

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    Awesome!
    rooster has a LOT to thank you for chubsecurity!

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    The Rooster would like to thank the Academy, his parents and Dogforum for teaching his human how to control the crazy canines.

    The training is just playing games
    the wait, step back, ready PLAY!!!
    drop it - so we can play again.

    +the "meat game" all the above plus
    the Butcher Birds get to play catch
    the meat swooping for their turn.
    birds 2.JPG
    First the birds used to come and sing songs for a treat
    Then the dogs used to go out sit and bark, thus attracting the birds
    Now I go out and whistle for the birds, dogs sit, birds come, Yay, meat game!
    Figured out that I should initiate the game, not be a slave to the animals!

    Also the "I control the resources" thing - food, treats, toys, bones, bird friends,
    but most of all PLAYTIME.
    Snoopy will work for games
    Ginny will work for hugs and attention but the HOSE is her ultimate reward.

    They are far from perfect, Ginny still jumps on people and Snoopys car anxiety makes
    trips to the beach a sometimes thing.
    I have still not taught Ginny to walk at heel. It is just harder with two dogs sometimes.

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    I love to hear you play with your dog.
    We have similar attitude here. Its all such fun and fast. what's not to love? if your a dog. Its a huge set up of a win/win. Dog controls the game, can initiate the game and do.
    Teach other siblings the game and encourage them to join in!
    Such fun.

    As well as 'games' that are fun training. We have "jobs" and 1 of my dogs loves this particular spin on things heaps!

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    butcher birds are insanely smart... so are crows.

    I'm happy to feed the magpies bits of dog treats, but not crows - they get a big demanding. There aren't many butcher birds around in Adelaide but I'm pretty careful not to mess with them, apart from trying to get them to sing (by pretending to be competition).

    PS i'm trying to get a classically conditioned recall in my dog at the moment. I can't tell if it's working but we've had some good success. Mostly. And some occasional massive fails. Like when there's food in the playground. There's always food in the playground. I think I need to practice my recalls past bits of yummy food more often.

    And I've taken to training her to retrieve something before she gets to eat her dinner. Since working for her dinner is what got our pretty good drop and sit stays...

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