Sadly, we had our last relax
I'm going to miss it. Inara improved so much during it, and I learned so much about HER, too.
Yesterday we worked on u-turns, with all the dogs going at one time. We also worked on getting the dogs into "heel" position. We taught them a spin in place, and Ginger wants us to start doing it when they are beside us so they can spin and end up in heel position. She said it's a fun way for a dog to be rewarded and have them still end up in heel position. We worked on targeting, and at the end we played a bit with shaping. Within a few clicks, Inara was standing on a skateboard! I really need to take advantage of shaping more often because she really enjoys it and is beginning to understand the concept behind it.
Ginger told us that she is planning on doing an Advanced Relax
class outside this summer. It will be for dogs who have already taken Relax
but could benefit from more. She also said that if we see a class for "normal" dogs that we want to take, to contact her and if there are only a couple dogs signed up she'll let a Relax
Class dog in. So that's awesome.
Then we got our certificates, a sample bag of dog food to use as treats, and each dog got to pick a treat from a big box. Inara chose a "porkscrew" - pork skin curled into a twist. Ick. But she liked it.