PERCH STEP TWO
Yesterday you worked on Step 1 of Perch work. Your dog should be stepping up onto the perch and be making eye contact with you. Step Two is getting your dog to pivot through 360 degrees by moving his hind legs.
Step 2: Start the session by rewarding your dog for stepping up and making eye contact a couple of times. Then, start moving, one step at a time, anti-clockwise around the perch. In order to maintain eye contact with you, your dog will start moving his back legs to maintain his position in relation to you. Mark and Reward this hind leg movement, gradually raising criteria until you are getting a number of steps around the perch. This will probably take four or five sessions.
I would like to challenge those handlers whose dogs are familiar with Perch to pivot clockwise instead of counter-clockwise, or vice-versa. Dogs have a right/left bias so it might be more difficult for them to pivot in the contrary direction. Try it and let me know how you got on.
The other challenge was to construct an obstacle course for your dog. This is mine.
I tried it out today briefly and looking forward to tackling it in the morning. Collect a variety of objects that are commonly found in your home and use your imagination.
MUFFIN PAN GAME
If you have an old muffin or cupcake pan and some tennis balls you might like to try this with your dog. Dogs who love to fetch balls are particularly good at this one.