Lisa R wrote:
What fun! I loved that skateboard video! Your pups have great enthusiasm and talent! I have to ask you how did you teach them to push off??? Chessie will get on the skateboard but that's as far as we've gotten. I'd love to take her to the next level!
Gemma is a little doll! How bouncy she is! Such a happy girl!
I shaped the entire trick. I did do different things seeing what they'd offer. Whenever a rear paw slipped on the ground I clicked and treated. When they just stayed on the board..at first I treated that but then they had to offer something else to earn their cookie. Believe me...I'm not a great trainer, this is not a difficult trick...as long as the dog isn't afraid of movement...they love it.
Does Chessie do agility?
From what I can see...Andy, Jolie & Gemma all do agility but haven't taught C.C. his contacts yet...he is the most eager to do the kick off...tonight he traveled an entire block!!!! I'd better be careful, they'll be going for take out soon!
Try my suggestions about shaping it with Chessie more and waiting for her to offer something else....
Another thing I do to encourage them to kick off..is I restrain them by the collar,,,I roll the skateboard ahead and then I tell them to "go get their board" they race to catch up to it and they naturally kick off to slow the board down so they can control the speed...that is how I taught my others...just by experimenting to see what worked.
Goood luck and let me know how it goes!