Dale is feeling well enough today to play with the hose water! I’d rather have a muddy old shepherd than one that makes me think this might be her last breath. F* yours • #Shepherds#BelgianMalinois#protected
You love me and leave me.
We call the dog, give it a pat, then the cessation of our affection tells the dog it can go back to interacting with the environment. Ensure you use a "release" word that ends the interaction and sends the dog back to explore (or to go back to independent work). Do this by delivering affection randomly with breaks in between pets. Release the dog with a " go play" or "free" marker that gives the dog the opportunity to return to explore the environment. You can build value for you by releasing them from the affection session before they lose interest in you. If your dog doesn't seem to appreciate affection in environmentally interesting places mark and reward while touching them (holding collar, petting or grabbing them)
In the first video you can see Beretta earn her frisbee in exchange for a good scratch.
Ebony the senior labx doesn't even want the frisbee, just a thorough massage. I check here and there to make sure she is enjoying the interaction and that my body language isn't intimidating or overwhelming to her.
Swipe left to see the other ways you can make physical affection rewarding to your dog in recall situations.
(In the 3 video I did give Simon the "free" cue after reinforcing staying with and checking with me multiple times, I think the video cut off though)
I got to have some fun with @btd544’s horribly adorable little girl today. Such a sweet, good-natured puppy. You learn a lot about a dog when playing with it... and this little girl is rock solid and full of potential. It should also be noted that she has a perfect amount of sass...
Well done @vogelhausgsd, well done. It’s great to see someone truly benefiting the breed by putting genetics this solid out there.