Set up – This week’s challenge is getting your dog ready for the ring! Set up multiple ring gates approximately 12-16 feet apart. In each mini ring place chairs, cones, jumps or anything as “décor” for the ring. You can also add Rally signs if you want.
Purpose – This drill tests your dog for being ready for going into the ring and the distractions that come with showing. If properly done, this setup can build your dog’s enthusiasm for working in a ring environment. This a a great way to proof the skills too!
Tips on success –
- Start easy. Work on entering and exiting the ring with attention and enthusiasm from your dog.
- One or more handlers and dogs may use the ring at any given time.
- Build your dogs confidence by training tricks before starting to train any obedience or rally skills.
- As your dog gains an understanding of the game, increase the variety and number of Rally signs, distractions or people/dog teams in the ring.
- Keep your sessions fun by adding loads games when in the ring. We want the ring environment a POSITIVE place!
- If you set up Rally signs, it is not necessary for your dog to complete a sign to be rewarded. REWARD your dog for his effort.
- Remember to train in NEW LOCATIONS and with a variety of distractions.
Reward your dog – Anytime your dog performs the skills to your criteria, reward him. Think about building your dog’s desire and drive!
Different levels of testing – After you have successfully completed working in the ring with just you and your dog, “bump it up” a notch by adding different objects and or people/dog teams. As your dog gains confidence, add more variables and make the training more difficult. Always reward your dog for a job well done.
Goal – to build your dog’s confidence and desire to work in a ring environment and in a distracting area.
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