What does your puppy or dog do when you sit down and attempt to get them into working mode?
The terrier brain has long been underutilized by people! Can you have a terrier who LOVES working with you, and snaps into action trying to figure out what you are thinking? YES!
I developed this fun game based on the common practice in clicker training called “free shaping.” However, what makes this game different is that we are clicking BEFORE the dog does anything with the object at hand — therefore, we are clicking and rewarding the dog for “thinking about what WE are thinking about.” We are creating a language of “hot!” or “cold” that we can use with our dog. We aren’t expecting any less, or any more.
After a week of practicing this game, you will start to notice that your puppy or dog no longer is spending much time in your “begging zone” (the space about a foot away from you and closer) at all! Now, he or she is working, collecting reward, working, collecting reward. This game also teaches YOU how to observe your dog’s responsiveness and signals.