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Confidence for Distance - The Moving Wait
« on: April 15, 2012, 11:19:49 AM »
From the Fluid Motion Agility Blog - www.fluidmotionblog.com


I had posted a previous blog about how I use the Moving Wait as the core of my distance training as well as using it for impulse control, this post will expand on that concept. http://www.fluidmotionblog.com/2012/02/and-wait.html] [url]http://www.fluidmotionblog.com/2012/02/and-wait.html[/url]

So one of the first things my dog's learn as puppies is to do a Moving Wait, it is the base on which I build their Distance Skills, Directional Skills, Confidence Building, Start Lines, and Life Skills.

How is a Moving Wait different then teaching a normal stay (or wait)?

When I teach a MW (Moving Wait) I teach the dog how to move, stop their feet and then move again. The difference between teaching a MW to teaching your dog to do a sit stay etc, is that most dogs don't know how to apply the stay while moving.

So for example, you have taught a stay at the start line, but you have taught it with the dog in front of you already in a stopped position. So the dog learns how to stay, but not to stop while moving.

So I want my dogs to learn to feel their feet moving, stop, and move again.

I don't ask for a position for their wait, I just want them to stop, Nargles most often lays down and Try will stand, either position is fine with me as long as their feet stop moving when I say wait. 

You can see the beginning stages of teaching a MW with baby Nargles on the previous MW post here: http://www.fluidmotionblog.com/2012/02/and-wait.html

Using the Moving Wait in Agility

I will use a MW when I first begin teaching distance, asking the dog to wait when they are out in the middle of a course to go out and treat and reward them.

Why do I do this?

When you want to reward your dog where do you do it? Most handlers bring their dogs back to them, but what you really want to reward is that distance, so I want to reward them out there, this helps build their confidence, and confidence is the key to any distance training.

A lot of the times I will ask the dog to wait after they just did an awesome sequence at a big distance, for example; Nargles just did a pinwheel at 20 feet and she has never done anything at that great of a distance, I will ask her to wait after the pinwheel, I stay where I am, but i say "YES! Good girl! So Good!" , I will then redirect her back on course again. And sometimes I will go out to her to reward with a treat or a pet, I vary between going out to them or staying where I am and telling them how good they are.

By doing this I am building her confidence away from me at a distance, one of the keys is to continue working, if you go out to the dog to treat them you need to return back to your original handling position and continue on with the sequence.  Same with if you stay where you are and verbally praise them, you need to praise them and then continue on with the sequence, that is all part of the MW.

Life Skills
 
I use the MW for life skills as well, waiting before going out the door, waiting in the car while I unload things. I have also used it when walking or at agility trials if I need them to stop right away. Because I have done so much work with the MW both of my dogs understand how to stop their feet even with an adrenaline rush and how to control that adrenaline through the Impulse Control games we have done. The MW has saved me a time or two in emergency situations when I need my dogs to stop and stay there until released.


Impulse Control

I use the MW to teach impulse control as well, in the previous blog post I posted a Youtube video showing my dogs working with the Wait Game. I use this game a lot to teach impulse control, this game can also be used to increase motivation, increasing that drive to want to get the toy or food tube.

This Youtube video clip shows the beginning steps of teaching a MW,  using the MW as a reward during training and it also shows myself with Nargles and Try playing the Wait Game outside with more room.

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Re: Confidence for Distance - The Moving Wait
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2012, 04:53:22 AM »
I started working on the moving wait last season, and practiced it this winter, and Saturday it worked like a charm, and saved my Touch and Go run!!

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Re: Confidence for Distance - The Moving Wait
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2012, 10:28:53 AM »
Thanks for sharing, Amanda!  This is the kind of topic that will keep me coming back to the forum!

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Re: Confidence for Distance - The Moving Wait
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2012, 11:54:29 AM »
Thanks Becky and Nancy!   I am going to try and post training tidbits here when I have some spare time! :-D

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Re: Confidence for Distance - The Moving Wait
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2012, 07:04:20 AM »
Thanks so much for explaining this Amanda!  I've been working on this with my young pup, but I'm wondering if this has any effect on their speed.  I have an older dog who rarely (if ever) runs in extension because she wants to make sure she is correct all the time.  Now, if out of the blue, I start asking for a wait, won't the dog want to be ready for this to happen?

I'm not explaining very well, but I'm a big worrier, too, so I'm worried that my dog will be worried!!
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Re: Confidence for Distance - The Moving Wait
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2012, 10:40:27 AM »
Watching your video was very enlightening.  I'm going to try this exercise with my Border to see if I can get better self control.
Thanks for posting.
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Re: Confidence for Distance - The Moving Wait
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2012, 06:38:51 PM »
Thanks so much for explaining this Amanda!  I've been working on this with my young pup, but I'm wondering if this has any effect on their speed.  I have an older dog who rarely (if ever) runs in extension because she wants to make sure she is correct all the time.  Now, if out of the blue, I start asking for a wait, won't the dog want to be ready for this to happen?

I'm not explaining very well, but I'm a big worrier, too, so I'm worried that my dog will be worried!!

Hi Kathy!
   If you have a dog that may need a bit more motivation a moving wait can help because you can ask the dog to wait and then praise them with " good girl! Yes! You are so good!" and then I will also start jazzing them up with a "ready?! Ready ?!" and then release them. This can help the dogs build drive and speed. I will try to film a YouTube clip next week showing the moving wait being used to increase speed and drive.

Hope this helps!
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