[nagdu] The new GDB
carcione at access.net
Tue Dec 1 14:15:55 UTC 2009
Thanks, Kaye. Very interesting. And pretty cool about your solo route,
with no instructor tagging along!
Yes, I still have some trouble wrapping my head around food rewards, too.
But they do seem to work.
Did you find that Marjorie was just getting to the testing stage of things
when you were getting ready to leave GDB? That was my only quibble with
the 2-week program, and it wasn't enough of a concern to keep me from
doing it again. It was great to only have to take 2 weeks out of my life,
instead of 3 or 4.
> Yes, the training was very different. There's a real emphasis on food
> rewards, which I found hard to get used to, but at least with Marjorie, it
> works. We also worked with the clicker. It does work. I clicker-trained
> Marjorie to find a bus pole and she'll never pass that pole up without at
> least showing it to me. And it didn't take very long.
> There was still plenty of waiting around, but since I've been there, the
> training has changed. The training is only for two weeks, even for
> first-timers, at least in Boring. I would think there wouldn't be so much
> waiting around now because the training would have to be more intense.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tracy Carcione" <carcione at access.net>
> To: <nagdu at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 11:57 AM
> Subject: [nagdu] The new GDB
>> Kaye, you're just the sort of person I've been wanting to talk to,
>> who's been to GDB recently, and had GDB dogs before (as have I).
>> I've been reading a bit about GDB's new approach--less waiting around
>> during training, and using clicker training.
>> Did you find your recent class to be significantly different from
>> classes? Do you use different methods to control or correct your dog
>> you did before? I realize it's very hard to compare dogs. My Echo was
>> very different from my Amba, even though they were both black labs from
>> GDB, and trained with the same methods. But a correction that would
>> Echo into a quivering jello would barely have gotten Amba's attention.
>> Also, I went through GDB's 2-week retrain class 4 different times, and
>> there was still plenty of waiting around, though not nearly as much as
>> the first-timers. On the other hand, it seemed like my dogs were just
>> getting to the testing stage of things when I was getting ready to go
>> home, and I needed someone out on follow-up in a month or two to help me
>> polish up the rough edges.
>> Anyway, I'd be real interested to hear your thoughts about your recent
>> training, and if it was really different from before.
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