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Old 11-22-2010, 06:22 PM   #1
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The last of our trialing and training for this year has ended. At our last trial my sister's dog usually slows down on the teeter but for some reason he ran right up and off while it was in the air. (a fly-off). It scared him so in her next class a snooker class, she used the teeter twice and he did go over it, in fact she Q'd, but he was very hesitant.

In her next class he took one look at the dog walk which he has never had a problem with, and would not go up it. I think to him it looked like the teeter again. She spoke to the judge and picked him up and put him on the top of it and he walked across and down the other side, and completed the class.

I don't know if this is the right information to give her but I suggested she get a board, start with just walking over it, then put something under to make it tip a little and gradually make it higher, much like you would when starting out. By Spring when we can start using our equipment again, do you think doing that this winter will help? Is there a better way of doing it?

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I don't have much time here, so this will be quick and brief.

Dogs often get the teeter/dogwalk confused. We see this in most dogs. As the dog approaches the obstacle, it looks like an up ramp, which both the teeter and dogwalk have. I try to get my students to as many fun runs and different pieces of equipment as possible to help the dogs generalize equipment and learn to differenciate between the teeter and dw.

Yes, you should retrain the teeter exactly as she did in the beginning. There is tons of info out there on retraining a teeter. Check out cleanrun.com and look through the archives of the magazine.

If my students' dogs develop a teeter issue, I also strongly recommend they get a teeter for home use. You can use a plank and raise it, but a true teeter that can be slowly raise is your best bet.

If you can get to indoor training facilities over the winter, it would be awesome for your sister's dog to run the teeter...then the dogwalk....then the teeter...then the dogwalk... Doing this one day will only help so far, but it will help a bit. This type of issue CAN (but not always) require thousands of repetitions for the dog to again gain confidence.

What happened is that your sister's dog took the teeter thinking it was a dogwalk, so she ran up it with confidence she would have a plank under her feet. When the teeter fell out from underneath her, you can imagine her surprise and fear. Hence the fly off and the issue.

Very common, BTW. But a pain too.
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:30 PM   #3
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Thanks. We do have a teeter at home but as our weather will be really cold and snowy till spring we can't do it outside. Our dog walk and teeter do not look the same at home as they are different colors so maybe in the spring we will paint them the same color.

That is a good idea in the spring when we can get on the regulation equipment to do the teeter and dog walk, back and forth so he will learn the difference, will certainly try that.

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Just wanted to add, one of the things i've been told to teach Oscar is a very distinct cue command for the seesaw that is nothing like the cue I use for dog walk, for this reason because he was tearing up it at full speed then crashing down. The dog walk and see saw at our new training ground are both the same colour, which they weren't where we trained previously.

I've been told that this will help him know what pacing to take when the 2 come up in a run, because they look the same to him my very distinct cue will let him know what pacing he needs to take.
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I ran into the teeter/dog walk issue with Ash at his trial... but he thought the dog walk was the teeter and hesitated going up it. No problem on the teeter itself. Had to encourage him to keep going, you could see his realization of what he was on when he reached the top and it didn't go down. We did a lot of work on both pieces, and I hope now he listens to the words a little more "walk it" vs "teeter".
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