We're filming a video at the studio
today and it's rainy and drizzly outside. Instructor Steve just brought Watson
our little demo dog out for a pee. And I noticed Watson was getting super
muddy. And I had an idea for a video. I'm going to bet Steve, $100 that he can't keep Watson
in a sit and a wait on the mat. I'm almost certain that Watson's going
to get up and absolutely destroy the studio. So if you're seeing
this video, then instructor, Steve has accepted the challenge.
Let's find out I'm Ken Steepe. This is instructor Steve that's
Watson. Welcome back to McCann Dogs. Hey Steve, I'll bet you $100 that you can't have
little Watson there remain on the mat coming into the studio while you
go get a towel that I've placed on the kitchen counter.
If you can have. The
counter across the room. That's right. If you can have him remain on the mat, while you go get the towel without getting
off, I'll give you a hundred bucks. Now, if you can't achieve
this goal in five minutes, then you give me a hundred bucks.
I'm in, Let's do it. Okay. All right. I'm going to go set up a camera and I'm
going to get some microphones. Okay? Give me your money. All right. We
can do this. You and me, we got this. I'll split the money with
you. Okay, buddy. Let's do it. Okay. Here on our YouTube channel, we've published hundreds of videos to
help you to have a well behaved four legged family member. And we're
going to keep it fun today. And I've given Steve this challenge, but this is a really functional skill
that you can work on every single day. Now let's get to the
challenge so I can win myself. 100 Bucks. Now I have placed
a towel over here on the countertop.
Oh, careful. Because
if he steps off that mat, you're going to have to completely reset. And you're going to have to
go back to the beginning, but I'm going to bet you that you can't
have him sit and wait as you get over to the towel in five minutes. All
right, buddy. Watson, let's do this. Let's see what we can do. Okay.
Here, buddy. Good job. All right. Now I'm pretty jazzed
about this because, uh, I'd love to make an extra a hundred
bucks and I know what a little wiggle bum Watson is, it is a long way away,
especially for a young puppy.
Now, for those of you guys
at home, uh, you know, you're going to take your time with this. This is it's really important
that you do. Oh, see, I'm feeling pretty good about my
money right now. You're going to take, this is going to be something that you
train over the course of a few weeks. And it's something that you can pattern
every time you come in the door, you can work on that, uh, that
sit in at the mat. But Steve, uh, I'm going to increase the challenge. Steve has got to do it
in just a few minutes. One thing I want you to
really pay attention to, couple of things happened right there
that I want you to remember if you're teaching your puppy, how
to do this. Number one, Steve marked the moment that Watson got
up with his voice. So he said, oops, the moment Watson got
up to mark that thing. And then he stepped back in
and replaced him in position. The other thing is that
Steve's being pretty good about not showing the food
until he gets in really close.
You can see how ready to move Watson is. Can I get a time check? 1:45 in. Awe, I don't know what I'm going to spend
that a hundred dollars on. Yes. Good. The other thing, if you are new to
training, maybe you're new to our channel. Steve's using that. Yes,
he's mark. He he's, uh, uh, marking the moment that Watson's
making a good choice with yes. As he's at a distance,
then he returns to him. He really is a little wiggle bum for sure.
So this Steve has worked
in it for him. Okay. Oh, Hey. So yeah, no big deal. If
Watson, if Watson gets off the mat, Steve just brings them back
to that starting point. It's actually kind of nice that we're
using something like a textured mat to really make a definitive area
where Watson needs to be. Oh boy, I might be in trouble here. Yes. Well, no. So Steve's doing not bad. He's not that far from being able to sit three minutes, good pay, pay, close attention. Look at how often
Steve's going back to reinforce. He yesses at a distance to mark.
The moment that Watson is correct. Then he goes back to reward him in that
position, making that position. So, oh, I'm in trouble here making that position
so valuable that why would Watson want to move? I also love Steve could have
probably reached the towel there.
Yes. At that moment, went back back to
Watson classic dog trainer move. We have to be, we gotta be
getting close to time. Oh, no big win. Wow. Big win for Steve. Well done Watson. So this is
such, this is such a great, uh, exercise to do with your
dog before you even need it. So before your dog is wet and muddy,
uh, I mean that was an expensive, uh, that was an expensive
mistake for me. I didn't, I thought Watson was
going to be too wiggly. Little Watson here. Just won me a hundred bucks in just
because he was able to do it this time doesn't mean he knows
how to wait on a mat. And this is a super valuable
skill to teach your dogs. Now I have a bunch of food here and that's
one of the things that I use to build some value for holding position. So
when you're starting out with this, make sure that you pick some food
that your dog is interested in, use something that they
Good boy. And then the next thing is
simply teaching them to sit. If your dog knows how
to maintain a position, it's easy to build
value for that position. Now I literally just met Watson about
10 minutes before we shot this video. So he and I don't have any sort of
history and I'm still figuring out what he likes and what he's into, but I am getting them comfortable with
being lured into a sitting position. Good boy, excellent job.
And every time I do that, I feed them multiple times for
holding that position. Now, until he's sort of understanding
to maintain position, I haven't started marking.
done anything but using your yes. And getting yourself in the
habit of saying yes, as a marker, when your dog is doing
everything right. Yes. Can help him start to understand that.
Yes means good things happen. Now, my other expectations that he holds this
until I give him permission to get up. So when you're practicing this at home,
also get in the habit of whoopsie, telling him, okay, now he
got up before I released him. So I need to let him know he made a
mistake. I'm not trying to be harsher, overbearing, but a little whoops. And then I'm simply gonna guide him back
to the spot that I want him have him sit again. He's getting a little wiggly,
which most puppies will do.
Good boy. Good sit. Excellent. Yes. And
then I can start to build again, but what I'm going to do this time is I'm
actually going to reward them a couple of times and then I'm gonna release him
before he can to make sure that it's my idea. Good. Okay. That's
good boy. All right. So first step is simply building
value for holding position. And then I can transfer that
position to the mat.
In this case, we've got this mat right here. This is where I want my dog to wait
while I got that towel and dry them off. So if he's away from that mat, I can use a little food and
simply lure him on your mat. Sit. Yes. Good sit. Good boy. So now I've
got two parts. One is moving to the mat. The second part is going into my
stable position. Good boy. Okay. And then the next step is going to
be starting to add a little distance. Now I had about 12 feet
to go to get that towel. So I didn't think about going for
that 12 feet right away. Good boy.
Excellent job. I did it in little
teeny, teeny bits. And in fact, I spent actually a ton of time close
because I want to be really quick with my information, whether he's right or whether he's made
a mistake so that I can either reward him for doing a great job or I can
interrupt if he gets up and bring him back really quick and make it just sort
of a non event. Good boy. Excellent. Good job. Now we talked about the yes and
the video and Ken mentioned that that, yes, it's an important word when
I'm moving away from my puppy. Cause if he knows that, okay,
buddy, you're allowed to get up. Now if he knows that, yes
means he did everything right. I can use that when I reach
that further distance, but I'm always going to come back right
to him and reward him in this position here. You gotta be careful about
using your food, this particular spot. Because if I say yes, about five feet
away and I put my food out towards him, most young puppies are going
to get up and go for the food.
So I'm gonna make sure that
I'm bringing him right back. I'm rewarding in this spot. So he doesn't think about coming to me
and over time I can build a little bit of distance. So let's just see if I can do
that again. So he knows how to sit now. Oopsie. So he got up a little whoops I'm gonna
bring it right back to where I want him. Good boy. Sit. Good. Sit excellent.
Now again, I have this food in my hand. I want it here. I want to be able
to quickly reward him. Yes. Good. Yes. Good. So you notice every time I reward him
or rewarding him with his head straight, I don't want to start to have his head
creep around because he's going to think about having his body follow.
Yes. Good. Is it good? Yes. Good. So again, adding a little bit of
distance at a time.
It, yes. Good boy. Excellent. Very nice.
Good. Sit. Yes. Good. Going right back or morning.
I'm in the same time. And in fact now I'm actually
turning his head the other way. I don't know if you can see this. I'm actually rewarding him with his
head further away from the distance I'm going. I want him thinking rewards come
over there. Not come from over here. Good boy. Good. I'm gonna see if I
can get a little more distance again. Good to sit. Yes. Good sit. Sit. Yes. Good sit. Good boy. I know I
had a little bit of extra distance. I'm going to give a little extra
rewartd for that.
Sit. Good. Sit. Yes. Good boy. Now he's done really well. So I don't want to count my
chickens before they're hatched. I'm going to tell them, okay.
And I'm gonna allow him to move. Let them know that I'm going to
start and I'm going to end things. And the more you practice this, the more
distance you can build if he gets up, not a big deal, but I'm
encouraging him right back in, start closer to help them. The more successful. Now this is just one skill that you
can practice every day with your puppy. But if you're looking for other skills
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With that, I'm instructor Steve, this is Watson. Happy Training.
Wait a second. Where's my money?.