|the long tunnel|
|stackable jump or go around|
|the short tunnel|
So I tried today doing the agility training without the use of treats. Nothing formal, just weaving it in during play. I made sure I gave Brut the first couple of commands, so he would know I had no food and my reward was a happy voice and scratching the side of his head. It worked. I didn't click so that meant there was no food. He may have been confused for a minute, but he stayed happy and relaxed. It was great. The pressure was off.
Usually the other dogs stay away when we do the agility course with Brut. Sometimes Zappa or Fiona will tag behind Brut at a distance doing it on their own. Today Fiona was being the brave one. So I had Brut and her jump the barrel. What I discovered was amazing.
Then Fiona jumped...with Brut right there!
Then they went down for play...
And Brut POUNCED!!
They chased each other around the yard and had a blast. I am still blown away by the success of not using treats and the clicker training. It is like watching a drug addict get clean and sober. I can not begin to explain the feeling of watching Brut turn into a monster over food. Or the complete difference in his body language that is now engaged with fun and positive energy. Even Fiona was relaxed. It is going to take some time for Zappa, Fiona and Silver to begin to trust Brut's actions again, but I believe we are on the right path. Once the Back Dogs are in harmony the possibilities are endless in reuniting the Front Dogs with them. Each day brings that chance even closer. What a journey this has been and we are just getting started!