||Very early on, my pups are
conditioned to a "place board". At first they are fed on one (regularly
starting at seven/eight weeks old). During this early puppy phase the
word "place" is imprinted. It is not a formal, enforced or corrected
process....just a fun, game routine.
Later, when we begin formal OB, they "heel" over one, "sit" on one and
return to a "heel/sit" on another one. Eventually (in advanced training
sessions), they will cast to and work from a distant remote "place".
This is Daisy at 3 months
old (Sept. 2005) "playing a game" of remote sit /here.
Christmas Placeboard FF Game
2006 Training Journal entry:
June 12 first drove to the
Square Pond DTA and Daisy went through a session of Force to Water =
went just super! afterwards went to BT's alfalfa field (just cut) & ran
five singles with all three dogs one single to the right and two
check-down "in-lines" in a stickmen field using the remote line return
technique, Dokken and a primer pistol (163, 196, 155, 123, 90 yards)
note: Daisy was introduced to the remote line technique two days
did really well, at first...I was going to move the line up to make it
for her, but decided to challenge her a bit after she ran right over to
board and sat on it without any "suggestions" from me, ran a short 50
yard mark inside of the set-up to make getting her back to the remote
place board the first time easier, with a bit of casting and coaxing she
was soon running back to the line (place board) and doing her 5 singles
with an "OK, I can do this...and it's fun." attitude - Wow! Now that was
a huge leap for a 12 month old pup.