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Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Young Dog Intro to Articles

Young Dog Intro to Articles

Sometimes with young dogs, we are very excited about proceeding to the next level before the dog is quite ready. In the video, you see a young dog tracking and attempting article indication.

At the very beginning of the video, you see that the dog is struggling to understand that she cannot crawl and track at the same time. In this case, it is always helpful to have a leash between the dog’s legs, so we can quickly get the dog upright and going.

00:40 sec – the dog requires a lot of physical help to lie down at the article.

Just a reminder that the handler always decides how long the dog stays at the article by standing next to the dog and dropping kibbles of food. The duration of article indication depends on the stress level of the dog. When the track is challenging, or the dog is new to the process, the dog might get a little stressed – staying at the article, and eating is a version of a mini-break.

02:55 sec – before now, we physically helped the dog up. Anna is asking the handler to wait, and she tosses food on the track which the dog notices, gets up, and begins tracking.

03:34 sec – Anna is beginning to link a leash pop with food. Later on, it will work as a reminder for the dog to continue tracking and look for food. This is not punishment.

07:30 sec – it is crucial that we remember the number and location of the articles to help the dog out.

The recommendation is to practice article indication off the track.