Epic learning a big lesson

Having three girls in heat in the house can be a challenge with three intact males. This is the first time that I have noticed that Epic really found girls interesting, and a new world seemed to open for him. Instead of trying to survive these days, we’re making the most out of this high value reward. Bitches in heat will be allowed in Swedish agility trials from this year, so it’s good to be prepared. I will let the video speak for it self:

  • reply Tegan ,

    I love this! Great use of ‘life rewards’ (even if it’s just a sniff!).

    How do you feel about in heat bitches being allowed in trial settings? In Australia these is a lot of debate about them in trials and dog shows – it seems things are a bit more open minded there, as I very much doubt that in heat bitches will be allowed at working events (e.g. agility or obedience) anytime soon.

    • reply Fanny Gott ,

      I think it’s great that they are allowed now. They have been allowed in agility in Norway for quite some time, and I don’t think that’s been a big issue there.

    • reply Karin Lehrman ,

      Love it! And I bet Epic likes it as well 😉

      • reply Marti ,

        This is an excellent example of “When you have lemons, make lemonade!” I am especially happy with the relaxed behavior. I want a Border Collie as my next agility prospect but it scares me when I see the BC’s in my classes I attend, HYPER panting. You give me hope!! Awesome training, great dogs.

        • reply Kingslandkennels ,

          Very nice video!!!

          • reply Cynthia ,

            Is Epic intact? I have an intact male, and may be getting a female that I would also keep intact, so using this technique might be very valuable. But I hear they can tie fast!

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            • reply Mi ,

              Love this! I tried this once before with my (then) intact male sheltie during an agility training session. It definitely took a LOT of patience but I’ve also never seen him run so fast before!! 😀

              • reply The Week in Tweets (25th January 2012) | Some Thoughts About Dogs ,

                […] fantastic post and video from Fanny Gott on using life rewards in dog trianing.  In this case, Epic was working for the reward of a whiff of a bitch in season!  Awesome and fascinating, check out the video.  Another nail in the coffin for those who insist […]

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