Advanced Contacts
Video 7

 

Using the Toy for Proofing and Understanding

 

We introduced the concept of using the toy for both proofing and confidence building while working the lessons in the Pre-contact Training Series III. Here we expand upon it, while working the actual contacts.

It is critical that these challenges shown in the video are done in a manner that builds rather than chips away at confidence. In order to accomplish this, the dog's understanding of how to reach the reward must be strong enough to result in a successful choice on the first attempt or second attempt at most. Repeated failures in proofing exercises will damage confidence. This video shows an appropriate level of proofing for this particular dog.