I’ve finally entered Elsie in a CARO trial, coming up on June 26th. I’ve been working a lot this week (since I registered!) on getting the stand on cue, as well as more stimulus control on positions. Despite my earlier work on fronts, I need to do a little more on getting the front smoothly from moving in heel position (call front signs). I take a step back in the video, which isn’t a problem for CARO, but I’d rather not have to. Earlier in the training session she was coming in very crookedly, as well. Other than that, I just need to remember how to read the signs and not screw up all my subtle (or not so subtle) body cues, which would totally throw Elsie off in the ring. I am liking her heeling, she’s got pretty good duration despite a fairly low rate of reinforcement.
I’ve entered three runs in Novice, and I’m hoping to get that title soon so I can get started on advanced. I’m not competitive, I don’t think well under this type of stress, and I don’t like performing… The behaviours in Novice are not particularly hard, but I know I’m going to screw something up bad when I get into the ring (read: and piss myself), so I think I won’t set my sights on coming out of this trial with a Novice title!!
So, here’s how things have been going: