Dog Training 701
Six Parts of Fluency: Get What You Want, When You Want It
The dog was huge. An adolescent Great Dane (about 150 pounds) walked calmly by my side into the bustling restaurant. He was the largest service dog in-training Iâ€™d ever worked with and even I wondered if I could keep him out of the way of the wait staff and patrons. After we were led to our table, I laid his mat next to my chair, cued â€œMatâ€ and spent the next hour or so enjoying a lovely meal while the dog relaxed quietly on his mat and remained out of the way.
Thatâ€™s fluency at work. The dogâ€™s successful â€œmatâ€ experience was due in part to his ability to do the behavior with distractions, for a substantial length of time, and with a great deal of precision (if he werenâ€™t squarely on that mat, he wouldâ€™ve been a tripping hazard.
So what exactly IS fluency? Why should you care about it? And how can you improve your dogâ€™s fluency?
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