This is a little how-to guide to prove that making a platform isn’t rocket surgery.
Start by gathering your supplies. You’ll need enough mats to fit your design. In this case, I wanted to make a smaller square platform, so I only needed one mat. I use a decent pair of scissors to cut my mat(s) but a utility knife will work. You’ll need something to measure with, like a tape measure or yardstick, and a permanent marker (Sharpie) or pen to mark your mats at your measurement points. To hold the platform together, I just use Duck tape.
Today I decided to work on TEAM three with Brito. I worked on every exercise except for the stay while moving equipment. Can you see it – all of the small pieces that were addressed? Some of the session went well and plenty went wrong. That’s okay because the nature of dog training and learning involve both success and failure! There is nothing to worry about unless either the dog or handler become distressed. If you watch with care, you’ll see what +r trainers mean when we say “proofing” exercises.
Who would ever have thought the lonely little foot target could be such an important tool in teaching our dogs so many behaviours and concepts? But just how helpful are they? Well, it depends on the type of foot target and what you’re using it for.
Let’s consider a couple of basic foot targets and some corresponding behaviours they can assist you with. This will by no means cover everything, but it gives the novice or beginner trainer a clearer understanding of when they might use a specific type of FOOT TARGET.