A few weeks ago Melissa was hesitant about going onto the 24 inch grooming table. I lowered the table and began to shape any movement towards the table, clicking for appropriate responses. Melissa was quickly running to the table that was a mere few inches off the ground.
Over the last few weeks I had two additional training sessions with Melissa and the grooming table. I increased the height gradually as I continued to shape Melissa's behavior. The final goal was for her jump onto the table and be totally relaxed.
At each new height, Melissa's enthusiasm for running onto the table grew.
I worked from different angles, to make sure she understood what was expected of her. The leash was held loose at all times.
Melissa is now running to the table and jumping onto it. She is relaxed and eagerly looking to me to do more. What better way to prepare her for future shows: starting with a stress free dog, from the ground up.
Success using the clicker!!