right-to right

Canine Freestyle Moves Database

Right-to Right position, also called side reversed, is the dog on the handler’s right facing the handler. The dog’s right side neck/shoulder should be in line with the handler’s right leg pant seam.

The basic X Pen layout for teaching Right-to Right position, is where the dog walks straight into position. This simple layout is ideal for helping the dog get used to moving into the X Pen

Right-to Right
Suggested cue … Team

Start with the left end panel fully open to get the dog used to approaching in a straight line. Leave enough room between yourself and the front panel so the dog can stand with shoulders next to you. When the dog gets used to this you can turn in the end left panel so that he has to move a bit forward and has just enough room to stand in correct position. If his rear end tends to be in front of you, turn the end right hand panel in to prevent this.

Four views are shown.

Back View

Left Side View

Front View

Right Side View

Click on the picture to view video clip.

With each view the camera remained stationary but the perspective of the X Pen altered to show the handler and pen
       back view,
       left side view,
       front view and
       right side view.

The important thing to note here, is, from the dog’s point of view,

  • the location of the X Pen opening is on a different side of the X Pen
  • the “picture”, i.e. the look, of the X Pen is different and
  • once the handler is in the X pen, it is different again, because the handler is facing a different direction.

The wall is also a part of this “environment”. Here, the wall is the only thing that is “constant”. The dog is aware of the “whole” picture and knows when the picture changes; hence “change of context” for the dog.

How To Teach

The dog needs to be comfortable entering and being inside the X Pen before you can use it for training.

Initially set up your X Pen configuration so the dog can walk directly into position (refer to above diagram).

Once the dog is in position click then treat in position.

Toss a treat out in front of you to land behind the dog, that is, where the opening is, to make it easy for the dog to return to position after getting the treat.

You may need to assist the dog by luring/hand targeting him into position to show him what to do. Fade the lure/hand target as soon as possible. Eventually you want the dog to be able to find position on his own without any movement on your part. The aim is for the dog to target the right side of your body and learn this through habituation.

If the dog enters the X Pen from the left hand side of the opening there is a good chance he may stand crooked. If the dog stands with his rear end slightly in front of you, angle the left hand end panel of the opening into the pen such as to prevent the dog from being crooked. The dog needs to be straight and in correct position. Make sure the dog still has enough room to enter the X Pen comfortably.

You can also click then treat for the dog just maintaining position.

If using the more complex X Pen layout, initially toss the treat to your right, that is, out past the opening to make it easy for the dog to return for the next trial after getting the treat.

As the dog becomes confident, when resetting the dog, toss the treats out in the direction around the points of a clock. This enables the dog to learn to return to you and assume position from various directions. Entering the X pen teaches him to always approach the position the same way, regardless of which direction he came from.

When the dog is straight and in correct position 80% of the time you can add the cue.

When the dog has eaten his treat and starts to turn around to resume position, say the cue clearly and distinctly. Once the dog is in correct position click, then treat.

When the dog is coming into position reliably on cue, using the same configuration turn the X Pen 90 degrees left. With this change of context you may need to lower criteria and assist the dog again by luring or targeting him into position. When the dog understands this orientation, move the X Pen 90 degrees left again and repeat the training. Train in all four orientations.

If the dog is learning quickly you can test to see if the dog understands the position in a very wide X Pen configuration. In the wide X Pen you can position yourself to give yourself room on the left hand side to allow you to take a small step or two to test if the dog will maintain position. Gradually fade the X Pen.

If the X Pen cannot be faded try a more difficult configuration, like the one in the video clips. This shape makes the dog work harder to reach correct position.

Once the dog understands position without the aid of the X Pen, you should be able to call the dog from any direction using your cue word and he should come and stand in position.

NOTE: If you have cued the dog and he comes but does not stand straight in position, NEVER bring out a food lure to get him into position. Ignore it and go back to training.




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