Having completed Starters, the dog is now able to do Touch - ie run through the start/finish poles, up to the target box which is 51ft away, touch the box with its paw, and return through the finish poles to its handler for its motivator.
Bronze level concentrates on training the dog to consistently do Touch correctly while also teaching the dog to do the Game pointing in different directions. The handler raises his expectations of what he wants the dog to do, while the dog gains a deeper understanding of what is expected of it through thorough training methods.
It is tempting to rush dogs through their basic training in our eagerness to show how clever our dogs can be. However, in the early stages of training an exercise, many dogs are accidentally doing it correctly.
This can be because of -
- because it is watching the handler's unconscious body movements (ie not necessarily those chosen by the handler to be the visual commands for the exercise)
- or because it has associated the environment with the exercise rather than the handler's visual and spoken commands, so that the dog cannot understand what is required from it when asked to do the exercise in a new direction or location.
The Bronze stage helps overcome these difficulties.
Having successfully achieved a certificate in Bronze, a dog must not attempt another Bronze certificate for at least an hour (it is preferable that the stages should be done on different days so that the handler and trainer can check whether the dog has really learnt and understood the Game). Combining this time delay with turning the Touch lane round so that the dog has to run in a different direction, helps to reinforce the exercise for handler and dog.TRAINING
See Guidelines for a full explanation of how to set up for success. Ideally the dog should be trained in exactly the same location that it was first taught Recall.Training and test for 1st certificate
Change the layout of the Touch training area (making new marks for the poles and the target box area) so that the dog runs in the opposite direction to that done in Starters.Training and test for 2nd Certificate
Either use the lane and direction as used for Starters or relocate the training area to another part of the venue. Remember to mark out the positions of the poles, and where the target box is located.Training and test for 3rd Certificate
Rotate the lane from the 2nd certificate so that the Touch lane is in the opposite direction (remembering to mark the new locations of the poles and the target box).
The dog has now earned its Bronze Touch rosette.
The dog can now progress on to Silver Touch
As soon as the Entry Form and fees are received the Dog-Games staff will enter your dog's details on the website Roll of Honour, so that you have a record of its achievements as it progresses through the Dog-Games and your certificate (and your rosette when you gain the third certificate) will be posted to you.
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