After you have conditioned your dog to love and recognize the “party” bowl and the “party” cue, you can build enthusiasm for that reward by playing “push back and jam.” Hold your dog’s collar in your left-hand and push with the right hand gently against the chest. Then say “party” and run together to the bowl.
This drill is part of teaching your dog that rewards do not need to be on your body. It provides a motivational option for giving rewards that involves food as well as movement and excitement.
This reward strategy builds duration of behavior and chaining multiple behaviors together. It is great to have in your pocket if you want to compete with your dog.
Here are a couple of examples. You can see the dog’s enthusiasm. Good job Ziva!
In this video the dog is rewarded for a hand touch by being send to “Party.” Good job Penny!