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Aspen LOVES to train. Like really really loves it. Maybe too much?

She has been getting so excited that she isn't even focused and she's missing cues. She has a "watch me" cue and she does but literally her whole body shakes while she's waiting for the next cue.

Thoughts on ways that I can calm her down a little?
 

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I work on It's Yer Choice and calmness around rewards a lot. You can also work through the Relaxation Protocol. I always work on the dog's arousal levels around rewards because I love when my dogs are enthusiastic, but clear-headed in their responses.
 

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Well, you want your dog to be able to get more excited or more calm depending on what task you are asking her to do. I wrote a blog post on it here: Pip Positive: Rev It Up, Cool It Down: Using Arousal Levels in Training

https://youtu.be/6UCMlpe8uMQ

A lot of dogs get SUPER excited about the food they earn, but it's actually not good for their nervous systems to be in that high, high state all the time. You want them to be clear headed but very motivated.

You can build calmness with ANY dog: https://youtu.be/wesm2OpE_2c

I like the Kikopup tutorials because they are very clear :)
 

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Levi and I (but more specifically Heidi) play a game called "verbal fun" by Susan Garrett. Basically you start just walking along side them and asking for cues. Then you build up to running around and asking for cues. Eventually (and this is where I am) you run around whooping, while waving around toys and ask for cues. It's hilarious, but it teaches them to stay focused even when aroused. :p
 

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Because everyone needs to see someone crazy on a (rainy where I am) Thursday morning:

Verbal Fun
 
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