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Our almost five month old was at puppy school yesterday. One of the things they had to do was to crawl through this long tunnel. Well this one big dog did not want to go through. They closed the one end of the tunnel so he was forced to go forward. Well he didn't want to so basically his owner had to crawl through the tunnel from the other side and pull him through it. It was so funny. Everyone laughed. Even the dog trainer took a picture with her camera phone. Okay I guess you had to be there to appreciate it. LOL
 

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Yikes! Would have been nice to see a little more patience (i.e. several sessions building up willingly going into the tunnel) vs. forcing the dog to do something he didn't want to do.
 

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Well we each went through the tunnel (the dogs) three times. Each time each dog got better. I had to throw a doggy treat to mine the first time to get her to come through it.
 

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Well we each went through the tunnel (the dogs) three times. Each time each dog got better. I had to throw a doggy treat to mine the first time to get her to come through it.
The typical method of teaching tunnel..... I assume its typical anyway. I do it that way and have seen others do the same thing....

Is to start with a very short tunnel. I couple feet. and coax the dog through.

If you use one of those flexible expandable tunnels you can start with it fully compressed then move out from there. Lengthening it then adding turns .
 

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Sorry, I probably read more into it than was there. Sounds like a fun class if you're doing activities like that. Would be good for puppies to experience something strange and new like that in a fun atmosphere, I bet. The classes we went to consisted mostly of meet & greets, some rally exercises, and simple obedience training.
 

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Then people wonder how pups get ruined/spooked etc. Never had a problem with short tunnel(basically a narrow type hoop) start at all and gradually as the pup tells you increasing the length of tunnel. Done properly you eliminate refusals.
 

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i have used that method a few times when everything else fails (treats, short tunnels, everything) and after the initial "pull thru" (they seem to feel better once the owner is in there) they go thru the tunnel like they've been doing it all along.....i've also had the owner start thru holding the leash and a squeaky or treat and coax the dog thru w/ them....never a problem....i haven't used it on a pup, however, that is usually accomplished w/ them following another dog that they really like.....
 

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i have used that method a few times when everything else fails (treats, short tunnels, everything) and after the initial "pull thru" (they seem to feel better once the owner is in there) they go thru the tunnel like they've been doing it all along.....i've also had the owner start thru holding the leash and a squeaky or treat and coax the dog thru w/ them....never a problem....i haven't used it on a pup, however, that is usually accomplished w/ them following another dog that they really like.....
I can agree with using method when all else fails, I just would not start with it.
 

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Then people wonder how pups get ruined/spooked etc. Never had a problem with short tunnel(basically a narrow type hoop) start at all and gradually as the pup tells you increasing the length of tunnel. Done properly you eliminate refusals.
Yes. One of the dog club people does this at the end of Beginner Obedience II and has you drag the dog thru (I dropped the class b4 I got into the 2nd lesson.. too much negative stuff). He has been criticized by trainers and members and I notice he is no longer teaching classes.

i have used that method a few times when everything else fails (treats, short tunnels, everything) and after the initial "pull thru" (they seem to feel better once the owner is in there) they go thru the tunnel like they've been doing it all along.....i've also had the owner start thru holding the leash and a squeaky or treat and coax the dog thru w/ them....never a problem....i haven't used it on a pup, however, that is usually accomplished w/ them following another dog that they really like.....
Lsast resort.. and I would assume a short tunnel.

I can agree with using method when all else fails, I just would not start with it.
Yup. I am sure the Agility ppl will tell you that scaring a dog when it comes to agility obstacles can make a dog with a lot of potential N.G. for the sport.

In my case, Atka was loose in a training room and a tunnel was there. She went thru it and found the sound self rewarding.. and then she kept running back and forth thru the thing. Then she found a huge blue soft ball and proceeded to run thru the tunnel carrying the ball... she looked not at all like the Noble German Shepherd.. she looked like a Sable Goof.....

Agility is supposed to be FUN for both handler and dog.

While I am sure the class got a lot of humor out of this situation, the instructor should not have supported this.
 

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we had all my puppies going thru the tunnel, over the A-frame and walking on a teeter board laying on the floor by 8 wks just by having the stuff set out for them to play on....the A-frame was as low as we could put it and we put gate pieces on the sides so they couldn't fall off...they had a blast and not one of them were ever afraid of any of the equipment....

was the tunnels are always no more than 1/2 way and we also let them take their time....they're not drag/force thru, they're treated every step they take and talked to the whole way...not one of them has become afraid of the tunnel at all.....
 

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we had all my puppies going thru the tunnel, over the A-frame and walking on a teeter board laying on the floor by 8 wks just by having the stuff set out for them to play on....the A-frame was as low as we could put it and we put gate pieces on the sides so they couldn't fall off...they had a blast and not one of them were ever afraid of any of the equipment....

was the tunnels are always no more than 1/2 way and we also let them take their time....they're not drag/force thru, they're treated every step they take and talked to the whole way...not one of them has become afraid of the tunnel at all.....
There you go throwing common sense out here, playing, treats, a blast. You keep doing that silly stuff and before you know it pups change into dogs that actually love the work. Go Figure!
 

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We had the A frame thing also plus the short ladder thing (laid on the ground) plus the teter totter. The tunnel was one of those that you can make shorter. Now this is puppy class. I did take the next course with one of my dogs and I thought we did it in there but I could be wrong. It was a long time ago.
 
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