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Canine Masterclass: Fun Dog Training to Painting with your Dog

teacher avatar Tatiana Ambrose, Helping You To Be Creative & Productive

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26 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Why you should enroll in this dog training art course with your dog

    • 2. Hi, I'm your teacher, Tatiana Ambrose

    • 3. Art Supplies Needed for this Fun Class!

    • 4. You Can Change the Canvas Color

    • 5. Importance of Your Project Area

    • 6. Meet my dog assistant, Athena

    • 7. What is the last concrete thing you want to remember your dog by?

    • 8. Importance of Exercise for your dog

    • 9. Look Closer at Positive Reinforcement Dog Training

    • 10. How to Mark and Reward Your Dog's Behavior

    • 11. Keep it Short and Fun!

    • 12. What to Do If you get Frustrated

    • 13. First dog training steps

    • 14. How to Get Paint on Your Dogs Feet

    • 15. Cleaning off your Pet's Feet

    • 16. Complete Your Trial Run on Paper

    • 17. Create Abstract Art on Canvas

    • 18. The Easy Clean Up

    • 19. Introducing new dog, Romeo, to Canvas Panels

    • 20. Morning of Day 3 with Romeo

    • 21. What Happens When you Skip the Trial Run?

    • 22. Final Art Product

    • 23. Protecting Your Artwork

    • 24. Take Your Training to the Next Level

    • 25. Identify Areas of Improvement with your Dog

    • 26. Athena, Romeo & I hope to see you again!

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[5 Stars] Very good so far I'm learning a lot. -Paul R

[5 Stars] This course includes art, but mainly it is about training. That makes a better art piece and a happier bond with your pet. Good stuff. -Shelley C.

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Do you have a dog? Do you love teaching your dog new tricks? Do you want a painting to cherish forever created by your dog?

I have worked in a wide range of professional dog related fields to get as much knowledge as possible when it comes to a man's best friend: from dog training, to dog grooming and even in the veterinary field as well. Just like you, I am a huge dog lover and I can confidently say my dog, Athena, is my life. Together, Athena and I, will show you the step-by-step dog training breakdown on creating abstract art with your dog. This course is 1/2 dog training and 1/2 abstract art painting This combination will result in not only an art painting you can cherish forever but a happier pet that you can now develop a stronger bond with through positive reinforcement.

Don't worry if you have ZERO art or dog training skills, because 1) your dog will be the one creating the abstract art piece and 2) I will give you, the dog owner, the dog training tools needed to teach your dog the awesome confidence for painting abstract art on canvas. With practice and patience you and your dog will be creating art in no time while building a stronger bond!

You know dogs don't live a long time compared to humans, so why not create abstract art with your dog that you can hang in your house and cherish forever? One thing I know is that this will be a memory to remember for a long time to come because WHO do you know paints abstract artwork with their dog? YOU DO!


Class Goals:

  • Understand and apply basic positive reinforcement dog training steps to introduce your dog to the art supplies
  • Recognize frustration triggers during your dog training sessions and how to effectively manage your frustration
  • Fully understand what makes positive reinforcement dog training so effective in getting the desired behavior from your dog
  • Put into practice the various steps in creating a one of a kind abstract art work with your dog

Enroll today in this course, Athena and I are excited to meet you and can't wait to give you the dog training tools for you and your dog to start creating abstract art together while developing a stronger relationship!

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1. Why you should enroll in this dog training art course with your dog: Hi there. So the only question I have for you is how much do you love your dog? If you love your dog as much as I love mine, then I guarantee you hands down. This course is for you, Michael, is that by the end, this course you will not on Lee have a stronger relationship with your dog. But you will have an amazing abstract painting to cherish forever in the scores, I give you simple, positive reinforcement steps that introduces your dog to the project area, the campus panels and the paint. Then, after you and your dog create your amazing abstract masterpiece, I conclude the course with various ways you can start building a stronger bond with your dog. This course is all about your dog. And the reason why you should be creating abstract artwork with your dog now today is because dogs don't live a long time. And every owner should be having at least one piece of artwork created by their dog hanging in their home. I want you to have fun throughout this course and go at your own pace. So go ahead, enroll. Today, Athena, Romeo and I can now wait to share this experience with you. 2. Hi, I'm your teacher, Tatiana Ambrose: Hi there. My name is Tatiana Ambrose and I will be your instructor throughout this course. As I show you step by. Step on how you can create your own piece of artwork with your dog. Now, before we continue on, I do want to let you know that if it any point you're confused. Something doesn't make sense. You have questions you don't know the next step. Feel free to reach out to me. And I will give you any additional help that you will need in hopes of completing your masterpiece. Now let's move forward and take a look at the supply she will need for this course. 3. Art Supplies Needed for this Fun Class!: Hi. Now, let's take a look at what supplies you will need for this course. First and foremost, you will need your dog. This is my girl, Athena. Then any size canvas of your choice, I will be using this three pack of campus panels. I will also be using finger paint paper. Or you can use any paper that can handle various types of paints. This is gonna be for your trial run before switching over to canvass. I will also be using this factory plastic wrap off this campus panel in my project area to lay my paper and canvas on. You can also use plastic sheeting, a tarp, or even cut open a plastic trash bag. Then washable, nontoxic kids paint a dog leash to help keep your dog in the project area a bucket and Iraq to wipe off the dog's feet. I would recommend 3 to 6 towels, depending on how you set up your project area. Any color spray paint. If you want to change your canvas color, depending on your dog, you might need some tape to hold down your finger paint paper during your trial run, multiple sheets of newspaper will be used to let your canvas panels dry, and I welcome any other art supplies for you to use at the end of this course. 4. You Can Change the Canvas Color: Hi. So at this point, if you want to spray paint your white canvas, now is the time for this project. I am going to spray paint all three of my white canvas panels with silver spray paint. All spray paint cans usually have directions on the back on how to best apply it for my spray paint. I will be applying two coats, and it takes about 30 minutes to dry after I've applied the second coat. 5. Importance of Your Project Area: Okay, So before I move on to how to set up your project area, I wanted to really briefly to talk about your dog's feet. If you have a longer hair breed, most likely they're gonna have a lot more hair in between their toes covering up their pop out. If you want more of the pop out to show up in the abstract art, you will have to take your dog to a groomer to get that hair turned up. Or, if you have the experience, you can do it at home. It definitely will be a personal preference, but I wanted to bring it to your attention before you get paint on your dog's feet. Okay, let's move on to how to set up your project area. So the first thing I need you to decide is where you're going to set up Your project Area will be inside or outside. I am going to strongly recommend you set up your project area inside first. Why? Well, insight. There will be less distractions for your dog, and it will be cleaner. If you are setting up your project area outside, you will have a lot of factors that come into play like how windy is it outside? Is it going to rain soon? Not to mention all the different distractions and sense for your dog. When they are outside, there will also be a chance that you will get dirt into your pain and onto your canvas. Now let's move on to how I set up my project area. Inside, I will be setting up my project area in my living room. Remember that you will be using washable kids paint, so almost any flat surface is going to be just fine for this project. So the first step is laying out your plastic or tarp and making sure it is as smooth and flat as it can get to ensure you don't trip over any section of it when walking back and forth. Next, you're going to take your duct tape and secure each of the four corners. I have laid out my trial paper on my plastic as well, and the last part is a personal preference off adding towels around the perimeter off my plastic wrap. In case Athena or myself do step outside the plastic. I know that the towel will take off the majority of the paint from her paws or my shoes. Lastly, as you can see, I have my bucket and rag ready to go. Because I know Athena will let me wipe her feet off at the end. Now let's continue on. 6. Meet my dog assistant, Athena: So now let me introduce to my dog, Athena. I've had her since she was six weeks old and right from the start, she proved to be a challenge with her spunky, active, literal self. So we soon joined a basic obedience course and an eight month span of consistent training. She was able to pass her off leash test, and right after that is when we really started having fun, I was able to bond with her, get a better understanding of how she worked, how her brain worked, What training worked for her, What training didn't work for her. And I can say with 100% certainty that our relationship is built on trust. I can talk about dogs all day long, but I wanted to give you a brief overview of who Athena is, since she's gonna be joining me throughout this course 7. What is the last concrete thing you want to remember your dog by?: Hi. I want to take couple moments now to discuss why you should be creating artwork with your dog. The first reason on why you should create artwork with your dog is that dogs are called man's best friend for a reason. They are the perfect example of what love and loyalty should look like. The second reason on why you should be creating artwork with your dog is that dogs don't live a long time. Compared to humans, depending on the type of dog breed you have, they will usually live 5 to 20 years. And that just is not long enough. The final reason on why should be creating artwork with your dog is that not only will it be a bonding experience, but you get to create lasting memories, and that in itself is priceless. 8. Importance of Exercise for your dog: Hi. I'm a huge advocate for exercising your dog at least twice a day, especially before doing any dog training or even starting this project. Why, you may wonder in the morning my dogs are excited, so going out to give them exercise and let them play with each other wears them out physically and in turn puts them in a calmer state of mind from experience dogs like having jobs and accomplishing things that they can do. They're not meant to be kept locked in the house. 24 7 I will always encourage mental and physical exercise for any dog because at the end of the day, that is when they air the happiest. So a good exercise you can do before starting your abstract art project with your dog is to take him on a walk, and during this walk, you can have a small training session on leash manners. So you're going to make sure your dog isn't pulling and you can even periodically switch the direction you are walking. This is a great way to give your dog mental and physical exercise. Now, with Athena, I will play football or Frisbee with her as well because she is a high energy dark that can go, go, go for long periods at a time. So what happens when you don't give your dog daily exercise because you're too busy? Or maybe you the owner, can't walk that far again. From my experience, this is one. Bad habits can start to surface. Ah, good recent example is when I left for vacation, Athena's exercise schedule was decreased. So I get home, and when I'm unloading the car, I look over and Athena's chewing on the metal chair leg. You should have seen my face. I was like, What are you doing? And then another sign of her being absolutely bored out of her mind was she started obsessively licking one area of her leg for long periods at a time. So, as you can guess, yes. The next day, she got back onto her exercise schedule and hasn't chewed the metal chair leg nor licked obsessively since then. There are so many ways to give your dog exercise. I'm going to give you another example with Athena, so if it's too hot or too cold outside, Athena will walk on her treadmill for about 30 minutes. I bought this treadmill specifically for her. It runs great. It is an older model, but it costs me on Lee $20. So if you are stuck on how you can give your dog exercise, reach out to me and I will be more than happy to give you some suggestions. Let's me wants the next lecture. 9. Look Closer at Positive Reinforcement Dog Training: Hi. Now let's take a moment to talk about positive reinforcement as the training tool for your dog. Throughout this course, what is positive reinforcement? It is simply rewarding your dog for the behavior that you want. You can reward with praise, treats or even a toy. But what do you do when your dog does something you don't want him to do? You simply ignore it. You don't get frustrated. You don't make a big deal out of it because rewarding the behavior you want has shown that your dog is likely to repeat that behaviour over and over again. So, does your dog absolutely love a specific type of treat? Is there a specific toy that your dog goes crazy over? Or is your dog a people pleaser toe where verbal praise makes your dark the happiest? I do want to add that if it's a toy to make sure it's on a rope. So when you tell your dog to release the toy, it won't fall into the paint or onto the campus. Using a toy will make this project a bit more challenging, so I would definitely recommend trying to use a high value treat or praise first, So go ahead and pause this video at this time and find out what reward you will be using with your dog. Throughout this course. Welcome back. The other part of making positive reinforcement effective is to mark and reward your dog's behavior within two seconds of receiving the desired behaviour. So let's move on to the next lecture so I can clarify this for you and show you what it looks like with Tina. 10. How to Mark and Reward Your Dog's Behavior: Hi there. So, as I mentioned in the previous lecture, positive reinforcement is made up of two things. One, a high value reward. End to the timing off the reward. Now, when your dog does something that you want him to do, you immediately mark and reward that behaviour. Within two seconds. When I say marked the behavior, you're either gonna be using a clicker or a verbal word with Athena. I'm gonna be using the verbal word. Yes, to mark the desired behaviour that I want from her that lets her know. Good job. This is what I want you to dio. Now let me show you what that looks like before we continue on to the next lecture. So let's go over the basic positive reinforcement steps to shape a new behavior. So first, you're going to learn the dog into desired position with a high value reward. With Athena, I'm going to be luring her into the sit position now, once her but touches the ground. I'm gonna market with a yes and give her the reward within two seconds. And then you keep on repeating this over and over until your dog understands what you want of him or her to dio. Then you add a verbal command. So it's Athena. Sit lower her her, but touches the ground. Yes. Give her the reward. And then you continue doing this. And then the last step would be phasing out the lure. So I would say Athena, sit without luring her her, but touches the ground market with a yes and give her the treat. So first, I'm gonna learn, you know, with my treat into the sit position once or but touches the ground market with a yes and give a reward. Then I threw a treat to decide to get her to go out of the sit position and repeat the 1st 2 steps. Yes. So this is basically the type of training we're gonna be doing throughout this course. Now, I understand that every dog is unique and different. So if you get stuck or you need some help, just send me a message, and I will help you get you and your dog moving forward on to the next part of this course . 11. Keep it Short and Fun!: hi there. So if you don't remember anything else from this course but one lecture, it would be this one. And there are two important key elements I want you to remember throughout the scores. Always keep things short and fun with your dog. Short and fun. I want your dog to fully understand each step and for him or her to get a break in between each step as well. Ah, break to just relax or play as a reward in itself for a job well done. So why do you want to keep these training steps with your dog shortened fun? Let's switch roles and put you into the darks position. Say you're taking a foreign language class. Would you like the class to be short with fun exercises where you always get a reward at the end? Or do you want the class to overload you with an hour off that foreign language material where the teacher is stern and putting lots of pressure on you to memorize all the new material? Today? I don't know about you, but I want to be in the short and fun for in class. If I was in the hour long lecture with that type of teacher, I would dread going to that class. Same thing applies to your dog. You want your dog to get excited when you get the tarp and the campus panels out, because it's time to have fun and get some treats. Taking baby steps now will go a long way in the future. As I mentioned in Athena's introductory lecture, I spent eight months of consistent training to get her to where she is now. It doesn't happen overnight. Her getting to completely trust me didn't even happen in one week. I want you to remember that this course is not just on creating abstract art with your dog as fastest possible. It is about communication and building trust with your dog while having fun. Now let's move on to the next lecture and talk about what to do If you get frustrated 12. What to Do If you get Frustrated: Hi. I want to dedicate at least one lecture to talk about frustration, to identify some of the reasons why you might be frustrated and ways to get out of that negative mind set so you can go back to having fun and bonding with your dog. Now I'm sure you have felt frustrated at one point or another, but when it comes to frustration, once you can pinpoint why you're frustrated, you will be able to fix the situation and avoid frustration in the future. Let me share with you some of the reasons why dog owners might get frustrated and what to do about it. The first reason on why you might be frustrated is that your dog is just too darn excited here. She won't listen or focus on you for this problem. I would recommend, given your dog, even mawr mental and physical exercise before starting the art project. Another reason is your dog has lost focus after 10 minutes. So for this problem I would recommend ending on a positive note and then taking a break. If your dog isn't focusing from the start, you may need to give a higher value reward than what you're currently using. But either way, if your dog is losing focus after 10 minutes, that's telling you that that is theater tension span that your dog has. So from here on forward, 10 minute sessions is all your dog can handle, which is perfectly fine and normal. And the final reason on why you might be frustrated is just the fact that your dog doesn't understand what you want him or her to dio. This is a common problem for the owner getting frustrated because their dog doesn't get it . Just like with Children, you need to take small steps and make sure your dog fully understands the first step before continuing on to the next. Too much information at once can confuse your dog. So the bottom line is, if you are getting frustrated, I would strongly suggest ending on a positive note and taking a break so you can relax and analyze if there is a step that your dog needs more practice in or what do you need to change to help your dark understand what you want from him or her? If in the end, anything I have mentioned fails and you don't know what you need to change. Contact me. Well, let me know so I can help you move forward with your dog. Just remember that this is a learning process not only for your dog, but for you as well. And both of you are team and you will move at your own pace. Now let's move on to next lecture. 13. First dog training steps: Hi there. Now let's move on to introduce your dog to the campus panels using positive reinforcement. All right, To start off, you're going to put the leash onto your dog. Then you're going to take your high value, reboard and learn the dog onto the campus. The moment that your dog steps onto the canvas, you mark and reward that behaviour. Then you can either throw a treat to the side or use the leash to guide your dog off the campus and repeat this process until your dog. One understands that stepping onto the campus equals a treat and to can comfortably walk onto the campus without any hesitation. Okay, so here I am with Athena putting on her leash, and she has never done this before. So I have my treats in my hand. I'm gonna do is lure her and the moment or foot touches the canvas. Yes and reward and then get her back off the campus. Yes, and reward and take her back off the campus, and I'm going to continue doing this with her until she understands the stepping onto the campus equals a treat. Once your dog understands that stepping onto the canvas panels equals the high value reward you are going to now move on to and practice learning your dog across multiple canvas panels. This part of the training is getting your dog used to walking back and forth across the panels, since this is exactly what you're going to be doing. When your dog has pain on their feet, try to get a walking pattern figured out with your dog like, Are you two just going to walk back and forth on one side, or will you be walking around the campus panels in a circle while your dog stays on the inside? Make sure you have a pattern down with your dog before continuing on to next. Lecture. Introducing your dog to the canvas panels can take anywhere from 2 to 5 days. I do not want you to rush this process. Instead, focus on communicating with your dog by luring, marking and rewarding while having fun as your dog learns this new skill. Now, every time Athena's front feet touched the canvas panel on market with a yes but reward her at the end. Okay, so once again, yes, yes, mark reward. Get her off the Chiapas panels. Yes, yes, yes, Mark, I dropped a treat. She breaks a position and watch This walks back over the canvas panels. Automatic reward. That is perfect. One more time. Yes, Yes. Reward drop piece. Break the position and she walks back willingly to me over the camps panels, which equals another reward. So after a training session, as you can see, I took the leash off Athena and I let her go play Hafun. I'm putting stuff away, and when I turn around, this is what I find. So that right there tells me that we're ready to move on to the next step. 14. How to Get Paint on Your Dogs Feet: All right. So you're probably wondering, how am I supposed to get the paint on my dog's feet, Tatiana. Right. Well, let me show you two ways of what not to do and then the final and easiest way on how you can get pain on your dog's feet so you can begin doing a trial run before switching over and creating your final art piece on campus. The first way I do not want you to get paint on a dog's feet is by attempting to get them to step in it. It just won't happen. The second way is attempting to dab paint on their feet. Most likely, the dog is going to pull away and resist so best to avoid this technique as well. So the best way to get paint onto your dog's feet is by utilising the plastic we already have down. All I'm gonna be doing is taking my multiple colors, pouring them onto the plastic and then using a sponge to create a thin layer. This way, Athena is gonna feel comfortable walking across the plastic and onto the campus. Now, once you have a thin layer of paint spread all across your plastic, it is now time to start your trial run 15. Cleaning off your Pet's Feet: hi. So if you have a medium to large size stock, you'll most likely be using a bucket and a rag to rinse off their feet. But if you have a small size dog, it might be easier for you simply pick them up, put him in the tub and was their feet off that way. Whatever way is easier for you. But let's take a quick look at how high rents and dry Athena's feet after a painting session. So if your dog doesn't mind having its feet touched, this should be a pretty easy process. All I'm doing is taking my rag dip in it in the water and wiping off Athena's feet while rinsing off Athena's feet. It seemed like majority of the paint was in between her toes and underneath her nails, so make sure to double and even triple. Check this area when cleaning your dog's feet. If your dog is like Athena, which you can see, she's trying to lick the rag and her feet at this moment, do your best to not allow your dog to lake any area of dirty rag or their feet during this process, and then the last step is simply taking my green towel and drying off her feet, and Athena is good to go 16. Complete Your Trial Run on Paper: Now it is time for the big test on your pieces of paper to see how well you have prepared your dog and how well you work as a team. In my eyes, this trial run is necessary and mandatory because it will introduce your dog to walking through the paint, along with seeing if there any changes you to make to your project area. Like do you need to add more paint or even a larger project area? Maybe you just need less towels. Either way, this travel on will give you all the answers you need and what improvements you need to make or what you and your dog still need to work on. Some dogs may just need the practice of getting used to walking through the pain. Remember, if your dog is unsure about walking through the paint, you're gonna do the exact same thing. Ashdod on campus. The moment that your dog steps into the paint, you market and reward, and you eventually build up on that story. Dog can walk through the paint and onto the campus. Once you have finished your trial run, it will be time to make the necessary changes and move on to the next lecture where you and your dog will create your abstract masterpiece on canvas. So at this time, you can start. 17. Create Abstract Art on Canvas: So how did your trial run go? Are you and your dog ready to create amazing abstract art on campus? Let's get started. So here Athena and I are creating our final abstract artwork. I felt like our trial run went great. The project area did not need much tweaking. The only thing that I really need to focus on in my final abstract masterpiece with her is rotating my canvas panels because she kept on walking in the same place on each one. So by rotating, I ensure that Aguilera, Pa. Prints all over the campus. And then, as far as having a walking pattern with her, I felt like walking around the project area with her being in the middle seemed to work the best for us. A couple of times I did just walk back and forth on one side with her, but I felt like I didn't get as many of her Papuans on the canvas as I did when I was walking in a circle. So when Athena and I were done creating are abstract artwork, all that was left was washing off her feet, cleaning up the project area and letting her artwork dry. Now it is your turn to begin your final abstract artwork creation with your dog, Hafun 18. The Easy Clean Up: Hi. Now, once you have done a trial run and then completed your final abstract art on canvas, it'll be time to clean up. And this is gonna be one of the easiest task C will have. All you will do is pick up all your dirty towels and the dirty bag from the bucket, wash them separately in your washer, pour out the dirty water from the bucket and then take your plastic wrap, tarp or whatever you used to spread the washable paint on. You can either one fold it up and throw it out in the garbage can or to take it outside. Rinse it off so you can reuse it again in the future. It's that simple. 19. Introducing new dog, Romeo, to Canvas Panels: Okay, So now that Athena has created her abstract artwork, she may have made it look almost too easy, right? So I'm going to bring in another dog and do the exact same thing. I have a foster dog who has been with me for about three weeks. His name is Romeo. He does have a good concept of his basic commands, but he does have a little bit more of an uncertain, submissive personality. So let's take a look at how Romeo does. So to begin with, I set up a clean project area the same way as I did with Athena, to see how Romeo did walking on the plastic and towels. Romeo definitely wasn't phaser scared to walk on the plastic or towels, but he was very confused as to what we were doing. At times, he would pull me towards the front door, since he associates the leash with an outside walk. But once I felt Romeo had relaxed a bit, I started introducing him to the canvas panels. He did okay for the first day during our small 15 minute training sessions, but I don't know if you can tell he is confused and still not really having fun. Then towards the end of that day, he gets it a point where he wouldn't take treats. So that told me two things. One. Athena really made my job super easy and to I needed to change my training technique with Romeo because what worked with Athena simply was not working with him. And at the end, the day I cannot lure, Mark and reward a dog if the dog is in shutdown mode and just one still lay down. So I ended up giving him a lot of affection, spending mawr leisurely time in the project area to get Romeo used to this area as just another part of the house and not an area to avoid. Then the other thing I had to change was taking off the leash because he became really submissive. You could tell he wasn't having fun, so that had to go. Now that I had changed my training technique with Romeo, he turned into ah, happy dog that now one streets, has a food drive and is having fun while he learns that stepping on a canvas equals a treat . This process took me two full days with Romeo we had about 4 to 5 short training sessions each day from morning to evening. I moved at his pace. Now let's take a look at Day three. How I know Romeo is ready to move on to the next step. 20. Morning of Day 3 with Romeo: Hi there. So this is the morning of day three. As you can tell, Romeo is focused on me and the treats. Plus, when I toss a treat behind him to get him to step off the canvas, he comes back to me and stands on the campus panel. He no longer is laying down. We're trying to give me his paw for retreat. He did great in the two days to get to this point, and I know that he is ready for the next step. So let's move on to the next lecture. 21. What Happens When you Skip the Trial Run?: hi there. So if I didn't convince you why a trial run is essential Before moving on to campus, I decided to skip the trial room with Romeo and go straight into creating our final abstract art on canvas. Let's take a look at why this was a bad idea. First Rodeo absolutely does not want to step into the paint, so a trial run would have let me know about this issue, and I could have spent more time introducing him to the paint like I did with the canvas panels. He does eventually step into the paint but is not comfortable with it. So it results in him stepping into the paint, then onto the towel, which takes off majority of the paint and then onto the canvas panel. So the end result will be a faint colored, almost blurry abstract art designed by him. And as you can see, it looks like I'm still training him, and that's because I am. So I guarantee you that this abstract artwork will turn out good, but I know it could have been better if he was more comfortable stepping into the paint. The second reason why a trial run would have made my final. Our project easier is that with a trial run, I would have known to make a bigger paint area for Romeo for the final art project. Unlike Athena, who was on a leash and stayed close to me, Romeo is off leash and had the freedom to walk wherever he wanted, which, of course, he chose the towels majority of the time. So expanding my project area would have made everything slightly easier. Now, once we were done with creator abstract art, Romeo did not want me to wipe his feet off with a rag, so I had to pick him up and carry him into the tub where rinsed off his feet. So hopefully you can now see why I consider a trial run mandatory. 22. Final Art Product: Hi. So before we continue with this lecture, I wanted to tell you great job on getting this far. Now that your canvas panels have dried, what do you think? How did they turn out? If you love how they turned out and you don't want to do anything to it, great. You could move onto the next lecture. But if you are like me, you may want to add those final touches. Thes Final touches can be related to you or your dog. You can add duct tape beads, cut out and add Papuans from your trial run, or maybe even jazz up your artwork by adding Sharpie designs. Heck, you may want to just add some of your fingerprints or handprints to it and call it a day for Athena's artwork. I decided to cut out abstract designs out of decorative tissue paper and then outlined them with a silver pen. And finally I added both of our names at the bottom. Now for Romeo's abstract art Hiss. Pop prints weren't as defined as Athena's because he kept on wiping the paint off on the towel. So for his artwork, I decided to take the extra washable finger paint and simply outlined some of the areas of this abstract piece to give it more of a pop. So go ahead and decide what final touches you want to add to your artwork, if any, and I will see you in the next lecture. 23. Protecting Your Artwork: now as a final word about your artwork. It is a washable paint, so protecting it will be important. But it does rule out a lot of the sealers. A funny story is I did go to an art store and spoke with the guy that worked there. I showed him Athena's three campus panels. He looked them over and then looks up at me and says, Just out of curiosity, Why did you use washable pain? I could tell what he was thinking. Just by the way he asked me that question, like Why on earth did use washable because majority sealers will streak a ruin. Your artwork? Were you even thinking? Well, I looked him straight in the eye and said, My dog created that I needed a non toxic paint that washed off her feet And right then his expression changed. He looked back down and said, Now I can see the PA prints that makes sense. That right there confirmed that Athena and I made amazing abstract art work together. If I have to tell another person that she was the one that created it, So the best way to protect this artwork is by one framing it into keeping it out of direct sunlight. Right now, I'm still trying to pick out the perfect frame that I want for Athena's artwork, but I have definitely decided on a black background. 24. Take Your Training to the Next Level: Hi. So, do you remember Step three and four of the mark and reward lecture? Step three was adding a verbal command, and Step four was phasing out color. So if you and your dog continued to make abstract art together, I suggest moving on to step three and four. Let me show you what I mean and break it down for you. As you can see, I am no longer luring Athena with a treat, but I still reward her at random times. Plus, she's off leash now. To get to this point, Athena has to know her. He'll command which is staying close to my side. That would be Step three. And she continues to step onto the campus knowing a high value reward is coming, but doesn't know when to even add to the mystery of this. I have multiple high value rewards I give her so she never knows what to expect. Yes, you can look at this as a fun game between me and her. But one thing I guarantee you is that Athena won't get bored during our painting sessions because they are always fun. Short and end On a positive note, I would say getting to this point might take you 7 to 14 days. But again, it all depends on how many training sessions you have with your dog. That will be the determining factor. But if you have trouble advancing to this point, let me know so you can have a fresh perspective on what may need to change. 25. Identify Areas of Improvement with your Dog: Hi there. Now that you've gone through the entire abstract art projects, are there areas the union dog can work on and improve in? If so, let me show you the number one tool I recommend you utilize. So if you guessed YouTube you are right. There is just so much free information when it comes to basic obedience, such as how to teach your dog to heel. If that is a problem area, you need to improve on with your dog. Todd Off here are different trainers. Different people there didn't present it to you in different ways. If option A, B and C to hell did not work, you can t junk Stop barking, jumping, walk on the leash, Sit Any basic obedience command, you will be able to find different techniques for your dog right here on YouTube. Because at the end of the day, there isn't one technique that works for all dogs. Every dog is different. And if you went through youtube and you're still stuck, contact me. I promise you that I want you and your dog set up for success together. 26. Athena, Romeo & I hope to see you again!: Hi. You have now reached in this course. Thank you so much for joining Athena and I. And we hope that you have an amazing piece of artwork that you can cherish for years to come. If you enjoy this course, I would honestly love if you could leave a review that will let future students know what your experience was with this course. Thank you once again for joining me, and I hope to see you again.