One thing i do cover in my CU class is Dr Overall's Relaxation Protocol. I don't remember if McDivett mentions it in the book, but there was a lot about it on the CU list. You can find it here:
I do this on the mat, use the "magic mat" cue and use a down instead of a sit. It is 15 days worth of activities and do what you can in the space you have. There are tasks that require you to go 10-15 steps in either direction; i don't have a room that big but you learn to fudge a bit. You perform the first task, reward (but not release the dog from the mat) and go on to the next task until you've finished the entire day's work. Break the days down if you have to. End with something easy for the dog. What this will give you is a dog that can stay on her mat with all sorts of environmental distractions. It will also give you a dog that you can send to the mat when the doorbell rings and will be able to answer the door while she stays on her mat. (I just brought the door thing up because that is a common problem.) These exercises are designed to test the 3 big D's of training (Duration, Distance and Distraction). I need to return to this with Zest. I did quite a bit of it and found teaching a stay was way easy.
I should also do this with the crazy malinois that lives at my house. I tend to do things in fits and starts and I've been lazy lately. Then I could see what happens with 2 dogs and one mat. I suspect they'd share the mat or Zest would not let the mali on the mat.
For the mali, because of her excitablity (and almost inablity to be still), i'll work more on her having a calm demeanor on the mat. I'd shape that using the clicker. c/t for a down; c/t for the head down; c/t for deeper breathing, sleep eyes; etc. Then I'd start doing the RP. I need to get back to that with her. With Z, I just started the RP. Just depends on what you want and the handler/dog team. If i were training the cue "bed" i'd do those steps with Z.
Yea, the book is a lot to take in and a bit all over the place. Around the 3rd time and taking notes it starting coming together for me. Some pages have 3 different colors of highlighter on them. And even then the dvd still helped clarify some things. You can buy it or rent it from here:
(I have not used this place; but I do know if you spend $75 at dogwise, you get free shipping)
You can also do the RP in a crate, and there i'd shape for a relaxed state. Leslie also has some ideas if you're doing the RP in a crate and doing Garrett's Crate Games.
This place also looks like it has some good articles:
wish the font was easier to read. i'll have to look at them tomorrow, it's a little late for me to sort things out tonight.
Anyway, that should give you something to work and think on for a day or two. Someone put the RP on their MP3 player, and went through the exercises like that. She counted things out where the exercise was in steps or seconds. I think that would work great. At the time I did not have a player, now i see how nice/easy that could make things.
Oh, and the CU list is ended, but you can still joint and access the archives. It's a yahoo group.
That's it for me tonight but i'll check in tomorrow. This was fun; hope it's helpful