At our last we session picked a spot in the yard that was under Tango's threshold and watched cars go by. In the time since, the client has worked with Tango and they have gotten 20 feet closer to the road! Tango has come a long way, both literally and figuratively!
Went to the dog park today to work with Red. We first went around and greeted people, and he was rewarded for doing so. He did very well and even allowed people to pet him! We then practiced his recall using the long line. This is still a work in progress.
Cooper is a beautiful 10-week old yellow Labrador Retriever. His pet parents are experienced dog owners and have already taught him a solid Sit, so tonight we worked on Down and Leave It. It's always exciting to see that little puppy light bulb go off when they figure something out. This little guy is going to be a lot of fun.
When she's outside Gracie has a tendency
to get excited when cars go by, and recently broke lose and darted into the street, so tonight we worked on desensitizing her to them. Last week we worked on Leave It and when a car came by I repeated the command. As long as she ignored the car and paid attention to me she was rewarded. By the time our session was over she laid contently next to the neighbor's driveway as they pulled in, just a few feet away from
Loose Leash Walking and Go To Your Spot were on the agenda tonight. Tugger walks pretty well but does sometimes pull. We went over being a 'tree' and making a u-turn when she does pull, and rewarding her for walking nicely. Go To Your Spot was a different story. Tugger seemed disinterested, so we tried different rewards but it didn't seem to help. It was only after we attached her leash to guide her a bit did we see the light bulb moment and after that she picked it up really quickly.
“Dogs are special that way - you can ignore them or yell at them, they always forgive you.”
― Pam Torres, It's NOT Just A Dog!
Once again, Ash helped with our training of Red. This time, instead of tying Ash and Red together to get him to come when called, we used Ash as his reward. In other words, he had to come to get to spend time with Ash. We also used a long line and had Red alternate between coming when called and being allowed to sniff his surroundings, which was his reward.
Blaze, a 10-week old black Labrador Retriever, began his basic obedience training today. Even though he had already been taught to sit it still needed some polish, so we worked on that, since a solid Sit is the basis for so many other commands. We also worked on responding to his name as well as taught him the Down command.
After a few months off we were back working with Gracie, a 3-year old Border Collie mix. When she's outside she gets excited at cars driving by so tonight we worked on strengthening the Leave It command before we start with counter-conditioning next session.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI