Murphy has already been taught the basics - he knows his Name and Sit very well - but he likes to steal items - so we worked on Leave It and Give It. He caught on very quickly.
Finished up Bella's basic obedience. She really didn't need to learn Wait or Give It, so we worked on Off, which the clients requested. She did very well.
“We might miss the sign or we may be unable to read the expression, but it is almost a contradiction in terms to say that a dog feels something but does not show it. What a dog feels, a dog shows, and, conversely, what a dog shows, a dog actually does feel.”
― Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Today we worked on wait, come when called, and did some more work with leave it. Emily has calmed down immensely since we started working, due in part to the mental stimulation and having "something to do". She is progressing very well.
Finished up Grady's obedience with loose leash walking and come when called. His recall improved dramatically when we increased his reward to hot dogs. He also responded very well to hide and seek. Grady is well on his way to being a well-behaved dog!
Worked on leave it and stay, as well as the client's request to stop her from jumping when people enter the house. She did very well with all the exercises, although having her sit and wait after the doorbell rings will take some more
Holli did very well, as we were able to drive all around town for 45 minutes without barking. The only time she barked is when we actually
stopped for her to pee.
“There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog”
― Konrad Lorenz
Taught wait and loose leash walking today. Emily did very well with wait, but the walking will need some work, as she is a typical Beagle who likes to pull!
We spent a good portion of time working on ringing a bell to go out. We initially hung it on his crate in the living room. Initially he would enthusiastically ring it for a treat but then would seem to get bored with it stop. I determined that the reward wasn't big enough. We then moved the bell to the back door. Once he adjusted to it hanging there he seemed much more interested in it because ringing it meant he could go outside (a high reward).
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI