About 10 minutes before we went outside to teach Ginger Loose Leash Walking two deer walked through the yard and across the driveway, so you can imagine that Ginger was just a bit distracted. So we used a high rate of reinforcement to regain her focus and she ultimately did well despite the impromptu visitors.
Rosie did unbelievably well learning how to Down and Stay today. Her people hadn't attempted to teach her to lie down yet, but in less than 30 minutes she was doing it like a pro. And by the end of our session she could stay even when I left the room. So great for just 23 weeks old!
We completed Mitzi's training by teaching her Leave It. She is very food motivated, and very determined, so it took a little while. But by the end of our session she was able to leave alone something she usually can't resist: the trash can!
Sadie learned how to Leave It today. Along with obvious uses like food being dropped on the floor, this skill will be used when Sadie gets focused on the cats and tries to chase them. When we practiced it she gave us almost immediate attention!
Unfortunately Yodel's lesson for Come When Called was tonight, not a few weeks ago, when he got loose. While he would come close when called, he wouldn't come all the way. It eventually took several people to wrangle him. So tonight we played recall games like Puppy Ping Pong, and used the Premack Principle to teach him that coming to us is fun! He did very well and is on his way to a reliable recall.
Mitzi is steered by her nose and, therefore, has a habit of pulling when on leash when she catches a scent. Today we taught her that walking near us and offering us eye contact earned her a food reward as well as the opportunity to keep moving forward. Within a matter of a few minutes Mitzi was walking without pulling!
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI