We taught Eddie how to Stay, which is very important for his impulse control. We also
worked on his incessant barking when you walk towards a door and we had some really good success. By dropping some treats on the floor he learned that good things happen when people walk to the door, instead of something potentially bad (somebody leaving).
Rudy learned how to Wait and Stay today! He did really well, waiting patiently for me to put his food on the floor, and staying in place when I walked out the door. As a bonus he only jumped up twice, which was a huge improvement over last week. He is learning!
Today we taught Pepper how to Wait and Stay, and boy, what a struggle. I usually begin by facing the dog and taking just one step away for a few seconds, but Pepper would come towards me, no matter how small of a step I would take. I then tried turning my back to her and taking a step. Voila, we had success! The moral of the story: if something doesn't work, try something else!
At 6-years old Eddie didn't really know how to Sit and he had never been taught to Down. Well, by the end of our session he was doing both! Down was a little bit of a challenge, but I used the bridge method (luring him under my bent knee) and he finally got it. Now to teach the
very active guy how to Stay!
Rudy is very happy to see people, and jumps up to say hello. We've been working on the Say Please Policy and using a high rate of reinforcement when he sits. It's paying off as he
hardly jumped on me today. We also taught him Down, which he did extremely well.
Sully and his people have done their homework to help teach Sully that he can be calm around other dogs.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI