Jay Jay did so well learning how to Stay that his owner was shocked, especially when he stayed while we answered the door! Teaching a dog skills to control his impulses is so helpful, and important.
Maisie did great learning how to Go to Place. This skill - going to and lying down on a bed, rug, or mat - can be used to prevent begging, counter surfing, door dashing, and many other things.
Puppies explore their new world with their mouths. Rocks, sticks, mulch, socks, remote controls; you name it, puppies will put it in their mouths. But trying to pry things out of their mouths can cause resource guarding and can increase the risk that you will be bitten. That's why it is so important to teach Drop It and Leave It, which we did today with Ninja. She did so well!
Blizzard had a busy night, as we taught her how to wait patiently for the door to be opened, how to drop things she has in her mouth, and how to leave alone things that are not hers. She did great, even with the stuffed animals that look, and feel, like her toys!
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI