We met Lexi tonight, a 16 month old Chocolate Lab. Her owners are having the typical, adolescent dog issues - jumping, stealing items, barking at the neighbor kids, etc. They have done a good job up until this point but just need a little help, which I am more than happy to provide.
We didn't have Bowser to help us today, so Sammy was a little standoffish, but his owners are seeing progress. This will take time. It's not a race.
Today Ash helped me test Susie's reactivity to a strange dog. When Susie first saw Ash she did charge the fence line, but after some work we did get Susie to focus on her handler while Ash walked by. Shortly thereafter, Susie and Ash were walking side-by-side, and we even let them play together for awhile. New BFFs!
"Learning from wolves to interact with pet dogs makes about as much sense as, 'I want to improve my parenting - let's see how the chimps do it!'"
- Ian Dunbar
Today we taught Reilly & Aston how to Leave It. Of course this will be useful when it comes to the baby. We also worked on the Sit cue, and with practice this will become the default behavior for when the dogs want anything.
Because Sammy is fearful of men it makes it very hard for me to work with him. Today we had the assistance of Bowser, Sammy's neighbor and BFF. Having Bowser around calmed Sammy markedly, enough that I could actually pet him. Hopefully things keep progressing like it did tonight.
We taught Lilly recall games to strengthen her Come When Called response. We also worked on her reaction when people come to the door, as well as her attention barking. She is making good progress week after week.
Today with Susie we worked on Come When Called and Loose Leash Walking. Susie pulls and lunges when she sees other animals so she has been using a Gentle Leader with much success. She actually walked very well today. Next session we will introduce distractions and work on her reactions to them.
"Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window."
- Steve Bluestone
Aston & Reilly, 2-year old Boxer sisters, got a new brother - the 2-legged kind! Aston seems ok with him, but Reilly isn't so sure, so we'll be showing her how to feel more comfortable around the new baby. We'll also work on basic obedience so the owners have better control when they need it.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI