Toby is excelling at his manners training. Tonight we taught him to Wait and Stay. We were able to walk away from him, even out of sight. He also stayed in place as we answered the door. Great job!
Niah learned how to Wait and Stay today. It only took a few repetitions to learn how to wait for her food bowl to be put down. For stay we were able to walk throughout the house and out of sight. I even opened the door wide and walked outside and she didn't budge!
Bugsy learned how to Wait and Stay today. Wait just took a little bit of patience at the door and he got that pretty quickly. Stay, however, he struggled with at first. But by the end of our
session we were walking all around the house with him staying in place.
Today we taught Toby how to Sit and Down. Sit was a breeze, but teaching down to a little dog is notoriously difficult. However, Toby surprised us by doing it quite easily, and well. We then had time to also teach it to his brother, Eddie.
Today was Down/Stay day, as we taught Benson and Watson how to Down without bending over and touching the floor. We also taught them how to Stay, and we were able to walk out of the room, even out of sight, for a period of time. Both are fast learners and did a great job.
We brushed up Zero's Sit and, especially, Down so we didn't have to bend over and touch the floor. We then taught him Stay, which he previously struggled with. But by the end of our session he was staying as we walked through the living room and kitchen and out of sight into the laundry room. Exciting progress after just 1 session!
By the way, Zero does have ears!
Jet sometimes resource guards the sofa and bed, and when he is forced off he aggresses.
Part of his behavior modification is creating a positive association with people coming towards him. With a happy tone we announced our approach, then gave him a treat. Soon Jet was looking forward to us coming near him. We then taught him how to get off the couch on cue which, after several repetitions of being reinforced for doing, he was more than happy to do!
We used recall games and the Premack Principle to teach Niekah how to come. But what really increased her response was when we raised the level of reinforcer from turkey to
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI