Ellie did really well learning how to Wait and Stay. She waited politely for her food to be put
down and for doors to be opened. She stayed as we walked out of the room and opened the
front door. We even practiced with the kids being distracting around her and she did great
Bubba likes to bark at things he sees out the front door. Today we taught him the 3-Bark Rule, as well as how to Wait and Stay. By the end of our session I went outside and rang the doorbell. Bubba ran to the door, barking. The client was able to call him away with his new "quiet" cue, then Bubba stayed while they answered the door. Excellent work!
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!
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI