We concluded Bugsy's basic manners training by teaching him how to walk nicely on leash. Bugsy is a hound mix, but when on walks he hasn't been given the opportunity to sniff, which has frustrated him and caused him to pull. Once he was given that freedom, and reinforced for then walking nicely, his walking improved greatly.
I was told that Niah pulls on walks, but it really was a response to having her leash pulled - also known as the Opposition Reflex.. Once we taught her that walking near us earned her food she gladly stayed close by and hardly ever pulled. Her owner's response? "She was 90% better!" I was hoping for 100%, but I'll take it!
Bentley spends a lot of time in the office of his family's business, so it's important that he not take things, like papers off of desks. To accomplish this we taught him Leave It. He
did really well, even with the bubble wrap envelopes he likes so much!
Bunni learned how to Sit and Down today. Bending over and touching the floor to get her
to lie down is not an option for her parents, so we made sure that by the end of our session we could stand up straight and give the cue and she would lie down - and she does!
Benson loves other dogs and people, but is a little too enthusiastic when trying to meet. As we were walking we were surprised by two dogs who rushed the fence and, though he did get excited, he was easily redirected and calmed down quickly. Benson has made great progress!
Benson usually pulls on leash, but today we taught him that paying more attention to us earned him great rewards, and he walked much better. We were even able to meet several people, and another leashed dog, which went very well!
Reece was fantastic with his Come When Called training. He loved playing his recall games so much that we had him running all over the yard until he finally got too pooped!
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI