I don't often have the opportunity to teach a dog to Sit, but we did just that today with Diego. We also taught him to Down and he now does them both very well. Such a smart boy!
Oakley continues to do very well with his basic manners training. Today he learned how to Drop It and Leave It, skills that are especially important for a puppy to learn because of all the things they put in their mouths!
Because of the rain we had to do our Come When Called training inside, but Anubi did
great. She loved the recall games, especially Puppy Ping Pong.
Otis is a very friendly 6-month old puppy. But at 110 pounds (already!), that friendliness can sometimes be a problem without impulse control. Today we taught Otis how to Stay. He did very well, and was able to stay with duration, distance, and distractions.
Gus did really well learning how to Come When Called. He loved all the recall games we played, especially when peanut butter was involved!
When I met Finn for our consultation he spent the majority of the time avoiding me, as he was extremely shy. So I was very pleased today when he happily greeted me when I came in. Positive reinforcement works so well. We then taught Finn how to Down on cue. He did great, until the little guy tuckered out from all those "puppy push-ups"!
Prior to tonight Anubi did not know how to Down on cue. She learned it very quickly and within 30 minutes she was lying down like a champ! We then worked on improving her Stay by adding distractions. She was able to stay while we threw toys on the ground, except for her kryptonite - a tennis ball! If we can get her to stay when we throw a tennis ball she can
stay for anything!
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI