Thea likes to take things like socks, paper towels, and tissues, so teaching her Drop It and
Leave It is an important skill for her to learn. By trading up we had her dropping socks in no time. It's important to replace the thing we take with something she can have. We then taught her to leave it so she doesn't take and rip up paper. She did really well with both.
Sandy is a counter surfer and she has gotten food in the past, so she is a hard-core counter surfer. Today we taught her to go to a mat and stay, and made being on her mat much better than jumping up at the counter. When your dog is doing something you don't like, train her to do something else instead, and make it worth it!
Sally is so bright and eager to learn that she made it easy to teach her how to Leave It. This skill will come in handy when she barks out the window. We also taught her how to Stay, which she did perfectly as I left.
Chase learned how to Drop It and Leave It today. One of his favorite pastimes is to steal throw pillows and chew them, and these skills will help with that. We practiced with pillows, hats (another favorite), and other things and Chase did really well.
Odin's owner really struggles walking the big, strong boy. We began our session by just standing still for about 5 minutes. Odin would walk around and sniff, and when he would look at me I clicked and treated him. He began to sniff less and look at me more. When he sat in front of me and looked at me, that's when we began to walk. We then used a high rate of reinforcement for him walking nicely. His owner remarked how relaxing the walk was!
I was initially contacted because Willa was barking and lunging at other dogs, bicycles, and people that she passed on the trail. Over the course of several weeks we have worked on her impulse control and have done some desensitization and counter-conditioning. She has been ignoring bikes and people, and today she actually met another dog (Ash) with absolutely no problems. We then took a walk side by side and eventually let them loose in the yard together. Willa did great!
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI