Herman did great learning how to Drop It and Leave It. You usually need a second tennis ball to get Herman to drop the one he has, but after just a few minutes we had him dropping it on cue. And because there is a baby on the way it's important that Herman knows how to Leave It when he hears it, and now he does!
Louie is a very sweet, 1-year old Beagle/Boxer mix. He chases the cats and barks at things like bicycles and lawn mowers. We will work on those things as well as teach him manners.
Rosie, a nearly 10-year old Chihuahua, has spent most of her life producing litter after litter for a puppy mill. When she was deemed no longer necessary she was relinquished to a shelter and subsequently adopted by a loving family. She is doing remarkably well, all things considered, but she does have some fear issues and, of course, doesn't know how to sit, come, or walk well on leash. We will help her with all these things.
Diego did very well learning how to Wait and Stay. He stayed while I opened the refrigerator (food!), as I threw is favorite toy (play!), and as I went out the door (freedom!). That's great for an 18-week old!
One of the reasons I was called to work with Mila, a 1-year old Standard Poodle, is because she constantly pesters Candy, a 12-year old Toy Poodle. The play that Mila tries to initiate can be dangerous to Candy just because of the size and age difference. Today we taught Mila how to Leave It and, along with the S.M.A.R.T. x 50 training concept, this was the result: Harmony in the house!
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI