Mac did well again with our door greeting, with minimal jumping or mouthing. He continues to make great progress with that. We then taught
him how to Come When Called. He loved all the recall games, especially hide-n-seek, so he got a good workout as we called him back and forth in the yard.
Rufus' owners have tried teaching him Stay but have not had much luck when they go out
of his sight. Tonight all of us were able to walk down the hall and into the kitchen, completely
out of Rufus' sight.
In just one week Mac has made some tremendous strides. He was much less jumpy and mouthy, a credit to his people for doing their homework. He also learned how to Stay very well. We practiced duration, distance, and
distractions - even outside - and he nailed it.
You'd never know Norman has a painful spinal condition with the way he greeted me. He's
just a happy puppy! Today we taught him how to go to a designated spot and stay there. This will be useful for when his people are in the kitchen or when they sit down to eat.
Ari sort of knew how to Stay, but couldn't hold it if you walked too far away. When teaching him his people made the very common mistake of calling him to them, then giving him a treat. By doing so they were, in fact, rewarding him for coming rather than staying! By going back to Ari and actually reinforcing him for staying we were able to greatly improve his stay in just a matter of minutes.
Topaz is leash reactive to strangers, but especially to other dogs. It's frustration rooted in excitement because he does the same high-pitched whining and barking that I hear when I come in the house. On our walk we saw 4 other dogs and he actually did very well. as we used the Open Bar when he looked at the dogs, then reinforced him heavily when he gave us attention. As his people said, it was his best walk ever.
Despite being just 18-weeks old Parker did very well learning how to Stay. Like I always say, except for sleeping, when is your dog ever still? So for an energetic puppy to sit or lie still for 30+ seconds as we walked 20 feet away, sometimes completely out of sight, is a big deal.
Today Jude learned how to walk without pulling. We first taught her how to heel, which means walk next to me and give me some attention. Once she had that down we let her sniff and explore, and used a high rate of reinforcement when she didn't pull to do those things.
Update from her person: "What a terrific walk this morning!"
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI