Effie was fantastic learning how to Come When Called. We played fun recall games and used the Premack Principle to teach her the fun doesn't end when she comes to us. We had her running all over the yard and she had a blast!
Izzy was outstanding learning how to Stay and Leave It. In just a half hour she could stay as we walked to the door and opened it. She made quick work of leave it as well, though she still needs to practice leaving the kids' stuffed animals alone.
If there is one rule in the world of dogs it is "if it's on the floor it's mine". Today we taught Effie how to Leave It so she doesn't pick up things that she shouldn't have. We also taught her how to Drop It when she has something in her mouth that we want to get back.
Parker did great learning how to Down today. He picked it up quickly enough that we also
taught him how to Wait patiently for his food. He's also doing well with his house training
Bernese Mountain Dogs were bred to pull things, and Rudy pulls on leash. Until today. By using a high rate of reinforcement Rudy learned that being around us made good things happen, and he was happy to oblige!
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, FFCP, CTDI