Max had a busy night. He did not know how to Down on cue at all, but within 30 minutes he
was doing it like a pro. Wait and Stay had been taught prior, but he couldn't stay for very long. That's because he was being called out of his stay and then rewarded. Therefore, he thought the reward was for coming, not staying! After we did some repetitions of going back to him and rewarding him where he sat he was able to hold a stay while we answered the door.
We took advantage of the unseasonably warm day to teach Creed how to walk without pulling. We even had the opportunity to do some socializing to a big, noisy truck and the mail man. Yummy turkey makes those things fun instead of scary.
Just as he has done with everything, Fred passed his Loose Leash Walking with flying
colors. The little guy is such a good puppy, and still just 18-weeks old. I look forward to hearing about his progress as he grows up.
When teaching Creed to Down we could easily lure him to the floor, but when we stood up and cued him he just wouldn't lie down. To change the behavior we tried changing the environment from a hardwood floor to carpet. Lo and behold Creed laid down right away when he was on the carpet. Seems the hardwood floor was either too slippery or too hard for him to do it comfortably. Moral of the story: if things aren't working try something else!
Mia had a grand time learning and practicing Come When Called. We used a 50 foot long
line and she loved being able to run "free", but she did come every time we called, even when she saw another dog!
When I arrived Bubba was a crazy, jumping, biting mess, so I had my doubts that we would
be able to teach this 12-week old whirling dervish anything. But to my pleasant surprise we
taught him Sit AND Down. And the best part - he stayed awake the entire time. Then just like that, he was gone!
Sally has made tremendous strides with her reactivity to other dogs and things with wheels.
Today we walked along Main St. with little issue as cars and trucks whizzed by, and she was easily redirected from the dogs she saw. And, as an added bonus, she didn't pull! What a great day!
Mia did great learning how to Wait and Stay. We were able to walk into other rooms, out of sight, even crinkle treat bags and she stayed on her spot. Pretty impressive for only 19-weeks old.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI