Sweet little Ashley goes home tomorrow. She has made a lot of progress in her walking but she is still a very scared and nervous little girl. She needs to build on good experiences while walking and not be allowed to just skitter wherever she goes. She knows commands and has a vocabulary but getting her to stop and think instead of panic is the real trick. Honestly I wish I had more time with her but since I am going out of town it’s the plan to continue working with Ashley during weekly lessons at home. I know she can make more progress. She is just a pooch that takes a little more time and consideration because of how shy she is.
Bowser is coming right along. He goes home in two days and what we are working on now is just cleaning up a few things (he likes to lay down instead of Sit) and still curbing that puppy enthusiasm. He had a really great workout today followed by one where he kept trying to bounce around and play. He is still a little impulsive but it is easier (usually just using verbal correction) to get him to contain himself now.
I am also happy to report that Bowser has for the last few days been able to be out with the chickens and he has completely ignored them. This is a good thing not because his owners were desperate for him to tolerate chickens but because it shows that he can go from having a very high prey drive for something to living in polite indifference to it just through correction and praise. This skill will come in handy many times, I’m sure, as he is a pup who enjoys the chase.
Tomorrow we are going to work a little more on Placemat and on his Heelwork and trying to lengthen his attention span in the Heel but other than that he is just in practice-makes-perfect mode.
Oof, poor little Ashley is one stressed out girl. She is an adult Schnauzer mix who is really struggling to come out of her shell here. She is mostly here for basic obedience, leash manners and maybe some help with grooming if I can get her to relax enough.
Today she walked on leash for me but she was very very flighty and she would dart away at any startling noise (including if I scuffed my foot on the gravel). But when she was able to stay calm she was able to walk on a loose leash.
I hope that as she and I bond I become a better comfort for her and she starts feeling better. I'm confident I can help this girl once I start feeling safer for her.
Bowser is doing great. His off-leash work outs are going really well once he gets started. He is squirrely about starting and will bounce around and try to tease you into playing with him instead. But once you get going he stops acting like a dork and gets down to business. He sometimes will lay down instead of sit, like he is skipping a step or anticipating what I will ask him to do next. Once he is released from command he b lines for his bed to make sure his toys are still there then he trots back to the yard to play. He has really come out of his shell the last few days and I've gotten to correct him for counter surfing a few times.
His Placemat command is going well. He is staying put (pouty) for about an hour today with only one mistake. He's still a bit of an impulsive guy but you can see him stopping himself more and more and making better choices. We're in proofing mode now just working on making sure he can perform in higher distraction settings. He's still very puppy but you can tell he uses his noodle more now instead of just pouncing at every opportunity to play or run around. He's been cracking us up for 10 days.
keeping it short tonight because this is my third attempt at tonight’s blog and my blog host keeps crashing.
Bowser is doing great. He has had off leash workouts and done well and he is getting so playful and silly he has finally tried jumping up on me so hopefully I can address that for his folks while he is here.
All in all he is right on track with where we want him. I’m proud of my little buddy!
Bowser had his first off-leash workout with his remote collar today. He is doing so well. Still a little flighty about being off-leash. He gets nervous and wants to go back to his bed so we are taking things slow and steady and building his confidence. But I hope he starts enjoying his off-leash time more as the week goes on.
This afternoon was a boring one. Halloween festivities with my kids meant he got less time in the house than usual but tomorrow is a pretty empty day for me and so we are going to make up for lost time.
His obedience is pretty good. Sometimes he moves in slow motion and it almost feels like he is rolling his eyes about the work (I’m immune to this cuteness bud, sorry) but he definitely knows his commands. We are just working on confidence and reliability now.
For now he and I are relaxing and watching a scary movie now that the kids are finally asleep. Happy Halloween!
Bowser is doing great. He has been introduced to all of his commands and we have started using his remote collar. It makes him a little nervous and he isn’t ready to not have a leash on but as we replace his corrections and he gets more and more used to the sensation of the collar he should feel better about it. He takes the tiniest little correction. Out of 100 levels he sits at level 8 which is a correction I can’t even feel! This is great because we always want to use the lowest level possible but he is so low that it is very easy to overcorrect him if his collar gets turned up accidentally. I have taken to locking his remote so that it doesn’t get turned up by accident since he is a bit of a softie.
In the house he has been a quiet and polite guest and outside he is inquisitive and playful. I hope to be able to give him some off leash time in a few days but for now we are just solidifying his obedience foundation and making sure he feels good about his remote and confident he knows the right answers. We don’t want him wondering what to do when we take that leash off! He is a bright boy and he is learning quickly!
Bowser had an alright day today. He threw a little temper tantrum during his first work out and did a lot of back talking but once he understood that things went faster if he didn’t pull and sat when I stopped the walk went a lot smoother he improved 10 fold. His other workouts were very smooth and cooperative. We started Heel, Auto Sit, Down, and Come today and he did great. Still needs corrections with a few things but he is enjoying praise and having a job.
He is also good buddies with the other dogs here and so he is getting a lot of play in during the afternoons. We’re still working on not bothering the chickens but he should hopefully be more trustworthy with them by the time we take his leash off.
Bowser is a sweet young fellow. Part Boston Terrier and part Cattle Dog he has endless energy and yet so far he has been a fairly quiet house guest. He is here for 2 weeks of off-leash obedience using a remote collar as well as some manners clean up.
Today we kept things very simple as he got settled in. We worked on walking on a loose leash, sitting when we stopped and coming when called. He seemed to enjoy the easy work we did so I imagine he will enjoy it as we make it harder. He is a spunky dude so I imagine he will learn quickly and then start coming up with ways to put his own spin on things. He has a cute little sense of humor already.
Tomorrow we are doing more basics and we’re gonna work on not pestering the chickens since this important skill will determine whether or not he can be off his leash while they are enjoying the yard or not.
I am looking forward to getting this guy trained up. He is already proving to be a fun dog to work with. Look to Saturday evening for his next update.
My sweet pal Milo goes home tomorrow. I'm pleased with how far he has come and excited for all the learning he still gets to do. He knows his basics and he wants to be the best boy he can be but he will have that puppy ADD for a bit still and that's okay. His sweet nature means he wants to please first and foremost and so he'll settle into being a truly lovely adult dog if his folks simply keep high standards for him.
Tomorrow it's all about play and getting good and tired (and hopefully not too terribly dirty) before he goes home. His owners won't really have homework to practice his obedience with him as much as their homework will be to work his obedience into his daily life. Instead of having him think he needs to do his obedience for 10 minutes a day I want him to think "they might need me to work at any time" and that will help lay a foundation of responsiveness that his owners want from him. Plus it's easier to fit commands into his day here and there than it is to carve out loads of practice time.
I like Milo. He was a fun dog to train and he's as charming as they get. I'm excited to see how well he does in his follow ups. He's definitely one I'm excited to watch grow up.