It is hard to believe but Trapper goes home tomorrow. He has made great strides but work remains to be done. He knows all of his commands and he is much more reliable than he was but he still gets overwhelmed and scared sometimes or other times he is just plain defiant and when that happens it is vital that he still comply with the command.
Even though a scary truck startled him while we were doing a Down command tonight I still made sure that he went into a Down. To allow his fear or stubbornness to trump a given command allows his fear or stubbornness to have the power in the relationship.
Trapper is a special little dude and he thrives with consistent handling. He doesn't like question marks or uncertainty. He does very well when his handler is able to take control and lead him in a way that removes uncertainly. If he knows what his job is he visibly calms down.
I know his folks will be happy with his progress. He has worked very hard this week and I am proud of him. Go Trapper!