Barrett the German Shepherd Dog arrived here yesterday for his advanced off-leash obedience training. I have trained dogs for his people before and I am looking forward to working with them again. Barrett is a bright boy who is already a quick study. We covered Heel/Autosit and Implied Stay today with a fair amount of success. Down is a bit of a struggle but I think that is mostly out of stubbornness and not out of a struggle to learn. After all, who am I? Why would he lie down for a stranger? As we bond I expect he will argue a bit less. That said, every time he was asked to he did, eventually, lay down.
He proved we were not to underestimate him last night when he not only figured out how to open his kennel door but he also took it upon himself to rearrange the training room a bit and get himself a snack. He was polite enough not to damage anything but just for his own safety we put him in Kennel 1 which requires thumbs to unlock. Like I said, bright boy.
Tomorrow we will be working more on all of his obedience. Welcome, Barrett!