I bet he is ready to go tomorrow morning with his jobs again.
Winston had a sort of boring day today. My Saturday got busy with family stuff so he got a long walk and play time (he got stung by a bee! All is fine but he doesn’t like the garden so much anymore) and practice with the Come command but not as much obedience practice as normal. But tomorrow I should be able to work him as usual and so we won’t be off-track. Sometimes a day of relaxed fun (bees no longer invited) can be a nice recharge for a dog who works so hard as Winston.
I bet he is ready to go tomorrow morning with his jobs again.
Sweet Sailor goes home tomorrow. I’m proud of and impressed by how far she has come. She is a sweet girl who will mature into a wonderful dog once her impulsive puppyhood is over. She still gets in trouble for over celebrating but she is easier to control now than ever.
The task now is going to be teaching and supporting her people in maintaining her training and helping her grow in her new obedient lifestyle. I know she will do great.
One of my favorite days is the day we take the leash off of my advanced clients for the first time. There is always this burst of energy where they think I made a mistake or somehow they got free then they realize I’m not trying to corral them and they are actually allowed to be frolicking and then the real play begins. Winston has a blast zooming around the yard today with Ace. His Come command was very good other than having some “bad brakes” (he ran into me) a couple times. We still did his obedience workouts with his leash on but no prong collar! We will be removing his leash during work as well as play time as early as tomorrow afternoon. I’m proud of Winston. He was a very happy Schnauzer today.
Proud of young Sailor today. She had a perfect workout this afternoon. She did all of her commands without a single correction. She still has some maturing to do but she doesn’t need to rush that with how hard she is working. She is such a good pup and she is a goofball to work with. Her Down commands usually start as a play bow! Her enthusiasm is a strength and my goal is to keep her training fun for her so that it becomes her way of life quickly and happily. She is such a fun class clown that’s for sure.
He’s baaaaaaack! Who remembers Winston? The sweet giant schnauzer boy is back for another week to complete his training. When he was just a little over for months old he stayed with me for a week of basic obedience and now that he is older and ready he is back to complete his final week of advanced obedience. We will use this week to introduce and condition him to a remote collar and get him reliable when he isn’t wearing a physical leash.
Today was mostly review to see what we need to clean up in his basic stuff before we introduce him to his new collar but the real work begins tomorrow. This is a smart boy so I anticipate he will enjoy his new work and meet expectations pretty easily. Welcome back Winston!
Sailor continues to impress. She has two modes. Worker bee and silly pants. When she is in work mode she is fairly thoughtful and deliberate in her training. When she is feeling goofy she is distractible and funny. However she is not difficult to get back on task even when a leaf blows her way that needs pouncing on.
Sailor has been introduced to all of her commands at this point and so now we are upping distractions and asking for longer workouts. So far she has met these challenges happily and isn’t too phased by the extra work. She needs playtime though to be happy so we are still having lots of fun breaks throughout the day. She is a fun girl and she is doing really well! Tomorrow it’s more obedience and pushing extended stationary commands like Down/Stay and Placemat to try to increase her patience.
Who remembers Scout the golden doodle? Well sailor is her litter mate who is here for a week of basic obedience. Sailor is a charming girl with a sweet personality. Today we learned heel/Autosit, Down, Implied Stay and Come. She isn’t perfect with anything yet but hey, it’s day one. But she shows a ton of promise. She has fun with work and she keeps focus well.
She has also made friends with the other dogs and gets along with everyone well. She stayed in Place for an hour today while I worked at my computer. She so far has been a happy worker and she adores praise. We need to work on her self restraint but she will get there I’m sure. She is still such a puppy! This will be a fun week!
Betty is doing great. We are mostly in the proofing stage where we have taught her everything and are working on distractions and boy is this girl distractible. Keeping her focused is almost impossible but regaining her focus when. We lose it is getting much easier. She notices EVERYTHING but her attention span should improve with time. For only being day 4 she is doing a great job. However she also decided to throw me a curve ball today when she was feeling pouty and didn’t want to work she did something that I call “dropping anchor” where she flops to the ground and goes deadweight to see if I will leave her alone. Of course I don’t and so it didn’t last long but it was silly that she tried that today.
Her Placemat is another thing she will drop anchor about. Once she is on it she is pretty well parked but betting her to put two feet on it is sometimes a battle. I’m going to see if I can’t clean this up tomorrow so she quits putting the brakes on when we walk up to her mat. She just thinks it’s boring but she should still walk into her mat with some semblance of dignity.
Almost done, Betty! She is working hard.
Betty is coming right along. She is bright and playful and enjoying learning. She likes to try to tease her handler into playing instead of working and she still gets distracted by other animals but also it’s only day two. It’s already getting easier to refocus her after she gets distracted but I can tell that this is something we will want to keep an eye on for her follow-up lessons.
She has been sweet in the house. Still too active for Dana’s liking but Betty and Ace have a lot of fun. More work tomorrow!
Betty is a classic sweet doggy dog. Most of her misbehavior is the product of a good nature and a LOT of energy. She has already made great friends with Ace. They are similar breeds and so they play similarly. They will have a lot of fun this week!
Betty is here for a week of basic obedience training. She will learn Heel/Autosit, Down, Stay, Come and Placemat. Today we introduced loose leash walking, Heel/Autosit and started her Implied Stay. She did well. The horses were very distracting but working around distractions are one of her working points this week so we’ll consider that just tossing her into the deep end.
I like Betty. She is a fun personality and happy to work. I think this will be a fun little partnership this week.