He loves training, and he becomes pretty reliable. The only obstacle is me taking the time. 5 months ago
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Found the pro plan for training app….like Nike for dogs! He likes it so far (we both do) 7 months ago
We’re doing the c25k challenge together. He’s gleeful on the run sections. 9 months ago
Well, getting up early enough to walk him a whole hour first thing has been challenging. But this morning, instead of ‘I hit the snooze button, I don’t have an hour, guess I’ll try again tomorrow’, I got him a good half hour walk. He seemed grateful. I love my dog. 9 months ago
Get him exercised on a regular basis.. Aim to walk him an hour every day 10 months ago
We are AKC Canine Good Citizen certified! This is the first official step toward therapy work. I’m the proudest Dog-Mom in the world. 11 months ago
List of things I need to teach my dog-
• Walk without pulling
I am gonna use Tab289 and Zak George videos.
I think these are the most important things. I really want to teach my dog fetch because I think it would make him happier! 13 months ago
At 11 months old, Thea already knows a lot of commands, phrases, and names:Commands
- go to (insert person/object)
- bring (object) to (person)
- leave it (don’t touch)
- drop it
- take it (accept what’s being offered)
- give (put object in my hand)
- up (get on something)
- spin left/right
- find (toy or treat)
- over (jump over an object)
- back up
- look at me
- Mom, Dad, Grandma, kitties
- toys (kong, bone, squeaker, feasel, etc.)
- no jumping during greetings!
- stay – great at home, terrible in public
- heel – still undoing the bad lessons from the retractable leash
- shh (don’t bark) – only a problem with certain neighbors
- kiss/don’t kiss
- no feet (pawing)
If she’s ever to become a therapy dog, these problems MUST be addressed. We start our first class (Petsmart’s Intermediate training) in a week. Last night we took advantage of the fireworks, conditioning her to all the noise and distant lights with a short but intense training session. She went from desperately pulling toward the fireworks to obediently performing commands in less than 10 minutes. I’m so proud!
Thea has also spent a few days playing with LOTS of other dogs at dog “camp” when I have to work away from home. She gets to swim and run and comes home exhausted. She even gets a “report card” detailing her behavior!
Training a smart dog really is just a matter of knowing how to communicate what you want in a way they can understand, and being consistent about it. I have so much more to learn. I cannot wait until our class next week! 15 months ago
When getting ready for walking, he now comes consistently and sits, waiting for the leash, rather than rolling into a submissive position, which makes it quite difficult to get the leash on him.
He consistently drops just about anything that I ask him to drop on our walks. (He just loves rocks…)
He is starting to tolerate grooming well.
I admit, I really did not do that much to improve this, just being consistent, and repeating what needed to be repeated. I do think the fact that he is 5 now, and not 5 mos is helping him lots.
He is getting better at walking by people, but still overexcited… 2 years ago