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. 3 weeks ago
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I purchased yesterday tiny bits that will serve as training treats. Petco was having a sale and the treats were half the price. I was thinking in taking a few in my pocket so every time we go for a walk and he does something right, he’ll get a treat. 2 months ago
I taught him to lay down. He knew how to sit down but about a month or two ago, I taught him to lay down using treats.
The leash problem hasn’t been fixed because I forgot about trying. I want to be over with this problem this year. 2 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! 3 months ago
So I decided to start training my dog starting September first. I am trying to get fit for some weeks and it’s going, good now I will get my dog into activities too.
School will start on Monday so I think I could spend some time with him every morning, because I will have to wake up early anyway. Hope it works out and by few weeks or months I will have a dog who listens to me. :D 3 months ago
I have tried to train my dog few times, but I allways stop in the middle. My dog is not big, but he can be angry at strangers and most importantly some children who go by my house. It is an awful feeling to see my dog run after people and I can’t stop him. Soon will start September and I won’t have that much time, but I am going to do this once and for all!..... I hope:D 4 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! 5 months ago
I am slowly taking control of the leash.
I dislike being pulled every time I walk my dog. 7 months ago
I completely forgot about this goal even though every day my dog upsets me during our walks! 9 months ago