He loves training, and he becomes pretty reliable. The only obstacle is me taking the time. 2 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) 5 months ago
We’re doing the c25k challenge together. He’s gleeful on the run sections. 6 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. 7 months ago
Get him exercised on a regular basis.. Aim to walk him an hour every day 7 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. 8 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! 11 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! 12 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