|Train Your Dog Challenge|
My plan was to walk a dog a day. I didn't. I ended up doing other training stuff with different dogs while getting in more walking than I normally would have - the weather sure helped, too.
- Walking - I mostly walked Justus. He is so fun and does very well. Hickory Dock wants to be my ride-along dog; he's fine just being in the car as I do errands and walks out very politely, wanting to meet everyone with a surprisingly gentle demeanor. Layla simply enjoyed walking and is now in a wonderful home with a dog brother.
- Training -
- Justus: in addition to walking, he is now expected to sit and wait any time I ask - and this can be with other dogs flowing around him to go outside! Some days he does better than others; me, too. In general, he is really improving while going through another growth spurt (it may just be me).
- Mami de Gund - this very cute, to die for faced minx loves to jump up on me. I started being very consistent with a downward sweep of my arm/hand saying "off." I then asked her by hand to sit - rewarding her with the pets she wanted. After some time of this, I noticed she nipped at my hand - not to be mean but I think she wanted the attn now without the work. Sorry, honey pie, the work first and then the reward.
- Hickory Dock - asking him to "wait" in his crate when I remove his bowl before I let him out. Simple but he loves his walks so much (they are not paired with this exercise), he seems more willing to do for me - an unexpected side benefit.
- Howie - now comes to me for petting, likes a belly rub and is attentive to a luring hand. I think he'll go to Petco next Saturday after some leash walks.
|Mami de Gund - jumps for love|
|Howie in house|
Observation - after dedicating January to "walking a dog a day," I became more conscious about multiple training opportunities as noted above. I still want to walk a dog a day - it's good for their health, socialization and mine but I'll continue taking advantage of spontaneous training opportunities as they arise.
I've been doing a lot of vetting this month, too: prepping dogs for heart-worm treatment, bringing Clementine back from prison when she was off-kilter (she "reacted" to a wormer and is fine now), working with and thoroughly enjoying Pink Floyd - check out his Vimeo link HERE. What is with all these Beagles and tennis balls? Am I running a special or something? Oh, and Peanut likes to play tennis, too!
I need to make a time-line for all this vetting and training, just to keep things straight in my mind and as I treat/train the dogs. There is a very nice pack right now at Silverwalk - I'm happy with them even as I need a night off to myself sans dogs (but then I watch "Animal Planet" - HA).