Hey everyone! It's that time of year again! Summer is coming to a close and Fall is here. Well at least it is in Oregon! Everyone is getting ready to send their kids back to school and Fall Dog Classes are starting up, too! Now might be the perfect time to enroll your pup in a new (positive reinforcement-based) training class, if you haven't already! Is your dog bored with basic pet manners? Maybe it's time to try an Agility or Rally Obedience class! There are so many fun dog sports out there! I've personally been dying to try the girls at Barn Hunting!
Our pups are currently being "home schooled" and school is in session year round. We do have some things that we need to brush up on, though!
Right now my biggest focus has been on loose leash walking. It seems like that one is always a struggle. I'm trying to be very consistent with the rules and not allowing them to be reinforced for pulling. If they pull I stop and they are not allowed to go forward. They must come back to my side and put slack in the leash before we continue walking. I am also rewarding randomly any time there is slack in the leash and they are walking beside me.
Phoenix is learning a new trick! I'm teaching her how to "cover" her face. She's starting to actually get it! I will do a video of it once it's better so everyone can see!
|Zoe showing off "cover"!|
We are working on stay. I've been doing a lot of recall photos with my girls and we have not practiced stay enough. I've noticed that they are breaking their stays too much! It's totally my fault because instead of walking back to them and reinforcing them in position I've been releasing them and rewarding them when they get to me. So it's time to fix that. Putting the dog up on something when you first start practicing a stay can make it a bit easier for the dog.
|Phoenix says it's so much easier to stay when you have to stand on something!|
We are also working on recalls. Being able to recall your dog is so important and we are constantly practicing it! Practicing recalls in different locations is important so that your dog generalizes the cue. Below is a video of the girls practicing their recalls at the beach!
The very last thing we are working on right now is behavior modification. Since moving to this apartment, I've had a problem with both of my dogs that I've never dealt with before. Barking! Our last apartment we were situated on the ground floor on an end and we only had one neighbor to deal with. It was not noisy at all there and the dogs never reacted to anything. Our new apartment is on the second floor, facing the street and there's three stories. We have 12 units in our building and we are situated in the middle. Everyone has dogs and my dogs have suddenly started barking whenever they hear other dogs pass our place. Jingling tags is a huge trigger for them. So I'm working on counter conditioning them to the noises and redirecting them when they bark. We recently received a remote control treat machine for review and I've only had it a few days and it's already greatly improved my behavior mod training life! That review and the videos of them using the machine will be up soon!
Are your pups going back to school this Fall? What are your Fall training goals? Comment below!
Thanks to Cascadian Nomads, Rubicon Days and Tenacious Little Terrier for hosting the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop! Be sure to click on the links to see what everyone else is doing this month!