July 3rd 2009 6:13 pm
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Today was a big training day for me. I'm already really good at Sit, Down, and Leave it, especially when my food bowl is being filled and I have to wait. But Mom has been working on Roll Over with me. I have known what that means for a while, but I haven't always been willing to do it.
Well, today Mom got really excited because she did something that broke through my unwillingness - she got some real chicken treats for me! When I saw those waiting, I rolled over perfectly, promptly, twice in a row. I was busted - now Mom saw I was smarter than I acted, just was waiting for the right incentive! So now I always roll over when she tells me to. I wonder what I will learn next?
There was another thing too. I know she's been frustrated on our walks, because sometimes I walk the way she wants, but I often don't. It's so easy for me to get distracted, and I pull on the leash the way I want to go. Sometimes she resists or tries to get me to do otherwise, but usually I don't pay attention.
Well, today Mom also found a really good loose leash training video. She used the techniques in it, a combination of clicker, treats, and unpredictable movement (I never knew WHICH way she was going to go once I got ahead of her!). I had to pay much better attention, and she gave me lots of clicks and treats for when I walked on loose leash. It was much more comfortable for both of us, and I paid much more attention to her than to all the other interesting things around. I can hardly wait to practice some more! The video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFgtqgiAKoQ.
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