March 18th 2012 12:26 am
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EZ is now two years old. I still see him as "in training" as I'd like to see a more upbeat dog when we are out in public. He is so serious, I want him to relax a bit. Once he gets past issues with the vest and harness, I think that is when I will consider him fully an SD. When he's out in public.. he is at my side. If I have to bend down to reach anything, he will position himself almost before I know I need to bend down. Sniffing food isles and meats has not been an issue. Occasionally he will reach out to sniff a child. He handles kids so quietly, and tender, he'd make such a great therapy dog.
I just finished working on " get me a drink " where EZ goes to the fridge, opens the door, retrieves a bottle of water, returns it, gives it, then returns to close the door. He's love this. Next big task is to help with the laundry. One thing EZ is working on it seems, is to alert me anytime anyone is at my bedroom door. I tend to startle really bad when someone is at my door and I don't realize it. EZ rushes to the door, even if dead asleep prior, then runs and leans on me. He's taught himself this. It has been a HUGE help. Another thing he's starting is when talking and I get frustrated, or excited, he comes and leans on me.. giving me calming signals. I slow down, give him some, and relax and all is good. I have trained many many dogs in my 30 yrs of training, but I've never had a dog do what he's doing. We do have this special bond that is growing by leaps and bounds. I have learned to be patient, and listen to my dog. He's there for me more then I ever thought a dog could be.
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