Thads training

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Learning Paws Jan 23

January 23rd 2013 12:10 pm
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Went to my friend Kim's office for a therapy secession and also she has been helping me with teaching Thad some of the task I need him to learn. Today we worked on paws where he will learn to put his paws on me and lean over for deep pressure. He can apply deep pressure, however, it will be more automatic and full deep pressure when we are through with putting together lap, paws then lean. He is now doing paws and we will continue practicing this several times a day till it becomes automatic. Lap is pretty much automatic and after he learns paws we will work on lean.

 

Thad's day at novice Jan 21

January 21st 2013 10:00 pm
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We practiced our novice stuff at home today and tonight when we went to practice he was off the whole time. He had it today at home but did not want to do right at practice. Other dogs seem to be having the same problem this lady said she thinks its the weather. lol We had a meeting at the RROTC after and I volunteered to work the raffle table at the obedience & rally trails. He behaved and laid down at the meeting I was proud of him.

 

Jan 20

January 20th 2013 8:59 pm
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Took Thad to a meeting with me where he was catching on to my anxiety and I tried to get him to lay back down he smack me with his paw on the leg, nudged me then a real low growl and I let him back up and he laid his head on my lap and applied deep pressure. It was like I finally figured it out and he was so good after. We practiced fronts where he comes in straight after we came home.

 

Jan 14-18

January 18th 2013 9:27 am
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We practiced twice a day everyday. Thursday the 17 we went to a noon meeting where Thad did a perfect under and stayed down the whole hour. At the end when everyone stood for the Lord's prayer he started to get up and I told him down stay and he did perfectly till I told him up. We have also been practicing front/finish where he was a little off center when he would do his fronts and now is almost consistently coming in straight before sitting. Does a great finish.

 

Jan 13 Training and illness

January 13th 2013 9:01 pm
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We have trained everyday twice a day since our last entry except 2 of the days. I was feeding Thad lamb and rice since he got back from his away time at the trainers and he vomited Friday and had diarrhea that night so Saturday I fed him what I had left of his old bag. I switched flavors not brands so I think his stomach is just sensitive to the lamb. I took his food back to PetSmart today and witched it for salmon for sensitive tummies in the same brand and hope this will solve the problem. I did train him the 2 times today and will add one more from here on out.

 

Jan 8

January 8th 2013 2:17 pm
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Yesterday had a dr appt and he did real well staying down he only got up once to make sure I was ok. Later that night we went to our first class in novice and it is going to be great because it teaches a lot of things we need for walking better with his harness on. It is more advanced for competition training which I don't ever plan on doing but it will help in the areas we need.
Today we went to my dentist for my teeth cleaning and they thought he was a different dog because he had gotten so big from the last time we were there, he did get up twice though. We practiced some of what we learned in the morning and then again when we came home and are going to practice more now.

 

Jan 3 2013

January 3rd 2013 1:23 pm
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We are going to take a break for the next couple of wks and concentrate on nova-list at RROTC. Another training class for completion but I figure he could use all the practice at different things and discipline he can get. I plan to call my Assoc. Pastor next wk for help with my fundraiser I have decided on. I am looking forward to the next year.

Jan 4
Well, could not sleep so we went around Wal Mart and practiced. We practiced more of the same things when we got home to keep him sharp.

 

Dec 26

December 26th 2012 8:38 am
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I have been working with Thad on his basic commands since he went away for the wk with the Trainer. He said he needed to bond with him which if you leave a dog in a kennel and ignore him, not tethering him to you and taking him with you everywhere you go will not happen. So basically I think it did more harm then good. However has gotten me more enthusiastic about training. I finally have Thad back to where he is suppose to be and was before I dropped him off for that wk. I have ordered him a new mobility harness and will be hiring the man I used for my other SD soon as we are finished with our fund raiser. Other than that we will just keep working on the basics and we have also started farther and farther away sit stays.

 

Dec 18

December 18th 2012 8:46 am
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Yesterday I picked Thad up from the trainers thank God I missed him so. The trainer said he had to bond with him, but spent very little time with him and left him in his kennel most of the time so he did not bond. The trainer said he kept looking for me the whole time he was there. Well he has to be retrained to act right. He did not total mess with all the training I had done, but most. I think I will just stick to the trainers who come to my house and train us together. I am grateful he did not charge me for his failed efforts in training. Yesterday and today I have kept Thad on lead most of the day in a down stay.

 

Dec 10

December 10th 2012 10:59 am
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Today is Thaddeus' 1st year and I had to take him to the trainers for a wk to learn how to behave like a real service dog and so they can hopefully build a bond so training wont be so difficult. I miss him so much. I have spent most of my time sleeping. CAN'T wait till the week is over!!!!

 
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