|Barked: Fri Mar 22, '13 9:40am PST |
Ria is fantastic off leash. Her recall is SOLID. Her obedience is impeccable. You ask for something, she does it INSTANTLY, and she does it with everything she has! You ask for a down, and she SLAMS her body into the ground excited that you asked her to do something. You ask for a sit, and that butt hits the ground with her tail swishing across the floor as she stares expectantly, waiting to know what's next. You try to get her to walk on a leash though? Ha, she turns into the Tasmanian Devil, spinning, lunging, bouncing. Totally 'springs with a tongue' and nothing more in that instance. But that is my fault. We were more concerned about recall and being really good off leash because that was what my fiance wanted in a dog. In the house, she's great, off leash, she's excellent. Put a dang leash on her and she's psycho.
Charlie, on the other hand, knows forty tricks and basic commands, and the 'tree' method worked with him. Sort of. I combined a few things, because the 'tree' method alone did not help. I had to briskly change direction if he pulled, and he quickly learned that the only way we would go forward is if he came and sat by my side. Sit by my side, walk next to me or on a slack leash, and we move forward. And that was his reward - moving forward and it worked great for him because moving forward was the ULTIMATE reward in that instance. He's still only 90% on his leash manners because if his hound nose catches whiff, he wants to charge for that smell(especially if it involves a corner, tree, or post within seven feet of us), and I still on occasion walk him on a Halti, but he's great in the house, and great outside. Can I have him off leash? Only in areas he's familiar with and even then, it's on a long line for precaution. And he absolutely jumps on guests. But his manners otherwise are excellent. Most people that meet him for the first time are shocked by his breed, or by how good he is.
Maya was excellent, but overly sensitive. Great in almost every situation(except scary looking people), great on or off leash. In fact, she was so sensitive, she taught herself a LLW. I never had to. If the leash tightened at all on her collar, she would flinch and fall back - I never, ever snapped a leash on her, or anything. But she was incredibly sensitive to touch like that, likely due to the abuse she had gone through prior to living with me. But she listened to commands with gusto, much like Ria. Even if something/someone freaked her out.
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