|Barked: Thu Nov 29, '12 9:44pm PST |
So I recently decided that I would un-wash out Bella for service dog training because of how good she did on one of our outings when I went to go get my blood taken (I asked if she could come and made sure to stress that she was an ESA not a Service Dog) She used to be reactive off the yin-yang, anytime she saw a dog, she would do whatever it took to run up to them, when she got to them she would play extremely rough. However I've widdeled it down to her food for the most part, because now that she's switched to raw she's like a perfect lady.
So today I decided that I had some extra time so I went to the petsmart to work on some training. She did pretty good, though of course this was her first time, so I wasn't expecting much because of her issues with being over excited. So I was wondering, I don't want to give any service dogs a bad name, so I want to make sure she is behaving well enought before I call her a "Service Dog In Training" however I've had a LOT of problems with people letting their dogs come up to her, or people stopping to pet her while I'm trying to work on something. And I can't just tell them to "Stop petting my dog you're distracting her" Because they didn't know. So I thought I'd tell you all about how her training day went, and you can help me chose if she is ready to be called a "Service Dog In Training" (Which would help me to train her more easily without having as many people come up asking to pet her) or not.
So basically she did pretty good. This was her first time doing any sort of public training, so of course she did make lots of mistakes (Hey, no one is perfect the first time they do something) Her main issues were that she pulled like crazy when we first walked into the store. She was extremely excited and it took a minuet to get her heeling and walking nicely again, though for the whole rest of the time we were there she heeled nicely by my side for most of the time, unless someone called her over to pet her, or a dog came up to meet her. Other than that I did a lot of work with her sit/stay and down/stay while near new people and dogs, and while they were passing by. She did great with that!
At one point we were training near the pet training box thing, and the woman came out to talk to me and said "Hey! You're the one with the beautiful sit, down" And we chatted about doing some classes for free. While we were chating, a bunch of dogs were going into the classroom, and they stoped about three feet away to talk to her for a few minuets. It was funny to see that all the dogs there pulled like crazy to get the Bella, and she just sat there nicely and looked at them like "What's your problem?" Even when she did get to meet three of the dogs she acted wonderfully! She just politley sniffed and when I told her to come back, she did. Even when the one puppy wanted to play, she didn't get all crazy and stayed clam.
The only other notable issues we really had was with sniffing, though I did a lot of work with that while we were there. And a pulling issue every once in a while when she saw another dog/person though again this was her first time training in such a high distraction area (Dogs, people, dog smells, dog noises, dog food, dog toys, ect)
So what do you all think? Is she ready for a "Service Dog In Training" vest, or not yet?
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