Good Training

I went to practice obedience today at the closer by training facility. My obedience instructor is sick again! I feel bad for her, she gets sick way too much. I have been wanting to get sick lately… to have a few days off to sit in bed at home. But alas, to no avail, as I keep waking up feeling pretty good. 🙂

Anyway I went with a plan and having a plan is such a good thing. I really need to work on novice obedience exercises. Including heel and the recall. I mean really, the only things in novice are, really, heeling, stand for exam, and recall. Three separate heeling patterns. And its hard, too! Heeling is not an easy thing to teach a dog. There are a lot of parts. Levi and Chase are both coming along pretty well. I have to transition off the treat on the stick, and we worked on that.

Chase is learning to watch the stick with no treat, and he did pretty good. Levi also did good looking at the stick with no treat. And Tatum, well, she is learning about stick rules, which is a good thing!

We also worked recalls and Chase did good. I put a small box in front of me so they have a nice straight tight place to get the front. And both the boys did quite well. Saturday I was wondering if Chase would ever get into the obedience ring! But I think he will, it just takes a lot of time and patience.

Maybe by the time I’m in senior living is when Chase will be ready…. LOL I hope not that long! I’m hoping by the end of summer, but it will depend on his progress, of course. I won’t put him in before he’s ready. Actually, I will probably be overcautious and not put him in until quite late!

11 thoughts on “Good Training”

  1. You teach heeling so differently than I do. In Volhard, we use the snap around collar and hold the leash in control position. Passive use of the leash is what tells the dog where to be.. that and of course my voice and praise.

    If the dog goes to far out, the leash gets tight and they “check” themselves. Not painful, just a physical indicator of them being to far out. Of course, some dogs need different training methods.. I never learned to teach with a cookie on a stick.. interesting method.

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  2. You teach heeling so differently than I do. In Volhard, we use the snap around collar and hold the leash in control position. Passive use of the leash is what tells the dog where to be.. that and of course my voice and praise.

    If the dog goes to far out, the leash gets tight and they "check" themselves. Not painful, just a physical indicator of them being to far out. Of course, some dogs need different training methods.. I never learned to teach with a cookie on a stick.. interesting method. <em>Fuzzy Logic's last blog post..<a href='http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sacredpaws/IZsb/~3…rel="nofollow">Finding the Divine in a Frog</a></em>

  3. You teach heeling so differently than I do. In Volhard, we use the snap around collar and hold the leash in control position. Passive use of the leash is what tells the dog where to be.. that and of course my voice and praise.

    If the dog goes to far out, the leash gets tight and they "check" themselves. Not painful, just a physical indicator of them being to far out. Of course, some dogs need different training methods.. I never learned to teach with a cookie on a stick.. interesting method. <em>Fuzzy Logic's last blog post..<a href='http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sacredpaws/IZsb/~3…rel="nofollow">Finding the Divine in a Frog</a></em>

  4. Hey Jen. this is my first real go at serious obedience training, so I do what my trainer tells me, and eventually I can see what else works. 🙂 The stick is good because you can move it in and out to get the dog’s position right, so their butt isn’t too far out, or too far in. And they learn to really focus on that stick that is stuck in my watch band. We are weaning off the stick and the treat now, Chase doesn’t quite understand that though! Levi is pretty good at it.

  5. Hey Jen. this is my first real go at serious obedience training, so I do what my trainer tells me, and eventually I can see what else works. 🙂 The stick is good because you can move it in and out to get the dog's position right, so their butt isn't too far out, or too far in. And they learn to really focus on that stick that is stuck in my watch band. We are weaning off the stick and the treat now, Chase doesn't quite understand that though! Levi is pretty good at it.

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