Always Snag a Training Opportunity

I’m working from home today.. sitting on the couch upstairs, doing my thing.. and the Husband comes up from the basement and plops Tatum, and her toy, into the living room and closes the baby gate.

The rest of the dogs are snoozing comfortably, but not our crazy Tatum Tot girl. Nope.. she starts whipping the toy around, killing it, and running around the front room.

Well.. it’s just about break time right? And it’s always a good idea to snag a training opportunity!

Tatum is not too hot on toys so, I think, I gotta encourage this. And none of the other dogs are playing with her… so I gotta encourage her playing with me. So I set the laptop down and get on the floor with her. She loves it when I drag the toy around and she chases it… so we did that. And she got a hold of the knot in the middle (it’s a rope toy) and gave me a good game of tug! This is great! She is not a big tugger though she has the potential to be. So we tugged and chased… then went in the bedroom for some more, and she got all squiggly and runny so we went into the back yard and ran around there too for a while!

I do want to grab any opportunity I can to get her to play tug with a toy. And a real dog toy.. not my clothes or hands or plastic bottles or any other thing that she really shouldn’t have. 🙂 And so I think it was a success!

Now back to work… oh I’d rather play with Tatum some more!

9 thoughts on “Always Snag a Training Opportunity”

  1. Hi! I just really appreciate your training philosophy about teachable moments and about seizing the chances to create the equation {fun+human=more fun!} For example when Tatum went kind of bonkers at the meet – instead of grabbing her and shoving her back into a pen, you made it a chance to reinforce the equation. Really nice to read about that. Also it’s great to see the Smooth Collies. They are not overwhelmingly popular and it’s good to see them going strong.

  2. Hi! I just really appreciate your training philosophy about teachable moments and about seizing the chances to create the equation {fun human=more fun!} For example when Tatum went kind of bonkers at the meet – instead of grabbing her and shoving her back into a pen, you made it a chance to reinforce the equation. Really nice to read about that. Also it's great to see the Smooth Collies. They are not overwhelmingly popular and it's good to see them going strong.

  3. Hi Bonnie, thanks so much for your comment. 🙂 I’m a crossover trainer so in the past.. years and years ago maybe I would have put her in a crate… but that didn’t even occur to me anymore.

    One of the reasons I kept her instead of finding a home for her (she’s a rescue) is because I couldn’t stand the thought of someone using corrections on her and breaking her spirit. I love her spirit and her enthusiasm and I want to harness that and encourage it and channel it!

    Smooth Collies are pretty rare.. I just adore them, though. 🙂

    I tried to reach the link in your comment and it says problem loading page…

  4. Hi Bonnie, thanks so much for your comment. 🙂 I'm a crossover trainer so in the past.. years and years ago maybe I would have put her in a crate… but that didn't even occur to me anymore.

    One of the reasons I kept her instead of finding a home for her (she's a rescue) is because I couldn't stand the thought of someone using corrections on her and breaking her spirit. I love her spirit and her enthusiasm and I want to harness that and encourage it and channel it!

    Smooth Collies are pretty rare.. I just adore them, though. 🙂

    I tried to reach the link in your comment and it says problem loading page…

  5. Don’t you just love working from home and having the freedom to play with the puppers! We just took a trip out back to take pix.. I fired off 248 (tries to hide embarrassment) We finally had a wonderfully sunny day.

    Hera loves to play tug too… It’s such a fun for them when we get down on their level to play their favorite games! Enjoy!

    Lora’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  6. Don't you just love working from home and having the freedom to play with the puppers! We just took a trip out back to take pix.. I fired off 248 (tries to hide embarrassment) We finally had a wonderfully sunny day.

    Hera loves to play tug too… It's such a fun for them when we get down on their level to play their favorite games! Enjoy! <em>Lora's last blog post..<a href='http://itsthedogslife.com/?p=190&#039; rel="nofollow">Wordless Wednesday</a></em>

  7. Don't you just love working from home and having the freedom to play with the puppers! We just took a trip out back to take pix.. I fired off 248 (tries to hide embarrassment) We finally had a wonderfully sunny day.

    Hera loves to play tug too… It's such a fun for them when we get down on their level to play their favorite games! Enjoy! <em>Lora's last blog post..<a href='http://itsthedogslife.com/?p=190&#039; rel="nofollow">Wordless Wednesday</a></em>

  8. Oh but it’s so easy to snap that many pictures with a digital SLR! I love doing that too. 🙂 And i do love working from home… wish I was there again today instead of at work. Oh well.

  9. Oh but it's so easy to snap that many pictures with a digital SLR! I love doing that too. 🙂 And i do love working from home… wish I was there again today instead of at work. Oh well.

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