Last night this cute little guy was my demonstration puppy in a behavior class. As he and his parents found seats in the back of the room, I had them put him on the ground. There he was a bundle of happy-go-lucky spirit so excited by the new smells and friendly humans that surrounded him. His tail was wagging back and forth as he went from person to person, sniffing the floor, soliciting attention.
When you make learning fun, you get an enthusiastic student. In this game of Find It (or I call it ‘Go Get It’), I am training our family dog, Sam, with lots of positive reinforcement to sit, stay, release, get it, come (recall).
There is no meal of the year that quite compares to that of Thanksgiving. As you’re preparing for your Thanksgiving, if you do not want your dog begging at the dinner table, the time to plan for success is now.
I don’t practice Sam’s waiting at the door because I want to dominate him. I practice because self control is a great skill to have and in the case of a doorway, can keep him safe. Besides lessons are a great bonding and enrichment exercise.
Why is it that I tend to see magical, upbeat energy in pet caregivers when teaching their dog tricks; but when they are teaching their dog behaviors like sit, stay and loose leash walking, they are serious because their dog needs to comply? I want to issue a challenge for pet caregivers everywhere…