|The Antler Thief, Scene 1: Thief ponders her next move|
|The Antler Thief, Scene 2: Thievery is its own reward|
Just kidding. We have a lot to work on, but now we know what to work on and how to work on it. We covered a lot of new behaviors in our first session last weekend. Our trainer, Bird from Queer Skies Ahead, even sent us a three-page-long training plan. These are the 5 main behaviors that make up our homework:
- Not jumping on people - this one is self-explanatory
- "Touch", also known as "hand targeting" - we hold out a hand and say "touch", and the dog touches it with its nose
- "Wait" for treats
- Lie down in crate before being let out
- Looking at us periodically to check in
We changed our "release" word from "okay" to "go ahead" because Bird pointed out just how much I use "okay" in conversation. She also taught us that panting doesn't always mean a dog is happy. Sometimes dogs pant out of stress. If Mushroom pants, it's pretty clear that she's either stressed out, or she's just been exercising. She's not usually one to smile. But with Badger, I admit I sometimes have a tough time distinguishing between a stressed pant and a happy one.
While our dogs are still far from perfect, we are really enjoying the homework. I particularly like that it forces us to spend time actively engaging each dog instead of just handing them antlers and calling it a day. Badger and Mushroom particularly like that we've upgraded their treats to hotdogs and cheese.
|The local pittie union demands no less than two hotdogs and two sticks of string cheese per day|