My new little buddy @wyatt_the_northern_cowboy. He's 10 weeks old and figured out leave-it in about 30 seconds. This little guy is VERY smart, but he needs to let his momma get some sleep! We're working on it. 🧠 🐶
Join us Saturday mornings for our Basic Communication Class. This class is a prerequisite for our Canine Good Citizen (CGC) class and is perfect for pups working through their teenage phase or needing a refresher.
In Recalls class last night we worked on adding a Sit In Front behavior to the end of our recall chain. This is something that can be a useful addition - but not a hill to die on if you call your dog away from a big distraction. I.E if you call your dog away from a squirrel and he comes running, you should praise and reward anyways even if he doesn’t sit.
Here’s Granger giving a great demonstration of what a close sit in front looks like. Good job buddy!
Some crittering on our hike this fine Monday morning.
These videos show two different steps to teaching a solid recall away from exciting critters like prairie dogs and bunnies.
In the first video, you see Roo out at the end of his long-line (essential for both obeying leash-laws in Fort Collins Natural Areas and facilitating good decisions about prairie dogs). Nothing is happening as long as he is staring at the critters - no forward movement, no excitement from me, no opportunity to chase). I wait until he turns on his own, even slightly, and then mark (“Yes!”) and reward that! If your dog can’t respond to a “Come” cue yet in the presence of exciting furry things, stay at this level for a while!
The next video demonstrate’s Roo’s cue response. Notice I give him a minute to look and assess. It’s important that our dogs have opportunities to check out their environment, and not just get recalled constantly back to us. Giving Roo a minute to check out the prairie dogs helped him be ready to respond promptly to his recall cue.