So, after I started some laundry, Bar and I went out back to get to work.
We started with sit-stays.
|Notice Soth supervising from the window.|
We're also not supposed to push our dogs too much. You want every training session to be a success, so you don't do things that set your dog up for failure.
So, when we got to 2 minutes, 4 seconds (plus however many seconds it took me to walk from where I had Bar sit to the table where the phone was and press start), I decided we should call it a success and end that exercise. We'll work at getting back to 3 minutes by the end of the weekend. Plus, for TDI, Bar only has to sit-stay long enough for me to walk to the end of the 20-foot lead, turn to face her, and call her to front.
|Look at that face. She's clearly trying to intimidate me into giving her a treat for such a good "Come Front."|
|She's so far away!|
Then we practiced a few down-stays.
|Look at that sphinx like pose--Can she resist the urge to break the down-stay?|
|Finally shifted to a more relaxed posed.|
She did really well with heeling today! When we practice to prepare for off-leash, I leave the long lead on and just let her drag it--that way if she tries to be naughty and bolt, I can step on the leash (and she has difficulty going in a straight line--takes after her mama with that!--so with 20 feet of leash dragging behind her, the likelihood of Bar tangling herself up on something and preventing her from getting too far is pretty good). Today, she did better than she does with on-leash heeling! She was right with me the whole time--we did left turns, right turns, about turns, u-turns, circles and she was perfect.
|Look at that eye contact! Such a good, focused girl!|
She even remembered to sit in heel position every time I stopped.
|I get a treat for this, right?|
|This is just a tiny percentage of the treats we've got to practice with!|
And we'll end with an unrelated picture, just because it was Barley's latest weird dog move.
|So, Soth, what's so great about being on this windowsill anyway?|