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He's almost like a new dog
Sat May 25, 2013 5:30 pmForum Host
So first off, that "drop it" stuff - it's really paying off! We "found" another dead thing again this morning, and no sooner were the words "drop it" out of my mouth, than sure enough, he dropped it and looked at me like 'okay, where's my treat?" - which, naturally, he got.
Now, we had our second class -basically, it's all building on what we do - this time, we worked on the "Name Game" (Jarly Jarly, bo barley).
Then we did a new "walking next to me" thing - which was basically like heel, I guess, only not exactly. They didn't so much care about position or eye contact so much as just "walk beside me on whichever side you happen to be on". I think. Basically the idea is for him to stay beside me, and not wander off, even in the face of distractions like, say, other dogs.
We also did "come" but it was a little different than the way we've done it in the past. In Bob's class, "come" was you're over there, I'm over here, I say "Jarly come" and you get up, haul yourself over to me, and sit in front of me and you'll get a marker (and maybe a reward). That's what "come" is. Here, they want me to say his name, click when he acknowledges it, then say "come" and then he comes and gets his reward. A fine point, I guess, but still. Not used to waiting for that head-turn before saying "come." Eh.
Oh, and we also worked on sit-stay. Easy-peasy. Sitting for too long, though, gets a little uncomfortable for him, so we did a little "down-stay" too. Yeah, he's got this, but it's more about the different environment and the different dog than the actual stuff, anyway.
And this week, since it wasn't his first week, we had playtime.
I'll say it again - Jar participated in playtime!
Granted, there was only one other dog staying, so, really, it was ideal - and lucky for that other dog that Jar got to play, I guess! Basically, because it was his first playtime, and because of his, ahem, history, we kept him on leash, and Rich held onto him while he played with the other dog. And GET THIS - it went FANTASTIC! I could see from his face that he was, in fact, playing and having fun. When I'm holding his leash, I can't always tell, and I do tend to err on the side of caution, which I KNOW only makes it worse. The only problem, and it wasn't really a problem, really, was that Jar is SO MUCH bigger than that little lab mix guy - and any frolicking he's done has typically been with Thunder the rottie. Those guys play ROUGH and little labby guy was just a little overwhelmed. But there was nothing to have to stop - Rich was very good at knowing when to kind of give the two dogs a water break, and then little guy came back to Jar to play more.
It nearly brought a tear to my eye.
AND - They're starting up a Feisty Agility class it's a six-week class, and basically, she's going to skip the weeks someone's out of town or on vacation, so it's pretty much going to go most of the summer. And, since it starts on the last week of his tracking class, she's willing to push it back a week.
Oh yeah, I'm considering it . .
The only problem I can see (and I'm not even certain it's a problem) is that he'd be doing agility at 11, come home, take a nap, then go back and do obedience at 3.
That's some LONG Saturdays. For both of us.
Sat May 25, 2013 9:51 pmForum Host
WOW WOW and WOW! That is fabulous and awesome!! You and Jar have worked so hard...and it has paid off BIG time! You deserve so much credit for loving him so much that you have been (and are) willing to put it so much time and effort to help him become better adjusted and a happier dog! As for your summer Saturdays..... they sound busy but fun and rewarding to boot!
Sun May 26, 2013 10:53 amForum Host
That is truly just wonderful! So nice that he is a happier, more confident dog and able to play AND enjoy the company of another dog! As Jerry Garcia said ..... "What a long strange trip it has been"
You may find with the two classes on one day with obedience being the last class that he may be a bit tired and not focus as well as you'd like him to. Can you back out of one of the classes if that turns out to be the case? Mind you - he has done so well I wouldn't bet against Team Jarly.
I see what you mean about the 2 types of 'come'. Can you switch this second one to a 'Here'? That way he won't lose the more formal 'Come'.
Here is what we use for anything other than a come and sit right in front of me return. They just have to get within arms reach for 'here', here.
Tue May 28, 2013 11:36 amForum Host
Thanks, guys. Boy, he's worked hard, hasn't he?
K9 - that's pretty much my concern, about him being just too tired to function well. Or to want to deal with other dogs. . .
Then it occurred to me - DUH! - the obedience class is that walk-in class - I can bump that one to Any Other Day I Want.
Since he starts tracking on Saturday (for 3 weeks) I'll be moving the class for those dates anyway - I can just pick another day for all summer. DUH!
Which reminds me, I need to stop in there on my way home and let them know. . .
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