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    Last class

    Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:21 am
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    for a while.

    Wow, you know, even though we're doing the same stuff, it's just so tiring!

    We had another teeny tiny class again - just the three black dogs - Jar, the young lab, and the little pitty mix. Small, Medium, and Large. Guess who was Large? icon_wink.gif

    Jar was awesomely good this week. We stayed in General Population for the entire class again - no boltholes or quick escapes icon_eek.gif Not a single episode - even when some people came in early for the next class with their BARKY, Freak-outy husky. Jar just ignored the crap out of him! icon_smile.gif

    We're working more on the heel positioning - we're getting there, but it's taking a little longer than maybe it should. But that's on me - I seem to have trouble holding the treat and the leash in the same hand, watching Jar, watching where I'm going AND listening to Bob, all at the same time. Uncoordinated, I guess. icon_wink.gif

    So. . . we got there a little early, and when the other dogs came in, they immediately starting playing (they're both young), and, from across the room, all of the assistants noticed that Jar wasn't being jerky - they could tell from his expression that he wanted to play with them. Poor thing, he doesn't get to join in the reindeer games. . I know he wants to play, but he just doesn't know how to play appropriately with other, smaller dogs, especially dogs that get rambunctious.

    So. Heeling. We heeled and heeled, and he was excellent. He heeled around the other two dogs, like a champ, without even caring a bit about them I did hold his leash while we were figure-8 heeling (though not when we were just working on heeling patterns), and he was fantastic. AND Jar even got to be a post for each of the other two dogs to heel around, and . . . he was totally great!

    I will confess, though, to using a secret weapon - I had a glob of cream cheese in my hand that he was lick-lick-licking the whole time. Still, there was a time when, *if* he even noticed the cream cheese with other dogs around, he'd have been snatching at it with his teeth. Today, he just calmly (and slobberish-ly) licked away without even batting an eye. icon_smile.gif

    I didn't sign him up for the next session, because honestly, I am swamped at work, and this is killing my weekends, but we're set for tracking (yay fun!), and once it settles down at the office, I may put him in one of the obedience sessions at the other place, where they do more practical stuff like doorbell training (which he SORELY needs). Maybe.

    In other news icon_smile.gif I've spent the past two days painting (I'm kind of slow at it) and for the first time EVER, Jar doesn't have a multi-colored tail. Or butt. He was most excellent and just laid in the next room watching me.

    AND when my MIL came over last evening, I put him in a sit in the doorway of the living room and made him WAIT (not "stay") while she came in, took off her coat, took off her shoes, and prepared herself - THEN I let him go over and greet her. At one point, he even got up, went over and had a couple of bites of his dinner, then came back. But he did not cross the threshold until I released him.

    Yay Jar! icon_smile.gif
    Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:52 pm Groupie
    What a good boy! He has come such a long way.
    Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:01 pm
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    What a CHAMP! You guys have worked SO hard and it has paid off BIG time! Enjoy the break and then the tracking classes! But we will miss the updates in the meantime! icon_cool.gif Hopefully he will learn how to deal more calmly with the doorbell soon.
    Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:09 am
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    Thanks, guys. He's SUCH a good dog. And when I actually take the time to notice, it's clear that he tries SO HARD to please - it's up to me to communicate to him what I want.

    And, not surprisingly, the better I communicate to him, the better he behaves. icon_smile.gif
    K9 Owned
    Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:03 pm
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    Training the people to train the dogs is always the way it goes. YOU are so much more accomplished than a year ago. You have all of the tools now to raise and keep great dogs. My hats off to you.

    Jarly of course is awesome icon_smile.gif

    He will have a blast with tracking. icon_cool.gif
    Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:10 pm
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    Aw, thanks.

    Though it certainly won't do for me to get cocky - we had an "incident" this morning on our walk. icon_sad.gif

    Sometimes he's a bit of a jerk. icon_rolleyes.gif
    Connie Lea
    Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:06 am Groupie
    You have done such a good job Kris. I admire your persistence.
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