Meeting Ralph yesterday was great fun!
He was actually better behaved in the house than I expected him to be; he had good bite inhibition, he quickly learnt that jumping = being ignored, he picked ‘leave it’ up very quickly, and he had great impulse control! By the end of the day I was able to skip and jump with Ralph about, and he would sit patiently and wait for his treat – excellent!
The family listened to all the recommendations I had and wrote the key things down on to poster paper to pin up where they could be easily read, I was really impressed! We had a few practice runs with people walking through the kitchen and ignoring / redirecting Ralph when he jumped up…he did really well!
Crate training went brilliantly. We threw cheese pieces into the crate and clicked when he sniffed and stepped into the crate. Then we only clicked for Ralph putting his whole body into the crate, and slowly added an “in” command. Ralph responded really well and quickly overcame his initial distrust of the crate. He was even happy to be shut in the crate with a Kong stuffed with peanut butter – whould’a thought!! 😉
The main things I think that need to be remembered with Ralph are:
- Keep up the training!!
- Only say a command once and then wait for him to figure it out
- Use a happy voice!! No need to speak gruffly or roughly with him.
As for our pups, Zoey is doing great with her crate training…we have begun using higher value treats (cooked liver) for when she is in or going into her crate. We’ve also moved her crate into the living room, which has gone amazingly well so far. She will run into her crate and sit in there; she did this for an hour the other day, with us occasionally going over and rewarding her! 🙂
Since sleeping next to us she also hasn’t been whining at all at night…what a good girl! We have been giving her a difficult Kong (usually wet dog food with a chunk of liver or carrot in there to make it hard to get out 😉 ) and also an extra dog walk just before bed time, and both these things seem to have really helped her settle at night.
Both dogs have had a real rough ‘n’ tumble day today. They simply adore playing rough. They will whirl around the room (around the whole house if we let them!) growling, biting and crashing into stuff, it’s just crazy!! It’s just about the one time they will ignore the positive interrupter, as they are just having too much fun…I think we might need to get some cooked liver involved!! 😉
Anyway, here they are having a great time (please ignore our messy room! 😛 )
Oh and, finally (I know, today’s has been a long one!) here are some pics of Kasper, as I feel he gets left out sometimes 😉