We’re constantly working with Zoey to try and improve her behaviour and increase her concentration span…at the moment she has the concentration span of a gnat!
She is *terrible* at working when there are distractions about. For the longest time she couldn’t even manage a simple ‘sit’ out on a walk (even if we were stood alone in an empty car park!). Right now she will respond to a ‘sit’ 99% of the time, the only time she will refuse if she can hear / see people or other dogs. Such a vast improvement, and one that took a long time coming! 😀
On top of that we are working on leg weaves still, which are going well. She can do six leg weaves in a row now without stopping for a treat (she could probably do more than that…I just like rewarding her for good leg weaves 🙂 ). Here’s a brief video:
We’re also working on her ‘go to crate’ command (“in”). She responds really well to this, but only understands it when I give it close by (within 6 feet, say). If I give her the command further away she will offer ‘tall’ (jumping) or ‘wave’, and basically go through a repertoire of other tricks, just not the one I want! So we are gradually increasing the distance for “in” 🙂
Similarly we’re also working on her ‘go to bed command’ and trying to increase the distance with which she understands that too!
Training Zoey is always lively and fun. She’s an exuberant young pup who loves offering new behaviours. One of the tricks I really want to work on is ‘bow’ (a trick Kasper has real trouble understanding!), and as Zoey always stretches in a bow position it should be easy to capture…well, hopefully 😉
So yeah, Zoey is doing really well! As for poor Kasper, I’m running out of easy to teach tricks that he can learn! I need to work more on leg weaves with him as Zoey is overtaking him in her leg weaving skill, oh no! 😀
Also, the Tasty Bone we bought for Zoey about a week ago (we got the beef flavoured one for Zoey in case anybody is interested) is holding up quite well, although has definitely taken some damage 😉
She loves it though, so for dogs that enjoy chewing I would highly recommend them 🙂