I’ve been having some awesome training sessions with our pups, they have both been doing really, really well 😀
With Kasper we are still practicing ‘play dead’, which he does without fail now, ‘Spin’ and ‘Twirl’ (turn in a circle anti-clockwise and clockwise), ‘bring it here’ (retrieving an object) and I’m still raising the criteria for ‘leave it’ to make it more challenging.
We had an awesome game of fetch the other day, with me tossing a toy across the room and him bringing it back and dropping it into my palm. One of the most useful tricks I ever taught him 🙂 One time he didn’t see where the toy had landed (on the dog bed) and so proceeded to bring me things I usually asked for; the TV remote, my notebook and a pen…it was hilarious XD
With Zoey I am teaching her ‘spin’, we are working on her dropping a tug toy during tug (she’s doing really well here) and I am trying to have her ‘speak’ better on command. She’s only getting rewarded for loud barks now, whereas before it was for any noise she made. I have a target stick combined with a clicker on the way which my partner bought for me 😀 So I have been thinking of things I can teach her using that, it will probably come in handy with teaching ‘spin’ and I can get rid of the lure I’ve been using…
I have finally written out a trick chart to go on our fireplace in the living room, too. This is really useful for training sessions, as I usually forget certain tricks the dogs know and tend to just repeat the more obvious ones (sit, lie down, paw, leg weaves etc)
With our clients’ dogs I am currently working on recall, leg weaves and drop it. All dogs are doing very well 🙂
We have been rubbish pup parents and have forgotten to order the dogs’ kibble in on time. It should arrive tomorrow but today they didn’t have enough of their normal kibble so we had to buy in some poor quality stuff from Co-op, our local shop. I scattered a layer on top of their meals and didn’t even add water (which is usually the only way I can get Zoey to eat hers!) and guess what, she hoovered it up!
Kasper also got first dibs on a nylabone the other night whilst Zoey was in her crate with a Kong. We can’t have toys out when both dogs are present as Kasper resource guards, so they only get toys when separate. Kasper, who usually treats nylabones with disdain, actually gave this one a good chewing for about ten minutes and seemed to enjoy himself.