Out on a walk with the two scamps today, I thought I’d do some task training with Rey, because why not?
HOLY HELL HE WAS SO BLOODY GOOD!
Seriously, I was *gobsmacked*.
I haven’t really done much training with Rey, because he’s such a confident dog there’s not much that needs doing…his recall is good, he’s got good at being calm walking past dogs and meeting them, and he’s just bombproof.
Whoa. I was used to his impulse control being too poor and his excitement being too high to even consider him as an unofficial assistance dog – I’m starting to think he could actually rock it!
We worked on heel and focus (something he has NEVER done before, he didn’t even know heel, just loose lead walking) and he picked it up within a few minutes. We could heel + focus across the width of the field in less than five minutes.
We worked on standing by my right side, keeping close to that right, and turning in a circle with my feet. He bloody rocked it. AND we started working on fetching objects (something else he’s never done). Whoa now!!
So that was awesome. I might try and build up more tasks in him and increase the difficulty in surroundings, because as he’s so confident and bombproof, if we could get the focus down he would make an awesome psychiatric assistance dog.
Pixie works very well as she has no interest in her surroundings, but she does get nervous in situations, and as soon as that anxiety appears her focus is gone…so it would be cool to have her for less strenuous trips as we built up to others, and if we could get Rey to the point where he could cope in all sorts of places that would be awesome.
I was SO IMPRESSED with him though ^__^
Here’s little miss chilling
Adorable video of them playing like loons, and yes Raiden is being a vocal player, he is outdoors when he can’t keep up bwahaha!
Also check out that bloody amazing impulse control and recall 😀
Back home, doing lots of training, recall and play ^__^